Quote from nursewendy2000
Is anyone else using RUE publishing company? I know its an extra expense but they say they will finance the cost of Excelsior interest free which seems like it will make it pretty much even out. I would appreciate hearing from anyone else who has used them. -thanks
I'm not sure what you mean by financing the cost of Excelsior interest free -- are they saying, specifically, that they will pay for your Excelsior entrance fees, yearly renewal fees, and all needed test fees? Because Excelsior is not Rue, and I think some people get confused on this, most of the third-party study guides will finance THEIR materials but I don't know about the rest. Seems unlikely but then I've never looked into it. Either way, I don't think it could possibly 'even out' because you are talking about thousands of dollars in study material from Rue IN ADDITION to the Excelsior fees, which may be a little pricey in some peoples' books but is comparable to getting your degree in the 'standard' way. Even with high interest rates you are close to doubling the amount of money you need to spend.
Having said that, sometimes guides are useful. Some people just feel better having them, and stress will do you in faster than anything. As long as you are fully aware of exactly what you are signing for, it's a personal choice I would never say don't ever use third-party study guides. Myself, I haven't seen a Rue guide but I've used a couple others and have found them useful. I look for them on ebay, and resell them for generally about the price I paid when I'm done -- and I like the use it and pass it on policy. Someone is sending me their Carpenitos and I will definitely pass it on for the same price I got it at -- free -- when I am done. I just bought a used Chancellor's for NC5 because I bombed out twice, even though I am sure I know the material (had health problems that day and being my LAST exam my stress level had quadrupled! Watch that stress!) for the next 3 months I will be listening to NC5 tapes any time I drive somewhere. I really like the tapes. (And I'm looking for CPNE materials in the meantime, as well, since there is a 4-month wait the third time around!)
Rather than signing with a third-party personally I would recommend joining all the Yahoo study groups, they are great, and supportive, and the files available are every bit as valuable as any study guide you may pay for.