Okay, this is a hard one. Have you ever received that dreaded response of, we regret to inform you that you were unsuccessful???!! How do I know about this? Because I was once there.
I always did well in school, graduated and continued to excell. I prepared for boards and received that dreaded sheet of paper stating that I was unsuccessful. Yall it was by 5 points. 5 points yall.
I literally cried in the testing center parking lot. This is where my journey truly began. I used to teach undergraduate nursing students who swore by my test taking tactics. I had to regroup and get over my roller-coaster of emotions and use my own tactics for myself. That was the best thing I ever did. So, now I want to give you a few tips.
- Mindset: This is huge. You can’t truly retain content if you have a negative mindset. Belive in YOU!
- Set a strict study schedule: Create a schedule to prepare for boards. Listen, I know you have done this and it may be difficult to restart. I understand, because I felt the same way, but guess what… Now you have seen the exam and know what to expect. Create you schedule based on your strengths and weaknesses. They will provide you with your weaknesses and strengths. Create your schedule with weaknesses first.
- Teach it: Teach the content as you learn it. If you can teach it you know it. You can’t truly teach something you do not understand. Find your person or people and teach them. This will show your progress. (Side note: I offer sessions for teach back and 1:1. Contact me here to schedule your session.)
- Take your time: Take your time and prepare adequately. I understand wanting to have this behind you, but rushing can lead to another unsuccessful attempt. Take the time you need to adequately prepare.
- Schedule and do it: Push your fear aside and schedule the test. You are now ready to execute, just get out there and do it.
- Find a review source that works for you.
Dr. Brittany Winestock, FNP-BC