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We look forward to helping you pass the NBCOT® exam
As the Head Tutor here at Pass the OT and a 8 year seasoned OTR®/L, my expertise is to help students pass the NBCOT® exam and to cultivate the skills necessary to be confident, focused, and strategic during the test. My personal experiences and challenges with the exam have lead me to advocate for students and to develop a modality that is simple, straight forward, and targeted to your individual needs and learning style. If you require clarity on where to begin preparing for the NBCOT® or if you are unclear where your mistakes lie, then I can provide an outline that will guarantee your highest success on the exam.
Specialization: Good foundation knowledge in all areas with specialties in Physical Disabilities, Geriatrics, Pediatrics
Teaching style: I identify your weaknesses then provide you with tools to critically think, understand key points, and see bigger themes with any scenario presented. I act as a mentor to ensure that you not only grasp the content, but can also appropriately conceptualize the information. I guide my students to be able to excel while simultaneously instilling self-assurance.
Available: Weekdays and weekends. Mornings and Evening.
Siona-COTA® (OTA Only)
Not only did I get a 530 on my first try, but I also have a deep understanding on how influential therapists are in the lives of their patients, because I am a trauma survivor myself. This correlates to my deep desire to empower you with the confidence, skills, and knowledge so that you can be a competen, licensed therapist.
Specialization: Phys disabilities and, OT theory (models, frames of reference)
Teaching Style: slow, methodical, motivating, and articulate
Available: Weekday mornings and all day on Sunday
Angela – MOT, OTR®/L (OT only)
“I am a recent OTR®/L who passed with a 525 score on my first attempt. My exam knowledge is fresh and I currently practice with all the newest evidence-based research that serves as the foundation for NBCOT® exam questions. I am working towards becoming a certified lymphedema specialist and certified hand therapist.”
Specialization: Hands/splints, musculoskeletal conditions, neurological conditions, return to work rehab, research methods, intervention planning (domain 3 – 45% of the NBCOT® exam)
Teaching style: Facilitative yet directive approach, depending on the student’s unique needs throughout their tutoring sessions. Collaborative with an emphasis on confidence-building.
Available: Weekday evenings, select weekend hours (other times upon special requests only or as provided in calendar) – Eastern Standard Time (EST)
As a seasoned OT, mentoring staff and students is my passion, and even influenced my daughter who is now a COTA®. Working in pediatrics for most of my career, and guest lecturing in two local university programs, I am well versed in understanding learning strengths and differences and can adapt to all learning styles. Understanding test questions and use of clinical reasoning are key areas we can develop together, especially in the complex area of pediatrics.
Specialization: Pediatrics across inpatient, outpatient, home health settings, schools, SI clinic owner.
Teaching style: Student centered emphasizing analysis, clinical reasoning and ability to teach back, a proven method of retaining critical information.
Available: Friday afternoons, weekends
Katelyn (OTR®’s & COTA®s)
I am a fairly new OTR®/L who passed with a 464 on my third attempt. I have a great deal of
experience on how to dissect questions, properly prepare for the exam and how to create
strategies for the most positive outcome with confidence. My personal journey with the NBCOT®
has taught me specific areas of focus in order to properly prepare for the NBCOT®.
Teaching style: slow, use of acronyms, use of visuals and use of organized methods to create a
hands on experience.
Available: Weekday evenings and Sunday evenings (EST)
Justin - COTA® (OTA Only)
As a current COTA®/L I experienced constant difficulty passing the NBCOT® exam because of this experience it has inspired me to give back the knowledge and different methods I implemented to Pass the exam after numerous attempts. As we begin to work together I will help you break down different questions and make what seems to be a complicated question a much simpler one. I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your dream on becoming a COTA®/L.
