Welcome back ReMar Reviewers! This is week three of your boot camp and it marks the halfway point of my six-week study calendar. I hope you took my advice last week and focused on staying consistent in your studies. Now that we’ve laid the foundation for how to use my program effectively, I’d like to talk about some of the barriers you may face along your journey.
Like anything worth doing, studying for the NCLEX is worth doing well. This means narrowing down what you focus on when you study, as well as the methods you use while doing so. To help you with your journey, I’ve included three of the most common barriers students face, and how I suggest overcoming them!
All too often I see students getting overwhelmed by too much material. Universities and other NCLEX programs seem to throw all the information available at you, when they should only be giving you the right information. If you are baking a cake, you don’t follow a recipe for a pie, do you? No, because while they both apply to baking, there are a specific set of steps to achieve your desired result. I want you to apply the same logic when studying for NCLEX. I only want you to focus on the information that will help you succeed in passing the NCLEX.
That is exactly why I developed the ReMar Review DVD Self-Study Program. I was right where you are at one point. I was a nursing student trying to do everything in her power to take down the NCLEX. Then after I took the NCLEX, I realized a lot of the information I spent valuable study time on didn’t even appear on the exam. I couldn’t believe just how much time I spent reviewing additional material only to find out it had no bearing on my result. That is why I stress sticking to my program and only studying additional material that is geared specifically towards preparing you for the NCLEX. Don’t waste your precious time!
One of the biggest issues I always hear from students is that they don’t have enough time to properly study. Having walked in your shoes before, I am aware of what it is like to try and juggle work and family responsibilities with an intense school curriculum. In an ideal world we would all have enough time to dedicate solely to studying. Unfortunately for us, we don’t live in an ideal world, but we can take steps in ensuring that we do utilize the time we have to its full potential.
The biggest suggestion I could make for those having issues with time management is to really focus on preparation. At the beginning of each week, try and chart out your entire weekly schedule and use any available time for studying. Once you’ve done this, stick to that schedule as best you can. You’ll notice after a few weeks that you’ve instinctively fallen into a routine and it comes by more naturally.
For those who don’t have the luxury of having a set work schedule, or those with a hectic lifestyle in general, I suggest seizing every available opportunity. Take your review materials to work and study on your breaks. Do you take the bus to work or school? Then study while waiting for or riding on the bus. Look at every available space of time as an opportunity to focus on your studies.
Another obstacle I see frequently is the lack of motivation. This is a very difficult barrier to overcome, because nobody really wants to study. Let’s face it, if we have the choice between spending time with family and friends or studying the NCLEX, it’s not even close. We all have places and things we much rather be doing than studying, but I want you to all remember that this is an investment.
Think of it like buying a new car. Choosing to go to nursing school was your down payment on your future, and all the money and time spent on the years that followed were the monthly payments towards achieving that future. Now look at the NCLEX as your last car payment, that one final bill standing between you and your freedom. You owe it to yourself to invest everything you can into motivating yourself.
One of my favorite ways to motivate myself is by changing up my study habits. If you typically study at night, try studying instead during the day. Are you the type of person that typically studies alone? How about trying to incorporate other studies into your studies with study groups or flash cards? The possibilities are truly endless and at the end of the day you must find out what is most effective for you personally!
I want to stress that we aren’t all cut from the same cloth. Just because these tips worked for me, it does not necessarily mean they will all work for you. We are all different, and that is what makes us beautiful. If these tips do not work for you, try to find something else that does. Recognize your weak points and work on improving them. Invest in your future now by giving it your all before the NCLEX. I promise you won’t let yourself down.
As always, I’m here for you. I really love when students reach out to me and ask questions. Let me assist you in any way I can by reaching out to me on Facebook or by email at ReMarReview@gmail.com. Tell me about the obstacles you are facing, and let me do my very best to help you overcome them. My program doesn’t end when you click checkout, it ends when you pass the NCLEX. Let’s break down these barriers together!