Our Better Half

“It ain’t over til it’s over.” – Yogi Berra

Fun fact: 57 years ago the EEG registry exam was first administered and there are only 7559 registered technologists in the world – Did you know the pass rate for the exam is 85%?

Have you been hesitant to try?
Don’t be – this is your year!

Think about that for a minute…2020 is half over and many of us have spent the majority of it at home – Geez! Chances are we will be doing the same for the 2nd half – why not come out on the other side in a better place?

Hands down the best way for a technician to increase their income is to become registered in their field of testing.

There are a multitude of ways one might go about this – especially depending on what your starting point is, but if you need some suggestions on where to begin – I would start here:

  • Check out the free Resource Library on this site – there is literally a section entitled “Starters”. The links reference all you would need to know for how you would go about taking the exam.
  • Next, gauge what you know – your strengths…your areas for improvement and put together a plan. Reference this earlier post to help: What’s the Plan
  • and finally, if you find that you need additional support beyond self studying on your own – click here and here for remote on-line learning support.

This is your year! It’s not over til it’s over…

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Secure Your Own Mask First

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’ve all been on a plane and heard these instructions before:
“…please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others.”

Seriously – such good advice to help us be at our best.

When the workload has got you down, one of the best things you can do is take preventative steps to protect your well being…investing in ourselves before we can help others.
The modern day term for this is self-care….what is it you love to do? what helps you recharge?

Once you start to incorporate more of your efforts into your own well being you’ll find these benefits will carry over into every aspect of your life – including your career.

  • Perhaps that boost will help motivate you to set a goal to become registered:

Your Year to Getting Registered

Study Guide

  • Perhaps it encourages you to learn a new testing modality:

ASET’s Guide to Neurodiagnostic Testing

  • Maybe it’s that new job or promotion you have been thinking about:

Job Search for your area Here

  • or take this opportunity to go back to school:

North Texas Neurodiagnostic Academy (In-person and On-line options)

Take a moment to review the links – if you find that you have been stuck where you are and have struggled to move forward – take some time to invest in yourself.

Be creative and consistent and you’ll find that the benefits carry over not only to you but to those around you.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

A Limited Edition

“Where you are today matters for who you’ll be tomorrow.” – somebody

What is your superpower?

That thing you do well…that gift that you share with others.

This week consider asking a friend or coworker what they perceive your superpower to be. You might just be surprised.

Often we think we are perceived a certain way – but truly it’s what others see in us.

Hearing about your strengths will empower you. It’ll guide your purpose and strengthen your why.

Mark Twain once said that the two most important days in our lives are the day we are born and the day we find out why.

Knowing your strengths TODAY, will help guide you for where your future self will be next month, next year, etc…

We all have a superpower…wear it proudly.

That is what makes you unique. You don’t need a script.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Spring is a Tough Act to Follow

“Seasons change and so do we.” – unknown

Are you feeling a little off?  There is likely a reason.
Think of the seasons…if the earth skipped any of them what might the next one look like?  Particularly if Spring was missed – a whole season of growth would be altered.


Value the season you’re in…recognize, reflect…ask questions…appreciate the opportunities each new one brings.


Just like with our planet, the seasons keep evolving…so will we.
If you have gotten off track on your goals…reset and start again.  

Re-read an earlier post or two:

Just Keep Swimming

Outcomes…Not Obstacles
Follow inspiring sites on your social media feeds:

Awesome Earth

Motivation Mondays

Pick back up right where you left off

You.Got.This.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Summer Scholar Package

“I’ve a grand memory for forgetting.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

There’s no such thing as a good memory or a bad memory; there is only a trained memory and an untrained memory.

Memory is arguably the most important part of the learning process. There is no knowledge without memory.

But why do most people have less than ideal memory skills?

Perhaps it’s because of the way we were taught to memorize things….through rote memorization. Memorizing through the act of repetition.

To this day, many schools teach students to memorize by repeating a fact until it is temporarily burned in, even though people tend to forget this information as soon as they no longer need it.

Some of the alternatives and one might argue a more meaningful way of learning is through associative or active learning…

Experiencing and understanding rather than just memorizing facts.

Once that level of understanding is reached repetition is helpful for reinforcing.

As you prepare for your boards if you need help with the understanding piece please take a moment to check out the Summer Scholar package being offered on the website.
I would be happy to help.

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MARKETPLACE Launch

Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.” -Mel Robbins

I wrote something similar a few weeks back about the number of Registered Technologists…at the time of this writing there are only 7504 of us in the world. That’s 7504 technologists since the exam was first started in 1963.

