EMT Exam: Know When to Study with Buddies and Take a Break
You will definitely have to invest some time in studying if you plan on taking the EMT exam. However, you need to make the most out of that studying. Pay attention to your own habits so you know when studying with others is a good idea or when you just need to take a break.
Studying with buddies
Studying with classmates can be helpful. You can quiz each other on topics and get better explanations for some concepts that are confusing. “Teaching” concepts to another person is a great way to solidify your own understanding as well!
The trick is to have the group session be effective. Gossiping about other students or griping about things in general can be all too easy. It’s best if you set a time limit that everyone agrees upon and stick to a few specific topics.
For example, three or four students can review cardiology in detail in about 60 to 90 minutes. Go through the objectives and have each person explain one in a minute or two. If one person can’t explain an objective to the satisfaction of others, have the next person try to explain it.
Giving your brain a break
When study time is over, step away. Your brain needs time to process the information you just worked on. Close your books, take a deep breath, and go do something else.
If your schedule has you studying for a couple of hours at a time, simply taking a break for a few minutes after the first hour and thinking about something else will give your brain a rest. You may find yourself more refreshed, more alert, and able to focus better during the next hour.
When you’re not studying, don’t stress about it. Have fun. Focus on work, play with your kids, make dinner, hang out with your friends — your brain will continue to process the information while you’re doing something else. You may find yourself feeling more refreshed the next time you sit down to study.