A particular pattern of behaviours tends to represent successful MCQ, AKT and KFP exam preparation
The more of these behaviours that you do and can ‘tick’ on this list, the more likely you are following an optimal GP exam preparation pattern to enable exam success. Though these behaviours don’t guarantee that you will pass your MCQ, AKT or KFP exams, they are the behaviours of past successful exam candidates.
You won’t be able to ‘tick’ them all and we don’t expect you to. Some may not be practical for you and your family. Others may not fit into an already busy schedule. However, the more behaviours you can ‘tick’ on this list, the more likely you are optimising your RACGP exam preparation strategies to be able to achieve exam success.
What does your exam preparation look like?
- Study the RACGP curriculum and the five Domains of General Practice
- Study topics as per BEACH data (including medico-legal issues and public health/medical research), including up-to-date Australian guidelines and RACGP coloured books
- Identify your knowledge gaps (e.g., completed a knowledge self-assessment)
- Understand the exam techniques (e.g., KFP or AKT technique requirements)
- Familiar with the RACGP online exam formats, read past RACGP exam reports (learn from others’ mistakes)- knows what to expect
- Have a learning plan (what, when & how – e.g., commence with least confident topic first)
- Use effective study techniques
- Have a regular study group or partner for all of exam preparation time (e.g., fortnightly)
- Complete regular ongoing revision, which is included in Learning plan
- Have an exam strategy (e.g., exam time management)
- Have a study habit (e.g., focussed, regular, ongoing time and commitment)
- Use preferred learning style methods (e.g., visual, auditory, kinetic)
- Practice skills such as typing (speed & typing medical terminology), reading AKT and KFP-style questions (speed, comprehension & selecting key features)
- Practice tests/questions regularly, such as Dr MCQ & Dr KFP (e.g., weekly) – Have you tested yourself with our FREE TRIAL?
- Have optimal study periods (50 minutes focussed study / 10-minute breaks, ideally in morning before 12pm, for no more 4 hours per day)
- Practice testing in less than ideal settings and situations (e.g., when tired, stressed, or distracting environment) which mimics some of the stress of exam situation
- Start minimum 3 months before Exam dates (preferably 5-6 months)- no cramming for exams!
- Have study periods are regular and habitual, booked into weekly calendar or diary (e.g., 1-2 hours daily, 5-6 days per week)
- Have study habit to minimum of 10 hours per week 3 months before exams
- Have scheduled time off work before exams (e.g., 1-2 weeks annual leave)
- Have one day off per week from studying (for self-care, social relationships and work/life balance)
- Sleep 7-8 hours nightly – includes good sleep hygiene (e.g., not using phone 1 hour before bed, due to blue light)
- Work no more than 40 hours per week (less if possible)
- Exercise regularly
- Follow a healthy diet
- Maintain social & relationship connections while studying
- Start no new unhealthy habits (alcohol, junk-food, sugar, caffeine, drugs, etc)
- Use resilience and stress management techniques regularly
- Have a healthy Mind-set (positive self-talk, growth mind-set, self-compassion & kindness, optimism)
- Have a perspective that not all stress is bad, but can be motivating or reflects what’s important and of value
- Demonstrate healthy coping strategies (e.g., for managing procrastination, exam anxiety, motivation or managing negative or critical self-talk).
- Manage any previous failures with self-compassion & kindness, and future-focus (what can I do differently this time?)
Though these behaviours don’t guarantee that you will pass your exams, they are the behaviours of past successful exam candidates. What does your exam preparation look like?
If you want help including some of these behaviours into your exam preparation, please contact us to discuss joining Dr KFP, KFP Coach, or Dr MCQ as well as ModMed Institute’s Plus and Premium packages
Dr Sonya Vandergoot
Organisational Psychologist and Performance Coach