6 BMAT PREPARATION TIPS TO SCORE HIGHLY!

Sitting the BMAT and not sure how to begin your preparation?

Those of you who have chosen to sit the BMAT will already be aware that it is quite different to the UKCAT. It consists of 3 sections: Aptitude, Scientific Knowledge and the essay. As you will have already gathered, the different sections will all require different skills, so how can you master each of them in order to achieve a high overall score?

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BEING THE PBL CHAIR…

If you’ve got as far as clicking on the post I’m guessing you know of or have even heard of PBL before. If you are familiar with this method of learning you’ll know that it involves a group of about 10 people working together to dissect a case and then collectively come up with a list of questions which then serve as a learning agenda for a week. A chair is appointed for the week as well as a scribe. The chair typically directs the discussion and aids the involvement of the whole group whilst the scribe keeps track of it on a whiteboard. This week I decided to take on the role of being the chair for the first time, and I thought well why not write about it here…

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MY FIRST GP PLACEMENT AS A MED STUDENT

My I’ve been to GP surgeries before as part of my work experience, but today I had my first placement through medical school. I’ve only just started my course so I still don’t have the knowledge to understand all the illnesses that the patients presented with, but I thought it would still be interesting to take some time to reflect on how different or similar this GP visit was to previous ones I’ve had. And also think about some of the things I may have learnt or gained an insight of from this visit…

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WAYS TO WELLBEING


One of the things about student life or studying Medicine in particular is that it can be stressful at times, there’s no denying that. With Medicine, I don’t think anybody fully appreciates the sheer extent of information that you’re expected to intake, until they’re actually there. I’m only in my fourth week, but keeping up and having so many resources and different aspects of the course being constantly thrown at you means that there is a stream of work endlessly slowly towards you. There’s a vast barrage of information and also a whole new way of learning to suddenly have to adjust to…

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HOW TO BALANCE BMAT & A-LEVELS…


One of the trickiest things about the BMAT is that you have to sit it during term time (if you’re sitting it on the November date). Any of you considering it now will be in the difficult position of dividing yourself across revising for the BMAT and revising for your A levels for 2 whole months. But if doesn’t have to be one or the other…what’s the best way to manage your time when it comes to BMAT vs A levels?

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FEELINGS ABOUT STARTING UNI


So here I am, in a my very messy bedroom, my packed bags are sitting on the floor in front of me all ready to move out with me. I have my new laptop perched on my knee; my fingers are ready to unleash my inner emotions on to the keys. Tonight, for the first time after this, long Summer holiday I’ll have to set an alarm to wake me up in the morning. After 2-3 years of working towards this, tomorrow I will be waking up and making my way to the Medicine welcome lecture. It’s practically a dream come true, all my prayers answered to be starting on this journey; and here I am reflecting on the wild mix of emotions and thoughts floating through my head right now.

So how am I truly feeling about starting university? That is the question.
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MY MRI EXPERIENCE

It’s not uncommon for people to be frightened of or even refuse to have an MRI scan. Up until today all I knew was that an MRI scan generates images using a magnetic field (from GCSE Physics) and that the machine looks like a tunnel which you are moved through (from photographs). This morning however, I woke up and went to the hospital to have an MRI scan taken for myself. I thought it would be interesting to reflect on this experience seeing as I have been on the other side of this situation when I was involved in trying to encourage a child to go for a CT scan during my volunteering on a Children’s Ward.
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