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Managing HPAT with other Commitments

2nd December 2022

Managing HPAT with other Commitments

As many of you would have noticed, HPAT preparation takes time. And I mean a LOT of time! It’s often overwhelming trying to get those HPAT practice exams you’d promised yourself to get done as well as study for that first chemistry quiz if you’re in 6th year, or keep up with your GAA training.  In many cases, students often lose time, confidence and their interest in ...

 

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Mind Games: Motivation for HPAT Study

13th November 2022

Mind Games: Motivation for HPAT Study

Yes, we’d all rather be on TikTok or Instagram or YouTube, but before you pick up your phone to scroll through social media, read this! Motivating yourself to prepare for HPAT can be difficult. You should not expect to always feel motivated to prepare for HPAT – no-one feels motivated all the time. However, there are proven methods to help boost your motivation for HPAT prep. ...

 

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4 steps to balancing the HPAT – The Extra Subject

2nd November 2022

4 steps to balancing the HPAT – The Extra Subject

We are all too aware of how busy a year sixth year can be. However many don’t consider just how much busier it gets when you decide to sit the HPAT on top of that. Suddenly you have a whole lot more study on top of your expected workload and it can really be like taking on a whole other subject (or two!). On top of that, HPAT a subject for which you have no teacher, no homework, and no d ...

 

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HPAT WEEKLY GRINDS START SOON!

29th October 2022

HPAT WEEKLY GRINDS START SOON!

Struggling with HPAT? Need extra guidance? Finding it difficult to motivate yourself for HPAT practice? MedEntry’s Weekly HPAT Grinds begin in just over a week. Places are limited and are rapidly filling up. Classes will run online from the safety and comfort of your home. They will take place weekly over twelve weeks, from 10am – 12pm, starting in early November and finish ...

 

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Making Friends with HPAT Practice

12th October 2022

Making Friends with HPAT Practice

In the game of HPAT practice, consistency beats brilliance. It is important that we not wait until we have lots of motivation before we start practicing. Good HPAT skills come about in the context of practicing in a more routine and ordinary manner, rather than sporadic bursts of insight. The goal should be gaining meaningful and valuable HPAT skills every time you practice. Expecting anything ...

 

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Top 5 tips for Making the Most out of MedEntry

10th October 2022

Top 5 tips for Making the Most out of MedEntry

In the September of 6th year, I bought the HPAT Platinum package and then the 5 additional full length practice exams which I feel really helped, as it gave me a total of 15 practice exams to go through before the real deal. MedEntry had come highly recommended by numerous people who had used it previously, and MedEntry honestly proved priceless in helping me prepare for the HPAT. ...

 

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5 Characteristics to look for in a HPAT Study Buddy

7th October 2022

5 Characteristics to look for in a HPAT Study Buddy

Sitting the HPAT can often feel like an isolating experience, since many of your peers may be focused on other goals such as their school or university performance, making it difficult to stay motivated while studying for the HPAT. This is one of the many reasons why it can be helpful to find a HPAT study buddy, with whom you can create a community of practice where you share experie ...

 

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Keeping the Balance

24th September 2022

Keeping the Balance

Keeping the balance is something we all struggle with in our final year of schooling, myself included. At the commencement of the year, I jumped into everything. Then, at the end of term one, I crashed, and in term two I tried to do nothing. Neither of these worked for me, and over the remainder of the year I learnt some important lessons about keeping the balance. Not only was I happier an ...

 

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When should I start preparing for the HPAT?

6th September 2022

When should I start preparing for the HPAT?

This is a very common question that students ask about HPAT. When you first start to research HPAT it can seem overwhelming and confusing.  You may have many questions such as: How should I approach HPAT preparation? When should I start my HPAT prep? Do I need to prepare for the HPAT? These are all very valid questions, and this blog explores them in more detail.   Is it worth ...

 

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Planning Time for HPAT Preparation

29th August 2022

Planning Time for HPAT Preparation

A very common question asked by aspiring medical students is “How do you balance your school work and HPAT practice?” Given that the HPAT can be equally or even more important than your leaving cert in the medical school selection process, it is crucial that students devote sufficient time in preparing for the HPAT, without neglecting their 6th year studies.   ...

 

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