It is a Friday, December 27, 2013, and I am supposed to go to Baguio with a couple of friends. Unfortunately, the bus left on time, without me. Luckily, I have my second home here in Quezon City! And instead of loafing and being unproductive, Mo’am Alice gave me an idea to write about my experiences and practices when I was a LETer to hopefully help those who are still confused where to start or how to keep going and reach their LET goals or at least, end up with a high rating like mines.
Here are the 20 things I did for LET.
- I thought of the reasons why I wanted to become a professional teacher.
- I used my sincerest reasons to motivate myself whether it is about employment/financial benefits, or the chances to touch and change more lives, mine were the latter.
- I registered for the board exam in PRC Lucena. (Chortles)
- I recognized that I need all the help I could get. I looked for books and searched for the finest review center there is and I found Mind Gym.
- I asked for moral and financial support from my family, friends, and relatives. I told them I would pass so they didn’t have to worry, and that I will be a great teacher someday. (Laughs)
- I aimed not only to pass but to be in the top 10. Actually, I tried to work hard for the top spot but a very honest side of me reminded me that it was a dream for a lazy boy.
- I changed, or to put it in a more positive way, I brought out the best in me. I wanted to prove to people who thought I was mediocre, and more especially to myself, that I am some sort of genius. Hahaha
- I read a lot! I tried to read all of the reviewers from Mind Gym, but what’s important was I read a lot! (Chuckles)
- I wrote. I jotted down important names, words, phrases, and sentences that I thought were important. I didn’t want to miss a single drop of knowledge from our coaches.
- I prayed. Yes. To pray was not even in the first five things that I did. Or maybe it was. Maybe I was doing it unconsciously through my hard work and determination. It’s just that I remembered praying for the board exam in a more conscious state when I was resting.
- I fought wars. Hahaha During the lecture-discussions in the review center, I tended to be very critical. I wanted to be certain of everything. I fought for my prior knowledge even with some of the coaches, and I was never a loser, not because I was able to prove them wrong, but because we proved to ourselves that some of the knowledge that we had were questionable and required further analyses.
- I made friends. I joined study groups, people with enthusiasm and will to succeed. March 2013 English batch was the perfect study group for me. We spent as much as eight hours just exchanging thoughts and facts. We got rewarded with 100% passing rate! Yehey!
- I took all the drills, tests, and most especially, the mock LET, with all my heart, soul, and brain power. I said to myself that if I would not be able to pass all of those, I could not be confident for the real exam. I passed most, if not all of them. Hard work pays off!
- I checked if I still have the requirements for the exam compiled in one envelope.
- I disregarded the pamahiin’s people keep on mentioning. I only relied on effort in studying and faith.
- I kept my focus. I thought of nothing else but the desire to ace the LET until the very day. Yes, I can! was my LET mantra.
- I slept… that way I always sleep… LATE! But with a greater purpose.
- I ate more than I usually do. I actually gained weight during the process. But lost everything I had due to the stress of waiting for the result. LOL Nuts and chocolates are the best!
- I believed in myself. I faced the exam like I was born to take it, to pass it. I believed that I was made to teach, and to represent and inspire the people who are like the ‘old me:’ bullied, socially detached, and insecure.
- I trusted God. As I answered each of the 450 items of the exam, I would say, “Lord,” in my head at least once. I know He helped me get most of the answers right but allowed me to make some wrong ones, too. Joke.
Darell A. Bautista got 85.6% in the March 2013 LET-Secondary English, a very high mark for a LET taker with English as a specialization. He is currently one of MindGym’s junior coaches for Secondary English LET Specialization. He coaches in Creative Writing and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).
Today, he probably missed his bus to Baguio because he had these tips to write and share with you (as he promised me when he passed LET), before he goes back to his home in Batangas. He was inspired to write right inside my room, despite distractions, as soon as I nudged him with a smile. ~mo/am Alice