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Planning Time for UCAT Preparation

2nd February 2023

Planning Time for UCAT Preparation

A very common question asked by aspiring medical students is “How do you balance your school work and UCAT practice?” Given that the UCAT can be equally or even more important than ATAR in the medical school selection process, it is crucial that students devote sufficient time in preparing for the UCAT, without neglecting their year 12 studies.   Dedicated time or s ...

 

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5 Characteristics to look for in a UCAT Study Buddy

1st February 2023

5 Characteristics to look for in a UCAT Study Buddy

Sitting the UCAT can often feel like an isolating experience, since many of your peers may be focused on other goals such as their school or university performance, making it difficult to stay motivated while studying for the UCAT. This is one of the many reasons why it can be helpful to find a UCAT study buddy, with whom you can create a community of practice where you share experie ...

 

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Why you should be Studying for the UCAT Right Now

23rd January 2023

Why you should be Studying for the UCAT 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? There may be many reasons why you’re feeling this way and they may be impacting on your will to study and prepare for UCAT. You may be feeling tired, overwhelmed, stressed.  You may have many other social, academic and extra-curricular co ...

 

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5 Reasons to Start your UCAT Preparation Now!

4th January 2023

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 UC ...

 

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

6th December 2022

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

Over the last few years various catch-phrases have circulated in the education sector: “study smarter not harder”, "do less work for more reward" and others. They can 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 scie ...

 

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Distributed Practice and the UCAT: What you need to know Part 2

6th December 2022

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 distributed practice 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 s ...

 

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What's the Best UCAT Preparation Course?

2nd December 2022

What's the Best UCAT Preparation Course?

If you wish to study medicine or dentistry, chances are you need to sit UCAT. UCAT is an important component of entry into most undergraduate medical and dental degrees across Australia and New Zealand. UCAT is a very difficult, time-pressured test, very unlike school or university exams. Quality UCAT preparation is therefore essential. There are hundreds of UCAT preparation courses availab ...

 

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Optimising your Health for UCAT: What I Learned from getting the Flu two days before my UCAT Exam

5th July 2022

Optimising your Health for UCAT: What I Learned from getting the Flu two days before my UCAT Exam

Imagine you’re a hardworking student. You have consistently studied for the UCAT for several months and you are feeling pretty well prepared for UCAT exam itself (hopefully this is not too hard for you to imagine?). Maybe you have a week before UCAT exam day and while you are beginning to feel the nerves of the situation, you are really not too worried. Because why should you be? You hav ...

 

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How to Study for the UCAT when you’re sick of Studying

2nd July 2022

How to Study for the UCAT when you’re sick of Studying

Let’s set the scene – UCAT is fast approaching but you can’t stand the thought of sitting at your desk one more minute for UCAT prep. I’ve been there. The secret to igniting your motivation to study is variety – and lots of it. As someone who is change averse and largely a homebody – I always rolled my eyes at this advice, thinking that I already knew ...

 

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Dealing with Disappointing UCAT Percentiles: 3 Tips

23rd June 2022

Dealing with Disappointing UCAT Percentiles: 3 Tips

So you’ve been preparing for UCAT by working through the UCAT guides and attempting UCAT practice questions and exams. Then one day you receive a disappointing UCAT percentile. So what should you do? Is it time to freak out? Is it time to give up on your medical entry dream? No! Read on for three key tips.   1. Understand what a UCAT percentile means and how they are calculate ...

 

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