It’s the night before your NCLEX exam, you’ve spent several months studying, your stress levels are through the roof. You ask yourself if you’ve studied hard enough, you try to imagine what life will be like if you fail your exam.
Sitting a test or an exam of any kind can be stressful, but if you’re banking on getting into nursing school, and becoming a nurse, all of your months, even years, of hard work and preparation will come down to that one exam you are due to sit the very next day.
Of course this guide cannot guarantee you will pass your NCLEX exams, we can help to ensure you are as well prepared for the examination as you can possibly be.
Here Are the Top NCLEX Exam Mistakes To Avoid
Not Getting Enough Sleep The Night Before
When you sit an exam, you need your mind to be sharp, and you need to ensure you are well-rested. If you fail to get enough sleep the night before an exam, your mind will wander, your memory will struggle, and you will find it tough to remember even the most basic pieces of information.
Make sure you get an early night before your exam and try to get as much sleep as you can.
Not Following A Sleeping Schedule
It is important to sleep well the night before an exam when you are studying you also need to ensure you are getting enough sleep otherwise, you won’t get the most out of your study sessions. Try to get into a routine so that you go to bed and get up at a reasonable time every single day.
Treating NCLEX The Same As Nursing School
NCLEX exams are entirely different to the tests you took in nursing school, so just because you did well there, doesn’t mean you can get overconfident and assume you’ll ace your NCLEX exams. You see, NCLEX not only tests knowledge, it also tests your ability, so there is a great deal more practicality to NCLEX than what you may be used to in nursing school.
Cramming The Week Before
When it comes to your NCLEX exams, it’s no good trying to cram everything in the week before. Ideally, you want to begin studying months in advance.
NCLEX exams are tough, and there is just no way you can learn and memorize everything a few days before the exam, no matter how hard you work for that prior week.
Begin studying several months out, and test yourself randomly every now and then to ensure the knowledge is indeed sticking.
Studying Too Much
Study several times per week, perhaps even every day, but allow yourself plenty of free time in the process. See your friends, speak to family members, get out, and have fun, all within moderation of course.
Perhaps reward yourself for a successful week of studying by heading out for the weekend, or spending a night away from the books every so often.
Relying On Energy Drinks And Stimulants
Contrary to what energy drink manufacturers will have you believe, energy drinks are not essential for exams and study, and they are not necessarily good for your brain.
A little caffeine before your exam could indeed help you to focus, but if you rely on it too much, too often, you could suffer from insomnia, plus you will put your health at risk in the process.
Ignoring Your Exams
Your nursing chances depend on this exam, so think about it, envision how you will feel once it is over, and envision how great you will feel when you pass.
You need to mentally prepare yourself for your exam, as it could potentially help you to remember something you may have overlooked.
Ignoring The Logistics
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, and although it is important to think about your exam, there are other things you must consider as well. Create a checklist, tick off everything you know you have, and make sure you factor in every little detail.
Thinking That Passing Is Life Or Death
Failure is not the end of the world. If you do fail you must remind yourself that you can always try again. Remember, the nurses in hospitals up and down the country sat these exams, and not all of them passed the first time.
Of course aim to pass at the first time, but just remember that you do not get one shot, so you can always try again if necessary.