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Time management in the final year of school

The final year of school can be a tough year. If you want to do well and obtain entry into your chosen course, you have to put in the effort and work. On top of assessments and exams, there is also HPAT preparation. How do you fit it all in? We have tips for you below on how to optimise your time. 

HPAT preparation is a subject

A lot of students find it a difficult task to manage all their subjects and do HPAT preparation as well. But the process can be made easier starting with a simple mindset change. Treat HPAT preparation as if it were one of your subjects. By thinking of the HPAT this way, you will be reminded to study for it regularly. This could mean doing HPAT revision every night. If you want to get into medicine or other health fields, you have to remember the HPAT plays a significant part. In fact, a good way to look at it is that the HPAT is a subject that has its exam earlier in the year!

Setting time limits 

A good way to include HPAT preparation as a subject is to set a time for doing practise HPAT exams. Have certain weeks where you will do a practise exam – school holidays might be ideal. Spend some time before that week studying for it by attempting some drills and reading the section guides at your own pace. Not only does this strategy make you study for the HPAT, it also develops self-directed learning. Learning in universities is independent. Lecturers do not regularly remind you of up-coming assessments or help you stay on top of what you are learning – it is your responsibility. 

MedEntry is Online! 

It is already difficult trying keep on top of all your subjects at school. So why add another class to go to? MedEntry provides HPAT preparation courses online. It eliminates having to fit in another class during the day, clashing with other activities, and having to get to an inconvenient venue. You can work at your own pace and focus on areas that you are struggling with. If you have questions, just email one of our online tutors. It is much better to make your own study plan than be stuck in a class where you are being taught what you are already good at. Online learning optimises the way you study – you can study when you want, what you want. 

Splitting your time

It is easy to lose track of time when all you are trying to do is get on top of assessments. This can lead to spending too much time on one subject but not enough on others. Therefore, it is a good idea to set a maximum limit on each subject. By having a maximum limit of about 4 hours per subject, you can fit more into one night’s worth of study time. 

A final word: 

The final year of school passes very quickly, but at times it can feel like a drag. It is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when you are just living from assessment to assessment. Whilst it is important you study for your assessments, you need to know what you are studying for. 

Goals and Motivation

Set a goal to work towards throughout the year – this may be the course you wish to get into. It serves as motivation for all your studies. Whenever you get tired of studying for a subject or you are stressed, take a breath and remember that all this work you are putting in now goes towards achieving your goal. 

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