“I don’t know where to start studying or what books to refer to. Can you give me a list of recommended books to help me prepare while in TEP’s program? I just want to make sure I can cover everything!”
That’s a common question I receive both from participants and those not in TEP’s program. My answer to this panic question is to just stick with two physical resources and those are usually just the study guides. Those that are in TEP’s program have other online resources to refer to as well as being able to get answers from TEP’s team and colleagues.
The NPTE studying mistake and thought is that someone preparing needs so many references, text books, flash cards, study guides and notes. Many examinees have heard from other exam prep courses and friends that they need all these difference references but in reality very few are needed to prepare someone for the NPTE. A list of reference books may produce a daunting and overwhelming feeling of having to read everything in order to be prepared. This can lead to a more academic studying habit and not process or retain the information needed for the clinically based and integrated exam.
The more books read, youtube videos searched, notes used and other study materials gathered; the more confusion of what is correct when there are inconsistencies among topics that can occur when studying. When there are inconsistencies among references, this halts an examinee’s actual studying time due to trying to figure out what is correct. This usually tends to have the person refer to multiple sources and then make an educated guess of which one to go by. This NPTE studying mistake takes precious time away and the result is that the examinee may still not have a clear understanding of that particular topic.
And when it comes to the actual NPTE itself, recalling and being able to apply clinically may actually be harder and leave the feeling of self-doubt or second guessing the answer. An unsure answer may potentially lower the NPTE examinee score with an increase in the number of guesses.
Many of TEP participants prior to entering the program have mentioned that they felt so overwhelmed because of having too many books to refer to; that they actually procrastinated and then crammed for the exam which didn’t result in a successful score. Majority admitted that they read cover to cover but didn’t process or retain the information and now are able to have an increase in remembering the content information with less effort.
Practical strategies and guidance is given in TEP’s program on how limiting the number of resources actually improves studying, retaining of information, feeling of accomplishment, increases confidence and ultimately practice exam scores. With the goal of passing in mind, keeping to the less is more philosophy works well. To learn more visit TherapyExamPrep.com and see how others are successful being a part of TEP’s online NPTE exam prep program.