Hey hey! Happy Friday, everyone!
First of all, I need to thank you all SO MUCH for all of your wonderful “congratulations” and well wishes yesterday. I really can’t thank you enough for all of your support and pretty much making me feel like a rock star. Haha.
Well by the time I finally made it home from work last night, I was once again greeted with some more “Congratulations” messages. Talk about a fun surprise to see when pulling into your driveway!
The congrats messages continued throughout the house, thanks to my wonderful hubby.
As he said it, “I wanted to do something, but I didn’t want to get you flowers because they’re too, you know, cliché. So I decided to get you some of this…stuff instead.”
Awww, what a guy.
By the time I put my purse down and took my coat off, the champagne was open and the bubbly was a-flowin’.
That champagne last night tasted good. REAL good.
So much so that we mayyy have finished the bottle all by ourselves.
BUT, in my defense (although, not like I really need one) the bottle only gave each of us two glasses, so we weren’t getting super boozy. A little tipsy, maybe.
So a few of you have asked some questions about the exam, things leading up to the exam, etc. Since I know this is not something that everyone is interested, I figured I’d just quickly give ya’ll some brief facts. If you’re interested in hearing more, please feel free to email me!
Alright, so here we go.
- I spent about 3 1/2 months studying for my NASM exam. Because of my personality and how I learn, I’d say that I probably learned more in the last two weeks of studying than I did throughout the whole 3 1/2 months. I’ve always been a “crammer” and it just seems to stick with me better that way.
- I utilized all of the resources that were available to me: the DVD’s, the online resources, textbook, and practice book. Good friends like Tina also came in quite handy at times. She helped put my nerves at ease more than once!
- I made flash cards for each chapter and grouped them using key rings that I purchased from Target. This made studying a whole lot easier, especially since the amount of flashcards I ended up with in the end was a little outrageous.
- For some chapters, I found it easier to just write notes out (plus I ran out of index cards), so I also had a notebook as well. Both were extremely helpful.
- After about two months, I got my CPR/AED certification through the Red Cross.
- I took the online practice quizzes and tests…A LOT. I didn’t end up utilizing these resources (which are available to you through the NASM website once you purchase your materials) until the last couple of weeks, but that worked for me. The great thing about them is that you can take them over and over, and the questions will vary each time. It’s a great way to get familiar with the material and test format.
- The actual exam is 120 questions, multiple-choice. The minimum passing score is 70, which is what you see on the test results below. The weird thing about the exam is that you don’t find out what you’re actual score is; the only results you see are PASS or FAIL, so I really have no idea just how well I did.
But I do know that I felt confident when I finished, I did pass, and the sense of accomplishment that I feel is incredible, so that’s what matters!
No workout this morning. Too late to bed + a little extra champagne required a few extra ZZZ’s today.
Breakfast was a winner though!
Another repeat of Tuesday’s cereal combo. I’m not gonna lie – I am really loving the marshmallows in my cereal. Makes me feel like a kid all over again.
Alrighty friends, it’s off to work I go.
Hope everyone has a GREAT day!
Questions for the Morning:
When’s the last time you got a real sense of accomplishment for something that you did?
When it comes to studying, are you a crammer or do you like to space it out?