i agree with your post~*
-i studied my butt off too, like i was studying like a dr. for the mcat....seriously! i felt the
same way you did!......i also told no-one!!!! except my husband only. i have had friends post
on face book, that they are taking their state boards and fail....nerves, high expectations or whatnot.....
i think you do need to study the way you studied to pass nursing school. use your methods, because you are the one that knows how you study best! for myself, i am a 'super-crammer', but i am a 'learn it all type of person' (i work best under pressure).....this type of studying or preparation is not for everyone but for me!!!!!, but i passed nursing school with a 3.95 gpa, buy doing my methods of studying. also, the test has does not reflect your gpa.....each and every person needs to find out how they learn best and how they can figure out the questions.
( i studied for the nclex for 3 solid weeks + i have 3 children under 5 yrs old...lol) remember: i work best under-pressure: ie. not best study tactics for everyone!!!
here is what i did: ---understood hardcore >>mostly went over things i did not know 1st....concepts i was shaky on/ did not grasp totally, then did nclex type questions >> i studied content---made sure i knew every disease/disorder, how to treat, what were the major signs/symptoms--what tests would you do?, learned memorized & understood what every lab value was,what if it increases or decreased (what is the lab used for), learned or re-learned all major set-ups or procedures you would do in a hospital setting, learned all percautions for isolation rooms in a hospital, learned all insulins, all needles to use, learned all about injections, learned all drug calc conversions, meds (i just studied the basics....i learned the ones most talked about in the hosptial and ones that would be most dangerous as being toxic, etc....and what was the toxic level.... )......so-----i really thought to myself, "what if..... there is a question about this in a hospital???......i thought you need to think outside the box-----what if.......!!! also, (google) was my best friend, if i did not know something, a good quick way was to just look it up fast!
i still believe hard-core, that if your content in theory is 'strong' you can answer most any question! ....i guess i put it this way, if for instance you do not know what (example) xxxxccceriteremia is, and cannot break down a question, then you are guessing more like 100 % on the questions. if you know the content of the question, you can then pick apart the answers and then decide on what looks best at least 50/50 chance!.....
good luck to all!!!
oh, here is what i used for main content: short and sweet evolve workbook that breaks down most all disease/disorders/by section i.e (maternity, geriatrics, med/surg) it was a 1 week long, end of bsn/rn program seminar in nursing school, but....the workbook is wonderful (what i used to study content of med/surg etc...):
evolve live review workbook: http://www.amazon.com/2008-2009-workbook-evolve-review-nclex-rn/dp/143770171x
also this book is a (must-have) for priozitization, delegation (lacharity):
saunders q & a review for the nclex-rn book/dvd-(orange) book for questions was great for quick 10 question quizzes or loaded exams, nice because you could select content and style of questions! love the 10 question quizzes!!!
kaplan nclex rn 2010-2011 strategies and practice: great book/dvd for strategizing how to pick the best answer!
nclex-rn for dummies: i liked this book because it was simple-straight & forward ----no fluff, definitions, calc conversions, easy reading material!
nclex 3,500 - software dvd with 3,500 q! very nice if you like questions!!!!! this is not a book, only software ie. cd/dvd ;-)
nclex 4,000- dvd with 4,000 q -great if you like lots of questions!!! also, not a book, only software i.e cd/dvd ;-)
this in a nutshell is everything i did to prepare for the nclex! hope this helps.....i did use all these materials, some more than others, but is all a 'personal choice' i loved them all!
i took the test sept 1st, did the pvt trick (got the good-pop up-as soon as i could get to a computer after i took the test and check it), and found out i indeed did ((((pass)))) on sept 3rd!!!!!!
study >> way...and like she said, don't tell too many people when you are testing~*
lastly pray: i believe in this verse 100%!
"i can do all things through christ who strengthens me"