Last November 2014, I made a decision to review and take the LET in March 2015. I was scared because that time I was still adjusting with the demands of the real world—it was my first year in teaching and everything was new to me.
I admit that I was beaten up with reality, I doubted myself that I can do it but as my mom always tell me on taking the examination,
Kung hindi ngayon, kukuhanin mo pa rin naman yan. Kaya kuhanin mo na ngayon.
My mom had a point. I bravely faced my doubts and anxiety and told myself that YES, I will take the exam in March 2015.
When I said “yes”, my only goal was to pass the exam. I told myself that I won’t stress myself too much. I couldn’t believe that when I met Coach Alice that I would be dreaming of so much more. That was the day that I told myself I will do my best in LET. I will not waste the opportunity. MindGym made me realize that LET is a once in a lifetime experience. Make it count. Make it memorable. Make it worth it.
I enrolled in MindGym’s live LET coaching program even though I had to spend 9 hours of my weekends in the center. I chose this program because I know myself too much.. I knew that if I chose to review on my own or My Review Coach (MindGym’s online review counter-part), I wouldn’t be able to maximize the little time I have for reviewing. The bed might be too tempting especially during weekends 🙂
It was hard to juggle work and review sessions. I even sacrificed some family get-togethers because I can’t go home over the weekend. I live in Quezon City while my family live in Manila. I just keep telling myself that this will be worth it. I just need to be patient.
It was a long journey but I can say it was fun and worth it! Here are the things I learned along the way and some tips that might help you.
1. In taking LET, you need to know yourself.
You need to know how you learn.
Weekends are the only days I could dedicate in reviewing for LET. I enrolled in MindGym’s program to force myself to review.
The program worked for me because they used different learning styles. I only studied during my scheduled MindGym review classes because that is the only time I had.
I made sure that I maximize my learning opportunities. I took it seriously. I listened very well. I jotted down notes and wrote some comments and ideas about the topic we were discussing to make it more personal. I even gave my own example in a context that I would understand the lesson better.
My workbook was not clean. It is full of doodles and drawings. This review style helped me a lot. Believe it or not, when I reviewed a month before LET, I can easily remember the lessons we took. It can easily be retrieved in my memory because it was properly stored in the first place.
2. The pygmalion effect is true.
Pygmalion effect is a phenomenon when higher expectations lead to an increase in performance. Without the people who believed in me, I wouldn’t realize my capabilities.
Surround yourself with positive people. Those who will encourage you no matter what happen. There will be times that you will feel negative in everything you do. I felt it a lot of times because of pressure and stress but always remember that you are not alone in your LET journey. You have friends and family who believe in you and who are always there for you. In my case, I have my workmates, MindGym, my family and friends who supported me along the way. They made my LET journey lighter and more enjoyable than I ever thought.
3. Reward yourself once in a while.
You can reward yourself with an activity or a food. It’s up to you. For me, it’s food! 😀 Don’t be too harsh on yourself.
I remember before I went to Mindgym, I always bought myself chocolate and a big bottle of water to keep me sane in 9 hours of reviewing. It made me happy (c’mon who wouldn’t be happy with chocolates?) plus chocolates help you retain information efficiently. Also, I always bought myself a pint of ice cream every after review sessions just to calm my brain from the information overload it experienced. Voila! I am a happy kid once again.
4. Rest is essential.
Take a break from reviewing. Forcing your brain to take too much information won’t help you remember things. Take a break. Go biking, go out with friends, eat or simply sleep will help your brain to process more information. I remember, a week before my exam, I had biking adventures with friends.
5. Study by heart.
I allotted one month before the exam to refresh the lessons in general education and professional education. I re-read my workbooks and answered all the drills they gave to us at MindGym.
I made sure that I can explain all the concepts in my own words. I dedicated 2 hours everyday after work in reviewing. I gave myself reasonable deadlines and quotas that will give me a sense of success in reviewing.
I had goals every review session. In this way, I will feel accomplished and will be motivated to finish the next goal I set the next day.
So there you go, the list of things I did to prepare for my LET! You can adopt it and tweak it in such a way that will suit your style. However, I still believe that the best way to get the “license” is for you to believe that you can do it. Believe that you have the capacity to pass and top the LET. Make a decision to make your LET journey count.
I believe that if you want something, there is nothing you can’t do to get it. Set your goal and make it happen. There are a lot of students waiting for you at the finish line. 🙂