Review Center Tips

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I would like to apologize to the soon-to-be board exam takers who have been waiting for me to update my series of posts on board exam tips. It has been a while. I am really sorry. πŸ™ Some things just… came up. Moving on to the present, I am posting here a new set of tips that will benefit those who are already preparing to enroll in review classes before their board exam. This just might aid you a little bit.

When I was reviewing for the Geodetic Engineering licensure examination, I enrolled in Review Innovations Center in Morayta:

Most of the review centers here in Manila are actually located in Morayta, so you will not have a hard time finding all of them. I leave you to find the exact location in Google Maps and I will instead focus on the tips that you may find most useful for your review.

1. Research. Go where the topnotchers of recent years went. When I say recent, I mean the last 3-5 years. Trends do change. Competition is fierce among review centers and their review styles do change and the owners of review centers either shape up or stagnate. This is what I did. R.I. is famous since schoolmates from previous batches recommended them to us. Ask the upperclassmen which review center is the best for your particular board exam.

2. If at all possible, get the topic schedule before classes begin. This is vital for your time management. I manage to get the topic schedule within the first week of our review classes and I used it as a basis for how I am going to manage my review time at home. The one advantage of enrolling in a review center is that you get to cover all the topics since they are all within the schedule.

3. Reserve early and get the best seats in the room. The best seats in a conventional classroom are illustrated in this colored grid. Red seats (first two front rows) indicate 100% retention, Pink seats come in closely with 80% and Blue seats are passable with 60%.

(I have read so many books on body language, seating psychology and whatnots that I actually forgot which book I got this from. Sorry. πŸ™ )

During my review classes, I was at the center and front row. πŸ˜€ The other topnotchers were mostly on the first row, too. πŸ˜‰ So do sweat the small stuff and get the best seats.

4. Socialize with your review center classmates. Synergy is power. Even Stephen Covey promotes that in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Sharing of reviewers and techniques abound when you socialize with people from other schools. There are some negatively competitive schools but just ignore them. Crab mentality is not really that conducive in such an endeavor. And yes, I have heard that some people managed to get some romantic interests at play as well.

5. Take advantage of early bird and group discounts. Some centers offer discounts when you enroll with 9 or 10 other people and done at least two months before the first day of review classes.

6. Check your foundations. Every course has a “Bible” or reference. How well do you know your course’s Bible? In my case, my foundations in some subjects were really lousy. My teachers in UP were good. But I was so lazy in some subjects in college. So I had to read our “Bible” twice from cover to cover before review classes started. That helped me get a head start. If you are a laude filled with straight A’s, you can go ahead to refining your solving speed since your foundations are already pretty strong.

7. Review and/or Refresher? Question. Some people enroll only in Review classes. Some people enroll only in the Refresher course. I enrolled on both because I like the discipline of the schedule and time. I also found long preparation to be very conducive and less stressful for me. But if you are working, strapped for cash or just wanting more time for self-review, choose the Refresher over the Review. The hidden goodies of review centers are often given during the Refresher course.

8. Topnotch Aiming tip: Do not just rely on what the review classes will be giving you. They are just supplements to what you are doing for your own personal preparations. Honestly, I think I got 40% from the RI classes and 60% from my own personal efforts. It is much nicer to come to the review class na nadaanan mo na yung topic from your personal study than have to familiarize yourself with it in the review class for the first time. If you can really go the extra mile, go through all the topics in the schedule even before the classes begin TWICE.

All my personal efforts aside, R.I. has done its job really well in preparing us. In our batch of geodetic engineering board exam takers, 10 out of the 10 topnotchers in our board exam were R.I. reviewees.

Seven out of ten were UP graduates, including yours truly, which made it also a successful year for our department then.

(We UP geodetic engineers are also hoping that UP board exam takers this year will also achieve the same or more this September 2011. But of course, I am leaving all my tips open to everyone else, regardless of school. ;-))

What else? Just one last: DON’T BE ABSENT! πŸ˜€

Good luck! More tips to come soon! πŸ˜‰ Share the love!

