I’m the kind of person you’ll always see in front of a computer, so when I chose my review center, I knew I had to choose one that would allow me to stay where I am: My Review Coach.
MRC gave me access to many modules and drills that helped me with preparing for the LET. For the two months I spent reviewing, I made sure to finish all of the modules and answer all of the drills, not ceasing until I got a 100% score on each one. The brain loves repetition, so answering and re-answering the drills helped me retain all of the important information.
I didn’t always know all of the answers. Whenever I encountered a question I got wrong or couldn’t answer, I “Googled” it. Studying for the LET is a great chance to really make Google your best friend. What you need to do is to copy the entire question, enclose it with quotation marks, and paste it on the Google search bar. The quotation marks help Google search for the exact matches of the question you’re looking for. That way you can see how others answered the same questions, and their rationalizations.
Another reason I made Google my best friend is that it enabled me to search for studying tips. What colors help boost mental activity? Yellow and orange are best, so I used orange pens and yellow hi-liters a lot while reviewing. What kind of foods should you cut back on? I read sugar shrinks your brain, so I decided to lessen my soda intake. What music should you listen to while studying? Apparently classical music is the way to go, but that didn’t stop me from listening to my favorite K-Pop songs which helped keep my mood up (I later found an article that says listening to the music you like helps too, but others might find it distracting).
Google also helped me in finding useful sites that can help with reviewing. I found out about the Tomato Timer which can help you employ the Pomodoro technique while studying. What it does is you break down your review schedule into 25 minute intervals, with 5-10 minute breaks in between. That way you can consistently get your tasks done without exhausting yourself too much.
While Google and computers in general can provide you a lot of things that can help you with your study, don’t forget to get some fresh air. Staying cooped up inside your studying space can increase your stress levels and affect your productivity, so it’s good to go out now and then.
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” –John Lubbock