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Everyone knows that preparing for and taking exams can get quite stressful. So, we've gathered a few study tips, test taking hints and relaxation techniques to help you along the way.

General Study Tips:
  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!

  2. Create flashcards - Keep track of the concepts and definitions you find most difficult and make a flashcard for each one. Keep the flashcards with you during the day. You never know when you'll have a couple of minutes between classes or on a work break to give yourself a quick quiz.

  3. Mnemonic Devices - Use mnemonic devices to assist your memory in recalling short lists.
  4. Understanding vs. Memorizing - Don’t memorize material. Instead aim for understanding the material. Nurse Licensure Examinations (NLE) do not test for memorization but rather for an understanding of the nursing concepts. When studying content, ask yourself, "How can I use this information when I care for clients?"

  5. Time Frame - The key to efficient studying is time management. You need to first determine how much time you have before the exam. Next, you need to realistically determine how much free time you have to devote to studying. If you have a couple of months you can study much more leisurely than if you have only a couple of days. Try to make a study schedule based on the time you have available. You should be in the mode to study once you take up the schedule though. Unmotivated studying is not efficient studying! Once you set your study schedule, stick to it. Your unconscious will reward you with greater energy if you stick to your time line.

Test Taking Skill tips:

  1. Read each question carefully - carefully read each multiple-choice question to ensure a full understanding of the concepts. As you go through the questions look for key concepts that are familiar to you. Understand what the question is asking.

  2. Answer the question first - Try to answer the question before looking at the options. If you cannot answer the question, try eliminating the options that you know are incorrect first. Then analyze the remaining two answers.

  3. Go at your own pace - Don’t pay attention to how quickly other examinees complete their examination. The time taken by a candidate to complete the examination is not a predictor of passing or failing. Pace yourself, keeping note of the time left to complete the examination. Take the time you need to answer each question but try not to spend too much time on any one question.

  4. The night before - Don’t stay up late for last minute cramming on the night before your exam. Instead get a good night's sleep. Try to clear your mind and relax.

Relaxation Techniques:

  1. Be confident - Don’t let the testing procedure overwhelm you. Remember, the majority of examinees pass the Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) the very first time. Be confident in what you know - don't second guess yourself. Think positive. You can pass this examination, you have studied and you are prepared.

  2. Reduce anxiety - Plan to finish studying for the examination at least several days prior to your scheduled time to test. Last minute cramming will increase your anxiety.

  3. Ease tension - Practice deep breathing to decrease tension and manage anxiety. Try to clear your mind if you start to worry. Make sure you eat healthy and exercise prior to taking the examination.
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