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Effective Study Techniques for the Nurse Licensure Examination

With the November 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) fast approaching, those who intend to take the exam on November NLE need to maximize their review by learning how to study effectively.

Here are some tips on how to study for the nursing board exams effectively:

Study when you are most alert. Some people study better at daytime while others prefer to study at night or even during the wee hours of the morning. Whatever your preferred time is, it is important to study the most difficult materials of the November 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination when you are most alert to help you focus more on the topic at hand.

Choose an appropriate study area. Your study area should be conducive for studying. An appropriate study area is well-lighted, well-ventilated, and free of distractions. You should also have a sturdy desk where you have your reference materials within your reach and a chair that supports good posture.

Create a Priority List. Barely a month before the November 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination, you should have identified nursing topics that you know very well and those topics you still need to improve on. Create a task list so you can appropriate more time for in-depth review on nursing topics you find most difficult and keep track of the nursing topics you have covered and those you still need to study on.

Take short breaks. After long, grueling hours of reviewing for the NLE, you need to take short breaks to recharge yourself. You need to walk around the room, stretch your limbs, and take cleansing breaths to improve your circulation and relax your mind and body.

Take time to nourish and hydrate yourself. Give particular attention to what you eat and drink during study periods. It is best to eat small meals every 3 to 4 hours to maintain your energy levels and avoid feeling drowsy and sluggish. Also remember to consume lots of fluids to keep you hydrated and refreshed even after hours of studying.

Have enough rest and sleep. While you need to spend long hours studying for the Nurse Licensure Examination this November, your body needs to rest in order to be in peak operating condition. When you deprive your body of the much-need rest and sleep, you will feel groggy and find it harder to concentrate on your review for the NLE.

Make use of study tools. When reviewing for the November 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination, you need all the help you need to maximize your study time. For example, if you have a hard time remembering laboratory values and drug antidotes, why not make cram sheets on these topics? Cram sheets are handy and you can go over them whenever you have the time.

Join a study group. When you think you have covered all the nursing topics included in the Scope of the Nurse Licensure Examination, one way of supplementing self-study is by joining a study group where you can exchange notes, nursing mnemonics, and tips with other group members. There may be nursing topics you have missed out on and other group members may be able to explain them to you thoroughly.

Remember that in order to succeed in the November 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination, you have to go beyond just basic studying. It is very important to learn how to study effectively and use valuable study time to your best advantage.


Nursing Board Exam Tips: Effective Stress Management Techniques

Those who are reviewing for major exams like the November 2009 Nursing Board Exam are surely experiencing a significant amount of stress. While stress can be positive and motivate examinees to some extent, excessive stress can affect their overall functioning negatively.

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Study and Test Taking Skill Tips in the Nurse Licensure Exam

1. The “Real Thing”
Take practice tests and Q & A drills every day. Position yourself in an atmosphere where there will be no interruptions or distractions. Develop your schedule for studying around when you are normally more awake and/or most efficient. Go through an entire drill in one sitting. Give yourself a time limit for finishing the questions. It’s important not to panic if you don’t know the answer. Taking tests is a skill like any other. In addition, taking tests can be extremely anxiety producing for some people. These people perform much more poorly on tests than they normally do in class or on the job. The best way to reduce test-anxiety is through constant exposure. Practice makes perfect!

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Test Taking Strategies in Taking the Nursing Board Exam. SURELY WORKS!

Test Taking Strategies in Taking the Nursing Board Exam
• Cover the choices when reading the question. This way, your thought process will not be influenced by the choices.
• Before looking at the choices, try formulating your answer then look at the available choices. Choose the choice closest to your own answer.
• Always read all of the choices before choosing your final answer.
• Use the process of elimination. Write an X mark beside choices that are obviously wrong.
• Answer the easier questions first. However, mark the numbers that you skipped to make sure you don’t miss answering them later.
• Only change your answer when you are absolutely sure of your new answer.
• Between positive and negative answers, the positive choice is more likely the correct answer.
• The choice that is grammatically consistent with the question is more likely the correct answer.
• The answer containing the most information is more likely the correct answer.
• When “All of the Above” is included in the choices and you find two more correct choices, “All of the above” is more likely the correct answer.
• When you find two choices that completely negate each other, chances are one of them is the correct answer.
• If you find all choices to be correct, remember that you are looking for the best answer.