Just for comparative purposes the examination for sleep technologists (RPSGT) was first administered in 1979 and there are currently over 22,000 registered sleep technologists in the world.

Hands down the best way for a technician to increase their income is to become registered in their field of testing.

The overall average pass rate for the last 2 years is around 82%…so your chances of passing the test is very good.

I started my business in 2007 and the more I worked with students the more I realized there was a need for more information to be available…

for more Affordable…Training…Resources

After starting this blog in the Fall of 2019, I am excited to launch the on-line Marketplace.

Have you been following my complimentary weekly Study Guide? If you are looking for an Easier Way to research the answers check out the Answer Key option on the website. Notecards are a quick and comprehensive way to prepare for your boards…Get started with the Waveform package.

While you’re on the website be sure to take advantage of the Summer Scholar Package that is currently available for a limited time.

Just Click Here to visit the MARKETPLACE – and check back often for new updates!

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Study Guide Update

Finding Answers to Your Questions…

Have you been following the weekly Complimentary Study Guide?

Want an Easier Way to get the Answers to 5 weeks worth of Questions?

Week’s 1-5 Answer Key is Now Available for purchase!

Just Click Here to access the Study Guide section on the website.

Just Keep Swimming

Life is like riding a bicycle. If you want to keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

Graduation season is always a favorite of mine:

The New Chapter…The Launch…The Opportunities

This might sound weird but I actually enjoy listening to graduation commencement speeches : )

Click here for a short, inspiring clip from one of my favorites.

Why is that?
We all need motivation…we all need reminders to keep pressing on.

In times like these it’s easy to get stuck. To pause the momentum….to stall.

Don’t though…Just keep swimming.

  • Look to Your Mentors (Review the older post by clicking here)
  • Keep current on the Weekly Study Guide
  • Review and Bookmark the ABRET Handbook to be sure you are on target for studying through the Exam Outline.
  • Read back through earlier posts for resources you may have missed.
  • and enter your Email Address below to not miss a post.

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Outcomes…not Obstacles

Keep your face to the sun and you can’t see shadows. – Helen Keller

It’s easy to lose our focus during times like these. The uncertainty of change can often stop us in our tracks and derail our plans.

Our focus is what drives our outcome.

Put that vision of yourself front and center in your mind – it’s yours and yours alone.
It simply starts and ends with you.

Having trouble getting started?

Write down your goals.
Seeing them in front of you will help you stay accountable – it’s when we lose our focus that we lose our drive…this applies to just about everything.

If one of your goals is to get registered this year, I can help you:

Research the terms/Review the Material/Repeat Daily

  • Need a coach to support and motivate you? Enter your email at the bottom of this page to subscribe to receive new blog posts in your inbox. Also, click here to go back and review posts that you may have missed.
  • Need additional learning support? Join a small group lesson for course work, questions and training. Students also receive guidance for clinical experience, suggestions and recommendations in the field.

For more information about how small group or private Zoom lessons work, just email: RTompkins@TompkinsAssociates.com

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Start Small…Go Big!

“Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.” Mel Robbins

Last week’s post shared some fun facts about the history of Neurodiagnostics and one fact that I was hoping to highlight here is the one about registered EEG technologists.

At the time of this writing there are only 7501 of us in the world. That’s 7501 technologists since the exam was first started in 1963. For such a widely administered medical procedure, why in almost 60 years are there so few?

Just for comparative purposes the examination for sleep technologists (RPSGT) was first administered in 1979 and there are currently over 22,000 registered sleep technologists in the world.

Like anything in life, there are multiple factors that go into these statistics but the one that I am aiming to highlight here is the personal growth factor.

Hands down the best way for a technician to increase their income is to become registered in their field of testing.

ASET has created multiple pathways that allow for a variety of ways for a technician to sit for the examination. Once they take the exam the percentage rate for passing is pretty good!

The overall average pass rate for the last 2 years is around 82%…so your chances of passing the test is very good.

Click here for the 2018 pass rate statistics

Click here for the 2019 pass rate statistics

Because there are not a large number of technicians taking the test the individual pathway statistics can vary significantly from year to year but one observation of the statistics shows that there is not really a significant difference to the pass rate for those in formal END programs compared to those with an Associates degree but not in a formal program (Pathway III).

Wherever you are in your process….look for an avenue to take the exam.

Looking for a place to start?
Try looking through some earlier posts:

Your Year to Getting Registered

What’s The Plan

Don’t Let Setbacks Set You Back

It doesn’t matter where you start – Just.Start.

Don’t keep waiting – The best time is now.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know.