4 Tips to Do the Night Before Your NCLEX Exams
Your NCLEX exams are scheduled for tomorrow; what should you do? Here are four tips to do on the night before your NCLEX exams.
Helpful Tips to Remember the Night Before Your NCLEX Exams
Congratulations! You are a few tests away from becoming registered healthcare professional. I am proud of your hard work and dedication to finally take the NCLEX exams that will determine your fate as an actual nurse.
Before you take the examinations tomorrow, remember these tips and apply them where you see fit. What should you do on the night before your NCLEX exams? Here are helpful reminders:
1. Be as ready as you can.
Cramming at the last minute is not the way to go. During this time, you should be relaxing. Reading your notes for the last time is not going to help you.
Remember, you already studied for these exams months beforehand, so you must feel confident that you can answer your tests to the best of your abilities.
Instead of cramming, get enough sleep. You can also review your test instructions, ensure that you have the correct number for your testing room and that all the documents you need for the examination are filed, double-checked, and ready for you tomorrow.
- Be sure to set the alarm clock a few hours before the exams. Check your car’s gas and if you have enough to drive yourself to the testing center.
- Check your car’s tires, and ensure they are not flat or have issues. You do not want to be late for the exams because of car trouble or miss it because of these issues.
- If you don’t have a car, ask someone ahead to drive you to your testing site. You can also book a transportation service if this is a better option.
If you want to take a quick look at all the materials you have been studying, do them at least 48 hours before the exams. It is not advisable to review the night before your exams. It will only make you anxious. Instead, try to relax and go to sleep early.
2. Remind yourself that it is normal to be tense.
Perhaps you have been thinking about many things tonight. Well, if you are – STOP. You will only get yourself worked up and might trigger your anxiety.
What you can do is practice breathing. If you feel anxious about tomorrow’s exams, pause, take a deep breath, and exhale. Do this as often as you can until you feel better.
Remind yourself that it is common to feel the jitters the night before the NCLEX exams. After all, this is an important test to take. The tension you feel right now is normal.
Try to relax; take a nice hot bath, light up some scented candles or diffuse oils. Stressing about the exams tomorrow will not help. You might as well enjoy this time.
3. Treat yourself; you deserve it!
The night before you take the exams, eat a good meal. Consider it as your reward. You have been preparing for this moment for many months. Treating yourself to a night dinner is the reward you deserve for all the hard work.
If you don’t want to eat dinner, get something you have been depriving yourself of for months. Whatever treat you give yourself, reflect on your efforts to get this far.
NCLEX is not an easy exam; treating yourself is one way to boost your self-confidence and encourage you to do well on your exams tomorrow!
4. Get plenty of sleep.
Once you have eaten, prepared your documents, taken a nice shower, and prepared your clothes for tomorrow, you can go to bed. Say your prayers (if you’re religious of course) and go to sleep early. Don’t stay up late. It will mess with your body clock. You might also wake up late tomorrow, so avoid this.
Turn off your social media, keep your phone silent, turn off notifications, and get to bed. Being ready for the exams means you must make sacrifices, even for a day.
If sleeping early means you have to miss your favorite show or not reply to messages for a while, so be it!
Preparing the night before your NCLEX exams is essential. You must not overlook it and be complacent. If you are ready to answer the questions, be prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally.
The opportunity to pass NCLEX on your first try is a blessing. You should also be ready for it as much as possible. I hope these tips helped you prepare for the exams, good luck!