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First Med Final Exam Prep Workshop

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First Med Final Exam Prep Workshop
Winter Break
1st week = get 100% caught up, better yet NOW

2nd week = Study!
***Schedule and held accountable to it
Exam Studying Health
- Stick to your study schedule!
- TAKE BREAKS!!! (What is your max focus interval?)
- Eat well (try to limit eating out or take away food)
- Drink lots of water
- Don't be afraid to ask your peers questions
- Group study sessions are FANTASTIC
- Take time to exercise!
- Don't sacrifice your sleep!
- Be productive in your study time and you'll have free time to spare!
Final Tips for JC1
1. Get on top of your work - NOW
2. Find your lecture/hr rate
3. Know how you learn!
4. Use this to figure out how to study!
5. Find your max study interval
6. Develop study plan to accommodate this
7. Use your resources ***BRS Texts and USMLE (BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENTS EVER!)
8. Use your friends to be accountable to
9. UNDERSTAND the material!
10. Understanding takes time so START NOW!
Exams are different from FY...
-Most of the marks from MCQ
-Few MCQ past papers
-MUCH less repeat questions, if any at all
-Questions are clinical (more time!)
-Anatomy Practical
-Double module AS: compensation does apply!
-Take 2 subjects in 1 exam
In support of Free The Children
Revision Week
Be at RCSI!
Go to your Anatomy Revision practical!
Use your group study to stay on top
Don't underestimate SN practice
Exam Day Warnings
-Formulate a pre-exam routine and stick to it
-Night before check which room your in
-Set out your pens, pencil, eraser, watch, ID the night before
-Have friends as back up alarm
-Aim to be there at 7:35 though they say 7:45
-Fill in your MCQ as you go, not at end
-SNQs must be written in black pen
-As soon as you get SAQs write your ID on all pages (don't look at the questions, just write your ID!)
Exam Day Warnings
Marks and Standards
Anatomy Practical
-10 minute CS
-Just you and two demonstrators
-Dress up + WASHED White Coat
-Surface Anatomy! (Model)
-5 mins: NM with 1st demonstrator and AS 2nd
-Questions more general than your CS
-Study with a friend and practice being put on spot for 10mins
-Practice pulses!
-Go through anatomy videos and quizzes
-Tested on professionally dissections
-WILL ALWAYS start with a bone then move to muscles
-1/2 class goes one day, 1/2 the next
-PTL will be running practice session for nervous students
-ALWAYS neglected
-Not as simple as you think
-MUST study it!
-***Difference b/w a pass and fail!
-Worth 10% of NS and AS
-Pictures and labels
-Boxes with info on side also important to study
-Day before exam: pictures and labels, quizzes, run through everything
-NOTE: should not try to cram this all the day before
-Lowest failure rate in JC1
-30MCQ worth 55%
-Anatomy = 1/3 of lectures (better you know for the exam, better you'll do on MCQs, SNQs, AND Practical)
-Blue book to practice case clinical studies type questions
-3SNQs = 1 anatomy, 1 muslce, 1 nervous system/pharmacology)
-***iPad users = Anatomy case studies
-VERY Challenging
-30MCQ, worth 70%
-UNDERSTAND your Hematology and Immunology and it'll come much easier!
-Also don't ignore your Pharmacology so spend time over Winter break studying
-3 SNQs = 1 Hematology, 1 Immune, 1 Pharmacology: usually NSAIDs or Rheumatoid
To revise Immunology Sam recommends:
-45MCQs, worth 52.5%
-Anatomy: 1/3 to 1/2 of exam typically
-People neglect anatomy towards end of semester: cover Perineal and GI during Winter break
-6SNQs = 2-3 Antomy (Digestive, GI, Reproductive), 1 Pharmacology, 1 Liver Physiology, 1 Stomach Physiology
-High fail rate!
-30MCQ, worth 70%
-Lots of complex and poorly explained material
-100 slide receptor lecture: Week 1 of Winter Break (MAYBE 2 MCQs)
-Dermot Cox drug lectures
-Vitamins to memorize
-Lectures 1-7 on cells/molecules = simplistic, foundation of your understanding for cells OR review from FY
-3 SNQs: 1 Vitamins/Eating Disorders/Cell/Molecules
2 on either: Pharmacology, Glycolysis/Gluconeogenesis, Digestion/Processing/Post-Absorption
-High failure rate (ALWAYS neglected)
-Don't underestimate your lecture/hr rate
-30MCQ, worth 60%
-Simplistic material
-Plenty of Psychology theories to remember
-Need 45% min on exam before project grades kick in
-3SNQs = 1 specific behaviours, 1 human development, 1 personality/learning/memory
-Top 5 people in JC1,2,3 get medals
-Need 80's + for this
-Top grades in Anatomy Practical in JC1/JC2 shortlisted for Memorial Prize
-@ end of JC2 top students have an extra CS to decide winner
-Studying for exams over Christmas = HARD
-Schedule study time and take breaks with friends
-BUT stick to your scheduled times!
-Don't put off studying, break will be over before you know it!
-Talk to your family and friends! Remind them about avoiding distractions
-Find a room where you can focus, may NOT be your room!
-Avoid FB, texting, and possibly even Internet...
Happy Christmas!
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