Stumbling Through Studying
The further I get into my boards study schedule, the more concerned I am about some of the content included in the review book. Maybe some of my concern is related to the fact that I'm first covering topics that I feel least comfortable with -- cardiopulmonary and modalities. But I'll be honest, there are some topics in the book that I've never seen before in my life.
Should I be concerned? Did I somehow miss this portion of PT school? Or is it just impossible to cover every single piece of information so I should expect to come across new subject matter while I'm studying for the biggest exam of my life, which is seven short weeks away? It's a little bit disconcerting, especially because I haven't been cruising through the curriculum. I didn't skip class, I tried by best to pay attention, and still I've never heard of the percussion test for peripheral venous circulation (among others).
There is also the aspect of practice exams. I've heard a lot about the difficulty level of the O'Sullivan tests, which are from the book I've been using to study. According to some people, the tests are more difficult than the boards. But that didn't necessarily give me much comfort when I took the first test and got a 73%. Yikes. Suddenly, I feel like I'm never going to have enough time to prepare for this exam, let alone get to the point where I'll feel like I'm going to pass.