How to pass Exams – What we cover
Building your study space: ergonomics – use of different study stations to help prevent boredom and fatigue – optimising concentration for longer periods and sustaining attention through variation; comfortable desk and chair – lighting – use of wall-space for planning and study aids; disable or eliminate electronic distractions and recreating exam conditions; how to produce a workable study plan; managing your life outside medicine to achieve synergy.
Tomkins and Gilbert (2020) World Journal of Medical Education publication.
- Time allocation – 12-15 hours a week optimum – rotating through syllabus topics.
- Study unit – Reading, note-taking, making audio-notes, practising technique.
- Study aids – Mnemonics, on-camera work, binaural beats, multimodal learning.
- Ambient learning – Wallcharts, diagrams, mind maps, audio-notes.
- Mock exams – Timed and under strict exam conditions to replicate the day.
- Self-belief and self-limiting belief – The ‘I’m not good enough’ myth – fighting back
- Waves of despair – How to ride and reverse them – HALT! Hungry Angry Lonely Tired?
- Direction, Motivation and Discipline – How to replace procrastination with motivation
- Written exams: MCQ’s, SBA’s, SAQ’s, CRQ’s – Answering strategies
- Coping with nerves – Deep breathing strategies – autonomic conditioning – staying calm
- Non-verbal communication – How to appear relaxed and focussed under pressure
- On the day – Psycho-Cybernetics – giving yourself the edge – coping with the competition
- OSCE’s and Vivas – How to practice on-camera
Certification for portfolio is provided
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