BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 4 - (Page 21)
Preparing for the
RESOURCES, TIPS AND PRACTICAL ADVICE
BY BEAUTYLINK STAFF
beauty school can offer a top-of-the-line student
kit, highly credentialed educators and a beautiful student salon environment. But if students
don't pass the state exam, such investments
Every beauty school is in the business of helping its students pass the written and practical state exams. What
are some best practices for helping students pass the exams? How
can educators help students deal with test anxiety? BeautyLink
spoke with AACS members about how they help students prepare
for the exam that will serve as the gateway to their career.
Curriculum providers offer resources to help students pass
the exam. Sandra Bruce, executive director of Milady Cengage
Learning noted that in addition to lesson plans included in the
curriculum, Milady offers online licensing prep exams. A free
online demo of the Milady practice exam is available. Pivot
Point International has also developed an online testing tool, the
Exam Ace for Cosmetology, Esthetic and Instructor Exams. Judy
Rambert, VP Global Education at Pivot Point says the preparation
tests address the importance of consumer protection and safety
in addition to technical knowledge.
Classroom educators carry the brunt of responsibility for
helping students master material covered on the state exams.
Stephanie Burns is an educator and trainer supporting Ogle
Schools of Skin, Hair and Nails' eight campuses. Ogle student
preparation for the state exam begins on day one and continues
over four phases of their educational journey. In phase one,
students are introduced to the practical exam. Beginning with
phase two, students take two state board prep/practice tests
every week leading up to exam day. During the final phase,
preparation focuses tightly on the Texas Department of Licensing
and Regulation (TDLR) requirements.
Burns says that the school also works with students to develop
behaviors that optimize their performance on test day. "We make
sure they are content grounded, but we also talk with them about
living a smart life. That means getting exercise, eating well and
saving the celebration activities for after the exam," said Burns.
What about students who are fearful of taking the exam?
Ogle instructors work with students on a one-on-one basis to
address specific concerns. "We'll work with students on skills
like deductive reasoning so that they are calm and feel in control
when test day arrives," Burns said. She said that the school also
"If students linger on difficult questions, they can waste mental energy
and end up with a score that is lower than their ability.
A better strategy is to answer the 'sure thing' questions first
and return to the difficult questions later."
-Judy Rambert, VP Global Education at Pivot Point
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 4
Celebrating 90 Years!
Preparing for the State Exam
Don’t Misfire When You Hire
The Power of Effective Questioning
What’s Your Etti-Q?
Personal Finance for Rookies
Boss Encounters: Removing the Fear Factor
Performance Review Primer
Whet Your Appetite for Success
BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 4