Home Stretch

For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” –Benjamin Franklin

Welcome to Week 7 in the 8 Week Challenge to wrap up ‘Your Year to Getting Registered‘!

Over the past six weeks, we’ve got a date on our calendar, taken a practice exam, worked on accumulating CEU’s, tamed our Social Media time, hired a tutor or purchased resources, invited a friend or co-worker to join in, and we have gone through the Content Outline of the exam to double check what we know – we are almost there!

This week is all about organization and visual aids.

  • Make sure your study space is Organized – whether most of your materials are digital, hard copies or a combination of both…make sure you are comfortable and organized with your materials so that you are able to focus.
  • Use Visual Aids – Flow Charts/DiagramsVisual aids can be especially helpful when revising study material. At the start of a topic, write down everything you already know about the subject. Closer to the exam, transform your revision notes in a diagram. In that manner the visual remembrance can aid to your readiness considerably when taking the exam.
  • Need more Resources? – Be sure to visit the Marketplace on this site for Notecards and Study Guides that can help re-enforce your learning. New addition this week – a Filters Notecard set.

Remember though:

Even though this is a Challenge – it’s not a Sprint.

If you need to Park on some of these Steps for a bit, then do it.

If you haven’t gotten started and you are just now joining us – no worries: Click here to start the 8 Week Challenge.

Have questions? Feel free to reach out to me @ RTompkins@TompkinsAssociates.com – would love to help!

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Ripple (effect)

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” 
― Mae West

Have you ever had a series of events so related to each other that each one initiates the next? You’ll see this chain reaction occur after you reach your goal of ‘Your Year to Getting Registered’.
Not only will you find a direct benefit to your income – but also to the opportunities available to you.

You can find this ripple effect in your board preparation as well:

The more prepared you are – The more confident you will be.

We’re in the Home Stretch of the 8 Week Challenge – it’s Week 6!

But first, need a quick refresher?

Click here to read back through the earlier posts.

This week we are tackling the Content Outline for the Exam.

You probably have already referenced this but now is the time to really take it apart piece by piece to be sure you have it all covered:

  • Section I is 25% of the Exam
  • Section II is 75% of the Exam

Don’t leave any stone uncovered – at this point in your preparations, narrow down your studying to these topics and tackle a section a day…..Research.Review.Repeat

Have questions? Feel free to reach out to me (RTompkins@TompkinsAssociates.com) – would love to help!

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Habits are more important than Goals

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard

Our habits are more important than goals.
Why? Because goals don’t happen with out good habits.

We’re half way there in our 8 Week Challenge to wrap up “Your Year to Getting Registered.”

Week 5 starts today

This week we are focusing on Repetition.

But first….
Take stock of how far you have come!

If you have been following the Challenge you have:

  • A Test date or a Measurement Assessment date on your calendar (or you have requested a Petition of Eligibility)
  • You have at least 20 CEU’s
  • You took a Practice Test so you know your areas to focus on.
  • You may have hired a tutor or purchased some resources that you were needing.
  • You’ve tamed your Social Media time to better utilize your day.
  • and You’ve invited a friend or coworker to help you stay accountable and on track.

You probably have seen this multiple times before on my site:

This is the part that takes are own initiative:

We can hire whoever and purchase whatever; but, if we don’t put in the time to review the material repeatedly – our momentum will come to a halt.

STUDY Tip 101Notecards
While digital resources are very helpful for studying and note cards may seem old-school….they are hands-down the most effective way for students to study and retain the information they are learning.
As tempted as you might be to view digital notecards…don’t. It’s the act of writing them out yourself that enhances the learning.

Notecards encourage recall and repetition…instead of simply staring at a passage or a concept on a page, they can actively improve your retention of the information.
You might start with digital notecards as a resource but copy them onto your own actual cards. I still have mine : )

If it’s true that it takes 21 days to form a habitlet’s start this today!


2020 Vision

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost

20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) but it is really now so much more than that…it’s resilienceit’s adaptabilityit’s awareness (particularly of unintended consequences).

