Study and Exam Preparation Tips
There are many ways to approach studying for the NCLEX exam. The following tips have been found useful in helping the candidate study more quickly and retain more information.
Although individuals vary in the ways they learn, some basic principles apply to everyone. Adopt a study strategy that takes advantage of these principles:
- Learn the detailed information first.
- After you master the small details, look at the big picture.
- Devote at least one to two hours per day to studying the information.
- Don’t try to pull out all your notes from nursing school. Focus on this book and the suggested resources.
- Learn from your mistakes. If you miss a question, look at the answer explanation carefully and look up information you don’t understand.
- Talk out loud if you like. Others might think you’re odd, but hearing the material spoken could help you to concentrate and remember.
- Study with a friend. If your study group focuses on success, it will help you to concentrate. But if they do not, don’t waste your time with an ineffective group.
- Attend a live review like that offered by Rinehart and Associates. Participating in a live review where the instructors are dedicated to helping you succeed is immeasurable in value.
- When you feel ready to take the test, schedule a time. Don’t put off taking the test too long because you might start to forget what you have learned.
- Memorizing is not fun, but it is necessary when dealing with things such as laboratory values, conversion factors, and nutrition. First look at the details and then master the major concepts. Understanding “why” helps you to remember, so be sure you master the concept before you move on to the next topic. Research has shown that attempting to assimilate both overall and detailed types of information at the same time can interfere with the overall learning process. For best performance on the exam, separate your study time into learning the details and then the big picture.