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LET Exam – Online Educational Resources as Reviewers

By on May 31, 2011 in Education | 217 comments

My article written less than two years ago on how to pass the licensure exam for teachers received a lot of comments especially on where to find reviewers online. Since I’m not aware of any site dedicated to LET reviewers,  I listed below foreign educational websites which can stand as your reviewers if you want to study on your own. You will find lessons, quizzes, practice tests, and videos in the list. This list may actually be helpful as well to other graduates taking other exams from PRC since they may also have to answer General Ed questions. Disclaimer: These are foreign based websites I found informative and helpful on self-studying. Use these websites to relearn concepts from grade school, high school, and college. Some concepts may be new to you since quality of education tends to vary by location, but please try to be resourceful if you don’t understand one concept. Use Google to find websites relevant to topics you may need help understanding more. Remembering concepts and analyzing data well will help you pass the licensure exam for teachers (and common sense will guide you along the way). So practice and practice. There are instances though that enrolling in review centers is best for you.   Pointers to Review View PDF – General Education Pointers to Review View PDF – Professional Education Pointers to Review   General (English, Math, Science) Quizlet – Flash cards,vocabulary memorization, and study games. StudyStack – Flashcards to help you study on Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Physical Science, English. They have a lot of medical flashcards too which will be helpful if you are reviewing for a nursing exam or something related. Math and science videos – These are free! SAT practice test questions – SAT is a college admission test in US. Just keep practicing answering foreign tests and your analytical skills will improve. Video tutorials on how to answer SAT questions – LET is actually a tricky test. Get some insights on how to solve questions by watching the videos. Please stay still because I thought it was just audio with the black background. Something is actually in there when the professor starts explaining some sample problems. Video tutorials on Science and math classes – You need to sign up or connect with Facebook, but the videos are free to watch. Free video lessons on English – You need to sort these videos and see which lesson you need. Education-Specific (Only topics that I can remember) History of Education Philippine Curriculum Development Mother-tongue Based Multilingual Education (MLE) Batas Pambansa 232 Child Development on – A section with tons of articles on child development according to age. Each age group’s development are categorized by reading, language, physical, social & emotional, creative, and cognitive. Common Teaching Methods Assessment – Includes functions of assessment and domains of learning Wikipedia Teaching Methods Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Bloom’s Taxonomy Bloom’s Taxonomy – again Wikipedia Education in the Philippines History of the Philippine Education System Culture of the Philippines from Wikipedia Principles and Methods of Teaching (free scanned book from Google Books) Educational Technology from Wikipedia Human Development Erikson’s Developmental Stages Piaget’s Cognitive Stages Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Gen. Ed. English Lessons English Words List Sparknotes – Browse this site if you want to review literary notes. Grammar topics Theory of Literature – May be helpful for English teachers. A series of classes from Yale University. This is free. Tests English proficiency test Test You English – Questions you can solve online or answer on print. Vocabulary Games – This site does not only have games. I suggest that you read articles on how to pass TOEFL, GMAT, SAT, or GRE tests. Yes, they are foreign related exams but tips from these articles will improve your analytical skills on answering vocabulary questions. English tests – They have different sets for beginner, elementary, intermediate, and upper intermediate. Free Reading Comprehension Worksheets ACT Critical Reading practice test Gen. Ed. Math Lessons Math Vocabulary – Aims to explain the basic Math terms so students fully understand the concepts behind it. You can either have a vocabulary test or listen to the audio meanings or play games. You also have the option to print tests. Memorize math concepts – This one is cool. If you have a hard time memorizing terms this site helps you do that. The list have Fractions and Percentages, Factoring Integers, Slopes of Lines, Geometry, Algebra expressions. Well, there’s more just look and see if you need help memorizing in Math especially the formulas! Math Expressions – You should visit this! This site contains lessons on perimeters, volume formulas, formula for area,  interest formula lessons, types of angles, and triangles. – Video tutorials on math. Webmath – “Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment. The math answers are generated and displayed real-time, at the moment a web user types in their math problem and clicks “solve.” In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.“ Tests AP Calculus prep test – I don’t think there’s calculus questions but this may be helpful for those who will teach Math. IXL Math – The link goes to the 5th Grade section where you need to refresh your memory on fractions. However, browse the site...

