Rebecca recently passed her boards, and she has just the perfect story and explanation on how you can pass your boards too! Meet her and read her success story below. 😍
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The term “blitz” is used in football to describe the action of the defense charging directly and immediately at the quarterback. 🏈
The goal of a blitz is to make the quarterback hurry to make a throw. This will often result in the quarterback being unable to complete a pass, make a hasty decision ending in an interception or getting sacked.
A successful blitz is not something haphazardly accomplished. The team practices the play regularly – often using a timer to determine how quickly they can reach their target and identifying ways to become more efficient and careful when approaching the quarterback.
During a game, they decide as a team when they will blitz to make sure that they can approach the play in unity and focus. We can also approach boards in a similar manner.
”It takes focus, mental strength, and adaptability to beat the board exam.”
Players involved in a blitz have one objective: to reach the quarterback. They are keenly aware of where he is and move with determination to reach him. Similarly, focusing on the steps you need to prepare for the board is important. I made a study plan as an assignment for school. ✍️
Based on the results of a mock board exam that I took, I made lists of my strongest and weakest topics and put together a general plan of attack. 🙂 I knew that it would be a challenge to study a lot during the week, so decided to set aside five hours every Saturday morning to go to my local library, turn off my phone, and study without distraction.
Football players are physically fit and do drills in practice to prepare for the play in the game. 🏈 Similarly, building mental strength and endurance is important in preparing for the board. Even though the NBDHE has recently been shortened, mental strength will assure a strong start and finish to the exam.
Timed practice tests and studying under deadlines is an excellent way to prepare your mind for the boards. 🙂 Do not fall into the trap of starting to study just days before the examination. That is reckless. You will likely hear of students who only studied a little bit prior to their examination date and passed.
Side note: there are also people who take this approach and fail – but you may not hear those stories as often because no one will brag about that! Decide that last-minute studying will not be your approach.
The players who participate in blitzing the quarterback face members of the opposing team during the charge. They do their best to anticipate or navigate these obstacles. The months before boards will bring unanticipated surprises that you will need to adapt to and will require you to adjust your studying approach. For example, my home flooded about four weeks before the NBDHE.
My husband and I moved into a hotel for a couple weeks and then moved into a temporary apartment. This unwanted surprise interrupted my study schedule. 🙌 Thankfully, I had started to study many weeks earlier which proved to be the best thing I could have done to assure my success. My focus early on allowed me to adapt my approach so I could still be successful despite the unwelcome surprise of our home flooding.
With focus, mental strength, and adaptation to unexpected circumstances, you can sufficiently prepare yourself for blitz the boards. The last six months have been some of the craziest that I have ever gone through, but I know that I have come out a stronger person. 💪 The thrill of passing the board exam made every moment of studying and sacrifice worth it.
You can do it! Go blitz! 🙌
Written by: Rebecca Nielson, RDH, BS
Thank you so much Rebecca for writing this wonderful story. You are living proof that anything is possible for those who are determined. 💪
Hey future RDH, I bet after reading this blog, you are feeling more empowered and motivated. Fuel your thoughts with these tips and go for the gold! 🙌
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