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Time Management: Eat That Frog!

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. – Mark Twain Brian Tracy’s 5 minute YouTube video discusses a time management strategy that has changed many people’s lives (including mine!). This strategy involves organising your tasks by priority. It discusses time management in the context of the workplace, but the strategy is applicable to HPAT and high school/university study too. This blog summarises the key points.  This strategy is called ‘Eat that frog!’ and means tackling your biggest, most important task first. This idea comes from a story...
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6 Ways to Make HPAT study more effective

Fifty years of educational research shows that effective learners (for HPAT or other learning) have one - preferably all - of the following six characteristics. 1. Encounter challenging ideas or people Basically, this is Newton’s First Law of Motion in action in the academic, cognitive, psychosocial, attitudinal and career-preparation dimensions of your education: a body will remain at rest, or in motion in a straight line, unless compelled to change its state or direction by an outside force. In your educational life, the outside force challenging your present ideas, beliefs, perspectives or educational environments different from those that you hold or...
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5 Tips for the last fortnight

HPAT is well and truly close now and it’s time to streamline your study and buckle down! Here are five ways to make sure you’re using the next two weeks to set you up for success on HPAT day. 1. Use your practice exams wisely A practice exam is only a practice exam if you’re doing it in exam conditions. HPAT is a marathon and your MedEntry and ACER exams are your trial runs so use them to recreate HPAT as much as you possibly can. HPAT isn’t just about the questions, it’s about building your stamina, working on your time...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 5: Cultivate Wellbeing

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting social isolation requirements has led to significant changes in the way we live. This change occurred dramatically, and without warning. In response, it is natural to feel stressed, overwhelmed and anxious. However, if left unchecked, these feelings can have a detrimental impact on your wellbeing and HPAT performance in this crucial year. MedEntry’s aim is to provide guidance and assistance to you during this challenging time.  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....
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HPAT 2021: What Should I do Now to Prepare

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and for the first time ever, HPAT 2021 will be taking place online. You may be wondering how this affects your HPAT preparation, and what you should do now to prepare effectively for HPAT 2021. This blog offers five tips. 1. Organise your HPAT 2021 equipment It is important to check that you have all the equipment that you require to take part in HPAT 2021. MedEntry recommends doing this now, in case you have to make arrangements or purchase additional equipment. The equipment that you require to sit HPAT is outlined in detail in...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 4: Keep up Your Motivation

The coronavirus pandemic has probably led to significant changes in your daily life and the way you study. The sudden change may have left you feeling confused, stressed and lost, particularly if you are in your final year of schooling. Our aim is to provide guidance and tips to help you study and prepare for HPAT during this turbulent time. 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 three blogs covered tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment,...
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PREPARE FOR HPAT: PREPARE FOR A MARATHON

Many students who have scored 100th percentile in the HPAT have said that preparing for HPAT is like preparing for a marathon. There are many similarities: they both require significant motivation, consistent practice over a period of time and a clear head under pressure. Not to mention that for many people both a marathon and the HPAT are the hardest challenges they have faced so far in their lifetime. So what can we learn from marathon runners that will help us prepare for the HPAT? Step 1: Develop muscle In the HPAT you will have a limited amount of time to...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - TIP 3: Make the Most of Remote HPAT Learning

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:...
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HPAT 2021: What You Need to Know

Registrations to sit HPAT 2021 are now open. You can register to sit HPAT 2021 on the ACER website: https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/register We recommend that students register to sit HPAT as soon as possible. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the first time ever, HPAT will take place online, via remote proctoring. We understand that this may be a stressful and confusing time for HPAT 2021 candidates. This blog outlines what you need to know. HPAT 2021 will take place on 20-21 February HPAT normally takes place on the last or second last Saturday morning in February. In 2021, HPAT will take...
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Persisting through underwhelming marks

Many of you may have started your preparation on MedEntry and found that you may not be achieving the scores you hoped for, and let me tell you, you’re not the only one! Many people at the start of their HPAT preparation lose confidence in themselves and can’t see themselves achieving the scores they need. I know this for a fact because I was one of those people not too long ago. When I first started my HPAT preparation with MedEntry I was doing quite poorly and that too for a significant period of time. When doing drills I was consistently...
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Why You Should Be Studying For the HPAT Right Now

