Quick results just confirmed that I really did pass NCLEX-RN! This is how I studied for it.
To begin with, I found it really difficult on how and where to start studying. From reading thru the threads and posts here, it gave me some ideas on how I can maximise my learning. So ,now it its my turn to share on how I studied for NCLEX and hopefully could be useful for future NCLEX takers.
I believe that one of the most important tools you will need is TIME. Use that time efficiently and with dedication. I studied for awhile and didn't get into my serious study mode for about 2 and half months. I breathed, ate and slept NCLEX. It's been years since I've been out of uni , so my nursing theories, disease process, pharmacology, etc were a little rusty.
I then started off with my areas of weakness and studied the contents, eg pharmacology and obstetrics.
I then moved on to doing practice questions. I lost count after 3000Qs but I believe I must have done at least 6000Qs from different sources. I initially I practiced with at least 100-150 a day and towards the last weeks I did at least 300/day.
These were the books and sources that helped me. Noting that I did not enroll to any of the online courses, I just didn't have the money for it.
Davis Q&A:- only managed to do less than half of the Qs. I believe the Qs where higher level but great practice for SATAs, pictures, and putting things in order type Qs
La Charity: - did this book 2X, a must!
Exam Master :- 3200Q, love and love this site http://www.exammaster2.com/wdsentry/utmbrn.htm
NSNA NCLEX RN Review (2000) :- an old review book that was given to me. I'm sure the content is just as good as the new ones.
Pharmacology made incredibly easy: - also an old version that was given to me
Kaplan 2010-2011 - I read the strategies and did a few Qs from Barnes and Nobles (didn't buy the book)
Infection control mnemonics - a must to remember http://www.allnurses.com/nclex-discussion-forum/infection-control-mnemonics-299890.html
Youtube channel of ed4nurses - really helpful with explaining confusing topics http://www.youtube.com/user/ed4nurses#p/a/u/0/SYX6-YE4jmI
Someone's notes - I found this one here http://static.scribd.com/docs/d04uiz4ejby96.pdf
Insulin Chart - http://urbanext.illinois.edu/diabetes/pdf/med/types.pdf
Immunisation Chart- http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/medical/immunization_chart.html
My thoughts about the actual exam: I thought that it wasn't easy nor it was hard. It felt like I was at home doing practice Qs like those from Exam Master or La Charity. Half of the Qs I didn't feel confident answering them but I personally think that my content knowledge was crucial in helping me select the right answers. Enough anyway to have helped me pass it. I probably got about 5 SATAs (lucky not a lot, I'm weak at these), about 5 -8 pharm, 1 obstetrics (I was bumbed coz I know my obstetrics really well now), no pictures, and 2 of patient chart and analyzing it. The rest were kinda became a fuzz after the test. Hope this helps.
Best wishes to those who still need to sit their NCLEX!
And thank you AllNurses.com!