Re: GAMSAT Study Tips
Are you just starting out in your Gamsat preparation and looking for some Gamsat study tips? Or perhaps you have been preparing for some time and wondering whether you are on the right track? Whichever boat you fall into, this post is for you! In this post, we will cover a number of Gamsat study tips that will help you get the most out of your preparation to maximise your performance on exam day and minimise your stress in the lead up to the exam. If this sounds good to you, then read on!
Gamsat study tip #1: Know your goal
The first step to effective Gamsat preparation is to know what it is that you are trying to achieve. This does not necessarily mean knowing the exact score that you would like to achieve, or which medical university you want to get into, but it does mean clarifying in your own mind why you are sitting the exam and what it is you want as your end result. Remember that above all, your goal is to gain entry into a degree that you really want to complete, with a subsequent goal of being able to work as a healthcare professional, which is a fantastically challenging and rewarding career path. Writing this goal down on a piece of paper and referring back to it during times of stress can be a useful way of refocusing your preparation and ensuring that you remain on track even when things become difficult.
Gamsat study tip #2: Develop a study plan
If you take nothing else from this post, take this: making a study plan can save you lots of time and headache, and also make your preparation far more efficient and effective. This plan does not have to be hugely comprehensive; it might just be a list of weeks or days prior to the exam with corresponding study goals scribbled on a scrap of paper. Your plan simply needs to provide you with direction and help you to visually see the goals that you would like to achieve prior to exam day.
Gamsat study tip #3: Utlise the principles of SMART goal setting
You have probably heard of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) goals. Well, it’s an acronym that is an oldie but a goodie! Whatever you reckon each letter stands for, the ideas behind SMART goal setting are extremely useful in the context of studying for the Gamsat. At the end of the day, the trick is to know what you want to achieve and by when, and to ensure that what you want to achieve is something that you can actually achieve without going crazy. Simple.
Gamsat study tip #4: Reward yourself for small victories
Just scored 5 more points in a practice section I exam than last time? Give yourself a big pat on the back and a cup of tea! Just managed to write one essay within time at long last? Give yourself a pat on the back and a night off! Finally made yourself do 10 minutes of study after putting it off all Sunday? Grab yourself a fun-size chocolate bar (and maybe do 10 more minutes)! It can be easy to develop a perfectionistic mindset whilst preparing for the test, and feel that you are not progressing quickly enough. Try to counter this feeling and amp up your motivation by acknowledging small achievements and focusing on your strengths rather than your weaknesses.
We hope that these Gamsat study tips have been helpful and assist you in your preparation!
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