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Prevent Burnout

Posted on September 12, 2021 Card image cap

Study Sooner than Later

Start studying early. Nobody ever sets out to cram because it’s a great idea – they do it because of poor planning. Plan out your study routine ahead of time so that you’re not trapped into a cram session.


Set Reasonable Goals
And stick to them — use a calendar and daily reminders to stay motivated to achieve your goals. Follow the schedule as outlined in passtheot.


Avoid Procrastination
When you are feeling stressed, putting off studying is tempting, but ultimately this will lead to sleep deprivation, frustration and result in more stress.


Time Management
This is a key factor in making sure you stay on track, avoid procrastination and end up with a more positive relationship with your studies.

Get Plenty of Physical Exercise
Try to exercise at least three times a week, stay hydrated and eat healthy to keep your mind and body active and healthy.

Make Time for Enjoyable Activities
Sprinkle your calendar with things you love to do

Make Time for Socializing
Friends and family can provide you with a positive support system, and spending time in social environments will make give your mind a break.

Escape Outdoors
Studies have shown that time spent in nature can reduce stress levels so spend some of your free time in nature.

Six Simple Steps to Success

Posted on September 11, 2021 Card image cap


You may be trying to avoid studying for the OT exam for as long as possible but if you can give yourself 6 to 8 weeks, you will set yourself up for success. It is best to set aside 4-8 hours a day of study time, if possible.



Importance Of Right Environment for Preparing NBCOT Exam

Choosing an environment that matches your learning style can be very important.
To be the most productive, it is helpful to be in an environment where you can make every minute count.  If you can’t seem to focus at home, it may be helpful to go to a coffee shop, or a library.



Study Material for NBCOT Exams

Before settling down to study, really make sure you have everything you need – your notes, books and other resources. You want to avoid having to skip over something just because you forgot to have all your study material at hand.
Gather all the information you can about the topic you are planning to study on that day. 



Combined Preparation for NBCOT Exam

Some people work better studying on their own while some people work best studying with a tutor.
Having a tutor is actually a great way to learn because if you don’t know something or don’t understand, then you can ask for help immediately. A tutor can make a tremendous difference and make difficult material more fun to learn. 



It is important to be focused while you study.
If possible, try to put away all your distractions. This means, putting your phone on silent, switching off your TV or music, and not going on social media.



Woman Sleeping in Bed    Study Tips: Motivational Quotes

To do as well as you can on your OT exam, try to be fully rested before your exam.
Getting a good night’s sleep allows your brain to think clearly and with focus.


Motivational Quotes

Remember that your health and well being is more important than anything else.

Ways to Maximize Your OT Exam Prep

Posted on August 14, 2021 Card image cap
So you are currently studying for the NBCOT ® exam since you aspire to work in occupational therapy as a certified Occupational Therapist® (OT) or certified occupational therapist (COTA®). Read on, as this might help you maximize your chances of passing. (more…)

Tips to Pass the NBCOT® Exam on Your First Try

Posted on August 10, 2021 Card image cap

You have finally finished your studies and passed with flying colours. Now it’s time to take the next step to become a Certified Occupational Therapist (OT®) or a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA®), and that is by taking the NBCOT exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®).


How You Can Improve Your Study Habits

Posted on May 18, 2021 Card image cap

A goal-based approach focuses on where you’re going, while a systems-based approach focuses on how you’re going to get there.
Your goal of passing the NBCOT® exam will take care of itself with a good system in place.

Exam Preparation: What You Need to Know When Studying for the NBCOT® Exam

Posted on April 16, 2021 Card image cap
If you’re on the path to becoming a certified Occupational Therapist (OTR®) or Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA®), then you are most likely getting ready to take the NBCOT® exam which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Feeling Overwhelmed with your Studying?

Posted on October 20, 2020 Card image cap

Sometimes you may feel like there are just too many resources or too much to study. Just too much you need to do. Feeling overwhelmed may make it seem impossible to know where to begin. Difficult situations are however, opportunities to be our best selves, hone our skills and rise to the occasion.

Students Learn Differently in 2020

Posted on October 17, 2020 Card image cap

The alarming acceleration of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide has forced providers of education – whether they are schools, colleges, universities or other organizations – to rethink how they deliver courses. In the wake of this pandemic, OT schools have faced growing challenges as they have been forced to teach a very “wired”—and more and more “wireless”—generation of students, using technology that is evolving every day.

How to Study in the Moment

Posted on October 6, 2020 Card image cap

What if there was a scientifically proven stress reducer that was free, didn’t take a lot of time, and could help you become more focused when you read exam questions?

Multitasking Affects Productivity

Posted on August 5, 2020 Card image cap

We all think we can multitask; indeed, the ability to multitask  is considered a skill!  You can multitask when one of the tasks doesn’t require thinking – like folding laundry while watching TV.  However when you’re shifting between two activities that both require you to think, (more…)

Why OT and OTA Program Directors are partnering with Pass the OT to assist their students with passing The NBCOT® Exam

Posted on July 30, 2020 Card image cap

A letter written by: Victoria Guggenbiller  
As a former faculty member I had a lot of difficulty preparing my students for the NBCOT® exam.  Therefore, I decided to reach out to many program directors at a variety of  colleges and universities to better understand the challenges they face when helping students prepare for the NBCOT® exam.  

