*determine your strengths and weaknesses
*create a study schedule
*set realistic goals
*find an effective study space
*start studying sooner rather than later
2 to 3 months before the NCLEX
*establish a study schedule. set aside ample time to study but also leave time for social activities, exercise, family or personal responsibilities, and other matters.
*become knowledgeable about the NCLEX-RN examination, it's content, the types of questions it asks, and the testing format.
*begin studying your notes, texts, other study material.
*take some NCLEX practice questions to help you diagnose strengths and weaknesses as well as to become familiar with NCLEX-style questions.
4 to 6 weeks before the NCLEX
*focus on your areas of weakness. That way, you'll have time to review these areas again before the test date.
*find a study partner or form a study group
*take a practice test to gauge your skill level early
*take time to EAT, SLEEP, EXERCISE AND SOCIALIZE to avoid burnout
1 week before the NCLEX
*take a review test to measure your progress
*record key ideas and principles on note cards or audiotapes
*rest, eat well, and avoud thinking about the examination during nonstudy times
*treat yourself to one special event, you've been working hard, and you deserve it!
the day before the NCLEX
*drive to the test site, review traffic patterns, and find out where to park. if your route to the test site occurs during a heavy traffic or if you're expecting bad weather, set aside extra time to ensure prompt arrival
*do something relaxing during the day
*avoid concentrating on the test
*rest, eat well and avoid dwelling on the NCLEX during nonstudy periods
*call a supportive friend or relative for sime last-minute words of encouragement
the day of the NCLEX
*get up early
*wear comfortable clothes, preferable with layers you can adjust to fit the room temperature
*leave your house early
*avoid looking at your notes as you wait for your test computer
*listen carefully to the instructions given before entering the test room
*succeed, succeed, SUCCEED!!!