My LET Story: From Online LET Reviewee to Licensed Teacher to LET Coach

by MJ Tumamac

It has already been months since I took the March 2012 Licensure Examination for Teachers and the day I decided to enroll in MindGym’s online LET Coaching

At first, I had no plans to review for the LET. Passing the LET seemed unimportant to me because it was not a requirement for my work. Besides, I was then busy doing all sorts of things. LET for me was just a ‘legal ritual’ that I needed to pass.

About a month before the scheduled LET, I had a peek at some questions that appeared in the past LETs. To my surprise, there were a lot of topics that I did not know, such as educational theories, research methods and cooperatives! And so, the pressure of passing the LET started to sink in. I had to come up with a plan.

The first thought that came to my mind was Ate Jean Millare, a friend and classmate for several semesters at UP. Ate Jean topped the examination in September 2010. I googled her and the results showed that she attended MindGym. I contacted MindGym and, luckily, they had an online offering that suited my hectic schedule and frequent out-of-town trips .

As part of their online LET review package, I got to attend two days of coaching for my Social Studies majorship. In those two days, I learned a lot about the Social Studies and met people from the MindGym family. They were so caring and only thought of what’s best for their reviewees. They did not only pressure their reviewees to pass but  encouraged them to do their best. They gave us tips and advised us what to do.

MJ (at the center, in yellow) with coach Albert Basa and fellow Social Studies majors of MindGym March 2012 LET coaching batch



Came May 2012. I passed the LET with high ratings!

If you ask me if I could have passed the LET without reviewing, I would say probably not. MindGym made the difference. MindGym’s individualized and learner-centered approach of coaching their reviewees made me rethink my perceptions and boosted my confidence.

MindGym was really a memorable part of my life.

Hence, I was so delighted when MindGym invited me on July 28 to coach their Social Studies majors in geography and history. This way, I could pay forward the goodness MindGym gave me. I felt  nervous while coaching because I was afraid I would forget the answers to the drills. Thankfully, I didn’t for most of them.

I enjoyed coaching the reviewees. They listened to my mini-discussions regarding topics that are tangential to the drill questions. They even contested some of my answers, making our brief interaction challenging and (for me) a venue for learning as well!

MJ (standing, in black) with MindGym LET reviewees for Septemerb 2012 on Social Studies majorship weekend

From a former LET reviewee to a LET passer to a new MindGym coach,  let me share my best five LET tips with you. One, read and read books; practice and practice by answering LET drills. Two, research the topics mentioned in the questions (especially the ones you have no idea of) or ask help from a friendly expert. Three, devise mnemonics in memorizing concepts and terms for long-term retention and easy recall. Four, determine your strengths and weaknesses and improve on the latter. Lastly, be confident (that you’ve done your preparation well) and  relax a few days before LET.


To  future LET passers, good luck! To MindGym, to sha di!

Michael Jude Cagumbay Tumamac is an elementary Social Studies teacher, a poet for children, a freelance writer, a book reviewer and a graduate student at the University of the Philippines.

About MindGym

MindGym Philippines is a learning center directed by educators with the passion to teach, learn, care, and share the best! We offer licensure exam reviews, art workshops, and academic tutorials.

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4 Responses to My LET Story: From Online LET Reviewee to Licensed Teacher to LET Coach

  1. MJ Tumamac 2012/08/22 at 12:19 pm #

    Maraming salamat po!

    • MindGym 2012/08/23 at 2:20 pm #

      @MJ Tumamac: Hope you can join us again next LET season.

    • Leodegracia S. Abing 2014/04/19 at 8:32 pm #

      how much we pay on this online coaching for LET?