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textbook. If the objectives for a module seem very easy and familiar to you, then you might want to do a self-evaluation.

On a separate sheet of paper list everything that you know about each of the objectives. Then, write down 1-3 specific questions that you would ask about each of the objectives. This is a very useful exercise if English is not your first language, and it will help you associate topics with their respective questions. Then evaluate your knowledge and be honest about your strengths and weaknesses! Do the reading assignment and see if your knowledge of the objectives has increased.


Read the course overview, which provides an engaging discussion

about each module’s topic, the practical application of each topic, and the most difficult topics in the module.

Notes and Exercises.

The notes and exercises that are linked to each of the

items listed in the content outline, at the beginning of each “Notes and Exercises” section, are the core of each module. They provide essential information; they summarize the information from your other readings; and they reinforce what you

have learned via interactive exercises, illustrations, examples, case studies, quizzes and more.

Many of us learn concepts by application. This is especially important for kinesthetic learners who need to do something with what is being learned. These exercises are designed to help you use the information that you have just read and to assist you in testing your competency with the material presented. Some exercises will not let you continue until you have answered all the questions. Some modules will start with an application activity to assist you in evaluating your knowledge of the topics in the module before the topics are



One or more topics in a module may be of particular interest to

you. Perhaps it is a controversial topic such as whether to draw from the feet of patients. The resources section provides Internet links to current information on phlebotomy regulations, cutting edge medical data, safety facts, and additional information on virtually every topic in every module in the phlebotomy course. These resources are optional and are not required for passing the module test. If you are on a tight schedule, skip them. If you have time and desire for exploration, then enjoy!


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