As you may have gleaned from other posts and pages, I am studying for the NALA CP Exam. I am completely freaking out! Prior to setting this goal for myself, one I had contemplated for years, I took an online sample exam. I did excellent! I felt very confident after that exam and was prepared to “take the plunge” so to speak.
I bought the Certified Paralegal Review Manual (Fourth Edition), downloaded some blank study guides from Pinterest, and set to work. And then my balloon popped. I feel overwhelmed, under-educated, and ill prepared. The study guides are not helpful (to me – but they may be helpful to someone else on this journey), and it’s been soooo long since I have been in school that I could not begin to tell you what a past participle is. Apparently, though, I need to know this for the exam.
This post is not to say that I am incompetent but rather that I feel complacent. I write rather well. In family law in California, most of the hearings are ruled on based upon the pleadings. Because of this, having strong pleadings is essential in successfully arguing for our clients. Reviewing the chapter on grammar and writing was very disheartening. I write every day for a living and yet did not score well on the end of chapter test.
I have decided that the best method for me is the “read the chapter, take the test” method. How am I doing? Eh, I have gotten a few right. To help myself with the vocabulary I have downloaded various vocabulary apps on my phone. I try to hide from my boys when I study which is no easy feat. I made it through chapters 2, 3, and 4 and did better each time.