RNs! Vote in my poll! (Please) - page 2

Hey everyone! I'm looking for a few responses to see if I want to spend my $200 and change on a review course or if I should spend it on myself. :D All my high stress nursing buddies are... Read More

  1. by   Stargazer
    Well, I voted--but only 'cause you said "please." (And your new avatar IS very cute, Reb!)

    I knew several RNs who all loaned me different review texts. Throughout school, I'd also kept a running list of questions that my instructors (one of whom wrote questions for the NCLEX) noted in class would almost certainly be on the test. Took the list and the review books and checked into a inexpensive motel for a few days to minimize distractions and FORCE myself to study. Went through each book cover to cover and did all the test questions. After I was done I felt much more confident about my readiness for the NCLEX. Passed without a problem.
  2. by   hey_nurse
    I took a review class and bought review book. I felt it was worth the money, I also got to spend 3 days a way fromm home...needed it at the time...computer shut off at 75..passed first try...
    I think alot of it depends on how good of a test taker you are. I know some people that had such test anxiety it was unbelievable! Some of those people I know had problems with NCLEX, no matter how many reviews or study groups they attended.

    NCLEX was very stressful, and it would have been easy to get overstimulated and not be able to concentrate on it. Now if I felt this way, I can only imagine how those with test anxiety managed to get through the experience.

  4. by   Stargazer
    Good point, Heather. I've always been very good at standardized tests, so that gave me an extra shot of confidence going in. I think that if you can find a way to beat your nerves, you're way ahead of the game to start. That was the whole point of the self-review, for me.
  5. by   mayberry
    Part of my degree requirements was that we HAD to take a review course. Not sure I agree with that but...fortunately I took an exceptional course and studied with 2 good friend. We all passed.
  6. by   renerian
    I did not study at all for the exam. I figured if I did not know it by then I never would.

    Everyone was cramming for the test in Columbus when I stayed her but I did not take any books. I was tired LOL.

  7. by   baseline
    I didn't take a course, and I passed, but it was so long ago I'm not sure my input counts! Archaic pre-computer era......
    Originally posted by baseline
    I didn't take a course, and I passed, but it was so long ago I'm not sure my input counts! Archaic pre-computer era......
    Tell us about how you did your math calcualtions on the abacus! :chuckle

    :kiss Heather
  9. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I didn't take the review course, and I didn't have any trouble with the test. I did however buy the review book, and studied it with a few friends. I think that helped some, although I didn't study a lot. Ofcourse, I am one of those ppl who is great at taking tests too. Good luck!
  10. by   delirium
    Originally posted by NurseDennie

    I actually voted in the poll, but I'm only posting a comment because I think Delerium/Rebecca's new av is so cool.
    Aww, thanks. The pic is so sweet I think I'm sliding into a diabetic coma.
  11. by   delirium
    Thanks everyone. I have a great academic record and I am a good test taker.
    Also at my school we take an exam close to the end of the semester that is supposed to be a practice for the boards... it evaluates your strong points and weak points and what to focus on. I'm really leaning toward using that information, working with a couple review books, and not doing the class.
  12. by   whipping girl in 07
    The hospital I was working for paid for the review, so I took it. It forced me to study for a week and helped me figure out my weak areas. I also got some good test taking strategies out of it; ways to figure out the right answer if I didn't know it.

    I passed the first time I took the NCLEX, and it cut off after 75 questions. I also had a Lippencott's book, but I didn't study it very much. My nursing school also paid for a six week online review, which I think I spent maybe an hour on. We didn't get to choose the time that we got to take it, and it was not going on at a time that was convenient for me to actually do it (right after graduation, during Christmas holidays and when I was starting my new job).

    Also in school, we had to take the Mosby Assess Test and a computer simulation of the NCLEX and pass both with 75%. So who knows which thing actually assured my passing the test. Probably a combination.

    However, I'll say this: in nursing school, I got used to "trick" questions and doing lots of NCLEX questions for the two tests (that required a 75%) and the review helped me "unlearn" my tendency to read more into questions than what is actually there. I had to remember, that unlike some of my nursing instructors, the NCLEX actually wants people to pass!
  13. by   nurs010
    I didn't take the class, studied by myself and with friends. Passed first time.....