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.  

START STUDYING EARLY

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.

 

CHOOSE THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT

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.

 

GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

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. 

 

WORK WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE  ⟵

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. 

 

REMOVE ALL DISTRACTIONS

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.

 

GET ENOUGH REST THE NIGHT BEFORE

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.

 

TRY TO BE LESS STRESSED

I know it can get very stressful during exam time but try to believe that everything is going to be okay.
Remember that your health and well being is more important than anything else.