Any Good Yahoo Groups?

  1. Are there any yahoo groups that give good tips/advice about excelsior exams? I have looked and always end up with duds!
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  3. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Go off of the EC content guides. They have exactly what you want to know on them.

    Just a warning---- be careful about asking for "tips" and "advice" on the boards. People have been burned on academic dishonesty. A lot of people are very wary of telling others what contents the exams consist of because they're afraid of EC lurking in the background watching and waiting to get someone. I don't know if they (EC) do, but it wouldn't surprise me. Maybe they even pose as students asking for advice and tips and then pounce on the real students who give them that info. You just never know, so please be careful! Don't want anyone getting in trouble for asking a question that is meant to be innocent and not cheating.
  4. by   mom2handz
    I honestly never even thought of that. I was meaning that maybe a different wording of the same content would "click" a little more in my head. Thanks for this advice. I do not want to cheat and would not want anyone to think I was.
  5. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Quote from mom2handz
    I honestly never even thought of that
    I'm sure you didn't. That's why it'd be a huge bummer if you got nailed for something you didn't even know you were doing. Rumor has it that a while back, a couple of people got in trouble for academic dishonesty. I believe one girl was a student and was booted from the program, either temporarily or permanently. The other was a former student who had put a TON of work into a website that gave all sorts of "test tips" and CPNE advice and help, just as far as organizational methods and things like that (since there really is no way one can cheat on the CPNE!!!) I've heard that EC made the former student take her website down. I know that something happened to it, because it disappeared quite a while ago.

    What I did for studying was I'd take a content guide, which is a broad outline of the test contents, and I would add to it. I'd expand on each and every part of it. If it was info. that I was already pretty familiar with, I wouldn't expand as much. If I had no clue on the content matter, I'd expand a lot. By the end of the studying I'd have a good part of a legal pad full of outlines. That's what worked for me, anyway.

    Best of luck to you on this. I'm sure you're so frustrated and just want to get this particular exam out of the way.
  6. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Spazzy is absolutely right! The outlines give more than enough info for you to prepare for exams.

    I got a lot of benefit out of the notes that were in the various Yahoo groups, but stumbled on several, called "tips" that turned out to be actual exam topics and the answers! I WAS FURIOUS!!

    I presently moderate a yahoo group, and one of the first things I did was get rid of the "tips" files that were like that. From time to time, people ask for "tips," and what they get is encouragement to look up a lot of stuff, read a lot of stuff, and do the practice tests in the study guides, as well as the ones you can buy from EC. (I really liked those.)

    I did buy the Chancellor's study guides, and they were helpful, but I would have done all right without them--no regrets though, since I felt more confident.

    Good luck!
  7. by   BBFRN
    The only good tip I can give you is to study your butt off, and know those content guides like the back of your hand.