By Dan Limmer
This list provides 10 things that people who are successful on the NREMT do. I compiled this from many years of teaching and working with students. This applies to all levels of certification.
You may be surprised to find that many of these things begin on the first day of class—and don’t totally rely on end-of-class cramming. A lot of the tips you see focus solely on exam preparation. For some, that is just too late.
It is also worth noting that these habits of successful NREMT candidates also promote more thoughtful and clinically astute practice. I’ve never believed that teaching to the test and teaching for practice were dramatically different things.
Here is my list:
1. They take their course seriously from day 1
2. They read their book and do homework
3. They learn in concepts and broad strokes—not simple facts.
4. They ask questions in class and make sure they understand.
5. They realize that the material they learn applies to the exam and the street—not just the exam.
6. They study things that make them think and apply, not just remember.
7. They figure out where they are weakest and focus their exam preparation on the right areas.
8. They get a good night’s sleep the night before the exam.
9. They keep a clear head when they sit down at the testing center.
10. They believe passing is the only option.
Don’t forget that Limmer Education apps are designed with these points in mind. You can use apps throughout your class-and for exam preparation. Our features like the Pathophysiology, Critical Thinking and Mental Conditioning sections in EMT Review Plus™ help with understanding—not just memorization.