Getting a certification in any field is considered to be a confirmation of your skills, mainly if a certification if a notable party is issuing the certificate. However, the more valuable the certification is, the harder it is for people to obtain it.
Furthermore, getting certified usually costs money, time and energy, which can put a lot of pressure on people to succeed when the time to shine comes. Here are five tips that will help you get the certificate you worked so hard to obtain.
1. Choose Your Field
Before you start planning anything else, you need to select your certification. If you do not have a bright idea of what you want to be certified in, then perhaps you should listen to the market.
IT sector is currently booming, and anything related to IT is understandably preferable. However, the IT is not the only sectors that require quality workforce; every industry needs a quality workforce. It is more important that you select something you love to do, or at least something you can imagine yourself doing.
2. Make A Learning Plan
When preparing for any test or exam, you need to think about numerous factors before you start studying. In fact, you need to prepare before you start preparing. Take several factors into consideration:
- How much time do you have the test?
- How many hours per day will you spend on learning for your certification?
- Are you studying alone, or you have a learning partner?
- How fast do you learn?
- What are your favorite methods of learning?
These are just some factor you need to consider. The most crucial thing is that you are honest with yourself when deciding on this factor, and that includes being aware of your learning abilities and capabilities.
3. Study Smart, Not Hard
Studying smart can be deciding factor when it comes to passing exams, no matter what the subject is. What quality as smart studying? Well, many things. For example, one HuffPost article suggests you take notes by hand because handwriting is slower than typing, allowing you to process the information you are typing.
There are countless other examples of smart studying. Study or practice on a regular basis, pace yourself, test yourself or have someone else test your knowledge or skills.
Since it is 2018, you should probably turn off the devices like TVs and smartphones. Nevermind the texts, the likes and the comments. If anything, if you pass your exam, you will have something to share (or brag about) with your friends on social media.
4. Don’t Try Not To Worry
You will worry at some point, and there is nothing you can do about it. If you try not to worry that will only make things worse; it is called a vicious circle. Instead, try and understand why you are anxious. The most obvious reasons would probably be:
- you invested some money in the process (whether it is a language or a software engineering course)
- you spent much time preparing for your exam
- you do not want to fail (no one wants to fail)
- you worry what others might say
- you fear what others might think, but won’t tell
These are all everyday thoughts that go through everyone’s heads, and instead of controlling them, perhaps you should write them down and try to understand them. If anything, worrying is the clear sign that you care about getting your certificate, and you can use that to your advantage.
5. Rest And Exercise
While resting is not necessarily the number one thing we link to studying, resting can be just as important as reading when it comes to learning new skills. According to one CNN article, sleeping after you learn something new helps you memorize it. These are excellent news if you love sleeping or taking those afternoons naps.
Why is this true? When you sleep your brain finally has the time to consolidate the memories you have created during the day. And if you can’t sleep? Then perhaps you should exercise. The same article mentions that exercising not only helps your body to stay in physical shape, but it also strengthens your mental and cognitive abilities.
Clearly, the combination of these two activities would be ideal. Whatever you are studying for, a 5-minute walk and an afternoon nap will help you more than you could imagine.