How to Pass Exams.
This course explores the psychology of examination preparation. Drawing on research and our experience mentoring doctors many with repeated examination failures, the course offers a three-step approach towards achieving successful outcomes – Strategy, System and Specificity. From learning how to establish your study space to maximise your comfort and concentration, producing a workable study plan and using different study methods, to the specifics for written examinations, OSCE’s or Viva’s including how to answer questions effectively, non-verbal communication in exam situations and coping with nerves. Learn the 3S approach to give yourself the edge.
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Establish a study space which optimises their comfort, concentration and sustains their attention preventing boredom and fatigue.
- Understand the importance of eliminating electronic distractions and recreating exam conditions.
- Produce a workable study plan.
- Appreciate the importance of having a good work-life balance to manage their lives outside of medicine.
- List and describe the constituents of an effective examination preparation system – including making a plan, optimum time allocation, variety of study methods, study aids, ambient learning and use of mock exams.
- Identify and describe strategies to use to overcome any negative feelings, self-doubt about examinations and understand the importance of direction, motivation and discipline to turn things around.
- Understand how to answer written examination questions effectively and list the most common mistakes in answering OSCE and Viva examination questions.
- Understand the importance of non-verbal communication and how to demonstrate a positive image.
- List and demonstrate strategies for coping with nerves.
- Demonstrate their skills by participating in small group viva question and OSCE scenario practice.
09:00: Online registration and welcome
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.
- The basis: 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.
10:45 Refreshment break
- 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?
- Plato’s cave – Trust your reason not your emotions
- 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 Viva’s – Small group viva question and OSCE scenario practice
12:20 Question and answer session, summary and close
The fee for this course is £99:00 Please note this deposit is non-refundable should you be unable to take up your place.
Please contact us if you have any questions about this course by emailing email@example.com or by calling 07757 405063.