“Move, Elevate Teachers!”

Most achievers we know have certain habits they’ve sworn their hearts to that makes them thaaat good in doing what they do. Success is not all “talent”– it’s also diligence, faith in self, and discipline. Hmm.. Let’s put concrete steps to those seemingly giant concepts!

MindGym’s very own Coach Albert garnered a top spot at the LET while keeping his sanity, day job, and numerous career stints. In his speech below to students of his former review center (Manila’s MET Review Center, September 2009), he shares specific things one could do before-during-after “exam time”.

While doing what he did may not guarantee a topnotcher’s position in the LET, it could spell the difference between succeeding or passing the LET at first take and retaking the licensure all over again next time. What could those tips be?


Move, Elevate Teachers!
by Albert Basa, MPA
Third Place, April 2009 Board Exam for Teachers

Good Afternoon Teachers!

I am here to share with you my story.

From February to March this year, I spent my weekends in this classroom. I never noticed success.

Back then, I never noticed that I would enjoy the process of learning. It’s not easy to listen to an eight-hour lecture, but it paid really well.

I never noticed that I would have several friends in my batch. Our pictures are all over at Friendster. In fact, we already planned a small reunion this Christmas.

I never noticed that I would land to third place last April–A third out of fifty thousand is overwhelming!

I never noticed that today, I will be given the opportunity to share that very sweet success and inspire you too. Hopefully to move, to elevate you.

Right now as I stand in front of you, I am flooded with memories and my heart is bursting with varying emotions!

You may never noticed it, but you are on your way to success! If you decide to pass, you will surely pass.

“B-D-A” Approach

Don’t worry, I will make this talk short and sweet– I can feel that you’re tired with lectures so I will lecture less.

I’ll just share with you my B-D-A approach to passing and topping the LET: BEFORE – DURING – AFTER.

“BEFORE” – Your Game Plan

If I were you, I would have made my plan of taking the LET “public”. When everybody knows about it, the pressure for passing the LET is greater. Remember, pressure makes diamond.

There is no substitute to good preparation. The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.

Therefore, make your game plan: If you plan to win as I did, you will not be out of the game.

Game Plan One: Budget your test-taking time now. I used a stopwatch on my drills. I knew that in Math I’ll need three to five minutes per item and in social science; I can hit the correct answer in a split second.

Game Plan Two: Make a “correct” guess. Guessing is inevitable. No one knows it all. When I really don’t know the answer, I look for clues in other items.

Game Plan Three: Be O.C.! [Obsessive-Compulsive] If you are OC, you will attend to all the details. You cannot forget to share a Set A or Set B. You cannot miss a single item. You will double-check everything.

Game Plan Three: Plan your snacks. My snacks are planned. I didn’t bring anything “hassle.” I had three bottles of Lipovitan and a light lunch (pero pagkatapos ng exam, nag-eat-all-you-can ako!)

Game Plan Four: Pray hard. Pray and let God “worry” for you. You cannot afford to worry now. No doubts, no worries.

Game Plan Five: You need a very high self-esteem. Have someone tell you as often as possible “Kaya mo yan!”, “You can make it!”, “Magtiwala ka lang!”. How about saying that to one another now?

“DURING” – The Tips

Tip 1: Sleep early, wake up early. A sound mind in a sound body. Do some mental exercises and remember to eat your breakfast! Get to your testing place early and while you’re on your way, continue your positive self-talk.

Tip 2: Float your mnemonics! PIAGET – SPECIAL COFI, Freud – OA PLG, Kohlberg – PCP6, Erikson – TMAD IGII IRII GSID. I used chaining and rhyming methods to memorize lists and sequences. I have mindmaps for everything. [*] It’s a breeze taking the exam when everything you need to know are readily available.

Tip 3: Befriend your proctors. They will reciprocate your kindness. Ma’am Aida, my proctor, patiently waited for me up until 5:59 PM. I was the last one to submit my papers in the entire Adamson building.

Tip 4: Take deep breaths. You brain needs oxygen. When you’re stuck, move on. Concentrate despite distractions.

Tip 5: Make your self-affirmation constant. Talk with your pencils! “Lapis, kaya ko ‘to!” If your hand tires during testing, it’s probably due to your tense grip so realize that you need to relax too.

“AFTER” – Do’s and Don’ts

DON’T – Talk about the exam. File and forget. Refrain from talking about the exam the moment you step out of the room. The “contest” is done– you can’t take your test back. I didn’t open my cellphone until the next morning. It was flooded with text messages from friends asking for answers to specific items. Nakakapraning lang! Learn to ignore stress.

DO – Go back to the life you put temporarily on hold. Hindi umiikot o natatapos ang ikot ng mundo sa LET. “LET” GO!

DON’T – Don’t wait. Don’t even think about the result. The result will be released after thirty days. If you do, you will realize that 30 days is like waiting forever.


I knew that it was an answered prayer from the very start. I make a good personal “investment”.

When I read my name on the list of successful examinees in the ‘Net last May 2, I was satisfied. I thanked God.

The publication of topnotchers was a bit delayed but I never expected it. 11PM, a Friday, May 2, ABS-CBN’s Bandila broadcasted the Top 3 in both elementary and secondary. I almost cried, not because I felt very successful but because I made my mother, a public school teacher for 25 years now really, very proud.


It may sound cliche but yes, it’s true that it pays to dream big. Dare to dream big. Dare to dream grand dreams and strive for excellence! Your vision will define you!

