“When you feel like quitting, remember why you started”
When I was over stuDYING for the NCLEX, I would remind myself that NCLEX was just another step in my journey so I can start caring for patients as a nurse.
~ U World & Rationales
~ Mark Klimek Audio Lectures & Notes
~ 100-150 Questions a day
~ Write rationales for each question I got wrong, even the ones that I got right. Rationales are the best way to study for NCLEX. You won’t remember the specific questions on UWorld, but you will remember the rationales for why you should 𝕡𝕚𝕔𝕜 𝕠𝕟𝕖 𝕥𝕪𝕡𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕒𝕟𝕤𝕨𝕖𝕣 𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕒𝕟𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣. I also used my rationales to pinpoint patterns of types of questions & content I was tested on.
~ Three Weeks to Study
~ On UWorld I didn’t do the questions based on categories (prioritization, etc) I chose to do a comprehensive test each time
~ I started with 75 question tests at a time, but after I completed my test & reviewed my rationales, I was so exhausted I wouldn’t want to study anymore for the rest of the day. My average scores were 40-50% when I did 75q tests at a time
~ So I started doing 10/20/30 question tests at a time & I continued reviewing/writing rationales after each test. My scores improved dramatically (60-80%) & I was learning so much more (less burnout)
~ I would make a goal for 50-75 questions in the morning, break in the afternoon, then another 50-75 questions in the evening. My goal of 100-150 questions a day completed!!
~ Notebook/White paper to organize my notes of rationales. Noticing patterns & seeing areas where I was weak & improving upon them was SO helpful
~ Having time for self-care, doing something fun, was major 🔑 I needed that time to step away from the stress of studying
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