Don’t say we didn’t warn you, but there is now just one week remaining before the November 16 Water Treatment Operator certification exam here in California. If you’ve been paying attention to MOST, you are feeling pretty good about your chances next Saturday. Today’s blog is for all you procrastinators out there that have not heeded our advice thus far: What do you do now?
First of all, don’t panic. Many of you even have a three-day weekend to help you get squared away. If you study a little each day, you have enough time to get it together. And even though you don’t have a lot of time, refrain from “cramming.” It is the mental equivalent of physical over-exertion, and the result will be similar: you will be too mentally tired to perform well on the exam next Saturday. So pacing your efforts this week will be important. Try to set aside one-hour blocks of time for studying. And if you can, put more than one block into each day. But make sure you take a break between blocks to give your mind the necessary rest.
With just a week remaining, don’t expect to learn anything new now — it’s just too late for that. Instead, you need to maximize your performance in areas you have already studied. And the best way to do that is to quiz yourself. And MOST can help you with that.
If you haven’t done so yet, become a Subscriber to MOST, and then “Contact” us for a practice T1-T2 exam, or a set of practice problems for the T3-T4 exams. Both being a Subscriber and getting the practice exam are free, so there is absolutely no excuse! And we send you the exam and answer key by e-mail, so you will get it in plenty of time to work with it this week.
The T1-T2 practice exam is in the same basic format as the State exam, and we encourage you to set aside a three-hour time period with no interruptions to take this just like it was the real thing. Time yourself to make sure that you know how fast you have to work to complete the exam in the three-hour period that the State will give you next Saturday. Then grade yourself to see how well you scored. Would you have earned your certification if this was the real thing?
And don’t forget that we have five “pop quiz” type videos on our YouTube channel. Take all five, even though one has Distribution exam questions; there will be several distribution topics that get explored on the treatment exam. These videos are less than ten minutes each, so you can do them all in one of your one-hour study blocks this week.
So, procrastinators, here are your three action items for studying this week:
1. Make a study schedule and stick to it.
2. Become a MOST Subscriber and ask for your free practice exam.
3. Get over to the MOST YouTube site and view our five pop quiz videos.
You’ll be thanking MOST next Saturday afternoon!