Date Published: November 2, 2016
Once you have taken your exam you’re off the hook, right? Not quite. There are a few things you will want to be sure to do following a nursing exam to stay successful down the road. ATI Nursing Education breaks it down for you.
Jot Down the Struggle Areas
Everyone encounters a handful of questions during an exam that can be a struggle. Is it A, what about B, or All of the Above? Do yourself a favor and jot down the subject area following a test. This will be a huge help to you when it comes time to review for finals, or better yet, the NCLEX exam. If you keep a running Google Doc or notebook with these topics, you can continue to build on them as you make your way through nursing school.
Discuss the Exam with a Friend
Just as it is helpful to review for an exam with classmates or a study group, it is also beneficial to discuss the exam with a friend. Do this, of course, after you both have taken it. Together you can identify strengths and weaknesses, work through any areas that may still be gray, and recap the material so that it sticks.
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Save Your Study Materials
This may sound like a no-brainer, but it is one that is certainly worth following – save your study materials! Like we mentioned earlier, you may be finished with the exam information and material right now but you will be seeing it again on finals, classes down the road, and NCLEX preparation. Try creating a binder to house study guides, handouts from your professors, and even notes from class.
Review Your Results
When your test results come back, review them, even if it is a few weeks later! You can see the areas in which you excelled and those that you may not have done as well in. Add your weak areas to the running list of struggle areas that we referenced above.
Meet with Your Professor
Not sure why you missed a question or two? Take advantage of one of your best resources, your professor. He or she will be happy to walk you through your test results to ensure that you fully understand each question. After all, they are there to support you through every phase of nursing school.
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