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HOW TO USE HOLIDAYS TO IMPROVE IN UMAT

With the year coming to a close, many students use the holidays to finally relax after a long year of hard work. For those sitting the UMAT next year, the road ahead can look especially challenging and instil feelings of anxiety. However, after taking a long-deserved rest, the holidays can actually be used efficiently and effectively to get ahead in the UMAT and obtain the score you need to get into your dream course. With the UMAT exam fast approaching in July, students often use the holidays as an opportunity to start practicing full length exams under timed conditions. Enormous...
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CHECKING YOUR PROGRESS ON THE LMS

There are a wealth of resources available to you on the LMS. You can check your progress by visiting the Check Progress page, either by clicking on the icon on the homepage of the LMS or by clicking on the icon next to the ‘Check’ section under UMAT resources:    When you arrive on the Check Progress page, you can view your progress with the practice exams or drills by clicking on the relevant tab:   Practice exams You will see a drop down list of your UMAT exams and information about their completion. Click on the drop-down arrow to...
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ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER IN THE LEAD UP TO THE UMAT

Year 12 is a stressful time. Add in UMAT and the pressures of getting into medicine, and stress levels can rapidly sky rocket. As a parent it is easy to succumb to feelings of powerless as you watch your son or daughter struggle to prepare for such an important and difficult exam. However, there are many things you can do to boost their performance and have a positive impact on their wellbeing.  1. Provide a sound working environment   UMAT is a three-hour test requiring extreme concentration. The best way to prepare is to complete full length trial exams under...
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HOW TO TACKLE THE NEW STRUCTURE OF UMAT

For twenty years since UMAT has been in existence, the UMAT was divided into three, separately timed sections: • Section 1: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving • Section 2: Understanding People • Section 3: Non-Verbal Reasoning  In 2013, there was a significant change to the structure of UMAT. Now UMAT is presented as a single three-hour exam with 134 questions. It still consists of the three broad types of questions outlined above (now known as ‘constructs’), but instead of them being divided into sections, the questions from each construct are jumbled up. For example, the first unit you encounter may...
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How to Stay Organised at School/University (and Life in General)

Year 12 is a juggling act between all-important tests and exams with your other commitments, be it sport, music or a part-time job. On top of this, you have to squeeze in quality time for your family, friends and personal relationships. Well, once you leave Year 12, you may find the added pressures of medical school can be overwhelming at times! Here are my trialled-and-tested tips for reining in the chaos that University can be at times. Honestly, if someone had given me these three pointers in my first few weeks at UNSW, it would have made the transition immeasurably...
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Set your mind on your mindset

Preparation is key for any exam, and UMAT preparation is no different. But we’ve all had that horrible experience when the nerves hit, and all that preparation is thrown out the window because your brain is more interested in stressing itself out than answering the exam questions. But you can, of course, prepare for that too. 1.    Practice Since I’m supposed to be telling you what to do when it feels like preparation isn’t working, you might not expect a synonym for “preparation” to be the top tip. But it is, so hear me out. Nothing is as reassuring...
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Maximise each UMAT practice question (and your study time!)

So you’ve decided to spend x hours per week preparing for the UMAT. Well done on making a commitment! But it doesn’t end there. The next step is to squeeze as much as you can get out of those UMAT preparation hours. One way of doing this and making the questions work for you is to carefully review solutions. When going through UMAT practice questions, it’s very tempting to avoid reading the solutions for one reason or another. As someone who achieved 100th percentile in the UMAT, I’ll try to make a case for reading the solutions all the time....
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WHAT MAKES A WINNING UMAT MINDSET?

Have I prepared enough for UMAT? As school assessments begin to pile up and the date of the UMAT exam looms closer, this one question can create great anxiety. As a MedEntry workshop helper, questions like, “when did you start preparing for the UMAT?” and “how much practice did you do every night?” are amongst the most frequent that I receive. With such a high-stakes exam like the UMAT, it can often feel like no amount of preparation is enough. This feeling can become increasingly dominant as the exam approaches, and you may find yourself ‘hitting a wall’ with your...
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Extra-curricular activities: important or irrelevant?