Can Studying for the NBCOT® Exam be any Fun?

Posted on July 30, 2020 Card image cap

If you’re about to begin preparing for the NBCOT® Exam, chances are, you’re dreading the experience. We totally understand…we’ve been there.

Can studying for this exam ever be fun? Not in the true sense of the word “fun”, but at least it can be more enjoyable than you think it could be.

With Gratitude

Posted on July 14, 2020 Card image cap

Hello Friends!

As we enter summer 2020, I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out and send you all a note of love and my most sincere gratitude.

My PTOT team has stood by my side, happily working during this crazy time, to ensure that we continue to give you the best support to help you pass the exam! During these ever changing and uncertain times, your faith in PTOT and my unwavering commitment to make sure you are prepared to take the exam is being honored in every way.

7 Best Tips for Students to Stay Motivated when Studying

Posted on June 24, 2020 Card image cap

Whether you are studying for the OT exam which is in 8 weeks’ or 4 weeks’ time, students tend to start with great enthusiasm and dedication. However, this positive attitude tends to be short lived, and most students find themselves struggling to stay motivated and maintain consistency throughout their studying. Even many hardworking and motivated students sometimes become unmotivated to study on certain days.

Scientifically Proven Ways to Study Better This Year

Posted on April 28, 2020 Card image cap

1. Listen to music: While some experts argue that the ability to concentrate during silence or while listening to music, is left up to personal preference, many agree that playing certain types of music, such as “obscure 18th century composers,” can help students engage those parts of their brain that help them pay attention. In addition, listening to music may also improve your mood and change your whole outlook about studying in general.

2. Exercise first: The benefits of exercise on the brain have been well established in the fields of health, fitness, and psychology. Studies show our brainpower gets a boost following even a short workout, as our bodies are pumping oxygen and nutrients to the brain. According to Dr. Douglas B. McKeag, breaking a sweat shortly before “cracking the books” can significantly improve your performance during your post-workout study session. Exercise automatically makes you more alert, open and able to learn new information.

Things to do before you study

Posted on April 19, 2020 Card image cap

Many students think about how to best spend their time while studying. However, what comes before your study session can be just as important, especially if you want to improve your memory for what you are about to learn.

In today’s Education Tips, we will explore different ways of how you can boost your memory and improve your learning experience. We will explore some useful, no-cost and effective ways of what you can do before you sit down to study.

COVID-19 and Studying

Posted on March 18, 2020 Card image cap

COVID-19 has been described as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Characterizing COVID-19 as a pandemic is not an indication that the virus has become deadlier. Rather, it’s an acknowledgement of the disease’s geographical spread. The uncertainty about this new virus can lead to stress and anxiety, and a sense of helplessness.

How to Study for an Exam

Posted on March 9, 2020 Card image cap

Many Occupational Therapy students are about to take the OT exam.
Here are some helpful tips to help you fully prepare, have success, and be a bit less stressed out.  


You may be trying to avoid studying for the OT exam for as long as possible but if you can give yourself 6 to 8 weeks, you will set yourself up for success. It is best to set aside 4-8 hours a day of study time, if possible.


Quiet your mind while studying

Posted on February 4, 2020 Card image cap

We’ve all been there. You’ve just set up your books and laptop, perhaps you have a nice cup of tea or a glass of cold water next to you. You feel ready to conquer the next couple of hours of work ahead. The NBCOT® Exam is yours! You have this and you’re going to do great!

Then, “WHAM!”, without a warning, a tornado of thoughts hits your brain.You start thinking about your plans for later; what you’ll eat for dinner tonight, tomorrow, next week? Who said you’ll even be home for dinner next week? What about what you’ll feed the cat? Do you even have a cat? If you did, what’s its name? Charlie? Gideon? Bob? What are you doing this weekend? Why didn’t “so and so” text you back? Did they forget about you because you’ve been studying so much?

Accountability and the Effectiveness of working with others

Posted on February 1, 2020 Card image cap

Achieving goals on your own is a huge accomplishment. However, sometimes it requires motivation from others in order to succeed. Sharing your progress and being held accountable has shown to be an effective strategy towards accomplishing goals. This is especially true when it comes to passing a test. In order to pass a test, it is clear you must prepare by dedicating time to study. The NBCOT® exam is comprehensive. It requires the ability to apply your knowledge and clinical decision making across several practice areas. This exam requires weeks or even months of preparation in order to pass, and to be eligible to become a licensed and registered occupational therapist.
Due to the complexity of the NBCOT® exam, many graduates seek out other individuals to help them understand the material more clearly. Studying with a partner or in a group has many benefits. A partner can help you stay accountable for studying and prevent procrastination. Studying for the NBCOT® exam involves extended time, commitment and concentration. With an accountability partner, you can work together to set daily or weekly goals and check up on one another. If one of you begins to lose motivation, the other can help push you to stay committed. One of the keys to passing this exam is to maintain focus. Therefore, using accountability as a study strategy creates motivation and helps you to stay on track. (more…)