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Out of NSG school for 9 months, Help?

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Should I study content or jump into questions?

  1. 1. Should I study content or jump into questions?

    • Content, great for reviewing what is lost.
    • Questions, you'll learn as you go.

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Okay. So- before I get reprimanded, I am fully aware that I should have taken the NCLEX earlier*, but I was only 20 and I was not ready to become active in the 'real' world yet. I just wanted to party, because I did not experience the collage life. Cut to present day, I am so ready to work, get my own place and be a mature grown up with responsibilities, haha.

Well, now I'm stuck. I'm not exactly sure where to begin. When I graduated, my school made it mandatory for us to purchase Kaplan. It expired without me using it, but I was granted a 3 month extension, that I am currently using.

I feel a bit lost, because I don't know where to start! Content? Just jump into questions? I've already set up a schedule in which I will study for the NCLEX 6hrs/day. I really want to do a content review, but I don't feel that is absolutely necessary because when I do questions, I get a good chunk of them right- (I graduated nursing school with a pretty high GPA) but I am worried that I can't remember everything off the top of my head like I used to. I intended to take my NCLEX by the end of this month, but I am still not cleared from my school, and reviewing content will take a lot of time. But! If it allows me to pass the NCLEX in one go, I will be more than happy to execute that. I would have loved to do HURST content review live lectures, but that is just way too much money that I do not have.

So my question is, should I be doing content because I've been out for so long? Or should I just dive into questions & the rationales should help me to understand and remember again?

I know I will pass the NCLEX :], its just a matter of how to approach the studying aspect.

Since you said you still have the Kaplan review, the Diagnostic test helps in determining your weakness. Assess yourself first by doing practice questions, if you feel like you are not doing well, maybe consider reinforcing your content. Then more practice questions to enhance critical thinking skills. I just passed the NCLEX-RN the first time and I graduated 7 years ago. If I did it, you can do it better. Wish you success.

Since you said you still have the Kaplan review, the Diagnostic test helps in determining your weakness. Assess yourself first by doing practice questions, if you feel like you are not doing well, maybe consider reinforcing your content. Then more practice questions to enhance critical thinking skills. I just passed the NCLEX-RN the first time and I graduated 7 years ago. If I did it, you can do it better. Wish you success.

Thank you, so much & congratulations! I think that sounds best. I'm going to take that diagnostic test right now. I also just uncovered a Saunders content review book I had laying around as well as the Saunders question book. I think as far as questions, I'm going to stick with Kaplan- seeing as many people who stuck with it passed. Thank you for your insight & good luck!

You're welcome and thank you too. I think you will be good with the resources that you have, just stick to your goal. May I just mention, PDA by La Charity is great for questions too aside from Kaplan. Helped me bigtime in terms of Prioritization. Also, NCLEX is about safety. Study smart and Good luck.;)