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The following tips will help you make the most of your study time, minimize your stress level, and maximize your results while preparing to write the national exams.
Write an ordered list of what you want to accomplish and prioritize those items on the list. When completing your list, remember balance—work, family, studies, and self.
Develop a long-term plan, setting specific goals to achieve your CHRP designation. Make sure your plan is realistic and manageable and avoid over-commitment.
Include your family in the planning process and gain their commitment in supporting your goals. Find a place to study that is relatively free of distractions. Make sure it is well equipped for studying, has adequate lighting, and a chair with good back support. Maintain good eating and sleeping habits, and make time for physical exercise. These routines will help you stay energized and improve your mental capability.
Develop a day planner to help manage your time. Schedule daily study periods and commit to your plan. Record due dates for assignments and tests; calculate the work and time needed to meet these due dates, and plan milestones into your schedule leading up to these dates. Go to class well prepared. Take good notes, you will be thankful for them when the next test rolls around.
Remember balance. Take breaks when studying for long periods of time. It refreshes the tired mind and helps remind you of other important things in your life. Reward yourself. Celebrate the achievement of your goals—even those small successes. Predetermine your reward and keep your promise once you have completed your task. The following are note-taking tips, which can prove very valuable regardless of whether you are taking an HR course, attending a workshop, or undertaking your own self-learning initiative.
Prepare for class: Read materials in advance and review notes from preceding lectures or chapters. Familiarize yourself with key concepts and vocabulary. Develop a framework for taking notes e. Make the most of class: Make sure you can see and hear the facilitator, and have a good line of sight to visual displays e. Listen actively. Determine what is important: Listen and look for cues and key words that help identify relevant and important information.
Make excellent notes: Title each page with subject title and date. Use subject headings and subheadings to organize notes. Record relevant information and main points of emphasis. Use lots of white space, highlighting pens, models, etc. Edit notes soon after class: Edit notes as soon as possible after class, preferably the same day. Summarize, re-organize, expand upon, and clarify your notes for future ease of reference.
Remember that these notes are not only critical in helping you prepare for tests at the end of the course, they will also be your primary source of reference when studying for the exams. Review notes often: Repetition is a key adult learning technique. The more times you review material, the greater the likelihood of recall when needed in the future. Make frequent reviews of your notes part of your daily study routine.
After all is said and done and you still do not know the correct answer—guess! However, make it an educated guess. Do not leave any multiple-choice questions unanswered when there is no penalty for incorrect answers. After taking the time prepare for the contents of the NKE, it is important to make sure that you are prepared for the test day. Arriving at the test center rested and alert is the best way to prepare for any test.
Try to relax. Learn a few basic relaxation exercises that can be used a few minutes leading up to the exam. Being relaxed will help you overcome your worries and concentrate on the exam ahead. Ensure you know the exact location of the test center, how you plan to get there, and where you will park. Allow plenty of time to get there. The last thing you need is extra tension that comes from worrying about being late for the exam.
Wear comfortable clothes and bring a sweater. Testing rooms are notorious for being too hot or too cold. Bring an accurate watch. Hopefully, the room will have a clock and the proctor is diligent in posting the time during the exam. But be prepared if that is not the case.
Bring all necessary materials you have been told you will need to the test center. Choose a seat in the testing room that is as far away from likely distractions as possible. Listen carefully to all instructions given by the test proctor, and follow any procedures necessary to ensure a successful exam process.
In addition to preparation for the content of the exam and the test day, it is equally important to prepare for the questions themselves. The following information will ensure that you have the ability to navigate effectively through a multiple choice test. Multiple choice questions are made up of three key components: The stem: states the question to be answered. Correct answer: one of the four possible choices representing the only correct response or best correct response.
The distractors: remaining three options and incorrect answers. The Multiple Choice Checklist: Read through each question completely and carefully. Avoid jumping to any conclusions about what you think the question is asking. Complete any questions you are sure of first and move on to difficult questions afterwards.
Many individuals find it effective to read the stem part of the question and anticipate the correct alternative before actually looking at the choices available. If you generally do better on essay or short answer tests, this strategy may be of significant help to you. Some research shows that one-in-three students fare far better using this strategy alone. For those questions you are having difficulty with, narrow your choices.
Eliminate any choices which are obviously incorrect. With the remaining choices, read the stem part of the question with each alternative to get a sense of the correct sound or flow that the correct answer often produces.
Underline key words in both the stem part of the question, as well as the answer choices. Multiple choice questions examine not only your ability to recall and reason, but your ability to read carefully and thoughtfully as well.
Overall you will waste precious time and will increase your chances of recording answers incorrectly on the scoring sheet. It may be a true statement in its own right, but not the correct answer to the question posed. Some questions will appear straightforward if you are well prepared for the exam.
Eliminate any obviously incorrect alternatives and make an educated guess from the remaining. In this section, you will find a full range of useful resources that can help you as you prepare to undertake the NKE.
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