Forming study groups is a very effective strategy for enhancing learning. This is because groups share unique insights and learn from each other. Group members can also teach confusing concepts they understand to other group members.
Study groups are particularly effective for preparing for exams such the UCAT, since the exam doesn’t have any curriculum content – so its difficult to gauge what you need to cover and the best way to study. That’s why we have created our very own UCAT Facebook Group for students to join.
Benefits of the UCAT Facebook Group
As a student, you already know how important studying is to being successful in school. Here are some study benefits that the UCAT Facebook group can give you:
1. Helps You Learn Faster
Students in the Facebook group usually learn faster than students who study alone. If you don’t understand a concept, you can ask your fellow group members questions that will help you understand. Having someone clear up your confusion saves time that you would have spent trying to figure out difficult concepts.
2. Fills in Gaps
Studying with the Facebook group allows you to compare your strategies with other students. If you aren’t great at dealing with a specific question-type, you can see other students approach and fix any errors you might have. If you’re a great at dealing with a specific question-type or subtest, you can help your fellow students fill in the gaps.
3. Sharpens Your Study Skills
Being part of a Facebook group allows you to observe different types of study methods. Your own study methods might be good, but you may also be able to sharpen your skills by adding new methods that your group study members are using.
4. Breaks Up Monotony of Studying Alone
Spending a lot of time alone studying can become monotonous. Joining at the Facebook study group can add a social aspect to your study routine. It also gives you an outlet for discussing areas that you are struggling with during preparation with other students.
5. Hones People Skills
As a doctor or dentist, you will need to have people skills and a good ability to communicate. Group study can help you develop these soft skills, which will help you throughout your career.
Additional Benefits of the Facebook Group
Here are some additional benefits for joining the study group:
1. Question of the Day
If you are looking for more practice, we have teamed up with Medify to bring you questions of the day. covering all 5 subtests. This starts in July and ends in Sept.
2. Takeover Sessions
We will have our founder, Michael, run take over sessions to answer specific questions and comments from members of the group. We also invite other medical students and influencers to run take over sessions during the exam period to address all questions.
3. Supplements UCAT Study Guide
For those that have bought our UCAT study guide, the Facebook group is a great way to supplement your study. The book includes hundreds of tips, techniques and strategies to prepare for the exam.
4. Competitions and Giveaways
We regularly do giveaways and competitions during the exam period. For a chance to win a free personal statement review service or perhaps a 1-on-1 consultation with past medical students or influencers for tips and advice on taking the exam and applying.
5. Latest updates
The UCAT is constantly changing, we share the latest updates from the exam so that there are no surprises on test day.