I have been studying My Saunders NCLEX-RN book just to try and get myself familiar with the style of questions and rationales etc. I haven't really done any questions, but i have been studying the test plan mainly, you know, Levels of cognitive ability, Client needs(and subgroups) , and integrated processes. I am going to start trying to answer some questions now. But i was wondering if anyone thought getting familiar with the test plan was a good idea. I mean they have a a lot of example questions and i have been able to use critical thinking to answer them and explain the rationale behind my answer. I am asking because one of the people i told this to that is going into the program with me said i was wasting my time and that i should have just been answering the questions cause that stuff wont make a difference in school. Personally think it helped me get a little grasp on how to use critical thinking, knowing how to analyze the question and then apply myself. I dunno I'm just worried that i wont get it because i was not practicing hundred of questions. But i don't even know that much about nursing yet thats why i did not really start practicing them. How did you all prepare yourself for the different style of tests and learning??
Aug 31, '06
Unfortunately, there is no right way to study for a critical thinking exam. You just have to know your material backwards, forwards and sideways. Then when you read the question--read each answer carefully and decide which one is most important to the situation given. There may be two right anwers but only one is MORE right than the other.
Aug 31, '06
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How did you all prepare yourself for the different style of tests and learning??
I actually found the Saunders books quite worthless as a tool to help me answer test questions. It was the Kaplan book that was the most useful to me due to the strategies it offered.
Aug 31, '06
ohh well i am finding it fun to review the Saunder NCLEX RN book and answer questions. I think what i like about it is that you have to think to get the answers. I wont just answer the questions i go through each answer and explain to myself why its right or wrong, and if there are more than one right answer i explain to myself why one would be better than the other.
i just wanted to see how everyone prepared for the different style of tests, maybe spark some ideas for myself
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