In the blink of an eye, the national veterinary licensing exame (NAVLE) is upon us. I’m not sure where the time has gone but it certainly has flown. Between juggling clinical responsibilities, patient care, records and working, I have also been studying and preparing to take my national board exam.
I have been using an online resource called VetPrep to provide me with practice questions, short topic-directed lectures and review pages for important concepts that will likely appear on the exam. Every day it seems less and less possible to cram more information into my brain, but I continue to try.
As I go through practice questions, I have been writing down topics and areas of self-determined weakness that I wish to investigate further. By writing things down, I am hopeful that I can help my brain to retain the information and concepts better. Similarly, I am making flashcards for topics that are more difficult for me. This active studying process is more beneficial for retention as I study.
Even though I have technically been training for 3+ years for this exam, my brain refuses to believe that it has the proper tools and knowledge to successfully complete the exam. I have to remain confident that the skills and resources that I have gained throughout vet school, in clinics, and reviewed in my board prep course are going to be sufficient to help me through the exam. Many have done it before me, many will complete it after me, and no matter what happens, everything will be okay. Thank you to everyone who has cheered me on during this process, I appreciate every one of you and I will continue to strive to do my very best.