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Why Preparation is Key

In2Med Insights | Last Updated: 9 December 2020

Medicine is one of the most in-demand courses in Australia. In 2020, Monash University’s medical course was the most common preference of all the university courses in the state of Victoria. Not only the volume of applicants, but also the academic ability of those who apply makes medicine notoriously tough to get selected in to. If you have a look at the ATAR profile for Monash University medicine, the average ATAR of those selected into the course was 99.40 – and this figure includes those with lower ATARs who received special considerations. Even a 99.95 ATAR and 99th UCAT will not guarantee selection into medicine.

 

We aren’t trying to frighten you with these facts but just alert you to the fact that selection into medical school is by no means easy. So, how can you differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack and gain entrance into medical school when there is so much competition? 

 

Well, the answer is surprisingly simple. 

 

Prepare better than the rest

Easier said than done right? Of course, hard work and dedication is key when approaching any one of the UCAT, ATAR and interview assessments. There is no substitute for the hours that you put in preparing, completing practice questions and striving to evaluate/improve your response continually. But beyond that, studying efficiently (not just studying hard) and maximising reward for effort is pivotal in taking the next big step.

 

Our Approach

Personally, I did not solely base my revision from private tutoring and study textbooks for the UCAT or my VCE subjects. Instead, I focused on creating and refining techniques that I found worked quite well. I then sought to apply these strategies to a lot of practice questions. Continually re-evaluating and taking notes of my errors/where to improve. Whether preparing for the UCAT, VCE  subjects or the interview, I believe this three-pronged approach is key.

 

  1. Content/techniques
  2. Practice questions
  3. Re-evaluation and improvement

That is exactly how we at In2Med have designed our UCAT and interview courses. Not only will we provide you with tried and tested techniques, we have new and innovative ways to allow you to test out these strategies (including our interactive simulated mock interviews and online UCAT platform) and refine your approach. Preparation is key to gaining entrance to medical school and we hope to equip you with the skills to excel in the admissions process.

Even though we try to keep these courses as affordable as possible, we are aware that some still may not be able to afford our services.If you’re really keen on letting us help you with your medical entry preparation, but don’t think you’re in a position to afford anything, send us an email and we are more than happy to offer discuss discounts to help you on your journey In2Med, as a part of our commitment to ensuring accessible medical entry preparation for everyone.

Final Tips
However you choose to go about your preparation for the medical entrance process, just remember that commitment, sustained effort and a willingness to adapt and improve your strategies is pivotal. Plan your preparation and spread out your workload as best as you can. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or burnt out, take a break and adjust your approach. If you’re looking for preparation resources, check out the interactive online courses In2Med offers here!

There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you have put your all into something that you are truly passionate about.

Sahil Nandra is the Head of Content Creation at In2Med Australia. Having achieved a 99.95 ATAR and a 99th UCAT percentile, and with over 250 hours of tutoring experience, Sahil (along with the In2Med team) has designed both the Interview and UCAT preparation courses to maximise the unique and effective strategies for you, the student.

Medicine is one of the most in-demand courses in Australia. In 2020, Monash University’s medical course was the most common preference of all the university courses in the state of Victoria. Not only the volume of applicants, but also the academic ability of those who apply makes medicine notoriously tough to get selected in to. If you have a look at the ATAR profile for Monash University medicine, the average ATAR of those selected into the course was 99.40 – and this figure includes those with lower ATARs who received special considerations. Even a 99.95 ATAR and 99th UCAT will not guarantee selection into medicine.

 

We aren’t trying to frighten you with these facts but just alert you to the fact that selection into medical school is by no means easy. So, how can you differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack and gain entrance into medical school when there is so much competition? 

 

Well, the answer is surprisingly simple. 

 

Prepare better than the rest

Easier said than done right? Of course, hard work and dedication is key when approaching any one of the UCAT, ATAR and interview assessments. There is no substitute for the hours that you put in preparing, completing practice questions and striving to evaluate/improve your response continually. But beyond that, studying efficiently (not just studying hard) and maximising reward for effort is pivotal in taking the next big step.

 

Our Approach

Personally, I did not solely base my revision from private tutoring and study textbooks for the UCAT or my VCE subjects. Instead, I focused on creating and refining techniques that I found worked quite well. I then sought to apply these strategies to a lot of practice questions. Continually re-evaluating and taking notes of my errors/where to improve. Whether preparing for the UCAT, VCE  subjects or the interview, I believe this three-pronged approach is key.

  1. Content/techniques
  2. Practice questions
  3. Re-evaluation and improvement

That is exactly how we at In2Med have designed our UCAT and interview courses. Not only will we provide you with tried and tested techniques, we have new and innovative ways to allow you to test out these strategies (including our interactive simulated mock interviews and online UCAT platform) and refine your approach. Preparation is key to gaining entrance to medical school and we hope to equip you with the skills to excel in the admissions process.

Even though we try to keep these courses as affordable as possible, we are aware that some still may not be able to afford our services.If you’re really keen on letting us help you with your medical entry preparation, but don’t think you’re in a position to afford anything, send us an email and we are more than happy to offer discuss discounts to help you on your journey In2Med, as a part of our commitment to ensuring accessible medical entry preparation for everyone.

Final Tips
However you choose to go about your preparation for the medical entrance process, just remember that commitment, sustained effort and a willingness to adapt and improve your strategies is pivotal. Plan your preparation and spread out your workload as best as you can. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or burnt out, take a break and adjust your approach.

There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you have put your all into something that you are truly passionate about.

Sahil Nandra is the Head of Content Creation at In2Med Australia. Having achieved a 99.95 ATAR and a 99th UCAT percentile, and with over 250 hours of tutoring experience, Sahil (along with the In2Med team) has designed both the Interview and UCAT preparation courses to maximise the unique and effective strategies for you, the student.

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