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 www.MyReviewCoach.com.
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.
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!
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.