I am truly grateful for all the advice and tips I received from them. Now, it is my turn. I hope that sharing the things I did during my LET journey would help other LETers succeed as well.
Before I joined MindGym, my target rating was 85%. Being a topnotcher never crossed my mind. But by the day we wrote our LET goal, Coach Alice’s belief that I could top the LET and Coach Albert’s motivational talk made me dream big. I set my goal to 95%. I wanted to make history.
Later, I aimed higher and changed it to 98%—so that if I fall short of my target, I would still have around 95% rating. I even imagined my picture to be among the MindGym topnotchers in the cover of our workbooks. Sometimes aiming high and dreaming big is a little daunting. But it sure is worth it!
Develop your metacognitive skills.
How do you learn? How do you absorb knowledge? I wrote notes over and over again. It’s my way of processing information and retaining them. I knew that my memorization skill was not to be trusted, so Coach Albert’s tips for boosting memory power were really helpful. I made lots of mnemonics for different concepts from General Education to Professional Education. Observe your own learning style. Find ways on how you can learn more effectively.
Do lots of drills.
I didn’t encircle my answers or write anything on my reviewers. I just had a separate notebook and papers for my answers so that I could answer them again next time. But be sure you don’t do mere rote memorization. Review the answers and the rationale behind them. Two weeks before the exam, all I did were drills – hundreds of drill items in a day. If you can, try to track your scores. Seeing your progress would give you extra confidence and motivation.
The thought that ‘topping the LET – among thousands of aspiring teachers all over the country – is such a big dream’ would suddenly enter my mind, and I would feel so pressured and hopeless. Though I can look confident, fear of failure was sometimes creeping inside me. But I did my very best to fight that fear. I prayed and asked God for His guidance and blessings. I prayed the rosary and asked for Mama Mary’s intervention.
I found inspiration from the stories and advice of LET winners. I really treasured a message from Teacher Jean Millare, September 2010 LET Top 1:
Choose beautiful and loving thoughts. God’s thoughts for you.
I read and reread the affirmations and notes written by my friends and coaches from MindGym. I even wrote notes for myself, too! I thought of my parents, to whom I would offer my success.
Whenever my brain couldn’t absorb any more information, I took a break – I read novels or watched the story of Maya and Sir Chief! During the review, I made friends, shared stories and laughed with them. I remember our table to be always full of snacks. I participated in the activities and had fun. Your LET journey shouldn’t be all work. Play, too! Make it memorable and be sure to enjoy it! 🙂
All photos courtesy of Jade Leonor