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Making Friends with UCAT Practice

In the game of UCAT practice, consistency beats brilliance. It is important that we not wait until we have lots of motivation before we start practicing. Good UCAT skills come about in the context of practicing in a more routine and ordinary manner, rather than sporadic bursts of insight. The goal should be gaining meaningful and valuable UCAT skills every time you practice. Expecting anything more may create too much pressure and lead to debilitating blocks and limitations. To be successful at the UCAT, you need to develop UCAT practice as a practice or discipline. UCAT = Meditation? In this sense,...
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Sample MMI medical interview question: an ethical dilemma.

Does patient confidentiality always prevail? Scenario:  You have been working at Pinehills Prison and Corrections Centre as the in-house physician for approximately six months. Being a physician in a prison has required you to slowly build a sense of trust with the inmates (many of whom suffer from serious psychological illness) over a long period of time. The process has been arduous and often emotionally draining, but you finally feel like you are building a positive rapport with the some of the inmates and have seen a steady improvement in both their physical and mental health as a result of your ongoing appointments....
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Resilience and UCAT

To be mentally tough is to resist the urge to give up in the face of failure, to maintain focus and determination in pursuit of your UCAT goals, and to emerge from adversity even stronger than before. Everyone can benefit from strengthening their resilience skills.  Mental toughness comes from thinking like an optimist. People who don’t give up have a habit of interpreting setbacks as temporary, local and changeable. When in the face of adversity, try to say to yourself, “It’s going away quickly; it’s just this one situation, and I can do something about it.” Analyze your beliefs and emotions...
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The Dangers of Stereotype threat

Stereotype threat can affect the way students perform in the UCAT.  Some students are vulnerable to “stereotype threat.” This is being aware the group they belong to is often stereotyped as intellectually inferior. The fear of confirming the stereotype by doing poorly on a test actually creates an anxiety. It is this anxiety that poorly affects their performance on a test, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Consider this study conducted at Stanford:  A group of undergraduates — some athletes and some not — was given a test made up of questions from the Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.), the admissions test for graduate...
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Motivation: without carrots or sticks

Are you having a hard time motivating yourself to study for the UCAT? The tools we often reach for when we need to get ourselves moving are carrots (rewarding ourselves once a tough job is done) or sticks (depriving ourselves of something we want if we fail to do it). These are "extrinsic rewards". But such extrinsic rewards and punishments are not as effective as intrinsic ones. Intrinsic rewards come from your own person - you believe that if you do a certain thing, it will make you a better, more knowledgable person.  Here, six ways to find the intrinsic interest in studying for the...
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Effective Learning in the UCAT

Learning is not just about sitting in front of a computer/book and hoping the content will diffuse into your mind through osmosis. In order to learn effectively, you must learn actively, not passively. Active learning will allow you to engage with what you are learning and absorb it faster. New study strategies will also be introduced in this article so you can in-corporate them into your UCAT study. This will give your UCAT study sessions a direction and allow you to set goals.  What is active learning? Active learning is all about engaging with what you are learning and how you...
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Effective Learning in the UCAT

UCAT Day: Get psyched up, not psyched out

Your UCAT scores depend on how much you know, but they also depend on how well you can apply what you know. If you are nervous, distracted, or in a bad mood during the UCAT, you may have a hard time concentrating and harnessing your knowledge and skills. Here are some basic tips to help you control your nerves on the day of the UCAT.  Think Positively.  This tip cannot be emphasized enough. Getting down on yourself during the test does more than make you feel bad during the UCAT! In fact, it is taking away your body's support system. If you are...
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UCAT Day: Get psyched up, not psyched out

10 Tips For During The UCAT

You have rehearsed for this day for the past few months, so here are a few final tips that you may have heard before. Here at MedEntry, we want to make sure that you have as smooth a UCAT experience as possible.  Please share this article with your friends or family if you think they need some final tips as well.  1. Read and Think carefully.  Consider all the choices in each question on the UCAT. Don't lose points on easy UCAT questions through careless mistakes. 2. Use your noteboard.  You can write whatever you want, wherever you want on it....
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10 Tips For During The UCAT

Final UCAT tips: The Morning of the UCAT

Here are some useful tips MedEntry has for you the morning of the UCAT test day:  When you wake up on the day of the UCAT, consider taking a shower or doing some brief exercise to get the blood flowing. If your parent, guardian, friend or relative is taking you to the UCAT, make sure they are up too. Eat a normal breakfast on the morning of the UCAT, by that we mean eat whatever you eat normally for breakfast. You don't want to eat too much, or something that you don't normally eat as it may upset your stomach or cause you...
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UCAT Coaching Sydney

MedEntry offers UCAT Coaching in all parts of Australia, including Sydney. Regular UCAT Coaching Workshops are held throughout the year at the University of Technology, UNSW, or Uni of Sydney. Sydney UCAT Workshops:  Our UCAT lecturers offer useful tips on solving each type of problem in an effective manner. Exclusive to MedEntry, these two-day workshops in Sydney are usually a combination of strategies and a practice exam. The dates for the Sydney UCAT Coaching workshops may be viewed on the website. Aside from UCAT workshops, the MedEntry UCAT Coaching Program in Sydney also offers online practice questions to all package holders....
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Tips for Multiple Choice on UCAT

Top tips for multiple choice in the UCAT The UCAT consists of only multiple choice questions. While multiple choice means they give you the correct answer as one of the options, choosing it is not as easy as it seems. Here are some useful tips for answering multiple choice questions for the UCAT   ·         Answer all questions. You have a 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 chance of getting the right answer, so why not go for it, even if you are unsure of the correct answer. The odds are in your favour! Never leave an answer blank. Instead, pick...
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Easily Distracted during UCAT preparation?

