Yeah, yeah, so I did this to help those who are having the jitters prior to the 2011 December Nursing Board Exam. These are some things I picked up before I took that test last July 2 and 3. As the date of the exam is drawing near, here are my 12 AWESOME tips for you to pass the PNLE and make your parents proud! Oh Yeah!
“But all of this success came at the end of a long climb.” – Michael N. Castle
TIP#1 : BELIEVE IN YOUR REVIEW CENTER
Getting the help and assistance you really need from a review center will definitely help you gain that confidence in passing the PNLE. You will be equipped with “How to survive” guides and well, be BOMBARDED with questions and all the WHYS as per answer. The review center will do its part in preparing you to take that career-defining test.
TIP#2 : PAST EXPERIENCES MATTER
Surely you have your seniors or maybe teachers that have gone through this test and they have a lot of things to share to you. Take that opportunity by asking them tips and of course their hindrances when taking the test, their preparations, and so on. What matters most is that you will learn from what they have been through, and avoid their mistakes.
TIP#3 : NEVER LOSE YOUR STORED KNOWLEDGE
This helped me a lot during the test. Still, the fundamentals carry the whole existence of the PNLE. If you don’t know the basics, then for sure, you don’t know how to apply it in different situations in the test. Always go back to the simplest concepts and you’ll be fine. The added information from the review is a PLUS. Read. Read. Read.
TIP#4 : LUCK DOES NOT EXIST
Luck only occurs when a billion people joined the lottery and one person won the jackpot – that’s a tiny thing to consider. The more that you are prepared, the more that you will be having fun in taking the test. If you are fully equipped with the knowledge and everything then you’ll have a strong chance of getting the answers right.
TIP#5 : IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TREND
Tackle the previous PNLE problems as well as the answers. This will ease your tension and pressure. This will eventually give you a tiny glimpse of what the PNLE would be like. Oh, and solving past examinations would give you that oozing confidence in answering the exam.
TIP#6 : PAMPER YOURSELF
Who told you to study 24/7? Take a break whenever you think is appropriate. You are not a robot, thus, you need to take care of yourself. Do some relaxation – watch a movie, go fishing, have fun in the beach, fly a kite, anything to keep you sane. This will regain your energy and absolutely trim the stress.
TIP#7 : ASK FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION
Prayer. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s help. Bear in mind that God helps those who help themselves. If you pray and leave it all to Him without even reading a book – He will not put the answers on your test paper. Believe in Him that He will guide you and believe in yourself that you can pass.
TIP#8 : MOTIVATION GIVES YOU THAT DRIVE
Without motivation, what’s the point of exerting so much effort in studying? Make goals and motivate yourself to reach for it! To Pass and to Top the PNLE!
TIP#9 : DO IT FOR YOURSELF
Do not pressure yourself with the expectations of other people. This is your fight and you will give your best shot. You do this for you. You will prove this for you.
TIP#10 : PHYSIOLOGICAL NEEDS ARE AS EQUALLY IMPORTANT
Rest, Eat, and Exercise. Kapeesh? That’s all.
TIP#11 : CHILLAX BEFORE IT BEGINS
Relax and take a few days off before the examination. Make sure you have prepared your things – and I mean everything needed. Prepare your uniforms, your water, candies, etc. Always remember your room assignment.
TIP#12 : TAKE A DEEP BREATH
This is it! Always breath in and out. Answer the easiest questions first. Schedule your time so that you have a few extra minutes to review everything. Shade properly and avoid erasures. Don’t skip a number. Use your time wisely. Don’t get carried away by those people who pass their papers at an earlier time. Drink your water if you are thirsty. Nibble some candy if you are feeling sleepy. If all else fails, never forget to pray – bring a rosary if you want.
That’s all that I could offer. I hope these tips could help you. God Bless! Ciao! 😀