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1st July 2015

Time management in the final year of school

The final year of school can be a tough year. If you want to do well and obtain entry into your chosen course, you have to put in the effort and work. On top of assessments and exams, there is also HPAT preparation. How do you fit it all in? We have tips for you below on how to optimise your time. HPAT preparation is a subject A lot of students find it a difficult task to manage all their su ...

 

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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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10 Tips For During The HPAT

1st July 2015

10 Tips For During The HPAT

You have rehearsed for this day for the past few months, so here are a few final tips that you have no doubt heard before. Here at MedEntry, we want to make sure that you have as smooth a HPAT experience as possible. Please share this article with your friends or family if you think they need some final tips as well. 1. Read and Think carefully. Consider all the choices in each question on ...

 

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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

While you’re waiting for your HPAT scores, get back to real life

For the few weeks before the test, if not longer, you've been preoccupied with the HPAT. Maybe you've let a few things slide: homework, co-curricular activities, your friends, fun. Now it's time to catch up on anything that's fallen behind and to return to your normal routine after the HPAT. We know you may be feeling a little anti-climactic after getting all geared up for t ...

 

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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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