Lessons From People Who Passed
To study for the NCLEX, I used an ATI Tutor (supplied by the college), a Kaplan book for the NCLEX exam, as well as, the NCLEX MASTERY app on my phone. I thought that the app was convenient for an “on the go” nursing student. It was informative and truly prepared you with difficult questions that reflected the NCLEX.
I graduated in December of 2013 and studied for about two months. It took 6 weeks to complete the ATI tutor review and in the meantime, I would use the NCLEX MASTERY app to reinforce myself with constant NCLEX style questions.
For someone who just started studying, I would advise them to NOT try to remember content, but to focus on HOW to answer questions. I would ask them to think about ways to eliminate answer choices to questions that are unfamiliar. The NCLEX contains a numerous amount of questions for which we go “I have never heard of this before!” This is the time to use the NCLEX mastery app and learn how to answer those DIFFICULT questions.
Get enough rest the night before the exam and DO NOT study (this just stresses you out more). On test day, try to relax! Take deep breaths! Go into the exam room confident that you have the techniques needed to answer questions with unfamiliar topics and that you have used TOOLS like the NCLEX MASTERY app to help you prepare for this big day. YOU CAN DO IT!
Any time I had “down time” I would pull my phone out and use the app. I figured, when I have down time, I always pull my phone out and go on Facebook. I made a commitment that I would treat the app as if it were my favorite social media app. I was on the app constantly! I worked at a hospital as a nursing assistant and whenever I was free, I would answer questions, when I was watching tv at home, I would answer questions, while waiting for food at a restaurant, I would answer questions, before bed, I would answer question....you get my drift?
The app is so convenient and easy to use that it almost becomes like a game of smarts on your phone. You go through the questions and “bank” the questions appropriately and as you go, even if you get questions wrong, you learn from them.
This app was invaluable to me and I am the biggest advocate for it to be purchased by any prospective Nursing student taking the NCLEX. Great tool, great price, great OUTCOME!!!
I prepared for the NCLEX by taking the HURST review, which allowed me to study the material that would be on the NCLEX, but HURST review only offers a limited amount of questions. That’s where NCLEX Mastery came in. NCLEX Mastery offers an unmatched question base that really helped me start thinking NCLEX-y. I strongly recommend the app to anyone getting ready to take the NCLEX.
I studied for about two months. I took it a little later than most because of a move from Indy to Cincy. I wouldn’t recommend waiting so long. Study hard, and take the NCLEX as soon as you feel comfortable with the material.
I would tell someone who has just started studying for the NCLEX to review the key material, take breaks, and use the NCLEX Mastery app to help with answering questions and getting your study material to sink in.
On test day the one thing you need to remember is Breathe! Be happy you’re your hard work is about to pay off! Secondly, don’t freak out, there are a lot of questions you will not know the answer to. Bring a couple of snacks, your favorite drink (non-alcoholic of course), and wear a sweater in case the testing room gets cold.
I have terrible test anxiety! NCLEX Mastery really helped by enabling me to take multiple “tests” in a non-threatening way. By the time NCLEX came around, I was more than ready to answer the test questions. I also loved Mastery’s practice questions, because if I didn't get the answer right, there was a completely detailed rationale.
Studying for the NCLEX, I relied on Mark Klimek’s review class and the NCLEX mastery application.
I studied for around 4 hours a day on my days off. However, having this application on my iPhone allowed me to study in the car, on my breaks at work, or simply wherever I was. This was very beneficial to me. There was no sitting down, organizing all of my information, or having to lug around a lot of information with this app. It was just there, which was very helpful for me since I am always on the go.
I would give someone the advice to not overwhelm yourself. Pace yourself when studying, and start early. There is no cramming all of the information that you learned during school. There are going to be things that you don’t know on the exam, but don’t freak out! The more you answer questions, the easier the test questions will get. This app will help you with that.
Go in with an open mind and make sure you are relaxed. Get a good night of sleep the night before, and a good breakfast the morning of. Don’t panic. I know that this is so much easier said than done. However, the more prepared you are, the more confident you will be.
I relied on the NCLEX mastery questions. I didn’t study any other questions, but I feel like it was that helpful. I would recommend this application to anyone and everyone preparing for the NCLEX. You are able to flag questions that you have no idea what they are, so then you will see them again. If there are things you know, you are able to push these questions to the side. I strongly recommend this app and think it was a big part of me passing the NCLEX!
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