I graduated in 1998, took the local board exams for our country that same year and didn’t pass. Living in a third world country where jobs is scarce for your chosen field and dreams don’t fall in to place so often. I worked at different jobs that is not at any way related to Physical Therapy.
We have to after all make a living.
Fast forward to 2009, and because of a multitude of life changes that happened along the way. I decided to review and take the local board examination once again. After 12 years of not knowing anything about Physical Therapy, I was plunged right back into it in just 3 and a half months. And I passed.
I took the NPTE in June of 2010, and I FAILED. It was a time where family problems became too much. And I had a very weak support system at that time. I was hoping to take the NPTE again in September of 2010, but remember when Filipino’s and other nationalities were banned all of a sudden? I was floored.
When the May 25 schedule opened, I knew I had to pass it. So I made SACRIFICES before that day.
No Socializing. No shopping. No nothing. I worked around a ROUTINE to help me study, work and take care of my son at the same time. I ASKED FOR HELP when needed. This was a time that I was depressed from a broken marriage. So focusing was really difficult.
Waking up at 4:30AM or 5:00AM was the only choice that I had, even if I slept at one in the morning. Logging off Facebook and anything social both online and offline was a must. I hade post-it of notes in my bathroom mirror and just thought of cases and topics in my head every single day. I didn’t watch any movies or Television.
Breather came in the form of running or exercising by jumping jacks, push-ups and squats right at home. I was training my mind for the marathon that is the NPTE.
Aside from studying, praying was part of my NPTE study plan. I trooped to Baclaran every Wednesday for a novena. And prayed that when I pass the NPTE that I will pass on what I did in hopes of helping others who were in the same boat as me.
For now, I will do my best to keep this blog updated. The Pass the NPTE Calendar Guide is just my way of passing it forward. There are affiliate links there that may help me earn a little, but if you don’t want to click on it – that’s just fine by me.
If you have a hard time finishing a chapter in a day or two – just stretch out the days for a given topic. It’s perfectly fine if you need a week to study just SCI. The guide will help you STRUCTURE your studying. The first time I reviewed for the NPTE, I read on a PER BOOK basis. So I was jumping from one topic to another, and it didn’t help RETAIN and UNDERSTAND what I read.
Alright, that’s it for now and will post more topic related tips next time! 🙂