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GAMSAT Chemistry: Study plan, Key topics, Resources and more

In this article we explore how to prepare for the GAMSAT chemistry. All the tools and information you’ll need to improve your performance. The GAMSAT chemistry accounts for 40% of the questions in section 3 and are made up of two types: general chemistry (i.e study of atoms, bonds and key concepts) and organic chemistry (i.e the study of carbon-containing compounds). Chemistry in the GAMSAT is about the application of certain principles to specific problems and requires a smaller knowledge base than the Biology component of the test. Thus, it is vital to learn key chemistry principles then refine their application in the context of the GAMSAT exam.  GAMSAT Chemistry Study Plan We recommend adopting the 5-step preparation [Read More]

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Achieve 3 months GAMSAT prep in 1 month

At some point during your GAMSAT prep it might feel like you’re spending countless hours “studying” without getting much productive work done. This can be incredibly frustrating, and a drain on time and energy. It’s not easy preparing for the GAMSAT, and the truth of the matter is that for most students they will never ever feel “fully ready” to take the actual test. Nonetheless, imagine if you could accomplish 3 months worth of “studying” within a month? It sounds too good to be true but think about it for a second. Is it possible to design an efficient study plan where you spend less time studying but still get more done? that’s [Read More]

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10 Great Alternatives to GAMSAT Khan Academy

The following are alternatives for the GAMSAT Khan Academy resource that have been recommended by students that took the exam, we encourage you to check them out during preparation for the GAMSAT. Khan academy is a great resource to prepare for the GAMSAT. However, we recommend also using multiple sources to learn concepts inorder to develop a well rounded understanding. 1. BBC Bitesize The BBC Bitesize is a great tool to to help with revision and learning for all the sciences. Find free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is a really good introductory resources for non-science students looking to build their foundation in [Read More]

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Free Podcasts for GAMSAT Preparation

We encourage students taking the GAMSAT to understand the most common theories in ethics, politics, philosophy and psychology, among other prominent topics, that could prove useful for section 2. A great and convenient way to broaden your knowledge on such theory is by listening to Podcasts. They are entertaining and feel less like work – so are a great option to supplement GAMSAT study. We have compiled a list of free podcasts that have been recommended by students for GAMSAT preparation. They include: #1. StarTalk StarTalk is a podcast on space, science, and popular culture hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, with various comic and celebrity co-hosts and frequent guests [Read More]

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Feynman Technique: Best way to learn anything for the GAMSAT

Named after the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman – who, in addition to being a brilliant scientist, was great at relaying complex ideas to others in simple, intuitive ways – the Feynman technique is a method for learning or reviewing a concept quickly that can be used to prepare for GAMSAT section II and III.  Richard Feynman created a formula for learning that ensured he understood a concept better than everyone else. It’s called the Feynman Technique and it will help you learn anything faster and with greater understanding. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to implement. There are four steps to the Feynman Technique. Step 1: Teach it to a child Take [Read More]

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The “Best” GAMSAT Preparation Materials (2020 Updated)

I achieved 74/75/81 in the GAMSAT and this article I’ll be sharing the “best” preparation materials to prepare for the GAMSAT, I’ve rated each type of material according to their “usefulness”, offer tips on picking the right ones and share mistakes to avoid when using them. If you are new to the blog, my name is Raman, and I’m a 4-year GAMSAT tutor and one of the latest members of THE MEDIC BLOG team. We have just wrapped up our free 30-day GAMSAT preparation challenge, and I wanted to share my tips on picking the right GAMSAT preparation materials. From my tutoring experience, the most significant factor in determining the [Read More]

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The GAMSAT Study Plan Adopted by High Scoring Medics!

We’ve spent the last 18 months working on the GAMSAT Virtual Tutor and interviewed over 100 high scoring candidates to get some insight into their study plan for the exam. The GAMSAT study plan I share in this article is the exact approach I used to prepare for the exam and it’s amazing to discover its a similar approach used by many of the top scoring  students I had the pleasure to speak with during the research of the book. So what is this GAMSAT study plan then? Step 1: Recognise This is the first step and It involves recognising your strongest and weakest areas in the GAMSAT. It is [Read More]

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How to prepare for GAMSAT Section 1

The GAMSAT Section 1 is the ‘Reasoning in Humanities & Social Sciences’ section,  it consists of 75 multiple choice questions  based on vignettes drawn from a variety of materials.  GAMSAT section 1 tests a candidates ability to understand and analyse written and graphically presented material. We reached out to top scoring candidates that performed well in the exam to get their advice on preparing for the section, these are 10 of the most common strategies: 1. Start with ACER Questions These are official GAMSAT practice questions provided by ACER, they are designed to give you an idea as to what to expect in each section. Use them to learn the question-types [Read More]

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How to prepare for GAMSAT Section 2

We spoke with Rebecca Stiles, a former GAMSAT candidate that scored 88 in GAMSAT Section 2, she shares her tips on how to prepare for it:  #1. Don’t worry about time Write as many essays as possible during preparation, at one point Rebecca was writing 1 essay per day at one point. She recommends using a GAMSAT Quote Generator during practice. “Take however long you need to write 2 essays. Eventually you’ll get faster, and that’s when you try to get it within the 1 hour time frame“. #2. Get good at Essay Planning & Structuring Rebecca admits that her essay writing skills were not amazing, however she did focus [Read More]

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How to prepare for GAMSAT Section 3

The GAMSAT Section 3 is the ‘Reasoning in Biological and Physical science’ section,  it consists of 110 multiple choice questions to be completed in 170 mins. GAMSAT section 3 tests a candidate’s reasoning and understanding of key scientific concepts. The examiners can use different kinds of stimuli including text, tables or graphical displays of data. According to the official GAMSAT booklet students can expect questions to test scientific understanding in the following disciplines – Biology (40%), Chemistry (40%) and Physics (20%). The level of subject knowledge required generally corresponds to the first year of university studies in biology and chemistry, and A-level/Leaving Certificate/Year 12 in physics. The test however focuses [Read More]

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