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Distributed Practice and the UCAT: What you need to know Part 1

Over the last few years the education sector has been rampant with ideals of “studying smarter not harder”, doing “less work for more reward” and a series of other catch phrases that seem too good to be true. Nevertheless, there is one system that eclipses all others in the research conducted, the widespread implementation and the unanimous praise it has received from scientists, psychologists, students and teachers alike: distributed practice. In part one of this two part blog series, we look at what distributed practice means, why it works and why you should implement it for your UCAT study. What is...
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Distributed Practice and the UCAT: What you need to know Part 2

In part 1 of this blog, we looked at why it is important to study with distributed practice for the UCAT. In part 2, we will look at how to implement this into your UCAT plan. How to implement distributed practice for UCAT Here are some tips and strategies on how to best use distributed practice in your UCAT preparation (you can also use them in your secondary school and university study; or acquiring any skill for that matter): 1. Plan out a UCAT study schedule/timetable This is an important step. You need to make time for your UCAT preparation, even...
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Didn’t do well in UCAT? Here’s how to bounce back in four steps

The UCAT is one of the three criteria for most undergraduate medicine schools in Australia, and often holds equal weighting to ATAR. The UCAT may determine whether or not you receive an interview offer at certain universities, so many students put in the extra mile to maximise their UCAT results. There are many factors that can influence performance in UCAT, and receiving a lower mark than expected may feel like all our efforts have gone to waste. I’ve been there before, and although it may feel like the end of the world (I certainly felt that way), I can assure you...
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CHECKLIST: ARE YOU UCAT READY? 10 ESSENTIALS FOR UCAT SUCCESS

With UCAT rapidly approaching, it is important that you take a few moments to check whether you are UCAT ready. MedEntry has compiled a checklist of 10 essential tasks to complete before UCAT test day.          1. Register for UCAT and check your ID Ensure you have registered for UCAT and scheduled a UCAT testing date/time. If you have done so, you will have received a confirmation email from Pearson VUE. Confirm that your identification document is acceptable and that the name and date of birth on the document exactly matches the details you provided to Pearson VUE....
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UCAT Intensive classes now available!

UCAT Intensive classes now available! Need additional guidance for the upcoming UCAT? Missed the UCAT Weekly classes? Don’t despair! MedEntry is running a set of UCAT intensive classes, running from 11am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday across two weekends at the end of June and start of July. UCAT classes will be run by an experienced tutor who has achieved 99th percentile in the UCAT, and will cover all five sections of the UCAT exam. UCAT classes are highly interactive, giving you an opportunity to ask questions in real time. Furthermore, you have the opportunity as an intensive classes...
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Is It Too Late To Start Preparing For UCAT 2021

The short answer is: no. Improving your performance in UCAT is possible, no matter how late you start (unless you start preparing the night before UCAT, of course!). The long answer is: it depends on how you prepare for UCAT. At this stage, it’s important to study smart. This involves being focussed, and preparing in ways that will make a difference to your UCAT performance. Trying to do as many UCAT practice exams as you can will take up a lot of your time, and may not be the most efficient way to prepare. You are also likely to be busy...
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5 reasons to start your UCAT preparation now!

1. Master the UCAT Learning Curve The UCAT is a test unlike anything you have ever sat before. UCAT Verbal Reasoning is loosely connected to traditional reading comprehension texts and UCAT Quantitative Reasoning is mathematics-based, but both the style and time pressure is truly unique. Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that you will have ever encountered formal testing in the areas of UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Abstract Reasoning and UCAT Situational Judgement. Naturally, it will take an adjustment period to learn how to answer all the many different types of UCAT questions, recognising how long you have to answer each UCAT...
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Balancing the UCAT and Hobbies

With the UCAT around the corner, as well as school assignments and exams, it can be quite a stressful time for students. Many students will spend the majority of the day practising UCAT- style questions and completing practise exams, as well as devoting a large amount of time to UCAT preparation. However, this does not mean your hobbies and interests should be forgotten about. After a long day of lessons, it can be quite daunting to sit at a desk and prepare for the night. Sometimes, motivation to ascertain a place in university to study Medicine can flicker as the late...
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6 Ways to Make UCAT study more effective

Fifty years of educational research shows that effective learners (for UCAT or other learning) have one - preferably all - of the following six characteristics. 1. Encounter challenging ideas or people Basically, this is Newton’s First Law of Motion in action in the academic, cognitive, psychosocial, attitudinal and career-preparation dimensions of your education: a body will remain at rest, or in motion in a straight line, unless compelled to change its state or direction by an outside force. In your educational life, the outside force challenging your present ideas, beliefs, perspectives or educational environments different from those that you hold or...
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Should I attend a MedEntry UCAT workshop?

MedEntry workshops have become famous over the years for their engaging, effective and enjoyable nature. You may be wondering whether you should attend a MedEntry UCAT workshop. The answer is a resounding yes! Here are three reasons why: MedEntry UCAT Workshops are Comprehensive MedEntry UCAT workshops cover everything you need to know for UCAT success, including: Detailed strategies and techniques, allowing you to answer each type of UCAT question quickly and accurately UCAT mini-tests, and a further full-length UCAT simulated online trial exam for hands-on experience Motivational teaching that makes the whole UCAT process feel clearer and less intimidating Advice from...
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Why 6 weeks preparation isn't enough for UCAT

UCAT Consortium Universities (UCATCU) claim that intensive, sustained preparation for UCAT is not necessary. They advise that 6 weeks of preparation is sufficient for UCAT. There are many reasons why UCATCU make such claims. To give yourself the best chance of succeeding in UCAT, it is important that you are sceptical of these claims.  UCATCU’s claims are designed to discourage students from undergoing extended UCAT preparation. Just as some elite schools, universities and hospitals provide a better service and 'value-add' more, reputable UCAT preparation institutions such as MedEntry do the same to your UCAT score. But admitting this fact goes against the philosophy...
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4 Steps to Transform your Weakest UCAT Subtest into your Strongest

