Possibly the most Googled thing about nursing
school is how to study for the
NCLEX. And there's about a million ways to do
So many different study products out there,
and I'm not going to sit here and pretend
that there's just one perfect way that will
lead you to the ultimate promise of
success. Because there isn't.
And really, it all comes down to one thing:
The NCLEX is absolutely an exam that tries
to see how safe of a nurse you
will be by asking you questions about the
many different topics you learned in school.
But it is also just a test.
A test that you can learn to take with
practice by finding patterns and learning
tricks for different questions.
So I would suggest some mild review leading
up to the point when you get that magical ATT
. And then, when you get your ATT and you
schedule your exam, kick things into
high gear with a study schedule.
Plan it out, like, a few hours of studying a
day, by topic, or just start with question
banks to see what areas you need more help
But start a schedule, stick to it a few hours
a day and you'll you'll be ready before you
know it. You can use a study course, you can
use a study app or a combination of
both. Lecturio does have a question bank to
help prepare you for NCLEX and it's a
phenomenal resource in general to go back to
when other study resources mention a
topic that you can't quite remember all the
And then you can go back, and you can watch
a quick video on it, refresh your mind and go
back to all of your study questions.
And when you are moving through the
questions, don't forget that it's
equally as important in this game to read
the rationales as it
is to actually do the questions.
And I want you to read all the rationales.
For the ones you got wrong. For the ones you
All of them. And when you get a question
wrong, I want you to write down that subject
that it was asking you about on a piece of
Again, this is a cool thing that Lecturio
really shines at because you can then go and
look at that sheet of paper and find quick
synopsis videos of all of those topics you
And you can just watch a video on them
quickly review and kind of wrap up your
studying that way.
If you were using a review book, do not
spend a lot of time on stuff that you already
know well. You really just want to focus
your time on the things that
you cannot explain well to the pet, plant,
your wall, your
teddy bear, I don't know.
Because remember, if you can teach it, you
probably already know it pretty well.
We want you to go back and target those
topics that you fumble through and you can't
really recall at all.
No matter what study method you choose, if
you stick with doing a few hours
every day, questions every single day, and
you're reading all of the rationales and
supporting your learning by focusing on
targeted struggles areas, you will be well
prepared to take the test on test day, even
if you don't feel like it.
Speaking of which, ready or not, my pep talk
on taking the test is
coming at you and it's the worst.
Let's check it out.