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Hello everyone, i was wondering if any of you guys could help me with preparing a study schedule to prepare for the nclex pn...how many chapters should i study per day or how many questions should i practice each day?...i really need your help...

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

What worked for me was 2 hours a day when working and 4 hours when not working. This was protected time and I wasn't disturbed. Anyone came to house or called on the phone was dealt with by my husband. I did approx 100 questions a day and read the rationales to them especially the ones I got wrong but probably would help if you read them all even if right.

THANKS FOR THE ADVICE SILVERDRAGON102, i WILL DEFINATELY USE THIS METHOD OF STUDYING AND MAKE SURE I TAKE BREAKS IN BETWEEN...HEHE..ONCE AGAIN, THANX

i agree with silverdragon. That's exactly what I've been doing. 100 questions a day. :)

NICU1209

Specializes in Hematology/Oncology.

What worked for me was 2 hours a day when working and 4 hours when not working. This was protected time and I wasn't disturbed. Anyone came to house or called on the phone was dealt with by my husband. I did approx 100 questions a day and read the rationales to them especially the ones I got wrong but probably would help if you read them all even if right.

Silverdragon...are the 100 questions included into the 4 hours of studying?

Thanks,

NICU1209

Yeah silverdragon, in that 4 hrs period, did you utilize it all for the answering and reading the rationale of that 100 questions? i mean was it pure Q&A and no reviewing of content materials during/after 4 hours? I just want to know since im doing it also. Thanks in advance! :)

hey, apparently i can't email on here. I used a basic NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN Kaplan test prep book. The RN book helped me more than the PN book. I took my exam a few months after graduating from my LPN program and while I was in the RN program, so some of the stuff that was on my NCLEX-PN i learned in the RN program before I went to take the test. I just knew the material very well and felt at ease when i was in the testing center and when i got out. hope this helps.

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

In the 4 hours sessions I did both questions and reading. I did not spend a great amount of time reading but making sure I understood the rationale. In the 2 hour session I mainly concentrated on questions making a note on which ones I wanted to check further into when I had the time if I didn't understand why the question was wrong. Sometimes when you look at the question you got wrong and start reading the rationale to the right answer you realise why you got it wrong, usually with me it was because i didn't read the question properly. I then slowed down and read the question better which improved scores.

NICU1209

Specializes in Hematology/Oncology.

Thank you Silverdragon, :)

NICU1209

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

You are welcome

For me the key is preparation and not to rush to sit the exam. Be prepared and know how the exam works.

Remember NCSBN is the body that regulates the exam along with other nurse related objectives like patient safety and lots of information regarding the NCLEX can be found on the site. At the end of the day the exam is to make sure you, as a new grad, can work safely as a nurse. It is not out there for fail you

einnannie_05

Has 1 years experience.

i was wondering if you could give me an idea too on how will I do my review..I'll be starting my job on February and i'll be working 12-13 hours a day..and have to wake up at 7am.,I'll be taking my exam on March..:confused::confused::confused:

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

i was wondering if you could give me an idea too on how will I do my review..I'll be starting my job on February and i'll be working 12-13 hours a day..and have to wake up at 7am.,I'll be taking my exam on March..:confused::confused::confused:

Look at what you are working and see if you can plan a study time around it. I.E. if you work Mon but have Tue and Wed off then arrange a few hours study time on the days off working 12 hours and then study could be done but maybe look at doing 50 questions instead of more on them days you are working. Also a lot will depend on how you are feeling. A tired brain will not make good study

Thank you so much silverdragon102 for your dependable advice. :)

That's why I love to keep on coming back and check this website frequently.

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einnannie_05

Has 1 years experience.

thanks silverdragon.,your idea will help me a lot on managing my time..:):)

lisat380

Specializes in Mental Health,Oncology,Med-Surg.

Thanx for the advice SilverDragon,

I also work 12hr nights fulltime as a PCA and will be taking the PN exam on Feb 22nd. The thing with working 12-hour shifts is that you have more days off. I'm currently studying frm Hurst Review online and doing ExamCram Qs from CD. This will be my 3 attempt. I hope I pass this 3rd time :chair:

Good Luck to every1 taking the test soon!

I agree with the 100 questions, 4 and 2 hour schedule. I would not tackle more than one chapter in a day. If you get through a chapter quickly, then spend more time doing questions and rationales. Good luck.

Thanks for the advice everyone...i really appreciate it!! :D

I am also taking this test in March and I am starting to freak out and lose sleep of how stressed I feel. I start my orientation FEB 15 and plan to take my test the first week or March, but I know that once I start work I will have less time to study. I have the Saunders 4th edition and find it helpful for review....the only problem is that I find myself studying one body system (ex-GI) for adults, peds and the meds (related to that body system all in for 3 days). I am still doing 100 questions a day no matter what, but I find myself studying all day and feel like I'm spending way too much time studying one system. The Saunders' CD made a schedule for me (to complete in 6 weeks), the only problem is that it's telling me to do like 2-3 chapters a day and I honestly do not know how I can study these 2-3 chapters in ONE DAY when i can barely finish 1 chapter in a day. I took the Martin's review and found the material helpful and I also have a Kaplan's and ATI book, so I also find myself studying with 4 different books because each one says something in addition to what the original book said. HELP!!!!....ANY tips on how to better my study habits???????