How to pass the NBCE Part 1

Tip # 1 – Have a study plan

Time sure appears to fly at times and before you know it .... the Boards will be fast approaching. It is therefore imperative that you have a study plan and that you work your plan, daily.

As part of your plan, commit to studying at least 3 hours every day. While this may sound a bit too disciplined, realize that consistent preparation is key to passing the Boards. Besides, the iSuperLearn system makes this daily 3 hours time commitment a breeze since the program turns your downtime and sleep time into study time.

I highly recommend that you start with a subject area in which you know that you can use some assistance. By first building in your weakest area, you will develop your overall memory, boost your self-confidence and significantly increase your overall performance at the NBCE Part 1.

Once you decide on your first subject area, pick the corresponding iSuperLearn audio and listen to that audio repeatedly during the day. The iSuperLearn audios are an ideal way to turn your down time into study time. While you are commuting, shopping, exercising, etc you can be enhancing your memory and understanding of the study material by simply selecting an audio on your smartphone or any other digital playback device, plugging in ear buds, press play and going about your activities. You can 'actively' listen to the information which is deliberately paced in bite-sized pieces at a specific interval to allow efficient absorption. By audibly or silently repeating the material during the intervals, you will be using a vocalizing technique proven to accelerate learning and enhance your memory. You can also 'passively' listen to the audio material while it plays in the background and you are concentrating on your other activity. Nevertheless, your (subconscious) mind is being exposed to the information and is aware of your intentions to be familiar with the material. Either way (actively or passively listening) you are getting the repetitions needed for mastery of the information.

Stay focused and work your study plan. The time spent now using the iSuperLearn system will pay huge dividends and ensure your outstanding success on the Boards.




Tip # 2 – Build your memory pegs

Once you have listened to an ISL audio for several repetitions, it is time to further accelerate and enhance those memory pegs. Do this by taking the corresponding FITB {Fill-In-The-Blank} quiz. These FITBs quizzes are designed to build visual and kinesthetic memory pegs on the auditory inputs you have been receiving. By involving several different modes in the learning process, you are rapidly building and reinforcing several memory pegs towards attaining full mastery of the information.

Take the same FITB quiz several times. The questions are randomly selected from a large pool and presented to challenge your memory. Time yourself. You will note that each time you go through the process of taking the same FITB quiz, you are getting better and better. And faster. Make it a game. Have fun.

Listen to the audio => take the FITB quiz. Repeat this sequence over and over. When you attain 3 consecutive scores that are greater than 85%, it is now time to take the MCQs {Multiple Choice Questions} corresponding to the same audio.

The MCQs are designed to test your understanding and mastery mastery of the information and to prepare you for the Board environment. Take this same MCQ quiz repeatedly. The questions are randomized and the choices for each question are also randomly presented. Again, this is to challenge and reinforce your memory. When you can consistently score over 85% on the MCQs quiz, you are ready to move on to another subject.

Chose another ISL audio and repeat the process - listen to the audio => FITB =>85% => MCQ =>85%.

We have proven conclusively that once you can consistently score at least 85% on the iSuperLearn quizzes, you will pass the Boards Part 1 with flying colours.

Keep focused and continue to work your study plan. Listen to the ISL audios and take the exams. Invest the time now to heap the benefits at the Boards.




Tip # 3 – Sleep Learning

Many students enjoy listening to the super learning audios and chart their progress using the quizzes on the e-learning platform. For some, that is all they do and they do pass the NBCE with ease.

Nevertheless, the super learning audios can be used to even further accelerate the mastery of the information with the proven methodology of sleep learning. In effect, you can turn your 'sleep' time into 'study' time.

If you have been overlooking this additional super learning technique, I urge you to explore just how quickly you can absorb information, build your recall and master complexities while sleeping. Your mind will truly amaze you.

Prove it to yourself. Take a FITB quiz and note your score.
Chose the corresponding EL audio, make sure you “loop” that selection on your playback device.
Press play and adjust the volume so that it is just audible with your device on a night side table or next to your pillow. The volume should be very low so that your sleep is not disturbed. Most likely you will start off by actively listening and then you will drift off to sleep naturally while the audio continues to repeat itself over and over.
When you awake, you will become aware of the audio playing quietly. Turn it off and go about your regular routine. Soon after, take the same FITB quiz and note the improved score. 

You have just proven to yourself that you can indeed turn your sleep time into efficient study time.

Some students quickly master this amazing technique and never again have to burn the midnight oil reading their notes over and over to commit to memory. Instead they plug & play and go to sleep.

If you have any questions or comments on 'sleep' learning using the iSuperLearn system, drop me a quick line.

Stay focused. Work your study plan. Sleep well ... keep learning.



Tip # 4 – Proven Exam Strategies

A. Effective time management. At the Boards your task is to answer 90 questions in 75 minutes. This translates to 50 seconds per question. You should plan to use 40 seconds per question so that this will leave you with 15 minutes “extra” to mop up and ensure that all questions are answered.

Realize that leaving a question BLANK assures that you have ZERO % chance of being correct. Play to make the odds in your favour by ANSWERING ALL QUESTIONS. Leave no questions blank!

Start using the iSuperLearning MCQs to hone your internal time clock. Each iSuperLearn MCQ exam consists of 15 questions and you are allowed only 10 minutes to complete. This translates to 40 secs per question - 30 secs to read and select an answer and 10 secs to view the correct choice. As you become more and more familiar with the material you should be completing each iSuperLearn exam in well under 10 minutes. By training at 30 seconds per questions on the iSuperLearn MCQ exams, the 50 seconds per question at the Boards will seem a luxury. Your stress levels will be way down during the environment of the Boards and thus you will dramatically increase your success.

