The "Magic" of
The learning aides, while helpful, DO NOT act as a substitute
for attending the review class. (According to feedback we've
received, the passing rate for review participants has
consistently been higher than the pass rate of students who just
purchased the learning aides and "studied on their
During the review, other information than that found on the
learning aides is also conveyed; some examples:
- Week by week, students are instructed in techniques that
help them deal with the stresses of taking the boards.
- Examples of questions asked in prior boards are mentioned
as the material is covered, week by week.
- As the material is covered, cross-links are established
to prior material, making it all more understandable.
- Knowledge of the musculature is more thoroughly covered
during the review classes, using an experiential
- The group setting of the review leads to more questions
and dialogue, enhancing the learning process.
- Students make contact with other review students (often
from different schools), and share further knowledge in
study groups that they form.
- During the second-last class, the logistics of actually
taking the exam are discussed, during which time an
approach is taught that helps students avoid many of the
pitfalls encountered with the mechanics of the exam
- The last class features a "mock exam" of the
state boards. This is performed under actual testing
conditions, to familiarize the student with the process.
This helps to dispel any remaining vestiges of "fear
of the unknown" -- we've been told by our students
that the actual examination day becomes much less
threatening due to this approach.
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