5 NCLEX Hints for Nurses
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5 NCLEX HINTS:
1. Doing Questions Matters.
How many Questions?
Native English Learner 2,500 questions between from the time you graduate to the time you sit for your Exam. You can thank the Princeton Review for doing the research and finding that students who did 2,500 questions passed the boards at a significantly higher rate than those who did less than that amount.
If English is your second Language: 3,500 questions. Reason: ESL students have to make up for the loss of understanding of terminology and language. I have taught hundreds of ESL students – trust me, this 1,000 extra questions is Mandatory! (And you can do it!).
My students always ask: How am I going to find the time?
You are going study whenever, and where ever you can. At the bus stop, 10 minutes before you go to bed, on your half our break at work, ext. No longer than 3 hours in one sitting. You are not going to reread your textbook – you are going to just do questions!
2. How to use the Questions you do to Master Information for the NCLEX.
Many students make the mistake that they do hundreds of questions, back to back, one after the next without ever stopping to pause and separate the questions they got right from the questions they get wrong. And this is a HUGE mistake. As I tell my students, right now – it’s more important you understand the QUESTIONS YOU GOT WRONG – than the questions you get Right. Why? Because….
3. THE INFORMATION YOU GOT WRONG = THE INFORMATION YOU DON’T KNOW.
And what you don’t know on the NCLEX will Hurt you. So study the questions you got wrong.
4. How do you accurately STUDY the QUESTIONS you get WRONG?
- Make Notecards for each question you get wrong.
- Write down the question on the front – or the main topic of the question. Answer/Explanation on the back.
- Read the Rationale and write that on the back of the notecard.
- If the rationale doesn’t make sense – reference back to the summary or your textbook for clarification – this is the ONLY TIME you should be reading your textbook this late into the game.
- TAKE THESE NOTECARDS WITH YOU WHEREEVER YOU GO & STUDY THEM!
5. Remember the NCLEX is to test the skill level of a New Nurse
Even though you are going to feel as there is “No way is this a question for a new Nurse”
The question is on the NCLEX, so here are is my last hint for the day:
Do not chose something you have never heard of before!
If you were like me as a student nurse, every time I encountered something I hadn’t heard of on a test, I chose it. Even though, I had spent hundreds of hours studying, reading, doing questions – I knew that I had somehow missed that very important answer that I had never heard of before. And guess what – I was ALWAYS wrong.
DON’T PICK ANSWERS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF!
More NCLEX Hints NEXT week – for now get to your QUESTIONS!
Next week I’ll start explaining how to answer Questions.