Study hard or study smart?
It’s that time of the year again: the RACGP AKT/ MCQ and KFP exams are approaching.
Find out how to prepare a smart study plan so you can maximise your remaining study time and maximise your exam success.
We know you know how to study hard … but
To do this you need to understand the exam as well as understand yourself.
Check the list below to make sure you’re studying smarter with a smart study plan:
1. College resources – are you using them?
- The RACGP ‘Candidate Handbook’ and ‘Examination Guide’ are both available online and contain valuable information about the exams.
- There is also an Exam Support Online Module within gplearning for all RACGP members.
- The Public Exam reports published by the RACGP detail the recent AKT and KFP exams, the type of questions asked, and where candidates went wrong.
2. Practice the practice exams
- Do the online practice exams provided by the RACGP or check our resources: Dr KFP, Dr MCQ, Dr OSCE/RCE and Dr MCQ + Dr KFP Bundle courses
- Do other practice exam questions, especially those in the same format as you will find in the fellowship exams.
- Use the practice exams familiarise yourself with the style of questions.
Dr MCQ – is a comprehensive Australian-based online exam preparation tool available for registrars and international medical graduates. Our team of experienced medical educators have tailored this training resource to suit your level of confidence prior to sitting the RACGP AKT or ACRRM and AMC MCQ exams. Practice with over 1,000 MCQ questions, customisable quiz builder and 3 x timed mock exams covering the RACGP and ACRRM curricula that reflects BEACH data upon which the exams are modelled.
Dr KFP – Effectively prepare for the KFP exam. Test your knowledge and technique, identify your gaps and understand how the exam is marked to take the step from good to great. Dr KFP focusses on helping you develop the technique required for this challenging exam. Includes expert advice, recorded webinar, and 170 exam style KFP questions
3. Find your weaknesses and make up a study plan
- Read the RACGP public exam reports – learn from the mistakes of others, and note down those questions you think you probably would have got wrong too.
- Use the practice exams to find your areas of weakness.
- Use your clinical practice to do the same – which consultations did you struggle with; need to ask for help; need to look things up?
- Make a list of all these difficult topics and use them to make a study plan
- Learn how to deal with procrastination, time management, study techniques/habits, and exam anxiety. If you are seeking guided preparation supported by quality and reputable learning to achieve your Fellowship exam success we suggest you read – ‘Why you need a Performance Coach when preparing for your KFP, AKT-MCQ, OSCE-RCE Fellowship Exams’
4. Focus on exam topics
- It is also important to understand that the exam question topics and their frequency are based on a matrix of the 5 domains of general practice and the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) data.
- The BEACH data summarises the frequency and type of general practice presentations in Australia. What this means is that you need to plan your study around topics that are likely to come up in the exams, and not around what you find the most interesting.
- Don’t spend a month learning every intricacy of ophthalmology which accounted for less than 2% of presentations, at the expense of respiratory, musculoskeletal and skin – which combined accounted for over 45% of presentations.
5. Make you study plan work for you
- Work on your areas of weakness and then dedicate more time on those topics that are going to appear more frequently. We recommend reading – ‘Top 5 causes of failure in AKT/MCQ and KFP Fellowship examinations’
- On the day you can then approach the exams with the knowledge you are as prepared as you can be.