NAPLEX preparation resources

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Click here for a description of RxPrep. We obtain discounts for our students.

We also arrange for RxPrep to provide two live (webinar, in-person) sessions. Contact the School for more information.

How to study efficiently and effectively

Please trust me. Considerable amounts of research support using these two techniques:

  • Practice testing involves frequent pre- and post-testing of information as you review a specific area (e.g., a RxPrep chapter).
  • Distributed practice involves spreading out the learning as opposed to “cram sessions”. Distributed practice also recommends the use of the Cornell note-taking system.

Early evidence with Hampton students supports this research. Mock-NAPLEX scores increased by an absolute 22% after following this approach. Approximately 90% of students following this approach have passed the NAPLEX.

Tip #1: Write and recite

  • The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking
  • Review one, and only one, RxPrep chapter prior to going to sleep
    • Can take 2 nights for large chapters
  • Wrote down everything you don't know, by HAND, on a note pad
    • DO NOT USE A HIGHLIGHTER
  • For those things that you don't know, write your own Q&A in the margins (Cornell note taking system)
  • Ideally, find a partner to take turns asking questions for each chapter (write and recite). Why? Verbally asking questions is a powerful way to learn the material.
  • Once you finish all the RxPrep chapters put the book away
  • Repeat the process but using your handwritten notes
  • Wrote down everything you don't remember from your notes on a note pad
  • This results in a smaller set of notes
  • Do that one more time and end up with ~10 pages of things that you're not sure you remember
  • Tale the test and pass easily

Tip #2: RxPrep books contain more than you actually need

  • If it’s not in bolditalics, or underlined, then DO NOT WORRY ABOUT IT. That cuts down what you actually need to study by at least 75%.

Sit in on DDM courses

If you would like to attend a particular DDM lecture topic, please contact the instructor to ensure there will be room. Click here for the Fall schedule of DDM topics.

Study Cards

Calculations

  • Pick a question. Here’s a link to a Quiz 1_calculations_2017 assessment provided by Drs. Andrews and Parker.
  • Use this approach
    • Identify the units requested by the question
    • Convert values in the question to those units (e.g., if they ask for an answer in grams, then convert the milligram values to grams)
    • Calculate in steps, writing down each step as you go
    • Be very NEAT
    • Do a “sniff test” of your answer. Does it make any sense? I saw an answer on a test that indicated the patient should receive 66 LITERS of fluid every hour by IV infusion.
  • Having problems with the question? Then try one of the videos on this YouTube channel:  Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Try again

Biostatistics and pharmacoeconomics

This Biostatistics and pharmacoeconomics PowerPoint includes a bit more than what I encountered on the NAPLEX examination.

Pharmacokinetics

  • Take the quiz in RxPrep and identify your weak areas
  • Watch one of the videos on this YouTube channel:  Pharmacokinetics
    • Write as you watch
  • Try again