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HPATPHOBIA Don’t get Scared, Stay Motivated!

7th February 2024

HPATPHOBIA Don’t get Scared, Stay Motivated!

Does the thought of HPAT day make you cringe and consider hiding in your room? That's how I felt in the weeks that led up to HPAT. Being a student in my final year of high school I had rarely been in a position where I was sitting an exam which was so important for determining my future career pathway. Sure I had been through many school exams and academic competitions, but I felt ...

 

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5 Tips for the Last Fortnight before HPAT

5th February 2024

5 Tips for the Last Fortnight before HPAT

HPAT is well and truly close now and it’s time to streamline your study and buckle down! In the pivotal two weeks leading up to HPAT, maintaining focus is vital and taking a strategic approach towards your study routine will help ensure that you are fully equipped for success on the big day. Here are five ways to make sure you’re using the next two weeks to set you up for success o ...

 

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How to Balance the HPAT and Leaving Cert Mocks

30th January 2024

How to Balance the HPAT and Leaving Cert Mocks

Preparing for HPAT can seem overwhelming. Add in your Leaving Cert mock exams and stress levels can rapidly skyrocket. Unfortunately the timing of the HPAT is often very close to mock exams, or can even be in the middle of mock exams. As the HPAT and mock exams draw closer, it can become hard to balance Leaving Cert study and HPAT preparation. So how do you do it? This blog outlines five ti ...

 

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Persisting Through Underwhelming Marks

27th January 2024

Persisting Through Underwhelming Marks

Many of you may have started your preparation on MedEntry and found that you may not be achieving the scores you hoped for, and let me tell you, you’re not the only one! Many people lose confidence during their HPAT preparation and can’t see themselves achieving the scores they hope to attain. I know this for a fact because I was one of those people not too long ago. When I firs ...

 

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Optimising your performance in HPAT: Lessons from Sports Psychology

24th January 2024

Optimising your performance in HPAT: Lessons from Sports Psychology

Preparing for the HPAT is like preparing for a marathon: it requires training, persistence and strategies to optimise your performance on HPAT test day. Just as an athlete prepares for a major sporting event, you must prepare yourself to sit HPAT, which is one of the most important exams that you will face in your career. We can learn much from athletes about optimising performance in HPAT, ...

 

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ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to Help your Son or Daughter in the Lead up to the HPAT

23rd January 2024

ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to Help your Son or Daughter in the Lead up to the HPAT

6th year is a stressful time. Add in HPAT and the pressures of getting into medicine, and stress levels can rapidly sky rocket. As a parent it is easy to succumb to feelings of powerless as you watch your son or daughter struggle to prepare for such an important and difficult exam. However, there are many things you can do to boost their performance and have a positive impact on their wellbein ...

 

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Dealing with Disappointing HPAT Percentiles - 3 Tips

17th January 2024

Dealing with Disappointing HPAT Percentiles - 3 Tips

So you’ve been preparing for HPAT by working through the HPAT guides and attempting HPAT practice questions and exams. Then one day you receive a disappointing HPAT percentile. So what should you do? Is it time to freak out? Is it time to give up on your medical entry dream? No! Read on for three key tips.   1. Understand what a HPAT percentile means and how they are calculate ...

 

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How to Interpret Your HPAT Mock Exam Scores

10th January 2024

How to Interpret Your HPAT Mock Exam Scores

So you’ve completed a HPAT practice exam and have no idea how to interpret the wealth of information and statistics you’ve been presented with. This blog has some tips to help you gain a better grasp of your HPAT preparation progress.   1. Look at percentile not percentage The HPAT is a test designed to compare students against each other, thereby giving the univers ...

 

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Balancing the HPAT and Hobbies

5th January 2024

Balancing the HPAT and Hobbies

With the HPAT around the corner, as well as school assignments and exams, it can be quite a stressful time for students. Many students will spend hours practising HPAT-style questions and completing HPAT practise exams, as well as devoting a large amount of time to HPAT preparation. However, this does not mean your hobbies and interests should be forgotten. After a long day of lessons, ...

 

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Is it too late to Start Preparing for HPAT?

2nd January 2024

Is it too late to Start Preparing for HPAT?

The short answer is no. Preparing for the HPAT is possible and no matter how late you start, you will still be able to improve, just like with any other subject. The long answer is: it depends on how much time you invest and how effectively you prepare. At this stage, it’s important to study SMART. Trying to do as many HPAT questions or HPAT papers as you can is not necessarily the be ...

 

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