How to Prepare for the NCLEX test [part 1]

How to Prepare for the NCLEX

How to Study for the NCLEX

Welcome to May. A couple of admin notes first.

If you are looking for posts about our NCLEX topics you can find them here –

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This month we’ll be putting the NCLEX topics posts on hold for a while and talking about how you can pass your NCLEX test. Here is a brief outline of what we’ll be talking about – posts will be on Tuesday / Thursday of each week. If you find these posts useful we would love if you shared them on Facebook (you can win some cool stuff too).

Part 1 – Mapping it out. Time management.
Part 2 – How much will you spend?
Part 3 – Assessment – where are you at?
Part 4 – Creating a calendar.
Part 5 – Reviewing – content.
Part 6 – Reviewing – question types.
Part 7 – Destressing.
Part 8 – the week before the test.

Mapping it out

The first thing you need to do is figure out how much time you’re going to be studying. Normally when you finish school it can take 30 – 45 days to get your first NCLEX date. We’ll say just for this example that it is 45 days or 6 weeks. You don’t want to study all of the time, because you will burn out very quickly. My suggestion is that you take a day each week and devote solely to not studying, doing something you like or spending time with your family. If you work – which many of you do, you’ll have to figure that into your time to study. It is also especially during this time to make sure you get plenty of rest and you eat well too. So let’s say you work 5 days a week, 8 hour shifts.

Days you work you’ll study 3 hours. (30 days).
Days you don’t work you’ll study 5 hours (6 days)
6 days of rest

Total 42 days.

You need to figure this out, when you know how much time you have available, you’ll be able to decide how you’re going to spend your time. We’ll be doing that later. But for now start thinking about how much time you have available and when you’re going to study.

For the example above Days we work – get up an hour earlier. After work, wind down for an hour or two and then study for two hours. Five hour days we’ll study 2.5 in the morning, take a couple of hours for a break and then study 2.5 hours in the afternoon.

Thursday we’ll talk about how much you want to spend.

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