- Review the reference list provided to you at the time you completed your application. Take NICU-related continuing education courses and/or review material related to neonatal therapy.
- Use the self-assessment tools in this study guide, and the sample questions in the examination manual and the study guide, to help direct your study.
- Plan ahead and pace yourself – make a schedule that helps you organize your study sessions and stick to it.
- Don’t feel like you have to block large chunks of time for each study session. Studying for shorter periods but more frequently may work better in terms of sticking to a schedule, and it can help you better retain information.
- Select an environment without distractions so you can focus on your studying.
- Allow yourself breaks as needed, but if you feel like you are taking too many breaks, it may not be a good day for studying. It is ok to modify your schedule as long as you keep making progress.
- Start with one or two topics that you feel most comfortable with, to reinforce what you know and to start on a positive note. Then move to a topic that is a bit more challenging.
- Use the resource list to help you expand your knowledge in areas where you feel less comfortable.
- Focus on relevant clinical knowledge – things every neonatal therapist who has several years of experience should know – rather than random facts.
- As you study, think of possible questions related to the material. What are the nuggets of information that are critical in the material that you are reading? If you had to check if someone knows this topic, what would you ask them?
- Make flashcards with important topics, or write questions related to the material – then come back after a few weeks and see if you can answer them.
- Get support from others who are preparing for the exam! Group studying can help reinforce information when you quiz one another or you share what you know on a topic. You can also help keep each other on track.
- Arrive early at the testing center so you don’t feel rushed. Get a full night’s sleep the night before so you are rested and focused.
- Eat something before you come. No food or drinks are allowed at the testing center.