I Have NO Time to Study!

EMTprep Staff Updated Feb 16, 2017

You’re busy, we definitely understand. It’s hard to find time to do anything extra these days! Between working, trying to exercise regularly, spending time with family and friends, enjoying a hobby, and staying on top of laundry, finding any sort of extra time in the day is difficult. Any extra time you do have, we know the last thing you want to do is fill it with studying. Unfortunately, passing the NREMT won’t happen if you don’t squeeze in hours of studying. You can do it!

At EMTprep, we’ve tried to make the studying process as easy as possible for you. We’ve designed the program to fit into your schedule. You set the pace to get the results you want. Here are a few tips to help you get your study time in:

Study in small increments. 

A study session can be however long you want it to be. Can’t study for 3 hours straight? That’s okay. Though studying has to be a priority, don’t expect to never leave your textbook. Our suggestion: figure out what amount of time you can dedicate to studying each day. If that’s studying in 20-minute increments or 2 hours at a time, realize what amount of time will prepare you best for the NREMT.

Review often.

Take 10 minutes before you go to sleep every night to review your flashcards. Wake up 20 minutes earlier than normal to review your study guides. These little chunks of time add up and will help you solidify the information. The main thing is for you to feel as confident as possible walking into this test.

Schedule time to study.

Write down exactly when you want to study that week in a planner, on a sticky note, or somewhere you will see it regularly. That way you keep yourself accountable and follow through. Dedicate a certain amount of time to your textbook, to your class notes, and to EMTprep’s content. Would studying with a partner help you? Having a study buddy is another great way to keep yourself on track and motivated. 

Reward yourself.

Studied more than you allotted for that day? Good job! Find something that you enjoy doing and go do it. Be sure to give your brain a break… but not for too long. Make sure your study time outweighs your rewards for your hard work. 

Go-getter mindset. 

We know you’re hard-working, intelligent, and driven. You have to want to pass this test as much as you want to have a career in EMS. Dig deep, find the time in your busy schedule to study. You might have to give up a couple of things for a few months in order to do so. Will it be hard? Yes. Will it be worth it? Absolutely. 

What can you prioritize in your day to make studying the top of your list? Make it something that has to be executed that day. When you do study, dedicate your full attention to the material. This can help with cutting back on the amount of time you have to study. Turn your phone off and your brain on; the fewer distractions, the better. Quality study time will pay off when test day comes around. Create links and associations to remember the material, that way you can make easy distinctions. The main thing is to focus on your weak areas now, so when you are taking the NREMT you’re more than prepared.

Think about it this way… If you put in the hard work now and pass the test the first time, it’s over! You’re done! Then you can go back to enjoying your favorite hobbies and binge-watching your favorite shows. Conquer the test first, then celebrate.