Combo guard: Edwin's study tips for success

ERWIN Valmoria Macua works as a security guard in St. Theresa’s College.

Some years back, when he was 35 years old, his children asked him to help them with their homework. When he figured that he wasn’t capable of doing so, he realized he needed to go back to school to be able to help his children. Fortunately, St. Theresa’s College, which started as an all-girls school, is currently co-ed. Erwin decided to study in his place of work, graduating cum laude in BS Elementary Education and passing the teachers’ board examination the same year he graduated.

Here are a few study tips from Erwin, for those needing to undergo board exams, but which are useful also to any working student seriously wanting to be successful in his study:


  1. Study in a quiet place.


  2. The place must be well lighted and comfortable (not too warm).


  3. After class, read notes again to make sure you understood what was taken up.


  4. Highlight important notes to remember them better.


  5. Take a break if you are really too tired to comprehend what you are studying.


  6. Take vitamins to help you keep yourself healthy for both school and work.


  7. Use mnemonics to remember as in STC: servant leader,  truth advocate, Christ centered.


  8. For reviewers: Take review classes.


  9. Pray for enlightenment from God so all the things you are studying would stay in your mind.


  10. Engage in discussions with classmates or fellow reviewers who might know something which skipped your attention and who might also learn from you.



“It might help also if you do what I did: before taking the examination I went to confession, attended Mass specially for those going to take the board examination, after which we, the board takers, were given a blessing for the examination ahead. This gave me a very good feeling and I knew I was ready to tackle the next day’s ordeal.”

Erwin passed the teachers’ board examinations in one try. His license as security guard will expire this June, so currently, he is looking at his options on what school to apply in for the next school year.
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