This theme, which cuts across all of our hindsights, underscores the point that we’re not going to get everything right all the time and we have to be prepared for that.

If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a LOT of time dealing with a life you don’t want. – Kevin Ngo

This message introduces Week 4 of our 8 Week Challenge for Your Year to Getting Registered:

Perhaps you have struggled to make head way with this goal…Perhaps you have procrastinated a bit. No worries – that is why it’s called a Challenge!

Week 1 Reminder:

Week 2 Reminder:

  • Sign up to take a Practice Test – this will help you narrow your focus on the areas you still need to work on.
  • Self study and/or Hire a Trainer/Tutor to help you make headway in those areas.

Week 3 Reminder:

  • Tame your Time (limit Social media usage to better utilize your 24 hours in a day – scroll back up and read the Kevin Ngo quote again.)
  • Visit the Resource Library on this site and bookmark productive sites to spend your time – Research.Review.Repeat

Week 4’s Focus:

  • Get Caught Up
  • Complete the complimentary Study Guide’s on this site
  • Invite a Friend or Co-worker along on this ChallengeYou’ll help hold each other accountable…You’ll help push each other out of your comfort zone….You’ll get feedback on your progress….and Friends don’t let Friends quit.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Meant For More

“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.” ~Jose Ortega y Gassett

Most of us fill our minds with information all day long….headlines, tweets, facebook posts, etc…Yes, information is important but collecting information doesn’t necessarily equate to making us any wiser.

Somehow we need to disseminate the noise from the knowledge – the struggle is real.

Narrow your focus…we have got things to do.

  • Limit Your Intake – set aside a specific time for Social media and stick to it. That doesn’t mean that you have to be off your phone or computer when it’s not that time – it just means it’s not time for passive scrolling through tweets and posts.
  • Have an on-going list of websites that help get you where you want to be – have them as an open tab on your phone or computer and those are your go-to’s…your time fillers.

If getting registered is your goal, start here:

  • Epilepsydiagnosis.orgBecause…seriously, this stuff is interesting – it’s why we do what we do.
  • Natus Training Academy – Scroll back through their eSeminars not just because you’ll earn a CEU but because…it’s worth repeating: ’Seriously, this stuff is interesting – it’s why we do what we do.’
  • NeurodiagnosticNiche.com – link to my site : ) Because…would recommend reading back through older posts – almost going on a year now!
  • Motivation Mondays – link to their Instagram – Because…we could all use a little motivation – plus, they post more than just Monday.

This is Week 3 of our 8 Week Challenge to help you wrap up “Your Year to Getting Registered”.

Reeling in how we spend our time is our focus for Week 3.
It’s worth repeating…Narrow your focus – We have got things to do.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Aim for the Top – Grab A Branch

8 Week Challenge – Week 2

Broken into bite-size tasks, each week’s assignment will help you focus on working through your to-do list and moving the needle. Over the course of the challenge, you’ll move closer to completing your goal of “Your Year to Getting Registered”.
Every weekend, I’ll share a new set of tasks here, so keep checking in – and follow along on facebook, twitter, and instagram for reminders, motivation and inspiration.

Preparing is better together, so encourage your friends and coworkers to follow alongside you.

Did you miss Week 1? Click here to review.
Let’s get started with Week 2.

You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been. – Maya Angelou

1 – Sign Up to take a practice test this week:
ABRET link
Review your results…how prepared are you? What areas do you need to focus on?
Think on that for a bit…

2 – Continue with the task from last week of collecting your required CEU’s – by the end of this week you should be working towards having at least 10. (Don’t forget to keep the documentation for these organized so you’re not scrambling to find them later).

Congratulations! You’ve made the commitment to complete your registry and you are well on your way to making it happen!
Visit the other sections on this website for tools and resources to help you on your journey.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

8 Week Challenge

Never underestimate where you could end up in 6 months…

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.  – Andy Warhol

I think we can all agree that so much can change in such a short period of time…i.e. March 2020

But to keep moving forward sometimes we need to reflect back:
Think about the steps you had to take to get to where you are….Do you have any regrets? What would you have done differently?

