The Medify UCAT Course is used by 1-in-3 candidates to prepare for the exam. In this article, I share common mistakes to avoid when using the online course during preparation.
There is no doubt that the Medify UCAT online course is an excellent resource, with thousands of past candidates recommending it to prepare for the exam. I bought it myself and gave it a 9 out of 10 (read the review). Nonetheless, In this article, I share some of the most common mistakes to avoid when preparing for the UCAT with Medify. If you like, you can check out their free UCAT questions.
Without further adieu, let’s begin.
Mistake #1 – Not attempting the official questions first
The official practice questions are the most reliable way to identify weak areas. I strongly recommend going through all the question banks and completing at least one official practice test before using Medify. Make sure that you have analysed your performance effectively and have a good idea about where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Once you have identified these areas, use the Medify course to improve and practice more questions. Medify includes helpful tutorials and performance report to assess progress over time.
Mistake #2 – Not attempting a mock regularly
The most effective way to evaluate your progress is by regularly attempting a mock under exam conditions. The Medify course provides 8 full-mocks, that is 16 hours of simulated practice that I highly recommend you include into your study plan. I recommend doing a mock about every week until test day and taking full advantage of the Medify reports.
Mistake #3 – Not balancing timed and untimed practice
It is important to practice question under both timed and untimed conditions. The idea is that during untimed practise, you want to focus mainly on your improving accuracy. Whilst during timed practise, you want to focus on improving pace. By balancing both types of preparation, you can pinpoint weak areas and fix them.
Mistake #4 – Attempting questions with no goal in mind
Another mistake to avoid is practising hundreds of questions with no goal in mind. I strongly recommend you have a plan when practising questions, and it could be, not limited to, one of the following:
- Identifying weak areas
- Building familiarity for a specific question-type
- Testing a new strategy,
- Honing a strategy
Mistake #5 – Not making exam notes
There are many facets to this. But as a minimum, I recommend keeping a log of all the questions missed on Medify. When it comes to making notes, I recommend splitting your notepad into five sections, one for each question-type. Then for each question-type keep a record of the following:
- Do’s and Don’ts
- Time-saving tips
- Rules (or reminders)
Do’s and Don’ts: These are a summary of the lessons you have learned from practising questions. Do’s will consist of tips and strategies that work. Don’ts will consist of tips that didn’t work or lead to mistakes. For example, under Do’s – for ‘select the strongest argument’ questions, choose the statement that covers all parts of the passage.
Time-saving tips: These are tips to help you save time answering each question-type. For example, when guessing inference questions eliminate vague options.
Rules: These are notes-to-self reminders for each question-type. It can be on anything that comes out from practising questions or reading UCAT materials. For example, can’t Tell means you cannot be sure whether a statement is true or false.
Mistake #6 – Not supplementing with other resources
Other resources, like study groups, practice books and YouTube, are great for supplementing the Medify course. For example, we run a study group on Facebook with over 1000 members. A lot of the members are Medify students, and they help one another explain answers for complex Medify questions.
Mistake #7 – Feeding into your ego
A lot of candidates fall into the trap of practising what they enjoy and are good at, whilst neglecting the areas they find more challenging! Avoid this at all cost and prioritise difficult areas.