The VTNE is not far away for those of you taking it in the November/December testing window. What are some things you can do now to prepare yourself?
- Make a list of your difficult topics. Start with the topics that are the hardest for you. It is typical for us to want to start with what we are good at or comfortable with, but in preparing for the exam it is best to start with your hardest subject. This will make studying easier as you go and not the other way around. Also, in conquering your difficult subjects first, you will increase your confidence.
- Organize, Reflect, and Clarify important topics and information. If you are just reading book after book, there is a good chance your brain will not retain some of the most important points. So if you like to study via books, make sure to take notes on important points as you read and really think about them, trying to apply them to a clinical setting in your mind. This will help you to remember them so you can actually apply that knowledge to questions on your exam.
- Do not wait until the last minute to study. This will cause way too much stress and you will be overwhelmed. Start planning NOW, at least 2-3 months in advance and set aside some time each day to study.
- Help your time management by creating a master study schedule and stick to it. Schedule time for studying in a way that works best for you and your life schedule, whether several shorter sessions throughout the day, or a couple of hours in the evening, etc. It is easy to procrastinate studying, "I'll just do it tomorrow and do twice as much." But that won't work in the long run. If you have a schedule, and you are supposed to study for an hour a 1pm, you will be more likely to stick to it when you see it on the schedule and are checking it daily. Treat studying like a job.
- Set goals and reward yourself. We are much more motivated when we have something to work for. Think of something you really want- and when you attain that goal during study, reward yourself.
- Reduce stress levels. Practice deep breathing exercises before, during, and after study time.
- I read that you remember approximately 10 percent of what you read, you remember approximately 20 percent of what you hear, you remember approximately 30 percent of what you see, you remember approximately 50 percent of what you hear and see together, you remember approximately 70 percent of what you say (if you think as you are saying it), you remember approximately 90 percent of what you do. Just find ways of studying that are a combination of these. Make notecards, quiz yourself with a friend, etc. VetTechPrep is great because it simulates what the computer questions will be like on the VTNE and offers timed exams. It also has PowerPages, which are condensed notes on specific topics with important points in bold.
- Don't forget about self care and good sleep during the few months before your exam. Your mind will be sharper and able to learn more if you are getting enough rest and pacing yourself appropriately.
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