I. STUDY SKILLS
There are Adult Gerontology NP Certification Exam Fundamental Study Skills that you need to know. For many people, two to three months of intense preparation will be required to study for this certification exam and really get the clinical information permanently in your long-term memory. You must decide if you can do it in a shorter period, or if you will require more time.
Use on-line readily available content so you can access it anywhere, that way you not always carrying around a book. Those intense classes are energizing (and scary) but you can't learn all of that material in such a short period of time.
A lot of the Adult Gerontology NP Certification Exam is clinical facts (that you will use in your practice) and knowing this information is essential to successful practice. When answering a question, you must know that the correct answer is correct, but also know that the incorrect answers are wrong. Many of these "wrong" answers will "sound reasonable" if you didn't know any better, but by using medcertNP, you will be ahead in preparation.
Here are some great tips to follow:
- Manage your study time efficiently. Unless you manage your time, you will be in a management-by-crisis mode, and will be regularly panicked. Panic, guilt and a sense of inadequacy are feelings that will use up precious hours and will sap your energy.
- Effective memorization involves reviewing the data THREE times. The first review should be quick, superficial, and involve underlining. The second involves studying the data, and taking notes of points that are especially crucial. The third involves testing yourself and reviewing what you have forgotten. Make sure that the schedule you make leaves time for this.
- Develop a schedule that is effective for YOU. No sense studying when it is efficient for others. Ask yourself the following questions: When am I most alert? How long can I study before I need a break? What would make me feel better during the breaks? Then, plan a schedule and STICK TO IT.
(Generally, studying for more than one hour without a break is counterproductive.)
- No procrastination: Know your own delaying tactics. For example, "I'll get this phone call out of the way. Then I'll be free to study uninterrupted"; or "I'll feel calmer if my environment is neat. I need to straighten up."
- Make associations. Ask yourself, "Have I ever seen a patient with this problem? Am I ever likely to? In what context might this occur?"
- Make it gratifying. Ask yourself how each area relates to patients you have seen, and envision yourself becoming a better doctor. Ask yourself, "Should I have treated Mrs. X differently? Would the outcome have been more satisfactory?"
- Study the "classic" presentation of disorders using the Clinical Presentations section of medcertNP first, and then learn the unusual "can-also-present-with" facts.
- Speak to yourself with respect. Positive self-talk can make a great deal of difference in how you function during the study period, as well as during the test itself. Remember, you worked hard to get here, and you deserve to be treated with dignity and positive praise, by yourself, as well as by others. MedcertNP is made to be challenging, but also designed to help you remember. If you're only getting half of the questions correct, that's great!
- ADD a comment, study tip, or review table to a Hot Topic, preparing it will help you remember, and the rest of us will benefit.
- Treat yourself as a professional. Studying is hard. It will be more gratifying if you see it as helping you to prepare for your professional life.
- Relax! When you are studying, study. But when you are not, relax and do something entirely different.
- Think positively. Studying is NOT a waste of time, it is a way of life for us! Think of all the ways you are improving your life while you study. You're warding off Alzheimer's! You're improving your ability to manage complex tasks! (Find your own ways that this work is helping you.)
- Minimize consuming caffeine to improve your endurance. You won't want too much caffeine in your system during the exam. (Precious moments are wasted with each trip to the restroom.)
- Don't rush. Adequate time has been allowed for you to read and answer the questions.
- Monitor your time. Make sure you are at least halfway through the exam when half of the time has elapsed.
- Answer the questions in order. Frequently a later question about a case presentation will help you answer an earlier one.
- Try not to skip questions.
- Mark the confusing questions. When a question is confusing look for the important points in the question, and then, if you still don't understand it, flag it so that you can find it later.
- Read the final sentence. When there is a long question, read the final sentence several times, so that you know exactly what is being asked.
- Avoid answers with absolute or very restrictive words such as "always", "never", or "must".
- Approach questions as "real-life" encounters with patients.
- If you are using more than a couple of minutes to answer a question, chances are you're on the wrong path.
- If you truly have no idea how to answer a question, can't exclude any choices, then always choose the same letter for the answer (i.e.: always B or C). Remember, you will rarely be completely lost in a question.
- There are no "trick" questions.
- NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP BEFORE THE TEST.