Everyone wants to pass exams the first time, after all, it is a natural instinct to do well.
As a medical student you are expected to juggle your personal life and clinical and academic study – exams, tests and assignments, managing all this can be tricky!
But there are positive steps you can take to avoid getting too overwhelmed and achieve the pass you deserve.
Eight point plan to exam success
- Voice concerns early. If you’re worried about anything, raise it with your university early on. Do not wait until the last minute. Support and advice is always available, and being open about concerns may mean the difference between pass and fail.
- Seek support. Contact your university’s student support officers, speak to your tutor or utilise the BMA’s facilities (e.g. BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisory Service). The most accomplished people will tell you they had a team of support around them – success is rarely achieved by someone working independently.
- Consider your options. Whether you choose to take a break, or time-out is suggested, consider that time away from university and exam pressures doesn’t mean you’re defeated, it means you’ll gain greater clarity and purpose by stepping aside momentarily.
- Ask for feedback. If you have not done as well has you had hoped in an exam, seek feedback on where you may require extra support so you can be sure to nail it next time.
- Revision strategy. Is your current method of revision still working for you? Brainstorm methods with friends – perhaps there’s a simple yet more effective option you’re not utilising. Remember to always take regular breaks while studying, regardless of your methods.
- Watch a webinar. Take a short break and view one of our informative and inspiring webinars, like our webinar on wellbeing for medical students.
- Lean on loved ones. If you are worried about telling family and friends about challenges or concerns, don’t be! This support network is the one most likely to help you rediscover your positive outlook, setting you back on the right track.
- One step at a time. Most importantly, don’t let exam stress or an unexpected result affect your confidence, just take the lesson and move forward by focusing on the future.
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