2016 and 2015 Juku results

Daniel    2 Kyu   10-2016   Tokyo

Ty    1 Kyu and 2 Kyu    8-2016  Okinawa

Mark   1 Kyu  6-2016    Osaka

Evan   1 Kyu   4-2016    Tokyo

Christopher   1 Kyu and 2 Kyu 4-2016  Okinawa

Megel  2 Kyu  10-2015     Osaka

Don   2 Kyu   100%  4-2015    Osaka

Andy  2 kyu   98%   4-2015   Tokyo

Kevin 2 kyu   94%   6-2015   Osaka

Allen  1 kyu  100%  6-2015   Tokyo

Allen Takahashi takes 1 kyu

An email from Allen:
Hi Captain!

I passed my Ikkyu exam a few weeks ago.  I got all 14 correct.
Here’s a copy of the exam.

I hope all is going well.

No Practical Practice for June 10 exam

The Juku will not hold a practice session for the practical  for the June 10 exam.  On-line conferences will be available as well as the practical essays.

dock your boat


Adding practice tests

Who has too little to do?
First I made scattergraphs for all 50 2Kyu exam questions
Then I thought – what would a practice test of section 1’s most used questions look like?
So, using the scattergraphs, I constructed that test and called it Practice Test 1.
Now each section of the Juku Yahoo group has mini essays for content, exercises for question data bases, and practice exams for experience.

Lang’s note August,’12

Bill I just checked JMRA and I passed! No score but my number shows up so all good. See you Saturday.

Colin’s 1 kyu note October, ’12

Hi Bill
Thanks for getting in touch. Delighted to say I got 100 percent. Ques 53 was tricky but it was a repeat performance from the April exam this year. Well I took my 2 kyu then and all the 1 kyu candidates talked about that question at lunch. Therefore I was well prepared. I couldn’t believe a straight repetition. That was better than I was expecting. I was expecting a new trick to be revealed.
We should compare notes a bit before I forget it all



Colin took the exam in Tokyo

Danny’s 2 kyu experience Feb, 2013

Danny’s mail:

Thank you very much for everything. The exam prep materials really worked out. The first section was a bit of a shocker with those 4 new questions, but the rest of the exam fell in line with your study guides. Your materials and support definitely made a difference. Heck, I wouldn’t have even found the site of the practical if you hadn’t been around!
See you soon at the marina.
Best regards,

Skipper Alex Oct, 2013

Comments from Alex:
I took my small boat license in October 2013 with the help from Bill. I studied all the questions exercises and could ask as many questions to Bill as I wanted. We even sat down having a cup of coffee after the practice run and went through some parts I thought where difficult. Great way to prepare for the test. I also spend time on the water with the actual boat from the exam. This is very nice way to get familiar with the boat and the tasks you have to do on the exam.
Just a small comment for your future students;

Practice the trouble shooting. For me it was the starter doesn’t work. What to do?

Practice Knotting

A final note:
After I docked and parked the boat I had to unmoor and get started again. You can choose forward or backward. This is also good time to practice “kick”.

Looking back the whole exam wasn’t that hard with the help from Bill.

Thanks again for all you efforts.

Study the questions first

Alex, from Tokyo, taking the 2 kyu in a Japanese school, pointed out an interesting approach. The theory of this approach was verified by a prominent reading professor here in Seoul yesterday
The point of the Japanese school is that the textbook (i.e., the mini essays) are actually backup references for the questions.
Your tasks, as learners, is to study the questions and, if confused, look at the textbook for clarification.
In the Japanese school, the students had a book of all possible test items to study. The instructor had a secondary list of the most popular items that had appeared on exams.
The Juku provides you with the similar list and, more frequently, a set of notes/solutions for the items with the questions. The mini essays are less relevant.
Good to know the Juku is the best bet…