Quote from Maria22
Its my 3rd week of my junior year in Nursing school.I'm struggling to build a study pattern for myself. My 1st exam grades for Pharm & Health Assessment is a "D" I know I have time to improve on it but I needed to know how to study for NCLEX style exams because that is the exam pattern that my profs. are using for my class exams and I'm struggling with it. I'm a poor test taker on the NCLEX style questions. I want to really work towards improving my grade for these two classes so that I can continue with rest of my semesters more confidently and be successful in all of my upcoming class exams. All through my core classes I've never had a "D" or a "C" so I'm lacking on motivation too after seeing these grades of mine. Pls help. Maria.
Nursing school is difficult, you are not alone with your struggle to keep grades up. Here is my study tips that helped me:
1. Tape lectures & relisten while driving, relisten and type out lecutre, organizing notes into a study guide. Remember the teacher will emphasize certain points, these points will be on the test believe me.
2. Practice questions out of an NCLEx book, only the questions you are currently working on ie, respriatory, peds, OB, psych, what ever you are studying in class & will be tested on, look up all questions & answers on that particular subject out of an NCLEX practice test question book.
3. Skim your chapters out of textbook, look at all bold, all titles. Look at chap. summary and questions at the end of the chapters. There are big hints on what is important to know.
4. Don't be afraid to go to your professor and say you need help, ask for guidance, you will be suprised.
5. Form a study group with serious students only, not ones to get tothegher and chat.
6. Make flash cards, read through them all the time, when stopped at a light, whenever possible.
7. Read the "Made Easy" books. I would use those, read through, then look at my textbook. These "Made Easy" books highlight the basic information on a particular subject any nurse should know. The information is not a mystery, you just have to figure out what your suppose to know.
Good luck, I know you can do it. Keep us posted on how all goes.