Amidst the stress of preparing for the UMAT and studying for your other exams, it may be tempting to not spend time on extra-curricular activities, so that you can focus on getting the marks you need to get into medicine. After all, they won’t contribute directly to your score, right?    However, participating in extra-curricular activities, whether it be joining your local cricket team, volunteering for a soup kitchen or being captain of the chess club, will help you not only be a better person, but be a better candidate for medical entry. Don’t believe me? Here are three reasons...
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VIDEO GUIDES NOW EVEN EASIER TO ACCESS

The new LMS provides even easier access to your UMAT video guides. Simply click on the blue ‘Video Guides’ icon under the ‘Learn’ category to access all of your UMAT preparation video guides. On the LMS you will find video guides that cover all three UMAT constructs: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People and Non-Verbal Reasoning. You will also find specific guides covering particular types of question, for example, Pick the Middle, Missing Segment, and the new Transformation type of question in the Non-Verbal Reasoning construct. Challenging concepts in UMAT will be tackled and explained in detail. These UMAT...
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Why You Should Be Studying For the UMAT Right Now

Are you all aboard the express train to Procrastination station? Are you experiencing a motivation crisis? Are you just about ready to give up?       Well you’re not going to give in to the internet, not this time. I am here to remind you WHY you should be studying for the UMAT right now.   The UMAT is one test. If you do well in the UMAT, you will have significant leeway with your high school results, which is not one test but a result based on a series of assessments and a number of different subjects over...
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Medicine – The Big Picture

So you’re going into your final year of schooling, and you’re super duper set on being a doctor. There are lots of ways you can keep hold of medicine as a big picture throughout this long and sometimes arduous year. By putting some of these points into action now, you will increase your chances of getting straight into med, pump up your motivation over the year, and be an awesome doctor in the future!   ·          People – get amongst them! Medicine is all about the people. In your career you will interact with others from diverse backgrounds, and...
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Keeping The Balance

Keeping the balance is something we all struggle with in our final year of schooling, myself included. At the commencement of the year, I jumped into everything. Then, at the end of term one, I crashed, and in term two I tried to do nothing. Neither of these worked for me, and over the remainder of the year I learnt some important lessons about keeping the balance. Not only was I happier and more well-rounded as a result, I was also able to succeed in both UMAT and in my final exams.     The golden rule for staying well-rounded...
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Optimising your performance in UMAT: Lessons from Sports Psychology

Preparing for the UMAT is similar to preparing for a marathon: it requires training, preparation and strategies to optimise your performance on the test day. Just as an athlete prepares for a major sporting event, so you must prepare yourself to sit UMAT, which is one of the most important exams that you will face in your career. We can learn much from athletes about optimising performance in UMAT, as outlined in this TED talk by Martin Hagger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG7v4y_xwzQ This talk discusses how highly successful athletes prepare themselves before a competition. The main points are summarised below, with an emphasis...
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How to Prepare for the UMAT in Year 11

So you ’ re in Year 11 and thinking about pursuing a career in medicine. You ’ ve got great grades as well as the people skills to become a doctor, so there should be no problem getting in. Then you find out about the UMAT. You hear that it is a major obstruction to your journey, and only a select few are able to succeed in it. You hear about all the people who have done poorly despite studying so hard. You may even hear about the people who passed that didn ’ t do much work.   It...
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The Section-By-Section Approach

Many students decide to tackle the UMAT by doing one type of question at a time, whilst others complete the questions from all three sections chronologically. It is important to work out which of the two methods works better for you, and this blog will discuss some of the factors which may influence your decision. The primary advantage of the section-by-section approach is that it allows you to maintain the specific mindset required for each type of question. Students often find that each of the three UMAT sections need different mindsets. For instance, Section 1 (Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving)...
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Only 3 weeks to UMAT - what should I do?

There are three weeks left until UMAT! Are you completely freaking out? Feeling utterly under-prepared? Never fear! These 5 simple steps are sure to make you ready for any UMAT question thrown at you.   1.     Practice ACER exams and read their worked solutions. ACER offers 3 full-length practice exams; these are a must-do before the exam! They ’ re a little bit easier than your average MedEntry exam, so they ’ re great for that last minute confidence boost. ACER also gives you worked solutions to every question, which lets you see how they come up with the...
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Group versus individual study for UMAT

Should I prepare for the UMAT with friends or alone?  It’s a question many students ask themselves leading up to a major exam, including the UMAT. Although the answer will vary depending on personal preference, this article will endeavour to discuss some of the benefits and drawbacks of both group and individual preparation. For most, the answer lies somewhere between the two – ideal preparation involves a combination of both individual and group work. Tackling practice questions on your own is an essential part of preparation. In the exam, you won’t have a group of friends with which to discuss...
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Motivation: without carrots or sticks

Are you having a hard time motivating yourself to study for the UMAT? 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...
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Effective Learning in the UMAT

Learning is not just about sitting in front of a text 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 UMAT study. This will give your UMAT 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...
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