Maximise your chance of exam success with individual performance coaching to manage stress and anxiety and adopt better study and self-care techniques.
Performance Coach (one session)
Performance Coach (two sessions)
Performance Coach, Dr Sonya Vandergoot, shares her experience of how performance coaching can benefit exam candidates, with two real-life case studies.
Passing your GP Fellowship exams doesn’t just come down to your medical knowledge. Ineffective exam preparation, and feeling stressed, overwhelmed and anxious, can all lead to poor exam performance.
Through a tailored, individual approach, your Performance Coach will discuss the challenges you are currently facing, and the strategies you can adopt for more effective and helpful behaviours that enable exam success.
Candidates who benefit from performance coaching include:
- Doctors sitting their Fellowship exams for the first time, who want to give themselves the best opportunity of passing their exams the first-time round.
- Doctors who have failed Fellowship exams previously, who want support and guidance on how to do things differently this time.
- International Medical Graduates, who face additional challenges such as English as a second language and a lack of familiarity with these exam formats.
- Mature aged doctors, who have had a career change or specialty change late in life, and who feel out of practice with studying or exam preparation.
- Doctors who lead extremely busy lives, who need help achieving an ideal work/life/study balance and maintaining their wellbeing in the midst of their busy schedules.
Discuss strategies for building and sustaining motivation over time and how to manage negative feelings such as fear of failure, procrastination and increased anxiety.
Explore techniques used by doctors on how to study more effectively to increase memory retention and recall.
Learn how successful exam preparation needs to include good self-care in the form of social or family support and quality sleep, diet and exercise.
Heuristics are mental shortcuts or rules of thumb that ease the cognitive load of your decision-making. Understand what your heuristics are based on your past exam experiences, and whether you need to implement more appropriate heuristics for exam success.
Manage exam anxiety by addressing your self-talk, and learn how to deal with the physical aspects of anxiety.
For many doctors, failing the Fellowship exams may be the first time they’ve failed at anything. This often leads to feelings of embarrassment, shame, anxiety and self-doubt, which can affect your confidence, self-worth or identity. We talk through these feelings and how to deal with them.
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