PRACTICE DRILLS + REVIEW TOPICS WHERE YOU ARE WEAK + PRAYERS + RELAX A DAY BEFORE THE EXAM
What are the things I did to pass the exam? Maybe some who knew me are thinking how I made it despite of the very limited time to review for the board exam.
It was still I am in a cloud-9. I can’t believe the Formula for my success works in my first time. Here it goes from the very start.
I applied for the Licensure Examination for Teachers on its last day. After then, I just kept the admission notes and examination guidelines in my cabinet. Since I am a full time Computer Instructor, I never had an ample time to read review materials for the upcoming board exam because preparing lessons for my students is what I know which is more important.
Despite of the hectic schedule, It was my decision to take a 1 week leave before the board exam schedule. I applied for it a month before, so that I know what to do in case the administration rejects my request. After which, I have prepared online activities for my students for them not to be left behind from the lessons while I am on leave. It was Friday before my 5-day leave when I bought online a review material entitled “The LETer’s Choice” by MindGym.
The things I did on my 5-day leave are the following:
1st Day – I bring out the examination guidelines from PRC and reviewed the contents. Ooh! I never thought it was harder than I expected. My major (TLE) has too many areas involve. A computer professional that would take an exam about drafting, gardening, cooking, carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing, etc was the most challenging tests ever. It was like a kid you taught of how to play chess, and let him compete on triathlon. Haha!
Instead of losing hope, my goal is to know how hard was the exam, and next time for the take-two I will make it to the TOP 20s but I will give my best even I have very limited time. That’s my thinking that time. Before lunch, I went to the market to buy some foods (Chocolate Biscuits, Curlz, Chocolates, Tetrapack Milks, bread, etc).
After taking my lunch, I browse the net for “tips in passing the LET” and “TLE reviewers”. And I sleep for 3 hrs. At night time, doing some household choirs and going to Church. The day ended with just knowing the “hardship of the exam”.
2nd Day – I have received finally the book I have bought online “The LETer’s Choice”. I read few pages from the start, it was not really a complete review material but it was a book that will guide you from scratch (from what are the contents of the LET exam, tips and strategies before and during the exam, practice drills, and inspirational messages from the topnotchers). I eat a lot and in the afternoon, I sleep 3 to 4 hrs. With some words from the author of the said book, my spirit uplifted.
3rd Day – I set aside the LETer’s book, instead I go online for some tips while looking for TLE review materials. I took practice drills to answer few questions of “Professional Education” topic from the compiled notes I have borrowed. In the afternoon, I review some parts of the “Foundation of Education’s powerpoint lecture” which I got from my CPE class. After which, I sleep again for few hours. We went to Church at night time for worship service.
4th Day – I took the General Education and Professional Education areas Practice Exam from the “LETter’s Book” in a time-based mode as if I am taking the real board exam. I test my self on how fast I am in answering questions and lucky I passed the Gen. Ed. but not the Prof. Ed. area. With this result, I concentrated on the Prof. Education part. I finished reading the “Foundation of Education’s powerpoint”. And, I continue answering prof. ed. questions from the compiled notes I have borrowed. As usual, the afternoon always makes me sleep.
5th Day – I went online to check my room assignment on the place of examination. I finished reading the Letter’s Book. I go over to what I have reviewed from 1st day, and read some materials in the internet. I interviewed my father about ideas on building and house constructions. In this last day of my review, I consolidated all of the ideas and knowledges that I have reviewed by writing down those I can remember. I also sleep again in the afternoon.
To sum up what I did on this 5 days leave of mine:
1. I go to church every 6:00AM for personal prayer;
2. I review every morning while eating chocolates, biscuits, and curlz;
3. I sleep an average of 3 hrs every afternoon;
Topics I concentrated for my review are:
1. Professional Education (Foundation of Education, Piaget and other persons’ theories/philosophies)
2. Carpentry/Masonry (from my Father’s expert ideas)
3. Electricity/Physics (online reading)
6th Day – I go to church for a worship service before my travel to the examination venue. Just I arrived at Tuguegarao City, I went first to exact place of examination (Bagay Elementary School) for me to know where is my room. I slept in the apartment of my cousins who are studying in the place. We exchange stories with my cousins and I didn’t read any notes for the exam. Before I sleep, I make sure that all of the requirements for the exam was ready and also my foods for my merienda during the exam.
7th Day (Exam Day) – I woke up 3:30 AM. I walk to the nearest Church of ours in the place at 4:00 AM and have my prayer. I arrived in the place very early but there are still some who are more earlier than me. I am afraid to be disqualified to take the exam of not following guidelines since it was noted that before 6 AM we should be on the site.
That’s all what I have done before taking the board exam.