Tuesday, June 23, 2009

BOARD EXAM TIP: I Can’t Afford to Enroll in a Review Center

As mentioned in the preceding article, although review centers can help a lot with regards to passing the board exam, it's not the primary determinant on your actual performance in the exam. 75% of all factors are in YOU. Yes, you yourself. So for those who cannot afford to enroll in a review center, there is a hope that you can equalize or even surpass the performance of those who take review classes. I have here lists of tips that will help you do that. Most of these tips are applicable to everyone, not just those who can't afford enrolling in review centers.

TIP No. 1
Build up your motivation.

Examine yourself first. How strongly do you want/need to pass the board exam? If you don't have enough motivation, you will easily give up as soon as you encounter difficulties. But if you're really determined, you will be surprised on how easy it is to smash the obstacles that lie along the way to passing the board exam. What if you are not motivated? We'll, I can't help you with that problem. It all depends on you. But meditating on the benefits on having a license and receiving your dream title "Engineer" may be helpful. Also, look for inspiration—your family, maybe your fiancé, or anyone whom you can draw motivation.

TIP No. 2
Be resourceful.

Even though you don't enroll in a review center, it doesn't mean that you can't have board exam review materials. I'm pretty sure that most of your classmates or batchmates have enrolled. Seek help from them. Ask for copies of their review materials. In this way, you can keep up with what they are reviewing; the more materials, the better. Also, don't limit yourself from what your classmates are giving. You may also do some research. If you have textbooks, use it. You college notes are also important so you have to take care of it. When I was taking my board a few years ago, I sometimes pass by a bookstore, look for Mechanical Engineering review books and take a look at it. Just spend a few minutes, say 15 minutes scanning the books. Another thing you can do is to borrow books from those who already took and passed the board. Yes, having a lot of friends is very important.

TIP No. 3
Have a balanced review.

The advantage of enrolling in a review center is that they provide a balanced review program. We all know that the board exam has three divisions: Mathematics (including Engineering Sciences and Economy), Machine Design, and Power Plant Engineering. You have to keep balance on these three to be able to pass the board. Also, there's a need to keep balance between practicing computations and memorizing "elements" or terms. If you take a look at previous board examination, as much as 70% of questions are terms.

TIP No. 4
Scheduling and prioritizing is a must.

When you already have enough review materials, it's time to put it in a proper schedule. This is in harmony with Tip No.3. Make your own review program. Of course, if you collected a lot of materials, you can't manage to learn them all in 4 to 6 months. You have to select the best materials and put it in priority. How to know which material is to be prioritized? That's the tough part of it. For me, start and prioritize with the basics. For example, before memorizing mind-boggling complex formulas, you have to start with the basic. Complex formulas were founded basic formulas. The best thing to do is to memorize the basic and learn how to derive the complex. It will take some practice for you to be able to do that.

TIP No.5
Stick to your schedule.

Making a schedule and sticking to it are two different stories. The latter requires discipline and diligence. Although, it varies from person to person, I personally advise to review early in the morning, if possible, during the dawn, when the surrounding is silent and your mind is fresh from sleep. You must make sure that you are having enough rest and eating nutritious foods to have a fresh mind.

As a conclusion to this article, I would like to invite everyone to please regularly visit this site. I will post review materials that will help everyone to prepare for the board exam.

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