So, there you are. Sitting in front of your computer, clicking through site after site, comparing prices, reading mind boggling reviews, texting your classmates, watching Youtube videos, switching back and forth to your Facebook account… all while chowing down your lame Ramen excuse for a decent meal. Lol. I’m speculating here. You’re stuck in a rut. You’re here because you still haven’t decided what the heck you’re going to do, to study for that big exam: The NCLEX. The National Council Licensure Examination. After all…this exam will be the sole determinant of whether or not you’ll actually make that RN money. Am I right? What’s the worst that could happen? Some how, you have to manage to compile everything you ever learned during nursing school. Freaked out yet? Don’t be. To tell you the truth, the way I see it, you’re already 60% there. And even if you’re not at this stage yet, stick around. You might find this useful.
Let me go ahead and jump off the on-deck circle. If you haven’t already reached the last 2 months of nursing school yet, don’t even consider a review class. In my opinion, why would you even consider reviewing for a comprehensive exam, if you haven’t even been taught everything yet? And I say 2 months quite openly. The last 2 months of nursing school is nothing. #SENIORITIS. But, I do think 2 months in advance will give you an ample amount of time, to jump right into taking your boards.
Now, for the GOLDEN TICKET: Which review class should I take? And should I do it online or in-person? The ANSWER: It’s up to you. Haha. Sorry folks. That’s the truth. The BIGGER QUESTION is: What are your studying habits? What studying medium works best for you? Are you a visual learner? Audio? Do you work well in a group study? If you’re like the majority of the community, you probably haven’t even figured that out yet. And you’re still in the air, doing every single studying habit out there. In addition, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter which company you go with. THE CONTENT IS THE SAME.
Regardless, remember this, STUDYING EFFICIENTLY IS KEY. Why waste your time with group study, if you’re always the one in the group that does all the talking? What are you getting out of it? Why waste your time listening to lectures, if you do better mapping everything out on paper for yourself? You get my point? #knowyourself.
KNOW THIS: You see…with big chain review classes (such as Kaplan, Hurst, etc.) the medium will always be both visual and auditory. You’ll pay approximately $300-700, just to hear someone lecture to you. But, don’t get me wrong. That’s not all they do. They’ll draw things occasionally and make you write notes too. With that said, what’s the difference between that and what your nursing professor has done?
If you absolutely want someone lecturing to you, save yourself the extra few hundred dollars and just purchase their online video lectures. That’s my opinion anyway. Why drive somewhere, on their time, waste your gas, just to hear someone rant to you? With online video lectures, you could listen and watch them bad boys at your own pace, anywhere you freaking want to. At the beach. At the bar. On your toilet. You get my point? #drinkresponsibly.
In addition, keep this is mind too. Many of these big chain review classes market their “in-class course review books” as the Holy Grail. The Mecca of all resources. I call BS. Sure these books have content in them. But, to tell you the truth, THEY ALL DO! However, each of their magnificent class review books will have unfilled, blank spaces. And as a result, when you come to their classes, you just fill in the blanks. And that’s what they consider “ACTIVE LEARNING.” #Eyeroll.
I’ve tried the Hurst review. I’m not going to lie to you. I was suckered in. In my defense, my school was offering a great discount on it. Lol. It was a 3 day lecture course, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. And to tell you the truth, I only went to the first 2 days. By the second day, I was already deep into checking my Facebook updates. And once I found out they opened up access to the online video lectures, I WAS GONE! Then, on third day, I blew through those online videos and filled in the rest of the blanks, in half the time. Yet, even after doing that, I still didn’t end up reading the book. The real NCLEX prep comes from question trainers anyway. But, that’s for another blog post.
Personally, I’m an avid believer in self study. Start out by grabbing yourself ANY content review book, at your local book store. And just read it through like once. It’s mainly used to refresh your memory anyway. For Christ sake, it doesn’t matter which one! They all have the same content in them! If it helps, get the one with pretty pictures. Lol.
As I’ve said to my tutees many times before, back when I was tutoring: The only thing you ever accomplish, coming to a session, is pushing all the bull crap in our personal lives aside, just to sit our butts down and read. No one can maximize your efficiency, but yourself.
Stay tuned! Coming soon, or eventually I should say, I’ll be posting about what I did and how I prepared for the NCLEX, my thoughts on it, etc. There are many angles to tackle and discuss this NCLEX preparation topic.