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NCLEX books/studying/Kaplan, please help??

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I just graduated from my nursing program and I start working next week. My transcripts are supposed to be sent out this week, so I can get my temporary license. Well, then I can schedule to sit for NCLEX. My school paid for us to have the Kaplan review course, where the lady from Kaplan came for a week and helped us with questions and of course the infamous decision tree. I honestly don't feel like I gained a thing from the review course. She pretty much just read the rationales out of the book if we got the questions wrong. I do have access to the Kaplan QBank and the Question Trainers which I have scored in the 60's. I went to Barnes and Noble to buy some books, and WOW there are TONS of books. I ended up buying the Made Incredibly Easy NCLEX questions and answers, the Kaplan medications you need to know, the Kaplan 2010 NCLEX book, a box of questions from Mosby's, the Mosby's RN game, and I have a HESI NCLEX book that was given to me. What would you recommend or have you used any of these books in the past with success?? If not what other study tools would you recommend?? I know everyone says Kaplan Qbank and the trainers are great, what are your opinions?? Thanks for your help!! I know my post is kinda long

UjonesRN

Specializes in Med/Surg n ICU.

i am doing kaplan right now. the class is very confusing especially the decision tree!! i was told with practice it will come easy. did u take the diagnostic exam?

Yes, I did take the diagnostic exam, I did horrible on it. I got a 55%, which was one of the higher scores that I heard of in my class of 98.

UjonesRN

Specializes in Med/Surg n ICU.

well they say after u finish the class master the tree ur score should go up... How is that workin out for u?

It's really not working at all...lol I mean I get the concept of using the decision tree, I always did break my questions down even before I took the Kaplan review course. The Kaplan rep did give some good tips and random facts to remember. Sometimes I just don't think that the decision tree applies to every question, at least I can't get it to relate to some questions. I don't know I have the plan to finish all of the Qbank and Question trainers, and to sit down and read the 2010 Kaplan RN book. I really need to focus on pharm, it has been a weak point for me. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advanced!!

UjonesRN

Specializes in Med/Surg n ICU.

get the kaplan medication book. most common drugs used on the nclex. when is ur class over?

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