Are you all aboard the express train to Procrastination station? Are you experiencing a motivation crisis? Are you just about ready to give up?  Well you’re not going to give in to the internet, not this time. I am here to remind you WHY you should be studying for the HPAT right now. 1. The HPAT is one test. If you do well in the HPAT, you will have significant leeway with your leaving cert results, which is not one test but a result based on a series of assessments and a number of different subjects over an entire YEAR! Your...
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HPAT 2021 and COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on HPAT 2021. You may be wondering, will HPAT go ahead? When will HPAT take place? What should I be doing now in terms of my HPAT preparation? This blog answers some common questions. Will HPAT 2021 be going ahead? Yes! HPAT 2021 will be proceeding. HPAT was introduced over a decade ago in Ireland as a tool to assess students’ suitability to study medicine. It has not been eliminated as a requirement for entry into medicine. If you wish to apply to study medicine in 2021, you...
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When Will Registrations Open For HPAT 2021?

Registrations to sit HPAT Ireland normally open in early November each year. HPAT normally takes place in paper and pencil based format in large testing centres in late February. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes to educational testing across the world, and it is very likely that HPAT 2021 will be delivered in a different manner to previous years. ACER have confirmed that they are looking into alternatives to face to face testing, and this has resulted in delays to the opening of registrations to sit HPAT 2021. Why is HPAT likely to be delivered differently in 2021?...
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Speed Up Your HPAT Video Guides

MedEntry is delighted to release a much-requested enhancement to the video player on the HPAT Online Learning Platform. You can now change the playback speed of MedEntry HPAT video guides! To change the speed, click on the 1x button, and a menu containing four speed options will appear: Simply select your speed, and start learning! This helpful update will allow to move through the HPAT video guides at your preferred pace. MedEntry students have access to over 50 HPAT video guides, covering: How to effectively prepare for HPATStrategies for approaching HPAT Section 1 (Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving) questionsStrategies for approaching...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 2: Create a Routine and HPAT Study Plan

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a dramatic change in the way we work and learn. We recognise that this is a difficult situation, which may be causing you stress. We 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 blog covered tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment. In this blog, we will cover tip 2: Create a Routine and HPAT study plan Routines are important! Routines are essential to productivity. Without a routine,...
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HPAT Weekly Grinds Start Soon!

Struggling with HPAT? Need extra guidance? MedEntry’s Weekly HPAT Grinds begin in just over a fortnight. Places are limited and are rapidly filling up. Classes will run online from the safety and comfort of your home. They will take place weekly over twelve weeks, from 7-9pm, starting in early November and finishing in early February. Two streams are available to choose from: Tuesday and Thursday nights. Class sizes are limited to ensure personal interaction and support. Grinds are run by an experienced tutor who has achieved 100th percentile in the HPAT. Need help with a particular question on the online learning platform?...
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HPAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment

Before coronavirus, you may have studied at a local library or café. You might have found these places useful for your HPAT preparation due to the environment, access to technology or the fact that they were quieter than home! Now, it may not be safe or possible to use these locations. You may therefore need to create an effective HPAT study environment for yourself at home. In this series of blogs, we will describe how to prepare for HPAT effectively during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The principles outlined in this blog are also useful for your school and university study. The...
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HPAT-Ireland: A Student’s Experience

Deciding to sit HPAT Making the decision to sit HPAT was a difficult one. I was worried that the time I would have to spend on HPAT preparation would impact my school study. However, speaking to people who had been through it already provided some reassurance that it is possible, if you are clever with your preparation, to manage both HPAT and Leaving Certificate or university examinations. In addition, I was nervous that HPAT wouldn’t go well but decided it was worth making an attempt because at least I would know rather than be left wondering ‘what if?’.  If you are...
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MedEntry's Comprehensive HPAT Medical Entry Handbook is Now Available, FREE!

    MedEntry's brand new, 70 page, comprehensive HPAT Handbook is now available, absolutely free! It covers everything you need to know about medical entry, HPAT, and university admissions. The handbook is divided into four parts: Part 1: How to get into medicine This section covers how to get into medicine in Ireland. It includes the criteria used, various entry pathways, what you need to do now to secure your place in medicine, and a suggested timeline.       Part 2: The Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT) This section covers everything you need to know about HPAT. It includes information...
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Top 5 tips for making the most out of MedEntry

In the September of 6th year, I bought the platinum package and then the 5 additional full length practice exams which I feel really helped, as it gave me a total of 15 practice exams to go through before the real deal. MedEntry had come highly recommended by numerous people who had used it previously, and MedEntry honestly proved priceless in helping me prepare for the HPAT. I think I did the MedEntry online free practice test in the summer before 5th year when I had started thinking about putting Medicine down on my CAO, but having been warned of a...
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