Use this lesson in reflection and put a plan in place for the months ahead.

Introducing the 8 Week Challenge

Have you been following the Neurodiagnostic Niche community with the “Your Year to Getting Registered” posts? As Fall approaches it’s time to start to wrap this up!
Jump start this Fall in a productive way on your path to registry.

Week 1 Challenge tips:
Visit abret.org and schedule your exam
Still need CEU’s? Keep reading below…

  • At the time of this writing there are 5 remaining ASET Measurement Assessments scheduled for 2020 – If you have been working in the field for at least 4 years you are eligible for this first step in the registry exam process (IMPORTANT note – this changes to 5 years in 2021So don’t delay!) Once the Measurement Assessment is completed you have 2 years to pass the written exam. Click here to see the locations and mark this accomplishment off your to do list as done.


  • If you have an Associates Degree (or RPSGT) and have been working in the field for 1 year – Click Here to apply to be “Eligible to Test”. Once granted eligibility you have 3 months to schedule and sit for the exam.

Still need CEU’s to qualify (or to re-certify)? There are lots of free options available:
Start Here – Register for the Natus Neuro Training Academy (you’ll also find their link added to the Resource Library on this site). Includes both recorded and live eSeminars with free CEU’s….who doesn’t like free?

It’s worth repeating…

Never underestimate where you could end up in 6 months.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

School’s In Session

“Walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps.” – Khalil Gibran

For many of us, particularly in the South, this was the first week of school – for others it is soon to follow in the coming weeks.

This Fall semester is sure to bring not only a lot of challenges but a test of our adaptability.

“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

If you’re finding yourself struggling with these changesvisualize how you want your future to look.

Researchers have found that visualizing yourself doing the steps it takes to reach your goals makes you more likely to succeed. (Que the article: Click Here)

Of course, things can change rapidly from month to month. But one thing is for sure, there is always something new to learn – particularly in Neurodiagnostics. For sure, that is one of the reasons for some of the excitement of working in this field.

  • Have you been following the complimentary Weekly Study Guide? Week 11 is now posted on the website for you.
  • The Summer Sale is still going on – visit the Marketplace for Notecards, Answer Keys, and Tutoring Lesson options. (It’s the last few weeks for the Summer Scholar Package discounts.)

And don’t forget to check out the Free Resource Library when you are on the site (new items added often).

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Spoiler Alert: There Is No ‘Right Time’

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

There is no ‘right time’; there is just time.
Yesterday, I looked at the goals I’d set for myself at the top of the year (business goals, personal goals, travel goals, etc….). Since Covid has changed so much, I needed to update my plan. I took out my favorite pen and re-authored the rest of the year…slashing the list from about 12-ish projects down to 7.

We’re in month 8 out of 12…if you haven’t yet – revisit and revise how YOU want the rest of this year to go. I know, there’s tons of uncertainty around us…but you do still get to choose how to spend your time.

The key is to focus on what you can control.

Counter to how it may seem….you, my friend, are 100% in charge of how you choose.

If getting registered in the near future is one of your goalskeep it on your list…check your progress…and update the tools or resources that you might still need.

  • Check out the free Resource Library on this site and be sure to follow the blog for new additions.
  • If its been awhile since you referenced the Exam Handbook, click here to review this on the ABRET’s website.
  • And, if you’re ready: Click Here to access Exam dates and information.

Let’s look back on this year knowing it was time well spent…you get to choose.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Summer Sale

Good-bye July – Hello August! Take 10% off on Study Guides and Notecards

Looking for additional discounts? Check out the Summer Scholar Option – take advantage of bundle savings with Notecards, Study Guides and Training.

Looking for Free? Explore the Resource Library when you’re on the site.

Shop the Summer Sale here: Neurodiagnostic Niche Marketplace