The internet is a vast expanse of information. It’s where we go to find out the latest news about everything. The downside is it can distract us from studying for the UCAT. During UCAT prep time you should be focused. You should try and use this time to simulate exam conditions you will face on the day. Culling your distractions is not easy, but you can make the first move to use your time more wisely. ColdTurkey ColdTurkey is a great program for those who cannot resist visiting distracting websites during UCAT study time. You can set ColdTurkey to block certain...
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UCAT Books

Have you ever thought about using books to prepare for the UCAT? Before you go and spend your money on UCAT books there are a few things worth considering: The live UCAT is not on paper! So practising using books is like practising on a grass court for a tennis competition when the match on the big day is going to be on clay court! Unlike online materials which can be regularly updated, the publisher of such books is unable to amend them in keeping with the frequent changes that do occur in the UCAT. There is no way of seeing...
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Simplifying UCAT passages in VR

The passages that you are required to read and understand in the Verbal Reasoning subtest of UCAT can be dense. Absorbing enough information from the passages to answer the questions can be difficult and your brain will not be able to recall all the information that you read from a passage. However, passages can be broken down into simpler forms to help you better process and recall the passages when it comes to answering the questions. Passages may be simplified using paraphrasing. This helps transform the big, complex paragraphs and passages into small bite-sized pieces of information. Good readers paraphrase as...
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Improving your Critical Thinking Skills

Everyone has their own concept of the world, of how they interpret and predict stimuli. This “concept” is underpinned by their philosophical approach to life. Whilst philosophy may seem to be a branch of knowledge best left for academics, the truth is we all utilise some form of it. It surprises some people when they are told they use philosophy in just about everything they do – even science. The way we gain knowledge and enquire about it is greatly impacted by how we view the world. In the UCAT, you will encounter questions that require you to evaluate a study...
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UCAT stress – friend or foe?

So you have bought a package and started your practise. Well done! You are on your way to improving your UCAT score already. Now it is time to develop effective revisions skills that prepares you mentally and physically. Practise is no good if your nerves let you down. Even elite athletes at the Olympics who practise for years crumple due to nerves. Don’t let that be you! Don’t save your exams!  The most important thing to remember when doing UCAT practise is – DON’T “save” your practise exams until the last month. Doing that basically leaves you with one month of...
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UCAT stress – friend or foe?

Time management in the final year of school

The final year of school can be a tough year. If you want to do well and obtain entry into medicine, you have to put in the effort and work. On top of assessments and exams, there is also UCAT preparation. How do you fit it all in? We have tips for you below on how to optimise your time.  UCAT preparation is a subject A lot of students find it a difficult task to manage all their subjects and do UCAT preparation as well. But the process can be made easier starting with a simple mindset change. Treat UCAT preparation...
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When should I start preparing for the UCAT?

Confused about how to approach UCAT preparation? When should I start my UCAT prep? Is there even a point to preparing for the UCAT? Well, if you are reading this, you would have started preparing already. What is the UCAT for? If you are interested in medicine, dentistry or other health science related fields, you will need the UCAT. (More info: http://www.medentry.edu.au/faq/UCAT) The UCAT is a test administered by Pearson Vue to help in the selection of students for those given courses. It is usually sat in year 12 for students going into university the next year. Is it worth preparing for?...
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Sample MMI medical interview question: an ethical dilemma.

Does patient confidentiality always prevail? Scenario:  You have been working at Pinehills Prison and Corrections Centre as the in-house physician for approximately six months. Being a physician in a prison has required you to slowly build a sense of trust with the inmates (many of whom suffer from serious psychological illness) over a long period of time. The process has been arduous and often emotionally draining, but you finally feel like you are building a positive rapport with the some of the inmates and have seen a steady improvement in both their physical and mental health as a result of your ongoing appointments....
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UCAT test tactics and preparation: an overview.

UCAT test tactics and preparation: an overview.   UCAT test tactics and preparation part 1: Avoiding multiple confusions in the multiple choice section of UCAT UCAT test tactics and preparation part 2: Process of Elimination in UCAT multichoice UCAT test tactics and preparation part 3: UCAT questions involving percentages UCAT test tactics and preparation part 4: Probability questions UCAT test tactics and preparation part 5: Counting Problems in UCAT UCAT test tactics and preparation part 6: Statistics problems on the UCAT UCAT test tactics and preparation part 7: Worded mathematical problems UCAT test tactics and preparation part 8: Practical tips for...
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