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4 Tips for making the most of your UCAT study time

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It’s easy to sit back at this point in the year and feel like you have forever until UCAT and while that might feel true, it’s definitely not. Right now is the time to be getting your head around the different question types in UCAT, finding your weaknesses and sorting them out, and working out how best to spend the next few months in preparing for UCAT. On that note, here are some tips to manage your UCAT study time.

1.  Use a calendar to plan your UCAT prep macroscopically

Depending on your MedEntry package and school/university/work commitments, this will look different for everyone. It’s best to aim to do a little bit of UCAT preparation every day, maybe one or two drills or a mini-test, and one full UCAT exam under simulated conditions every week. Here’s an example of a basic UCAT study plan:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Weekend

UCAT drills & UCAT guides

UCAT subtest mock

UCAT drills & UCAT guides

UCAT subtest mock

UCAT drills & UCAT guides

UCAT practice exam and exam review

 

2.  Use a to-do list to plan your UCAT prep microscopically

So let’s say you’ve worked out that you have an hour each week day to do UCAT study, plus two hours on Saturday for a UCAT exam and another three hours on Sunday to review that UCAT exam. Now what? The next step is to break that time up. If you’re sticking to doing UCAT guides, drills and mini-tests on weekdays, try a schedule like this:

Daily plan: 60 minutes

30 minutes:
UCAT Verbal Reasoning guides

10 minutes:
UCAT Verbal Reasoning drill

20 minutes:
review drill attempt

 

 

3.  Find your UCAT weaknesses

It is really easy to focus on UCAT questions you’re good at because it feels warm and fuzzy to be always getting them right. However, while the things you’re good at will get you into medical school, the things you’re not so good at yet are what will keep you out. Use your UCAT exams to find your weaknesses, and your UCAT guides, drills and subtest mocks to get so good at them that they become strengths. Once you’ve worked out your weaknesses and strengths you can choose to really focus on the UCAT subtests you’re not so great at, and spend a lot less time on the things you are great at. For example, someone who is fantastic at UCAT Verbal Reasoning but not so great at UCAT Decision Making might do Decision Making preparation most days and Verbal Reasoning preparation only once per week:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Weekend

60 minutes

60 minutes

60 minutes

60 minutes

60 minutes

UCAT exam and review

30 minutes:
UCAT DM guides

 

10 minutes:
UCAT DM drill

 

20 minutes:
review drill

 

 

 

 

30 minutes:
UCAT DM subtest mock

 

30 minutes:
review subtest mock

 

 

 

 

10 minutes:
UCAT VR drill

 

20 minutes:
review drill

 

10 minutes:
AR drill

 

20 minutes:
review AR drill

 

10 minutes:
UCAT DM drill

 

20 minutes:
review drill

 

10 minutes:
UCAT QR drill

 

20 minutes:
review drill

 

 

 

30 minutes:
UCAT DM subtest mock

 

30 minutes:
review subtest mock

 

Saturday:
UCAT exam under simulated conditions

 

Sunday:
re-try incorrect UCAT questions and review UCAT exam in detail

 

4.  Take time to review your UCAT exam

Yes, the UCAT practice exams are a test-run for the real thing, but they’re also an opportunity to learn from your mistakes so ensure you re-try your incorrectly answered UCAT questions and thoroughly review the solutions. After each UCAT exam, take some time the next day to dissect it and find out where you’re going wrong and how you can improve.

 

I hope this blog has been helpful and has inspired you to get organised and get studying for UCAT! Below you can find a fillable weekly planner template to help you make the most of the next few months before UCAT!

 

            

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