How to Study for an NREMT Exam

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Study Time

Allocate sufficient time to study. NREMT exams are not one thing you want to cram for. Make a schedule and create a routine of studying for the NREMT during these times. Allocate the start of every study session when you are most alert to the areas you have a lot of difficulty. It’s good practice to study that night, the material you talked about that day. If you go to an evening NREMT class, review immediately the following morning.

Audio Reviews

Audio Reviews like those you can use with an MP3 player or play with a CD in your automobile can be a good resource for review. The repetition of principles and theories will genuinely enhance what you study while in class and study from your notes and books. These tend to be fantastic study resources for all those periods when you would ordinarily not be able to review for the NREMT including traveling, exercising, running, etc.

NREMT Study Sheet

A very beneficial tool you can develop while you study is to summarize and outline the material to be used later as an NREMT Study Guide. This accomplishes two tasks; First, it provides you with an instant, overview of the NREMT content for review at a later time, and by outlining and re-writing your content, it reinforces what you learned that day. Anytime you re-write a principle in your own terms, it definitely reinforces those principles.

Flashcards

Flashcards do the job quite well, especially when you are required to memorize terms or simple concepts like drug actions, indications and dosages. The use of flashcards can significantly improve your NREMT study time. Not to mention, flashcards imprinted on notecards are simple to take with you wherever you go so you can make the most of downtime to study such as when you travel, during lunch, etc. When creating your NREMT study flashcards, be sure to put them into categories for easy “grab and go” review.

Make the most of Your Instructors

Don’t limit the expertise of your instructor to only the amount of time you spend in school. Nearly all instructors are more than happy to guide you outside of school, especially if you’re struggling with a certain subject. With the NREMT, it’s very important that you thoroughly understand all of the difficult topics that you will be expected to know for the NREMT test.

NREMT Review Groups

This is HUGE! If you don’t currently have a review group together, get one. Keep two points in mind when you are looking for study partners; Those that appear to “Get It” in class and those that live close to you. The first one is obvious. It does you no good to study with individuals that are really having difficulties unless you think that by helping these individuals you yourself will gain more knowledge which often occurs. They claim that if you can explain a concept, then you truly know it. The second is also important. Find individuals that live close to you. You will be much more likely to maintain a study schedule if you reside near each other as opposed to one of you being forced to travel an hour or more every time you plan on studying. Also, keep your NREMT review sessions to a sensible amount of time and have a strategy on what you will study. I like 2-3 hours.

Practice Tests

I put Practice Exams last for a reason. While I feel practice tests may be useful, I feel that individuals often times depend on them too much. They take a few practice exams from a book they bought, do rather well, and feel they’re done. This can actually give a person false hope. I do believe that practice assessments are great for assisting to determine the areas you need to focus your review. With that being said, the most effective way to pass the NREMT is to simply understand your stuff. I feel that incorporating a good practice test with a quality audio paramedic study guide, flashcards and review sheets are the most helpful.

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Taking An NREMT Exam

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Before You Start
Given that you won’t be allowed to review the entire exam before you begin and you are expected to answer each question before moving on to the following one, you will need to be ready for anything they throw at you. I advocate utilizing the blank sheet of paper and pencil that they supply. Make use of this paper to immediately record any little point you feel you may want to remember, for example drug drip formulas, the Parkland Burn Formula, the Rule of Nines for burns, etc. Do this the minute you walk into the testing area, before you begin the assessment. The assessment is timed and you don’t need to be hurried.
Read Each Question Carefully
You’ve heard this a thousand times before, read every question very carefully before answering. Are they asking for “everything except” or “the most” or “the least”. Make certain you understand what it is they would like to know prior to answering the question. Repeat it back to yourself if you need to.
Eliminate Incorrect Answers
Once you read the question and know precisely what exactly they are asking for, get rid of as many choices as possible. This is, in many cases, very difficult during this particular exam because this exam expects you to recognize the “most effective” answer. You will probably find that more than one option could be an acceptable answer. You need to decide which is the “most ideal”.
Scene Safety and Personal Safety First
This seems to constantly get test takers. The question may be something like, “You and your partner arrive first at a house fire. When you arrive there is a person lying in front of the house that appears to have just exited the burning residence and a number of bystanders are collecting in the street. ” What is your initial course of action? A) Provide life saving measures to the man in the yard B) Secure the scene by putting “Do Not Cross” tape along the front of the yard C) Wait for firefighters to arrive D) Call for extra help. My answer? I have no idea, but one very similar to this was on my NREMT test. I feel a good argument can be made for any of these. These are the sort of questions you need to be very cautious with.
Pay Attention To The “Least Invasive”
This is a good rule for the NREMT Test. In many cases, test takers want to “utilize their newly acquired skills” when in actuality, the most suitable therapy is frequently the least invasive. Do not let the exam drag you into deciding on “Assist Ventilations With High Flow O2” on patient with a low oxygen saturation when “Provide O2 via a Non-Rebreather” is a choice. Usually, the least invasive is the right answer.

In summary, next to nothing can take the place of great preparation. Set aside sufficient time for reviewing your NREMT study guide, make use of study groups, flashcards, audio paramedic study guides, and  NREMT exam study guide cheat sheets and then follow up with a practice quiz to see how you’re performing.