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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Do you have any tips for passing RT exams?

Your humble question:  Do you have any tips to passing the RT exams?

My humble answer I recommend participating in one of the Kettering National Review Seminars.  They make taking the tests easy.  I did it and so did many of my friends, and it works.  In fact, it works so well many RT Schools require it.  I'm not endorsing Kettering, they are simply the ones I used.  I'm sure any other similar program would be equally as effective.  The people at Kettering have someone take the test as often as they are allowed, and they memorize questions and otherwise study the tests, as opposed to trying to pass.  They do this so they can let you know what you need to know to pass the test.  They then organize all the information you need to know is a simple to use study guide.  


Anonymous said...

Hi Rick, I am in my first semester of RT school and so far it's been kind of difficult because I have poor study skills - which are quickly improving. Your blog has served as great motivation and I am following your 'Tips for RT Students'. I was wondering if you had any advice for starting, excelling and standing out in Clinicals?

Thank you for taking the time to share your wealth of us current RT students a huge leg up!

John Bottrell said...

The best way to stand out in clinicals is to study hard and practice enough to show your teacher you are ready a real life situation.

Anonymous said...

Hi John, Thanks for the reply. I was also wondering if you or Rick could shine some light on how to deal with difficult instructors? We have a completely different instructor for our Lab than we do for lecture. The instructor is brand new to teaching and makes a lot of mistakes and is inconsistent with whats expected. When I try to get clarification on (for example) directions for an assignment, its met with rudeness and hostility. I have just went along so far because I understand the need for thick skin, and thectraing is apart of that. Now procedures for a test wasnt explained right and 17 (out of 26) classmates got it wrong on the test. Not sure what to do?


John Bottrell said...

I believe the appropriate steps to take in dealing with this type of problem is:

1. Approach the teacher in an appropriate manner to discuss the situation.
2. If a problem continues, or you believe the teacher continues to be unreasonable, take it to the next level.

3. Drop the class
4. Write a letter to the editor in the school newspaper and have all your fellow students who agree with you sign it with you to back you up.

I certainly would hope you wouldn't resort to #3, although I know of many who have. In all the seven years I attended college, I only had to resort to #4 once, and it really did not good -- but it did make me feel better.

Honestly, I think the best approach to solving such a problem is to be kind to the teacher, pay attention closely in class, and study your butt off.