Are you taking part in a University review course that is fast paced and skipping over important parts of theory that you may or may not know and are wondering how to cope with such a situation?
It’s not atypical to experience a fast paced in your face type review class situation. A lot of the University programs are geared towards current students, or recently graduated students, so they work under the assumption that these “Theory” courses are fresh in the students mind and don’t need to be reinforced. Rather than guide the student through a detailed review, the main areas are hit in an effort to stimulate the mind going in to the exam.
In this instance, I would suggest adjusting your studies to include the review course as a complimentary measure to your good ol fashioned “open book” review sessions. Whether your “open book” review sessions include real hard books like those from Kaplan and PPI or online review classes (which Kaplan offer as well), using the University review course more as an augmenter rather than your lifeline will allow you to be more flexible and overall more efficient in your preparation.
Time may be short, but here are a few steps you should consider to get going in adjusting your plan:
- Get your resources, books, practice exams, if you have the money, make the investment, they will pay off.
- Review the table of contents in your review book and create a schedule as I outline in the EIT Boot Camp. Work the Universities review in to your schedule, working to coincide it the best you can with the material you plan to study.
- Take a practice exam, just to get a feel for where you stand. Don’t fret if you don’t do well, it’s just a baseline.
- Start studying; break your schedule up in to micro sessions, ie, study for an hour everyday instead of 5 hour sessions once or twice a week. Those are just example numbers, but my point is, do many short study sessions, it will keep you fresh for the long haul. Take advantage of your lunch breaks at work!
- Be consistent and give yourself deserved day offs to completely remove yourself from the process, you will come back reinvigorated.