Pass NCLEX-RN II: Study Tips for Day/Night before NCLEX-RN Exam
Study Guide for RN Students
Studying for your NCLEX-RN exam has been brutal, to say the least. Much time and energy has been invested. You’ve given up on fun activities, quality family time, and even sleep. Our goal is to help you maximize your efforts and sacrifice. Do not let your hard work and mind-numbing hours of study go to waste. Follow these sound tips on the day and night before your exam to place your mind and body in the best test taking mode.
GOAL: Your goal on the day before your exam is to relax and re-energize.
Day Before NCLEX-RN Exam
1. Take the day off from studying. Our best advice is to take the whole day off from studying. If you must study or do a trial run, do so in the early part of the day, before noon. This is not the time to cram everything. The idea is to learn what you can to feel prepared prior to this day. Set aside your books and take care of yourself.
2. Trial run. The only test related activity we suggest is a trial run, if you have not done so already. Drive or bus to the test center and note how long it will take you to arrive there. Do this as close to the time you are expected to be there as you possibly can. It is important that you arrive on time for the NCLEX-RN exam so you are not flustered before your exam begins.
3. Get ready. Always be prepared. Place the documents you will need to take your NCLEX-RN exam such as ID card and exam confirmation note in a readily accessible spot. You job the next morning is to grab what you need and go. No time should be wasted looking for keys or identification. Make sure you have enough gas in your car. Select the clothing, underwear, jewelry/watch, and shoes you will be wearing. Lay them out. Plan ahead to avoid any unnecessary hassles.
4. Relax. Easy for us to say but this is crucial to your sanity and test taking experience. Do not waste the day worrying about the exam. Whatever you choose to do, push the exam out of your head by doing any one of the following activities:
a. Exercise. Practice some light exercises; yoga comes to mind. If you are a swimmer, swim a few laps. If you are a runner or jogger, this is a great time to run or jog a few miles. Go to the gym, lift weights if you must. Remember: do not overdo it or exhaust yourself before your exam.
b. Fun activity. Go out with friends and have some fun. No, we do not encourage drinking alcohol, this will only give you a hangover not the clarity of mind you are shooting for. If you enjoy nature, surround yourself with it. Go for an easy day hike, fish, bird watch, kayaking or whatever you do to sustain your mind and body. You know yourself best.
c. Food. Eat something healthy and drink fluids, lots of it. Don’t forget the basics of taking care of you. The body needs its nourishments, provide it.
5. Put the NCLEX-RN exam in perspective. We all agree that this is the single most important career step after school BUT it is not the end of the world. There are provisions to re-take the exam. The last time we checked, once you start practicing no one ever asks how often you took the exam before passing. Passing the NCLEX-RN is an important step. However, it is not life and death. Keep things in perspective. Trust that you have given studied at your best. Trust the knowledge you have gathered thus far.
Night Before NCLEX-RN Exam
Assuming you have had a fun, exam worry-free day, here are a few of basic steps to follow at night.
- Do not indulge in alcohol. Not only will alcohol act as a diuretic and dehydrate you, it can cause a hangover on the one day you need you full mental capacity.
- Sleep aids. Some nurses suffer from insomnia and must take sleep aids. Remember to allow yourself at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. The last thing you need is to wake up and take the NCLEX-RN in a drug-induced stupor.
- Do not stay up late. Go to bed early so you can wake up refreshed and well-rested.
- Set your alarm. Include a backup plan. Set the alarm on your nightstand. Set the alarm on your phone. And yes we suggest also asking a friend or family to provide a wake-up call.
You’ll wake up refreshed and of sound mind the day of the exam. Now that’s what we call getting off to a good start. Next, we’ll discuss how to steel your nerves on the day of the exam. This so you can focus solely on using the knowledge you have acquired for a successful NCLEX-RN exam experience. We know you can do it!