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23 thoughts on “Review Center Tips

    1. hahahahahah anong “good deeds” donna? Ikaw na ang nakatira malapit sa review center nun at yes, naaliw akong umaabsent ka. Hahahahah.

  1. Hi!

    This is really encouraging. I’m a GE graduate a few years back and I want to have my 2nd go on the GE Boards this year but i get the jitters everytime I think about it. I haven’t called RI yet. After discovering your post, this is really making me go for it this year. Hope you don’t mind sharing something more encouraging to a chicken like me. LOL!!


    1. Hi Jen! Go for it! πŸ™‚ I am so happy to find a fellow GE encouraged to try again.

      I strongly recommend that you enroll in RI and make the most out of their classes.

      Well, if you want to meet up with me when you are reviewing in Morayta, we can set a sked, too.

      Let’s see what else we can come up with. I have another post on the way. But I am just busy with my day job so I am still working on it.

      Again, thanks and please share this post to your friends who might find the information useful. I find it fulfilling that I am able to pass on the valuable insights I have received last year.

      1. Hi Helen,

        Again, thanks for the encouragement. Take note, 2005 pa ako grumaduate and took the board at the same year. I know I can catch up pretty quick but our profession requires practice. I look forward to your every post no matter what it is about. You’re really helpful. Thanks!

  2. Wow! This is so nice..
    Actually, I’m dreaming to top the board but I always find myself asleep. LOL
    Thanks for this stuff. From now own I will make sure that I’m awake before to continue my wonderful dream πŸ™‚

    Anyway, you mentioned 7 habits of highly effective people-that’s my favorite book. πŸ™‚

    Thanks again for this post…

  3. hello po… i’m a 2012 GE graduate… any tips po kung san po yung pinaka-pressure sa board exam? kung anong subject po yung dapat na pinakatutukan? hehe. salamat po…

    1. Hi Kenneth! Lahat puwedeng maka-cause ng pressure if you are not well-prepared. Best to balance your study on all subjects. Hindi puwedeng super taas sa isang subject tapos bagsak sa iba. Watch out sa mga weakest subjects mo and try to keep all your efforts evenly distributed.

  4. yehey, ayos na tong site mo ate :)..hehe..start ng review kahapon, at nakakuha naman kami ng front seat :)..kitakits sa 23rd ba ng june?? hehe..mantreat ba si kuya homer?? :)..i’ll take time reading all your posts πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Helen Mary,

    I have to say, your post is loaded with great contents and helpful tips πŸ™‚ I like how you discussed review center research, seating location, and top notch aiming.

    With your permission, I would like to link this post with the one I am preparing (topic: how students can prepare for the CE board exam).

    It’s great that you chose to share your success formula to the public.

    CE/ startup founder

    1. Hi Buboy thank you for visiting Heleyna. It’d be pleasant for this article to be linked in your post. I am very happy to help. More power to your startup!

    1. Hi Irene! During our time, 7 years ago, June ang schedule. We inquired ng April or May. Usually you do not see it posted online e. You need to ask the custodians sa RI to give you a copy of the lesson outline. πŸ™‚ Sorry late reply. Maraming nangyari sa offline kaya hindi ako nakapag-check ng blog ko.

  6. pwede po bang makahingi sa r.i ng sched nung subjects na itatackle and lessons kada subject na ituturo nila before magsimula yung official na start ng review sa r.i? pwede po ba yun? by the way weekdays at pang umaga po yung napili ko na sched sa r.i..kindly reply po

    1. Hi Erjely, yes nahingi ko ang schedule noon. May outline ng topics for each subject. Just nicely ask yung mga custodians doon sa RI na nagbabantay don sa reception. πŸ™‚

  7. kailan ba usually ngayon or nxt year ant start ng review. may mga compilation kapa ba ng mga dating ni review mo? pwede pa photo copy? hehehe

    1. Hi Reggie naku sobrang tagal ko na nag board exam hahaha nasa IT industry na nga ako ngayon e. I think 2-3 years after I passed, naipamigay ko na lahat ng reviewers ko. Kung geodetic ka rin like me usually nasa August or September ang schedule ng board exam so bilang ka ng mga 4-6 months before that to estimate yung review schedule. Hope that helps!

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