B. Pick the low hanging fruit first. When you allocate 30 seconds per question, you will quickly learn to recognize and separate the easy questions from the more difficult ones. Read the question carefully and completely to understand what is being asked. Most times the correct information will pop in to your mind. With that information fresh and unpolluted in your mind, scan the 4 choices that are available to see which one matches your initial thoughts. When you find that one answer, make a note, read the question once more and ensure that this choice answers what is being asked. Mark your selection and move on.
If on the other hand, when you scan the 4 choices and none matches your original thoughts, recognize that this is not a low hanging fruit and that you will have to spend more time to arrive at the correct choice. Move on. You are picking the low hanging fruit first. You will have time to come back as you have allocated time for this. Move on.
This strategy makes effective and efficient use of your time. It also primes your subconscious mind to look for the answers and clues as you progress through the rest of the Board questions. Other questions would relate and jog your memory pegs. So keep moving and picking the low hanging fruit.
The iSuperLearn exams do not allow you to navigate backwards, chose an answer and move forward. This further develops your ability to trust your instincts at recognizing correct choices.

C. Once you have completed picking all of the low hanging fruit with your first pass through the questions during the Boards, it is time for the second pass to deal with the more difficult questions. Start back at the top with the first question that you left unanswered in the booklet. Read the question again. This time you have additional clues that you may have gleaned when answering the other questions. Sharpen your focus and start using a process of elimination to stack the odds more in your favour. Read the first choice and see if it relates and answers the question. If it is obviously false, mentally rule it out. You now have a 33% chance of picking the correct choice from the remaining 3 choices. Go through each choice in sequence to see how many you can eliminate to increase your chances of arriving at the correct answer. Measure each choice against the next to see which is the best at answering the question as asked. By this process of elimination, you can usually arrive at the ONE answer that is correct.

When you have done your best to eliminate as many of the possible choices, and there are still two or more choices remaining ... it is time to guess.

D. Never panic. Panic is counter productive. Even if you draw a complete blank, smile and chalk that one question up to the exam Gods, take a deep breath and get ready to guess. At the worse, you have a 25% chance of being correct.

The next tip discusses how to effectively guess. :-)

Stay focused. Continue to work your study plan; use the iSuperLearn exams to hone your internal time clock; practise effective time management and develop your ability to recognize correct choices and use the process of elimination as a strategy.



Tip # 5 – Effective Guessing

How to guess your way to success on the Boards.

You have picked all of the low hanging fruits and you are well on our way to passing this subject on the Boards. You have used the process of elimination to deduce correct answers to some of the more difficult questions. You are down to those questions where you have a few possible choices and/or you have drawn a blank. You are down to the last 7 minutes remaining. Stay calm and deploy this last winning strategy. It is time to guess.

This is an easy strategy because you will have already decided before the exam how you are going to guess. Statistically, a totally random guess offers you the best outcome. And the best way to make your guess free from false assumptions and be totally random is to decide before hand to select the first choice available, consistently. The test makers have done their best to randomize the choice sequence. There is nothing further you can gain by further randomizing your guess. Simply go with the FIRST choice. Or if you wish, the SECOND choice. Either way, stay with the same ONE.

You simply deploy this strategy after you have done your best at elimination. It is either this or leaving the question blank. There is absolutely nothing to be gained by leaving a question BLANK. With the last few remaining minutes counting down, take a deep breath and slowly go over the computerized scan card and ensure that every question has been answered.

Relax. You have done your best. Have a mini celebration to cue your mindset for great success at the next subject scheduled for the Boards.

Stay focused. Continue to work your study plan. Decide how you are going to guess and be ready to effectively deploy this strategy as your last resort.




Tip # 6 – Optimize your brain functions

You have been studying for years to arrive where you are now preparing for the Boards. You have invested considerable time and money to reach this far.

Don't mess up by walking into the Boards with your brain neurons misfiring due to the lack of sleep.

As little as one hour lack of sleep measurably impairs cognitive activity. A good night's rest is essential for you to ace the Boards. Don't short change yourself. If you have not been already doing so, start today getting 6 – 8 hours of sleep each and every night. There is no need to pull all-night cramming sessions, especially when you could be sleep learning with the iSuperLearn EL audios.

Stay focused. Continue to work your study plan. Be wise. Get enough sleep.




Tip # 7 – Fuel your brain

Fuel your brain for success at the Boards

As a Chiropractor you know the importance that diet plays in health and well being. Practise what you will be preaching!

On the day of the Boards be sure to eat a good, satisfying breakfast with enough protein and complex carbohydrates to provide sustained fuel during the Boards. Take fresh fruit of choice with you and consume at the start of each session. Glucose is the preferred fuel for the brain.

If you have been accustomed to having a cup of coffee with breakfast by all means continue and do not skip.

If you are looking for a natural kick consider consuming some vitamin B complex.

Stay focused. Listen to your audios and continue to take the practise exams. Sleep well. Fuel your body and brain properly.


Tip # 8 – The Night Before The Boards

'Twas the night before the Boards when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
As a super learning user you are fast asleep
Confident in the success you are soon to reap.

Be sure to go to bed early tonight to get a great night's sleep. You want all of those brain neurons to be firing optimally.

Get up early tomorrow and enjoy a quick workout to get your metabolism in high gear.

Eat a wonderful breakfast to fuel your brain for the task ahead.

Plan to arrive early at the examination center. Give yourself ample time for traffic and any other delays which can occur. On the way play your favourite tunes loudly and sing along. Get the endorphins rushing. Who cares who is watching. You are on your way to rock the Boards!

Believe in yourself! All of your hours of hard work and the investments in yourself are about to pay off.



Best wishes for your outstanding success at the Boards!