Specialization: Physical Disabilities, Treatment interventions, Question Rationales, and Role of COTA® vs OTR®
Teaching style: Motivational, Directive, Sequential Processing of Questions, Slow to Moderate pace
Available: Weekday mornings and afternoons and Weekends as well
Janssen – MOT, OTR®/L (OT only)
“I am confident that I can help you develop new strategies, identify problem areas, and give you
the knowledge needed to break down questions. I am excited to embark on this journey with
you. Your goal is to pass the NBCOT®, and my goal is to give you the appropriate tools to achieve
Specialization: Musculoskeletal impairments, SCI, neurodegenerative diseases, and mental health
Teaching style: I identify your learning style and problem areas, then adapt the session to meet your needs.
Available: Weekday mornings and evenings, Monday-Friday (EST)
Dr. Kate, OTR®/L (OTs & OTAs)
"With several years of experience writing questions for the NBCOT® exam and teaching occupational therapy, I"ll help you improve your weak areas, enhance your clinical reasoning and ensure you're comfortable with key topics. Hundreds of my students passed the exam; and so will you."
Specialization: Teach and tutor introductory occupational therapy across the lifespan, pediatrics, geriatrics, and wellness.
Teaching style: student-centered, encouraging and confidence-building, with focus on improving clinical reasoning skills.
Available: Weekday and Sunday mornings and afternoons, occasional evenings (PST)
Erika - OTR®/L (OT & OTA)
“Since starting in 2015, I have helped many students pass the exam. Because I have worked both as as OT and an OTA, I have a unique skill set that is beneficial for all students. I am dedicated, creative, and I can customize my teaching style to best fit your needs.”
Specialization: Physical Disabilities and Hands
Teaching style: Methodical, organized,and compassionate. I can be fast or slow paced depending on what will benefit you most.
Available: Tuesday and Saturday Mornings/Afternoons
Rachel OTR®/L (OT Only)
“I have tutored dozens of students who have gone on to pass the NBCOT® exam. I will provide you a deeper understanding of the exam material as well as the clinical scenarios which I encounter every day in my practice "
Specialization: Inpatient acute, outpatient and rehabilitation OT, with a passion for all things neuro.
Teaching style: Individualized with special attention to clinical scenarios
Available: Mon, Wed, & Thurs
Jessica C- OTR®/L (OT and OTA)
After working as a COTA®,I am now licensed to practice in both New York and Vermont. Along with being a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, I have tutored numerous students that have gone on to pass this exam.
Specialization: Adult acute care, sub acute rehab and out patient therapy practices.
Teaching style: fast paced but thorough, repetitious, and Socratic
Available: Weekday mornings and evenings Monday-Friday.
De An Sellmann
I have been an OT for 25 years and have worked in almost every setting. I have also worked in education for both MOT and OTA students, which included NBCOT® exam prep and tutoring. I will help you break down and decode questions to identify key words and distractor words, as well as developing your clinical reasoning skills. One of the greatest keys to successful exam strategies is correctly identifying those key words. My passion is education for the profession I love and I get great satisfaction in being able to help students become therapists and assistants!
Specialization: Adult rehab (orthopedics & neuro), Geriatrics, cognition, splinting, geriatrics, low vision, adaptation, and the psychosocial aspect of OT.
Pace: Slow to moderate
Teaching style: Slow to moderate, but completely depends on individual needs of the student.
Available: Evenings, all day Saturdays and Sundays
I am a new OT who passed the exam with a 495, using Pass The OT! With previous tutor experience, I have expertise individualizing tutoring sessions to best meet students’ needs. I can help you pinpoint your weaknesses and develop a strong approach to answering the NBCOT® questions. I have specialized experience in physical disabilities, mental health, neurological disorders, as well as pediatrics. I look forward to being apart of your success!
Specialization: I have specialized experience in physical disabilities, mental health, neurological disorders, as well as pediatrics.
Teaching style: Individualized and student-centered, with focus on clinical reasoning and strengthening approach to answering questions
Available: Weekday mornings and evenings. Select weekends.