The Secrets Behind TSM’s 94% First-time Pass Rate

In a live broadcast on July 27th, Dr. Graham Taylor gave an overview of TSM’s program and explained some of the reasons our learning platform has been able to achieve a 94% first-time pass rate. Dr. Taylor shared his own story of how the pressures of needing to pass the EPPP with only a month to study forced him to take a step back to analyze how the human brain works, and also to study how various theories of memory and learning can be incorporated into the learning process. The result was a paradigm shift in the learning process which is responsible for TSM 94% first-time pass rate.

Dr. Graham Taylor Gives Overview of the EPPP

What is the EPPP? Why is licensure important? What requirements does a candidate have to meet before they can apply to take the psychology licensing exam? Dr. Graham Taylor addressed all these questions in a Facebook Live event earlier this month. In his broadcast, which can be watched below, Dr. Taylor gave an overview of the EPPP, explained what content areas a person should expect to see on the EPPP and how the percentages in these content areas are changing as of February 2018.

A TSM Success Story

At TSM, your success is what we strive for; it’s why the method exists. Success means motivated and supported study, confidence in the testing center, and a passing score. Take a look at how TSM helped one member succeed:

“I studied for the EPPP using TSM’s monthly online program, and I found it to be very helpful to me passing the exam, and just recently! I liked the attention to different ways people learn by providing material across video, audio, and written formats. The initial assessment and the resulting customized study plan according to the scores on the assessment were incredibly helpful. Topics are covered thoroughly and with explanations that are generally user friendly versus technical.  Each topic includes a mind map (visual summary) and is followed by notes that you can revise and make your own. After reading on several topics, you take a quiz and get that content further reinforced. Everything is online so I didn’t have to worry about downloading and taking up data, or lugging stacks of study materials around. I felt connected to the support from TSM through the use of the program, specifically meeting via phone with an instructor to discuss study schedule and answer any questions and availability of chat with staff or peers who are studying themselves. Thank you for calling me every so often to check in, especially when I had put studying on pause. The program worked very well for me and I am so thankful that once in the actual exam, I felt very prepared after studying, and I passed.

While the program was excellent, it did take me a good amount of time to move through the material (as in there is heavy content). There are pros and cons of this, and since I have been out of school for some time, it was helpful to have more rather than less.

Thank you for taking the time to hear my feedback on the TSM program, and I hope that you continue to provide the service that you do.

Best wishes to you!  – Nicole”

Dr. Graham Taylor Discusses the Six Secrets to EPPP Success

In the video below, Dr. Graham Taylor shares the six steps for successfully passing the EPPP. Learning these six secrets could make the difference between a pass or fail on the psychology licensure exam.

This video occurred as part of TSM’s ongoing series of Facebook Live broadcasts every Thursday. These can be viewed at 12:00 pm PST through our Facebook page, where viewers are encouraged to write in with their questions. (Due to Dr. Taylor’s travelling schedule, there will be no broadcast next week, although the live videos will resume at the normal time on September 7th.)

Dr. Graham Taylor Discusses Changes Coming to the EPPP

As part of TSM’s ongoing mission to help you prepare for the EPPP, Dr. Graham Taylor has been offering weekly broadcasts via Facebook Live. These broadcasts, which occur every Thursday at 12:00 pm PST at our Facebook page, are open to the public. Viewers are encouraged to write in their questions, which Dr. Taylor will address during the live stream.

Last week Dr. Taylor spoke about important changes that are coming to the EPPP. In addition to the new test, known as “EPPP Step 2”, the ASPPB is also introducing changes to the existing EPPP. These changes will be implemented on February 15th 2018 and affect how the various domains are weighted. Watch the video below to learn everything you need to know about these changes.

Find Your Learning Style to Prepare for the EPPP

How can you discover your own particular learning style? What is the difference between being a visual learner, auditory learner or tactile learner? As you’re studying for the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), how can you leverage the strength of your personal learning style to better learn, consolidate and recall content?

These were just some of the questions that Dr. Graham Taylor addressed in last Thursday’s Facebook Live event. In the video, which can be watched below, Dr. Taylor shared research-based approaches of learning and memory to help you make your learning a dynamic and active process.

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Preparing for EPPP Step Two: Dr. Graham Taylor Answers Your Questions

What is the EPPP Step Two? How can a candidate go about preparing for this new part of the psychology licensure exam? When will the EPPP Step Two become mandatory?

