26th September 2022
Why Group Study is effective for HPAT
There is a fundamental difference in how you need to study for exams which test knowledge (such as school and university exams) and for high stakes tests such as HPAT which assesses generic thinking skills. For the former, a lot of memorisation and recall are involved so studying alone can be effective, and even preferred by motivated students who do not want to be distracted by less moti ...
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 ...
21st September 2022
Medicine – The Big Picture
So you’re going into your final year of schooling, and you’re super duper set on being a doctor. There are lots of ways you can keep hold of medicine as a big picture throughout this long and sometimes arduous year. By putting some of these points into action now, you will increase your chances of getting straight into med, pump up your motivation over the year, and be an awesome d ...
19th September 2022
What is the Highest HPAT Score Ever Achieved?
The highest HPAT score ever achieved was by a MedEntry student in 2013, who scored an incredible 261. The highest performers in HPAT prepare with MedEntry. Is 261 a high HPAT score? Yes! 261 is an incredibly high score, and is the highest score ever achieved in HPAT. Here is the student’s statement of results: The highest possible score in HPAT ...
17th September 2022
When Should I sit my First HPAT Practice Exam?
Whether you’ve already begun to prepare for the HPAT or are just setting up a HPAT study plan, you’ve probably asked yourself the question: when should I sit my first HPAT full length practice exam? Unfortunately, there’s no straight forward, cookie-cutter answer. The answer to this question can vary. However, it should be noted that there’s not necessarily a “wro ...
15th September 2022
6 Ways to Make HPAT study more effective
Fifty years of educational research shows that effective learners (for HPAT or other learning) have one - preferably all - of the following six characteristics. 1. Encounter challenging ideas or people Basically, this is Newton’s First Law of Motion in action in the academic, cognitive, psychosocial, attitudinal and career-preparation dimensions of your education: a body ...
12th September 2022
Options for Pursuing Medicine in Ireland
With the release of Leaving Cert scores recently, some students may be wondering what options they have for getting into medicine. Irish students are fortunate – there are many options for studying medicine both in Ireland and abroad. This blog describes them in detail. 1. Undergraduate medicine Entry into undergraduate medicine is based on a combination of adjusted leavi ...
11th September 2022
5 Months until HPAT
Five months until the HPAT testing period begins! Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed by your workload this year? Stress is a common problem that affects all of us at some point in our lives, but is stress bad for you? According to Kelly McGonigal stress isn’t the problem, it’s the mind’s negative response to stress that’s the problem. McGonigal explains ...
10th September 2022
Considering repeating HPAT/Leaving Cert? Here’s some advice from someone who has done it before
So you have just received your HPAT and Leaving Certificate results and unfortunately have not been accepted into Medicine this year - what next? This was the situation I, and indeed many other Medicine hopefuls, faced on results day. The first reaction you may have is one of obvious disappointment, followed by the monumental task of considering the myriad of options on what to do next: Sho ...
8th September 2022
Ten tips for surviving your first year of Medicine
Medicine is tough, really tough but you’ve made it this far so you’re tougher. First year is a whirlwind and at times can seem overwhelming, but having made it through to the other side of those first few full-on months, I can hand on heart say that everyone is telling the truth when they say college will be the best time of your life. You’ll have ups and downs, I can guarant ...