There is no end to education. It is not that you attend a review center, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole life of a teacher, I believe, is a process of learning.

This is the oath that I signed last June 5, 2009 at the Cuneta Astrodome. This is the same oath that you will have to declare this December.

Kaya nyo ‘yan! Look forward to a celebration! Look forward to embrace the noblest profession of them all! Salamat! ***

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24 Responses to “Move, Elevate Teachers!”

  1. robert reyna ,mazo 2010/03/16 at 9:43 am #

    i like your strategies and techniques before you take the LET. i do hope that this second time around i can pass for my family able to be sanguine! AJA to me muahhhh GOD BLESS!

  2. Vichelle 2010/06/03 at 6:43 pm #

    I was really very inspired with this post! Bumalik ang pag-asa ko na magtop ng LET! I’ve been praying for this and I hope that God will give this to me. By the way sir, I added you on facebook, I hope you’d confirm me as a friend. I’m looking forward to having a review with you guys soon! Well, I haven’t called your numbers ’cause I’m waiting for my father’s approval. Maybe God really let me discover about your review, para mainspire ako lalo na magtop! God really works in mysterious ways!

  3. MindGym 2010/06/15 at 12:47 am #

    @Vichelle: Welcome to MindGym’s intensive coaching for LET! Hope we can help you top the September LET. We will do our best to coach and give you the materials that you need but you’ll have to do your part: attend review sessions, do the drills, participate in class, read all materials and pray:) Thanks for visiting us last week.

  4. iCkO 2010/06/19 at 12:07 pm #

    wOw.. , i imagine my self taking review classes in front ov coach Albert.. .i do blieve on what u had said that “it’s true that it pays to dream big. Dare to dream big. Dare to dream grand dreams and strive for excellence! .. .(honestLy, it sounds dfficult to me)but, it keeps my FIRE burnin!!! thnks a Lot.. . 🙂

  5. m'lu 2010/07/20 at 2:29 pm #

    thanks…lalong lumakas loob q s nbsa q mga mesgs en tips n binigy m…bumalik ang pag asa at twala q s self q…promz i wil do my bez 4 d sake of my famly at s future q…kht n self revw…i know kakyanin q 2,ika nga nila mgtwala lng ke God,mgdsal at 2lungan ang sarili…

    • MindGym 2010/07/26 at 12:05 pm #

      @ marilou: yes you can pass the LET if you plan early, prepare, pick the right review center and materials, study smart and pray to God. God bless you!

  6. jesbeel 2010/07/25 at 8:16 pm #

    hmmmm igaling nman… tnk u so much sa tips….

    • MindGym 2010/07/26 at 12:05 pm #

      @jesbeel: you are welcome.

  7. Richel 2010/09/14 at 3:52 pm #

    its very inspiring!!! thanks sa tips.

    • MindGym 2010/09/18 at 3:49 am #

      @richel: you are welcome. Yes, you can do it!

  8. Jema V. 2010/09/22 at 10:56 am #

    hay… yes go go go…. kaya ko to, i know i can make it. the Lord will never leave me

    • MindGym 2010/09/22 at 1:40 pm #

      @jema: YES, trust in the Lord after you have done your reviewing. God bless you!

  9. Anna Tentoco 2010/09/30 at 10:24 am #

    Good day!Wow!The message is very inspiring..I’m Anna,I want to become a professional teacher.I graduated year 2003 if ever if God’s will this April 2011 is my first time to take a LET exam. I’m BSEd major in English.I’m very interested to enroll at mind gym.

    Please advise thank you so much in advance. God bless!

  10. alma 2011/02/17 at 1:03 am #

    hello po….gusto ko po mgtake ng exam ds april….available p po b ngaun ang filing s PRC..?at mka2habol p po b ako review…?

    • MindGym 2011/02/24 at 12:08 pm #

      @alma: filing for April LET ended last February 11. Take the September LET instead but review with us early, this May.

  11. myra vallejo 2011/05/04 at 9:06 pm #

    tnx po sa mga tips …go go go go kakayanin ko toh,,,,GOD BLESS TO ALL

  12. dianne 2011/06/06 at 3:12 pm #

    thanks 4 inspring us!hope we can make it!God will provide..Godless us!

  13. ton basa 2011/06/23 at 9:30 pm #

    tnx for the tips sir…am going to take the let exam this coming September..
    somebody says September examination is quite more difficult compared to April exam..is that true??
    well..im so exited and i cant wait for the exam..hehe

  14. Bebelyn Bacay Callora 2011/08/01 at 1:26 pm #

    tnx po sa mga tips. hope i can make this time na makapasa na po ako.

  15. paolo 2011/08/29 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks for the tips hope I can pass the 2nd take +,+

    • MindGym 2011/08/29 at 4:09 pm #

      @Paolo: God bless you on your second take! You may want to take our oline diagnostic test at http//www.myreviewcoach.com.

  16. DEIMOS, JOANSON 2011/09/02 at 3:53 pm #

    thanks for your advice for taking the LET sir, go go go sana ibigay na sa mahal na panginoon na makapasa na po ako sa LET ngayong sept. 2011. Thank you and God bless.

  17. sheela socito 2013/09/23 at 1:36 pm #

    grabe, nakakainspired.. very humble ng nagsasalita dito. totoo talaga na ang lahat ng nagpapakababa (humble) ay itinataas ng Panginoon, at ang lahat ng nagmamataas ay kanyang binababa.. Godbless all na mag tatake ng Let


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