Soo after realizing that studying straight from powerpoints and 1 NCLEX-RN book (Saunders, even) wasn't getting me more than C+s on exams, I took a different approach and I felt like it worked. I highlighted the crap out of my book, made flashcards, and used the course website. I took tons of practice questions and read through several online study guides both geared towards patients and health professionals. Yesterday was the day before my exam and instead of studying all day, including right after clinicals, I took a nap, got all of the non-productiveness out of my system and started really focusing on what I didn't know. I went through my patho notes from last semester (this exam was med-surg, focused on GI, diabetes, and obesity) and studyed up until 0300 this morning. I slept in until 0800 and just now took my exam. The past two exams I took, it felt like I hadn't retained any information and didn't understand the big picture. This morning I had clarity and even if I didn't quite know the right answer to the question, I was able to knock out the poor choices or the ones that sounded similar. They also threw some delegation questions at us, which was new. Just thought I'd let y'all know something you probably already know: study however you work best and if something doesn't work, there's always time to try something new. Also...caffeine is my new best friend. Here's to fellow night owls!