Re: GAMSAT Tips and Tricks
The GAMSAT is a pretty tricky exam, and studying for it isn’t exactly the most exhilarating experience. In fact, at times, studying for the Gamsat can seem really stressful and downright confusing. In order to (hopefully!) make your Gamsat study that little bit less of a drag, we have put together a list of gamsat tips and tricks, which we think will have you feeling less anxious and more prepared in no time!
GAMSAT Tips and Tricks – #1: Utilise a process of elimination when answering questions
This may seem obvious, but it is a piece of advice that is well worth revisiting! The types of questions that are found in the Gamsat are designed so that you as a candidate are required to consider all the options before choosing the best possible answer.
While it may be tempting to look at all the answers briefly and try to pick the ‘correct’ answer, this approach can be extremely mentally fatiguing, and you may find that you end up missing the correct answer because you haven’t considered the merits of each option.
The easiest approach for both Section I and Section III is to look at all the answers in turn and consider whether any of the answers are completely out of the ballpark because of a certain characteristic (e.g. for Section I, an option might contain a word or phrase that renders it inappropriate, or for Section III, a number may be so large that it couldn’t possibly be the answer), and then consider which of the remaining options are most likely to be correct.
GAMSAT Tips and Tricks – #2: Utilise others (but don’t stress out with them)
Other people (including other Gamsat candidates, tutors, university lecturers, friends etc.) can be excellent resources when preparing for the Gamsat. You should look to others for assistance, motivation and encouragement, and work with others wherever and whenever possible. However, be wary of exposing yourself to individuals who may be extremely anxious or concerned about the exam, as their fears and concerns may in turn cause you distress.
Offer others support but try to stay on track and focused on your own goals, and hang on to your own sense of inner confidence.
GAMSAT Tips and Tricks – #3: Keep track of small goals
At times, studying for the Gamsat may feel highly unsatisfying. You may not feel accomplished or as though you are rapidly improving, particularly when you throw yourself into practice exams. This feeling is normal!
Try to keep a record of your smallest victories (completing a section in a revision textbook, for example), and reward yourself for meeting these milestones.
GAMSAT Tips and Tricks- #4 – Planning is key
We’ve all heard the famous Benjamin Franklin quote “Failure to plan is planning to fail” and this could not be more true when studying for the GAMSAT. To be able to successfully accomplish your whole potential, planning is the key.
It’s no secret that one of the biggest mistakes people make when studying is diving into a huge workload, getting overwhelmed and giving up rather than taking things step-by-step and kicking off small goals.
Start by writing down your plan step-by-step in a goal sheet or diary so that it is easily accessible and you can reflect on it throughout the day. A great way is to break down the workload into topics and then set yourself a goal to complete a set number tasks daily.
After you’ve created your tasks, be specific! instead of giving yourself one hour of study time, give yourself an amount of questions to be completed everyday.
GAMSAT Tips and Tricks – #5 – Consistency pays off
Consistency plays a major role in success. There has been quite a few studies on consistency but as you are already studying science in the GAMSAT, we won’t bore you with the details. Basically it is putting your plan into practice and following the same pattern day-by-day.
Stick to your plan each day as mentioned under the paragraph “Planning is the Key” and with the right strategy, studying for GAMSAT will become apart of your daily routine- just like brushing your teeth!
Studying for the GAMSAT isn’t the most stimulating experience but stick to it, keep yourself accountable, demonstrate discipline and you will reap the rewards.
We hope that these gamsat tips and tricks have assisted you in your journey to GAMSAT success!
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