This discussion post is for any and all EMT, EMT-advanced or EMT-paramedic student that needs help with classwork, studying or clarification of topics. I am always available for you to help inany way I can. Study Hard!
Hi ..I was wondering if you could help me. I am taking my final exam to become an EMT-B..the computer based one..used to be written. I already took it once and failed. With the help of my Paramedic I have learned more and feel I am somewhat more confident but I was wondering if you would have any advice on how to prepare for the test. I have a hard time understanding what they want from the questions but usually I can figure out how to put them together if you know what I mean. I can easily read a question and find what I believe is the right awnser due to my knowledge but I dont know how to apply the knowledge I have to the question at hand. Do you have any advice??
Make sure that you read the entire question and ALL answers before answering. Look for key words such as, "except, all, always, never". Throw out the obvious wrong answers and then choose it is easier to decide between the ones left. Try to stay relaxed as you are taking the test, and get plenty of rest the night before.
I know just how you feel with this problem, other then my meds for A.D.D. I have foudn that What Lance said is a great way to go, the only modification that I used was to read the possible answers first then the question, that way it almost jogs your memory before you get to the question. Either way Good Luck!!!
Just thought I would let you know what helps for me when I need to learn something new. I take the scenario questions on the practice tests and have someone help me to act them out. That way, handling the situation comes to be second nature after a while. It's kind of like learning anything else, the more you do it, the easier it is to do, and to improve on. I use this same tactic with my students. I am an instructor, and I firmly believe that hands-on is the best way to learn. Let me know how it works for you if you try it. Good luck with the exam. Just relax, use common sense, and have confidence in yourself. Don't second guess because the second guess is usually the wrong one.
While the test you're talking about is difficult, the worry over it was worse for me. The questions are put in such a way so that you have to critically think. All of the advise that others have posted is really good, and the thing that helped me was to 'put' myself at the scene and go thru each step in my head before answering...remember airway, airway, airway!
If you've passed the class, then all the stuff you need to know is there in your head, you just have to be able to pull it out when answering the questions.
Best of luck,