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Establish regular study times. Make appoint- ments with yourself to ensure a commitment to study. Frequent, shortstudy periods (1 or 2 hours) are preferable to sporadic, extended study periods. Plan to finish your studying 1 weekbefore the NCLEX-RN; last-minute cramming tends to increase anxiety.Obtain all necessary resources. As you begin to study, it is helpful to have easy access to textbooks, notes, andstudy guides.Make the best use of your time. Make review cards that you can carry with you to study dur- ing free momentsthroughout the day. Some stu- dents record review notes and listen to the tapes or Podcasts while driving orexercising.Reduce or eliminate stressful situations. Students who are juggling multiple responsibilities (such as working,managing a family, taking courses, plan- ning a wedding, or caring for elderly parents) may find it difficult to findtime to study or to concen- trate when studying. Managing a variety of stressful situations puts students at risk forfailing exams. If possible, reduce the number of stressful situations you are involved in during the time you areprepar- ing to take the NCLEX-RN exam.Develop effective study skills. Study skills enable you to acquire, organize, remember, and use the information youneed to take the NCLEX-RN. These skills include outlining, summarizing, apply- ing, synthesizing, reviewing, andpracticing test- taking strategies. Use these study skills each time you prepare for an exam.Use study skills with which you are familiar and that have worked well for you in the past. Recall effective studybehaviors that you used in nursing school, such as reviewing highlighted text, outlines, or content maps.Study to learn, not to memorize. The NCLEX-RN tests application and analysis of knowledge. When reviewingcontent, continually ask yourself, “How is this information used in client care?” “What clinical decision-making willbe required of this informa- tion?” and “What is the role of the nurse in using this information?” Being able to applyinformation, rather than just being able to list or recognize infor- mation, is one of the most important study skills tomaster.Identify your learning and study style prefer- ences. Each student has a preferred way of learn- ing. For example,some students prefer learning material by listening; they are consideredauditorylearners. If this describes yourpreference, you will benefit from reviewing taped notes or class lec- tures. Some students learn best in a visualmode. They learn by reading, reviewing slide presenta- tions, or looking at illustrations. For thesevisuallearners,reading and looking at images is helpful.Kinestheticlearners, those who like to touch and manipulate to learn,benefit from working with models and manikins to reinforce their learning. While you likely have one learning styleand study preference, using a variety of styles will enhance the study experience.

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