Tips on How to Study Better and Get Better Scores on Exams

By on May 31, 2011 in Education | 24 comments

Do you dread exams? Don’t worry, a lot of us do. But instead of you becoming anxious about it, you can look at it in a more positive way. Exams are measurements of our understanding. Teachers and professionals continually provide these to assess our knowledge and skills. Therefore, the real key here is understanding yourself and create a study plan. This is how you do it. First, find out what type of learner you are so that you will understand the ways that can help you retain knowledge easily and which ways enable you to comprehend better. The types of learning are: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, read-write, and multimodal . Visual Learner – A visual type of learner is someone who understands better with highlighted terms, colored images or non-colored images, and their own scribbled notes.  To retain information, they connect new ideas to prior knowledge or closes their eyes while trying to record it in their brain. Their brain runs like a photocopying machine producing copies of the same image two or three times to ensure easy recall later on. Auditory Learner – An auditory learner understands better when someone describes to them the concepts verbally. This learner listens carefully on discussions and tries to re-describe new concepts in their own words. Texts will have less meaning to them until someone explains the texts verbally. If you talk aloud or listen to recorded discussions while studying, you are most likely an auditory learner. Kinesthetic Learner – A kinesthetic learner is someone who learns better when touching and doing some actions.  They prefer people who explain how some principles work and demonstrate this right after. Yes, they love hands-on approaches because this allows them to explore the doing process of the principles they are learning. They also prefer real-life situations as examples. Read-write Learner – This learner understands better reading lists, glossaries, and dictionaries; and scribbling notes (often verbatim).  While reading, they write new terms over and over again. Multimodal Learner – A type of learner who is able to comprehend new ideas in many ways. This person has a mix of two or more learning types. A visual and kinesthetic learner, or an auditory and read-write learner, and other combinations. You can take a learning style quiz to find out what type of learner you are. Second, know your type of intelligence based on Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory. Different people have different types of intelligence. Gone are the days when people would stereotype intelligent people based on their test scores and grades. I see Gardner’s theory as an opportunity for anyone to be intelligent on a certain area rather than chasing all of them without being good at any. It is common to see people though with two or three intelligences. Spatial – People with Spatial intelligence excel as artists, architects, designers, and map makers. They visualize things in mind, and good at colors, lines, and structure. Most spatial people are good at solving puzzles. Linguistic – Example are poets, writers, and public speakers, who are very good at words and grammar rules. Logical-Mathematical –  People who works as physicists, computer programmers, accountants, and on other professions that require number skills have logical-mathematical intelligence. Bodily-Kinesthetic – Most likely, kinesthetic learners also possess bodily kinesthetic intelligence. They find careers in dancing, acting, carpentry, mechanic, and athletics. Musical – The term gives it away. Composers, singers, pianists, violinists, and drummers are just some of the professions for musical people. Interpersonal – Because of their good communication skills with others, people with interpersonal intelligence find satisfaction in jobs that involve interacting with people. They will be counselors, leaders, coaches, social workers, diplomats, politicians, or sales representatives. Intrapersonal – People who enjoy analyzing their strengths and weaknesses or theories and ideas have careers as writers, scientists, philosophers, and theorists. They prefer to be alone most of the time so they can reflect on ideas they are studying. Naturalistic – Topics about nature make naturalistic people enthusiastic. Some works as environmentalists, botanists, geologists, and farmers. Existential – People who spend a lot of time contemplating on questions like: why man exists, why living things die, are there other living creatures in other planets, or do animals go to heaven. Those who have existential intelligence are priests, shamans, scientists, philosophers, and cosmologists. Lastly, plan what study habits to develop. Now that you know what type of learner you are and what type of intelligence you have, connect these two and plan out how you will study for your exam. Of course, you need to be ready with materials to review and focus mostly on Tip #1, which is to figure out what type of learner you are. But you can create study habits that will allow you to remember things easily if you know what type of intelligence you have. It sounds odd, but it may work for you. Below are some scenarios I can imagine happening: People who are musical are auditory learners may easily remember things if they make tunes out of ideas they are reviewing (mostly, when learners are alone). Spatial people are most likely visual learners. While reviewing for the exam they may prefer writing graphs, flowcharts, or draw out ideas. (Try creating a cartoon!) Linguistic people who are also read-write learners will be making acronyms, rephrasing ideas with their own words, coining words, and may enjoy mnemonic devices. Naturalists people who are also auditory learners may want to record lectures or discussions and listen to it while studying at a park. An intrapersonal intelligent person will find his strong subjects...

