Happy new year! If getting licensed is one of your new year’s resolutions, here are some tips that you want to be mindful of as you go into the new year. 1—Start as early as possible. If you’re still in school, it’s not too early to do your research. Look up your state’s board of… Read More Five Tips for Getting Your Social Work License This Year
Leticia Chamorro (2010). Flickr. License: Creative Commons. Next Exam Tip: (25+35) – (8^2/5) = ? What does a random math equation have to do with the social work exam? Well, if you remember the order of operations PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally), quite a lot. To properly solve an equation, you have to… Read More Timing and the Social Work Exam
One of the most striking ideas I encountered in all of my graduate school reading assignments was one attributed to Dan Siegel, “We feel, therefore we learn.” (Source) In other words, we must connect to something before we integrate it as part of ourselves. One of my favorite professors loved Dan Siegel and his research and… Read More Learning with Emotion and through Relationship
One of the very first pieces of advice that I tell students (and although I’m not affiliated with the ASWB, I think that they would agree with me too) is that the number one thing to avoid doing on the exam is using “tricks” or “tips.” Sometimes this impulse comes from attending well-intentioned bootcamps that will… Read More Magic Tricks: What Not To Do For The Exam
I recently attended a creative exhibit sponsored by a friend’s nonprofit organization when one of the guests there struck up a conversation with me. Naturally, being in New York, it’s interesting how we often jump to asking someone about what they do before even remembering their name. As social workers, because our field covers a… Read More What Do You Do? Cocktails and Social Work Roles.
We’re halfway through September and many of you may either be in full-swing of your first or final year of graduate school, or first year of “real world” employment (which, from personal experience, can still feel like a new year because my internal schedule is still in academic year mode; it will adjust, eventually). Even… Read More Back to…Continuing Education
Aside from this blog, I also work at an agency, a fee-for-service private practice under an LCSW, and I also tutor new grads and current students in the NYC metro area for the LMSW exam. While this is not a sponsored ad for my services (However, now that I shamelessly alluded to it, if you… Read More Should You Hire a Personal Tutor To Pass the Social Work Exam?
Ok, so maybe you have the intellectual side of the test under control; you have your materials, your review books, and have taken as many online practice questions as possible. But what if you’re a person that doesn’t feel that they test well, or are just feeling especially nervous as the day for your scheduled… Read More Battling Test Anxiety
Question time again! A social worker employed at an agency that offers short-term mental health services is treating a client with major depressive disorder who she will be working with for the next six months. Which is the MOST appropriate treatment approach?* A. Insight-oriented therapy. B. Person-centered therapy. C. Cognitive-behavioral therapy. D. Solution-focused brief therapy.
One of the most essential things for succeeding in taking the social work exam and not failing is to memorize absolutely everything. Kidding (I will have a blog post on managing test anxiety shortly)! However, this is an important question for preparing for the exam: What works better, studying the content, or taking as many… Read More Studying Content Versus Taking Practice Exams