Preparing for the certification exam for substance abuse counselors, or the Alcohol and Drug Counselor exam by the IC&RC, can be a challenging but enjoyable task, especially if you (the candidate) appreciate the reasons behind taking the exam and adopt a positive attitude toward the process. In order to perform well on the exam, I recommend you to know something about its structure and to be familiar with answering multiple-choice questions. It is also important to carefully review and understand the topics covered on the exam. Here I will share with you some tips on how to study more effectively.
Study Tips to Prepare More Effectively
You may not perform as well as you want or expect on this exam for two reasons:
Insufficient mastery of the material, and
Difficulty with taking exams of this kind.
The good news? Both situations are preventable!
Study strategies that work best for one person may not work best for another. Study strategies are very effetive when they suit each person’s learning style. Some study strategies that tend to work for many candidates (all of you preparing to take the exam) are the following:
Aim for quality of study time, not just quantity. Information makes it into long-term memory when its meaning is understood. We understand things better when we take our time to allow our brain to process the information. So, it is more efficient to spend 1 thoughtful hour on learning material than 5 hours repeatedly skimming it. Study to learn and not just memorize! ….
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