Sunday, September 2, 2012

How to "Miss the Boat" in Test Success BootCamp

When you purchase Test Success BootCamp, it is because you want to succeed in this process and pass your test(s), thereby earning college credit faster and cheaper than the traditional route. You also want this experience to be the best it can be and to gain as much from it as possible.

We want you to get everything out of it that is possible as well. For that reason, we have listed below several common ways people can "miss the boat." "Missing the Boat" happens when people go through the experience (even sometimes passing the test), but actually miss out on learning the crucial lessons in this process and growing personally as a result. These same things that can cause you to "miss the boat" can also cause you to not be accepted into the Accelerate University program.


Entertaining and indulging in destructive attitudes and perspectives is the first and biggest way to "miss the boat." When these attitudes show up, refuse to entertain or indulge in them and you will be able to keep moving forward without getting stuck in the attitudinal "mud."

  • "It's not fair."
  • "It's too hard."
  • "It's not what I want."
  • "I'm too tired."
  • "I'm the only one."
You will have to refuse the thoughts several times...once simply won't do it. So, wage war against them when they show up and chose the attitudes that lead to success:

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Courage
  • Humility
  • Teachability
  • Endurance

Time Mangement

When you schedule your study time (business hours), make a commitment to it and do not let other things (even if they are more enjoyable) slide in to take the time slot away.

When you set your schedule and commit to study for a certain number of hours/Pomodoros per week, hold yourself to it even if it is difficult. You will see the benefit when you reach testing much sooner.

Keep track of your time. It is amazing how easily time slips away and how much time can be spent on things that are actually much less important.

Throughout this process, be intentional with your time.

Not Taking Responsibility for Yourself

Studying for, prepping for and passing this test is your responsibility. No one else can do it for you. If you start blame-shifting and acting like a "victim" of your circumstances, you are only digging a deeper pit for yourself. Simply take responsibility for the things which you are actually responsible for.

In Test Success BootCamp, you are responsible to:

  • Study
  • Prepare
  • Find and utilize your study materials
  • Learn the material
  • Manage your time
  • Keep a record of your time
  • Communicate
  • Follow the steps laid out for you
  • Wait for test clearance from the Test Success Staff before taking your CLEP test.
You are also responsible for your own attitudes and actions.

Remember this and keep your focus on what you are responsible for and how you can respond rightly when things outside of your responsibilities impact you. How can you do your best with what you are responsible for in the circumstances you are facing?

If you mess-up or make a poor choice, simply "own it" and begin making steps to move forward and get back on track.

THE KEY to getting the most out of this experience for yourself or your student:

  • Use the challenges in this experience to work on your personal responsibility and break the habits of blaming others.
  • Use this opportunity as a chance to hone your skills of doing the best with what you have and being resourceful.

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