Although I had been preparing for UCAT for over 6 months, with less than 2 weeks to go until the UCAT, I still wasn't feeling confident about UCAT Abstract Reasoning. I was consistently scoring in the high 80th or 90th percentiles for other UCAT subtests on the MedEntry online platform, but was still ranging from 40-70th percentile in UCAT Abstract Reasoning. Since I was happy with my performance in the other UCAT sections, I decided to do some intensive UCAT Abstract Reasoning study to improve my skills as much as possible before my UCAT exam. This involved doing a couple of...
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New UCAT Exam Review Page

MedEntry has developed an innovative new UCAT Exam Review Page that displays detailed feedback in a series of interactive graphs. This blog outlines the key features. Overall UCAT Percentile Ranking  This graph shows your UCAT percentile ranking (compared to other MedEntry students who attempted the UCAT exam) as well as an estimated UCAT scaled score. This information is displayed on a curve, which graphically depicts your UCAT ranking in comparison to other students:   % Answered Correctly These horizontal bars show how many UCAT questions you answered correctly in each UCAT subtest, in comparison to the average.   Individual Subtest Feedback...
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Medentry UCAT Question Bank Launched!

MedEntry is delighted to have launched our new UCAT QBank: the most advanced, personalised and comprehensive UCAT question bank available. The MedEntry QBank has three key sections: Get Practicing: where you can generate UCAT quizzes or drillsPerformance: where you can easily review your performance in each UCAT subtest and each UCAT question typeHistory: where you can review all your past UCAT QBank attempts We will go through each of these sections in detail. GET PRACTICING With MedEntry’s QBank, practicing for UCAT is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Generate a UCAT quiz or drill in three easy steps:  Step 1: choose...
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Tracking Your UCAT Progress: Graphs and Statistics

MedEntry has developed a sophisticated series of graphs enabling you to see how your performance in full-length UCAT practice exams has changed over time. You can access them on the Simulate page of the online UCAT platform: The graph has two modes: UCAT Percentile Rankings: This graph displays your overall cognitive percentile ranking for each UCAT exam you have completed. There is an option to hide/show your percentile rankings for each individual UCAT subtest: UCAT Scaled Scores: The graph can be switched to Scaled Scores mode by clicking the switch in the top right: Like the percentile rankings graph, you can...
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NEW UCAT VIDEO GUIDES AVAILABLE FOR YOUR UCAT 2020 REVISION!

UCAT ANZ 2020 will be proceeding in July! To help you revise, MedEntry is delighted to launch our brand new, interactive video guides which cover each of the five UCAT subtests. MedEntry students have access to 25 UCAT video guides created with state of the art learning technology. These video guides will cover key strategies to help you answer each type of UCAT question quickly and accurately. This table lists details of the video guides available for MedEntry students: UCAT Subtest UCAT Video Guides UCAT Verbal Reasoning Introduction to UCAT Verbal Reasoning UCAT Verbal Reasoning Question Types UCAT Verbal Reasoning Strategies...
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Integrate your MedEntry UCAT Study Plan into your daily calendar!

MedEntry’s interactive, personalised UCAT study planner can now be synchronised with your daily calendar! Your MedEntry UCAT Study Planner can be added to most calendar applications with a single click. If your computer or mobile device does not support a one-click setup, then don’t despair! We have compiled detailed instructions to help you sync your Apple Calendar, Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook Calendar. The MedEntry Study Planner calendar is exported in universal ICS format, meaning that it is compatible with any modern calendar application. Depending on your chosen calendar application, items in your MedEntry UCAT Study Planner will be refreshed regularly,...
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Exclusive UCAT Skills Trainers for all UCAT Subtests!

MedEntry is delighted to offer our students innovative, exclusive UCAT skills trainers for each of the four UCAT cognitive subtests. You will not find anything like our skills trainers on any other UCAT platform. These skills trainers have been developed by an expert team of IT Engineers, academics and high achieving UCAT students. The UCAT skills trainers: Target key UCAT skills that are important to master to boost your UCAT scoreEnable you to compare your performance with other UCAT candidatesAllow you to build up your skills gradually, with beginner, intermediate and advanced levelsCover the skills required to succeed in UCAT Verbal...
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UCAT ANZ 2020 AND CORONAVIRUS: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

  There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on UCAT ANZ 2020. You may be wondering, will UCAT go ahead? When will UCAT be taking place? What should I be doing now in terms of my UCAT preparation? This blog answers some common questions.   Will UCAT ANZ 2020 be going ahead? Yes! UCAT ANZ 2020 will not be eliminated as a requirement for entry into medicine. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, universities will still need to select students who have the qualities required to be empathetic and skilled health professionals. UCAT ANZ was introduced in...
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NEW UCAT ABSTRACT REASONING TRAINER LAUNCHED!

MedEntry is delighted to announce that we have launched our brand new, state-of-the-art UCAT Abstract Reasoning skills trainer. Our team of expert UCAT lecturers, tutors, and IT engineers have worked together to create this innovative trainer, which will help you practice your approach to UCAT Abstract Reasoning questions by identifying possible rules and distractors. This trainer provides unlimited practice for you to improve your UCAT Abstract Reasoning abilities. How does the UCAT Abstract Reasoning trainer work? Two Abstract Reasoning Sets (Set A and Set B) will be displayed, along with a series of questions: When you open the Abstract Reasoning trainer,...
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