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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - TIP 3: Make the Most of Remote HPAT Learning

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The coronavirus pandemic has probably caused a significant change to your life over the past few weeks. In addition to this, there has been a lot of uncertainty regarding the impact of the pandemic on HPAT, HPAT preparation and medical entry. It may have left you feeling overwhelmed or anxious. We at MedEntry are here to help!

This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for HPAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study.

Our last two blogs covered tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment and tip 2: Create a Routine and HPAT Study Plan. In this blog, we will cover tip 3:

Make the Most of Remote HPAT Learning

Study remotely!

Remote learning technology has been available for many years, yet many people have not utilised it. However, remote learning can offer several advantages over traditional classroom-based learning, including greater flexibility, time saved due to not having to travel, and access to outstanding mentors. In fact, remote learning can be even more effective than traditional learning, if used correctly.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many organisations to move to remote learning, including schools, universities and other educational organisations. In many cases, this change has occurred suddenly, without warning, leaving may organisations unprepared. This in turn has led to some students receiving insufficient or ineffective learning support.

Luckily, MedEntry has been engaging in remote learning for many years, and in fact was the pioneer in online learning for medical entry, dating back almost two decades. We have sophisticated technology to ensure that our HPAT online resources are delivered seamlessly, in an engaging and interactive manner.

Don’t forget group learning

Group study is a very important aspect of HPAT preparation. In fact, a common theme among HPAT high achievers is that they engaged in group learning. Group learning for HPAT offers several advantages:

  • Discussion of HPAT questions is one of the best ways to improve your reasoning
  • Group learning helps you to motivate each other to prepare for HPAT
  • Being part of a HPAT study group will help you to offer support to each other, particularly during this challenging time of coronavirus
  • Let’s face it – group learning is more fun!

Coronavirus and social isolation does not mean the end of group study. On the contrary, it means that you can connect with and learn from people across Ireland, who you otherwise may not have had the opportunity to meet.

There are some ways for you to engage in online group HPAT preparation:

  1. Join the 2021 MedEntry HPAT Study Space on Facebook: this group is exclusive for MedEntry students, and allows you to connect, discuss questions and form HPAT study groups
  2. Join the HPAT Study Space: this group is open to all prospective medical students

Once you have formed a HPAT study group, you should arrange to meet on a regular basis (such as weekly). You can use virtual platforms such as Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts. These platforms will allow you to connect with your group members via webcam, and you can share your screen. During these sessions you can:

  • Discuss difficult HPAT questions that you have come across on the MedEntry online learning platform
  • Discuss any HPAT preparation concepts that you are finding difficult
  • Set yourselves a HPAT preparation goal for the next session, for example, everyone in the group should complete HPAT practice exam 2, and nominate three HPAT questions for discussion

By following the advice in this blog, you can ensure that your HPAT preparation during coronavirus is effective, efficient and most importantly, fun!

In our next blog, we will cover tip 4, which is to keep up your motivation. Stay tuned!

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