Last Thursday Dr. Graham Taylor answered these and many other questions in a Facebook Live event. A recording of the event can be watched in the video below.

To keep informed about future Facebook Live events, follow the TSM Facebook Page.

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EPPP Step 2: Graham Taylor Answers Your Questions on Facebook Live Next Thursday

Next Thursday, June 8, at 12:00 PST, Dr. Graham Taylor will be on Facebook Live to answer your questions about EPPP Step 2.

The free event will be hosted on the TSM Facebook Page and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection.

EPPP Step 2 is a new competency-based exam that is being developed by ASPPB to complement the existing EPPP. The test will become part of the licensure process starting January 2019.  In next Thursday’s event, Graham Taylor will be fielding questions such as the following:

  • Why is EPPP Step 2 being introduced?
  • How much will EPPP Step 2 cost?
  • Will candidates be required to take both exams?
  • How will EPPP Step 2 be administered and what will its format be?
  • How does EPPP Step 2 relate to the original EPPP?
  • What areas EPPP Step 2 intended to assess?

Everyone is invited to watch next Thursday’s event and to ask Dr. Taylor questions in real time.


Full Links to Graham Taylor’s Conversation with Robin Phillips on Brain Fitness

Interview with GrahamBelow are the full links to Graham Taylor’s interview with Robin Phillips about brain fitness.

In this conversation, Phillips suggested that the notion of “being smart” often invokes a one-sided paradigm of mental ability that may not be consistent with overall cognitive health. He explained how a proper understanding of brain fitness should also include such things as a well-developed imagination, intellectual curiosity, mental focus and self-control, the ability to think outside the box, the ability to exercise emotional intelligence, the ability to connect knowledge into overarching schemas, the ability to avoid common thinking errors, and many other aspects of a healthy brain that tend to be insufficiently emphasized in our culture.

Brain Fitness Interview (Part 1)

  • In this first installment of the conversation, Phillips explained why the category of brain fitness is helpful in emphasizing a holistic approach to cognition, which has implications to how we approach the whole learning process. He highlighted certain under-valued mental assets such as being able to think outside the box as well as the skill of emotional intelligence. He also highlighted how the avoidance of thinking errors is integral to developing a healthy brain.

Brain Fitness Interview (Part 2)

  • In this second installment of the conversation, Robin Phillips and Graham Taylor talked about the way the human brain organizes what it learns into a series of schemas. Schemas are networks of associations through which the brain organizing everything into meaningful patterns. These patterns then serve as hooks on which to hang new information. In order for the brain to build up schemas effectively, we need to reflect deeply about life in a slow and undistracted manner and remain open-minded to new models of understanding our world. They discussed some factors in modern life that make it difficult to form schemas and instead orient us towards shallowness and oversimplifications.

Brain Fitness Interview (Part 3)

  • In the third part of the interview, Phillips and Taylor looked at some theories of memory and learning. They discussed how a good memory is not a gift but a skill and that we can develop this skill through learning the right techniques. They also talked about the important role that focus plays in the learning process and in career success.

Brain Fitness Interview (Part 4)

  •  In the final part of the conversation, Dr. Taylor asked Robin about the role imagination and intellectual curiosity play in having a healthy brain. Phillips shared concern that recent developments in the American school system are diminishing the importance of imagination as learning is reduced to simply a utilitarian tool. Phillips closed by pointing out some areas in which the ancients understood brain fitness better than we do.



Best Kept Secrets About Brain Fitness: a Conversation with Graham Taylor and Robin Phillips (Part 4)

This is the fourth of a 4-part series covering Dr. Taylor’s conversation with Robin Phillips about the brain. To read the other posts in this series, click here.


Robin Phillips: Can I just share a few more ingredients that go into a healthy brain?

Graham Taylor: Go ahead.

RP: Another element that should be absolutely front and center of any discussion of brain fitness is intellectual curiosity and imagination. These are really two separate skills but since they are closely related I find it useful to discuss them under the same rubric.

When I used to teach high school history, I often found myself puzzled why some students would diligently take notes about all the different historical figures I discussed in class but then as soon as the final test was over they would throw away a year’s worth of notes. Why was it that some students were genuinely interested in the material while others didn’t care and only learned for the test? We could probably think of lots of different reasons for this, but one important factor seemed to be the total lack of intellectual curiosity in some students. Continue reading