Re: Passed (provisionally) 15 June 2018 - some tips and tricks
Thank you MP. I fully agree with your point to get plenty of sleep, be hydrated, be fed and be locked and loaded to go into this one.
I found what helped me was the amount of preparation time I took. You have to respect the process and the exam itself. It represents knowledge and wisdom acquired and compiled by many practitioners. It is not a trifle and in my view it shows disrespect to the profession and the practitioners if one tries to wing it.
A SMARTapproach is to look at the tools you have on hand. I was told that the Sybex study guide covered everything well, so I decided to use it as my main tool.
S stands for SPECIFIC so I made sure I understood as well as I could the specific concepts for each realm. If I did not understand something I looked at it from different angles and viewpoints. I did not just say "Oh well. on to the next." I studied and asked other practitioners what the concept meant to them.
M stands for MEASURABLE so I decided to do my studying and practicing in measured increments. Business and science tell us that if we cannot measure it we don't have it. Measurements give us benchmarks with which to proceed.
A stands for ACHIEVABLE so I built achievement focus into my plan. This helps you over come fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD). Specifics and measurements show your achievements and encourage you to progress.
R is for RELEVANT, REALIZABLE, REALISTIC and many other R factors. Relevancy is important to fold into the plan. Know WHYyou are studying something, not merely WHAT. The exam wants to know WHAT you know for sure; but if you cannot put the WHY behind the concepts it makes for a difficult and trying time.
T means TIME-BOXEDfor me. I like the notion that everything is done in increments of time. If time is not your best friend, it can become your worst enemy. So make sure you respect it.
Build rest, exercise and nutrition into your plan and you have done your best. When you can finish the exam and say "I did my best" then there is no regret.
If after panning and doing your best you did not get the desired outcome, do a post mortem analysis and tweak the process.