The Medify UCAT online course is one of the most popular courses to prepare for the UCAT. In this article I share my top THREE tips on how to get the most out of the Medify UCAT course.
Currently the Medify UCAT course is used by 1-in-3 candidates to prepare for the exam, with thousands of past candidates recommending it on forums, social media and blogs to prepare for the exam I bought it myself (click here to read my full review) and in this article I share my top THREE tips for getting the most out of it.
Tip #1: Make Effective Study Notes
Medify includes examples, explanations, tips and techniques in the form of tutorials. These are videos that explain each subtest with detailed advice on dealing with them. I highly recommend making notes when watching the tutorials and during use of the course.
Unlike the BMAT or GAMSAT the UCAT doesn’t contain any curriculum content, rather your cognitive and reasoning abilities are being tested – this makes it more difficult to make notes.
Your notes are your method of taking the information that you’re exposed to and recording it in a form that makes sense to you. When you do this, you learn more effectively.
I suggest combining the Outline Methodof note taking, where you create bullet points based out of the tips and techniques you learn, with the Cornell method where you create sections based on the main content of the material you are reading.
When it comes to using Medify to prepare for the UCAT split your notepad into 6 sections. One section for each subtest (verbal, quantitative, abstract, Decision Making and Situational Judgement) and a final section for constructing your Game Plan (We will discuss this later in the article). For example, the first 10 pages will be dedicated to Verbal reasoning notes, the next 10 pages to Quantitative Reasoning and so on.
Within each subtest you will record the following:
- Tips & Expected Outcome
Tips & Expected Outcome:These are tips, techniques and strategies to help answer questions more accurately and efficiently. Also indicate the expected outcome. For example: Use keyword strategy to improve speed and accuracy in VR true/False or Cant tell questions.
Warnings: These are potential pitfalls that you may fall into. Avoid these mistakes will help improve your score. For example: Base your answer solely on the information in the passage.
Reminders:These are notes-to-self to remember anything that might come out of practising questions or reading materials. For example: Can’t Tell means you cannot be absolutely sure whether a statement is true or false.
Tip #2: Construct a Game Plan
Your Game plan is a list of techniques and strategies you intend to use on test day based on trial and error with the Medify UCAT course.
It should outline the techniques you intend to adopt based on what works in improving your error rate. Find below an example of my Game Plan for the UCAT Verbal Reasoning subtest:
The UCAT game plan has to be in-depth. Find below a checklist to help with designing yours:
- What technique will I use to attempt True/False/Cant tell questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt incomplete questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt ‘According to the Passage’ questions
- What technique will I use to attempt ‘Most likely’ questions?
- What is my approach to making inference?
- What is my technique for ensuring I read/skim passages quickly without losing comprehension?
- What techniques will I adopt to ensure I finish the subtest in 21 minutes?
- What technique will I use to attempt text questions?
- What technique will I adopt to attempt charts and graph questions?
- What basic arithmetic takes me longer to process mentally, and how will I combat this?
- What kind of operation will I use the onscreen calculator for?
- What type of operation will I NOT use the onscreen calculator for?
- What techniques will I adopt to ensure I finish the subtest in 24 minutes?
- What technique will I use to attempt syllogism questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt logical puzzles?
- What technique will I use to attempt assumption questions?
- What tips and techniques will I use to attempt probability questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt venn diagram questions?
- What techniques will I adopt to ensure I finish the subtest in 31 minutes?
- What technique will I use to attempt type 1 questions?
- What technique will i use to attempt type 2 questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt Type 3 questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt type 4 questions?
- What approach will I use for patterns I do not see straight away?
- What technique will I adopt to ensure I finish the subtest in 13 minutes?
- What technique or approach will I use to attempt appropriateness questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt importance questions?
- What technique will I adopt if I’m torn between two answer options?
- What technique will I adopt if I cannot identify the conflicting issue in the statement?
- What technique will I adopt to ensure I finish the subtest in 26 minutes?
Tip #3: Use Medify Reports to Work Smarter
There is no other better way to assess your progress than reviewing the reports provided by Medify. The course provides a very crucial set of reports, they include:
1. Performance Overview
This report breaks down your performance into the various topics within each section. The goal is to accurately identify your strengths and learn your weaknesses. Use the information provided in this report to do more targeted prep by practising your weakest areas
2. Score Distribution
This report compares your latest mock test results to other candidate results. The goal is to accurately validateyour strengths and weaknesses. Use the information in this report to compare results and validate game plan.
Things to spot for when viewing reports:
- What areas are below average?
- What areas are above average?
- What is my weakest subtest?
- What is my strongest subtest?
- What is my most difficult question-type in each subtest?
- Which question-type do I find easiest in each section?
Along with mock test results I recommend using the reports to audit and refine your game plan effectively. This will put in you a far better position to succeed on test day.