10 Tips for Passing the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET)

By on Mar 11, 2009 in Education | 438 comments

After reviewing for the Licensure Exam for Teachers and passing it, I decided to share my ten LET passing tips here on my blog. These tips are essentially helpful if you decide not to enroll in a review center and just review on your own to get a license for teaching. # 1 Know your weak and strong subjects/classes. Allot a few hours each day or each week to review the lessons for classes you did well when you were still in college. Enjoy this review time so you can easily remember what you are re-learning. Allot more time, however, on classes you were weak in. Well, at least if you are weak in mathematics for example, make sure you don’t miss reviewing the concepts that will be tested in the General Math part of the licensure exam. It will be easy to find out your areas of weakness. Check the grades in your transcript or assess yourself which among the classes you took you don’t remember much about. See my pointers to review based on PRC’s table of specification (TOS), which was available for download in first week of June 2011. Also read the coverage of the exam with schedule. # 2 Understand the major theories, concepts and techniques in Professional Education subjects. Understanding the theories and concepts by heart will allow you to answer questions that are written to confuse you. There are times that you have to choose which among the situations on the choices will be logical based on theories or concepts mentioned or implied in the question. I didn’t have any teaching experience when I took the exam so I really based a lot of my answers on what I remembered from my college years. See some pointers for Professional Education subjects. # 3 Strive hard to improve your analytical skills on answering questions. After you reviewed the theories and concepts, you should test your understanding by differentiating and explaining these in your own words. While reviewing, rephrase ideas and think of actual applications. For example, in methods of teaching, allow yourself to compare method 1 with method 2, then ask yourself why method 1 is preferred than the other on certain situations. Ask yourself  questions like: “Why are you doing _________?” “Why is it similar to ______________?” “What if you will not _________, what will happen?” “Why the result is different?” “How can I apply this?” “Have I experienced this myself?” “What other examples can I think of?” “In other words, this is about  ____________.” Just keep asking yourself regarding whatever you’ve just read on your review. Analyze and answer in your own words. If there are questions at the end of each chapter of your book, answer those questions. Enjoy this process so you will remember. #4  Review General Education subjects. Remember that you have to pass all three sets of tests including General Education (for Secondary Education) and two sets of the tests (for Elementary Education). Don’t assume that General Education  is easy since you took the Gen Ed classes when you were in Elementary or High School. Remember that a lot of years had passed. So refresh your memory especially on common mathematical equations (e.g. Fractions, Volumes, Areas, Percentages, Ages, Distance and Time computations) and major science concepts (e.g. Matter, Gravity, Mass, Energy, Friction). You’ll never know what will show up in your test. Solve problems listed on your review materials or old books. # 5 Prepare everything you need for the exam. Make sure you have read the test guidelines, which included the things you need to bring for the exam. Also check if the calculator you plan to bring for the exam is in PRC’s list of allowed calculators. If not, buy or borrow a calculator that has a model listed there (I bought mine). If you don’t want to buy a new one, make sure you have a non-programmable calculator. But don’t take my word on this because I wasn’t sure if other proctors had allowed calculators not on the list. Although my friend said she didn’t even check the list and just grabbed a basic calculator on the exam day. Proctors check each calculator before the exam starts. # 6 Get enough sleep before the exam. Make sure you don’t feel drowsy while taking the exam so you have enough time to answer all the test questions. You don’t want to fail because you didn’t have enough sleep the night before. # 7 Avoid erasures, OR MAKE THE ERASURE CLEAN AT LEAST. And Of Course, Shade it Properly! In Centro Escolar University (CEU), where I attended college from 2003 to 2007, we used Scantron papers for our prelim, mid-term, and final exams. So, I’m used to answering tests by shading boxes. I knew how erasures could make a bad score. So before you shade it, make sure you are shading the right answer, or at least it is your final answer. If you need to erase it, make sure it is clean. But I still don’t think it is a good idea. So, before the exam day, try the eraser you plan to bring. On a white paper, or a semi-cardboard white paper, write something on it with the pencil you plan to bring and erase this writing with this eraser. If the eraser erases cleanly your writing, then you are good. I also make sure when I shade the box of my answer, I don’t...