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Improving your Critical Thinking Skills

1st July 2015

Improving your Critical Thinking Skills

Everyone has their own concept of the world, of how they interpret and predict stimuli. This “concept” is underpinned by their philosophical approach to life. Whilst philosophy may seem to be a branch of knowledge best left for academics, the truth is we all utilize some form of it. It surprises some people when they are told they use philosophy in just about everything they do ...

 

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1st July 2015

HPAT stress – friend or foe?

So you have bought a package and started your practise. Well done! You are on your way to improving your HPAT score already. Now it is time to develop effective revisions skills that prepares you mentally and physically. Practise is no good if your nerves let you down. Even elite athletes at the Olympics who practise for years crumple due to nerves. Don’t let that be you! Don’t save your exam ...

 

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Final HPAT tips: The Morning of the HPAT

1st July 2015

Final HPAT tips: The Morning of the HPAT

Here are some useful tips MedEntry has for you the morning of the HPAT: When you wake up on the day of the HPAT, consider taking a shower or doing some brief exercise to get the blood flowing. If your parent, guardian, friend or relative is taking you to the HPAT, make sure they are up too. Eat a normal breakfast on the morning of the HPAT, by that we mean eat whatever you eat normally fo ...

 

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Staying in control during the HPAT

1st July 2015

Staying in control during the HPAT

Below are a few useful tips as to how to stay in control during the HPAT. Distractions: One of the things you'll probably have to deal with during the HPAT is distractions. This may be someone sniffling, or coughing, or tapping a pencil. In fact there have even been stories of distractions ranging from pile drivers at a nearby construction site to the school's symphonic band practicing out ...

 

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HPAT Day: Get psyched up, not psyched out

1st July 2015

HPAT Day: Get psyched up, not psyched out

Your HPAT scores depend on how much you know, but they also depend on how well you can apply what you know. If you are nervous, distracted, or in a bad mood during the HPAT, you may have a hard time concentrating and harnessing your knowledge. Here are some basic tips to help you control your nerves on the day of the HPAT. Think Positively. This tip cannot be emphasized enough. Getting down ...

 

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1st July 2015

Effective Learning in the HPAT

Learning is not just about sitting in front of a text book and hoping the content will diffuse into your mind through osmosis. In order to learn effectively, you must learn actively, not passively. Active learning will allow you to engage with what you are learning and absorb it faster. New study strategies will also be introduced in this article so you can in-corporate them into your HPAT stu ...

 

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Motivation: without carrots or sticks

1st July 2015

Motivation: without carrots or sticks

Are you having a hard time motivating yourself to study for the HPAT? The tools we often reach for when we need to get ourselves moving are carrots (rewarding ourselves once a tough job is done) or sticks (depriving ourselves of something we want if we fail to do it). These are "extrinsic rewards". But such extrinsic rewards and punishments are not as effective as intrinsic ones. Int ...

 

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1st July 2015

The Dangers of Stereotype threat

Stereotype threat can affect the way students perform in the HPAT. Some students are vulnerable to “stereotype threat.” This is being aware the group they belong to is often stereotyped as intellectually inferior. The fear of confirming the stereotype by doing poorly on a test actually creates an anxiety. It is this anxiety that poorly affects their performance on a test, creating a self-fulf ...

 

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1st July 2015

Springing back from adversity: Resilience

To be mentally tough is to resist the urge to give up in the face of failure, to maintain focus and determination in pursuit of your HPAT goals, and to emerge from adversity even stronger than before. Everyone can benefit from strengthening their resilience skills. Mental toughness comes from thinking like an optimist. People who don’t give up have a habit of interpreting setbacks as temporar ...

 

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30th June 2014

Easily Distracted during HPAT preparation?

The internet is a vast expanse of information. It’s where we go to find out the latest news about everything. The downside is it can distract us from studying for the HPAT. During HPAT prep time you should be focused. You should try and use this time to simulate exam conditions you will face on the day. Culling your distractions is not easy, but you can make the first move to use your time m ...

 

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