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Let’s get you started with your new membership so you can see for yourself why we’re NZ’s most trusted medical admissions experts!
About Your Membership
Your membership has been custom created depending on your needs. You will have been given a plan during your consultation about what to do and a plan to follow. Here we will outline this plan again so that you are crystal clear on how to spend your time and effort.
Premed is better together
Areas of Focus
Your advisor will have specified which of the following areas of focus are of a higher priority for you. As a general rule of thumb, most students need to focus on study skills, followed by UCAT, followed by pre-studying material, however if your advisor told you something different, their advice supersedes this general rule.
A good outcome is the natural and logical consequence of good processes. Just like throwing ingredients into an oven and having good intentions doesn’t produce a beautiful cake, simply “trying your best” and “working harder” doesn’t result in good grades when you’re competing at the top level.
- Strong study skills and systems
- Time management
- Stress management
- Career insight
Work through your study skills course if you have access to it. The recommended general guideline is for 2 hours per week with at least 10 hours per week of practice in between sessions. This means you learn some techniques for 2 hours, then practice those techniques for 10 hours during the week.
For most students, start with the FAST course, and if procrastination or time management are problems for you, concurrently work through the 40 hours a day course.
If you have a coach assigned to you, schedule in your session with them once they are available (as advised during your initial consultation).
In order to build career insight, listen to our podcast and write questions to ask yourself for the week. This helps to internalise the perspectives to make them your own. All of this will aid you massively for the interview!
An extension of the same principles from year 12, but now we want to work on UCAT and prestudy.
The ideal situation is to develop your self-study skills to a near-premed level, allowing you to finish studying year 13 much earlier, giving you time for premed prestudy.
- Work through study skills and UCAT courses from as early as possible.
- Finish all year 13 study by May
- Sit UCAT as practice in July
- Premed prestudy using our online academy courses starting from July-August, until exam revision season.
- Exam revision for end of year exams.
- Resume UCAT and premed prestudy over summer holidays after/before taking some well-deserved rest.
- Wrap up any additional preparation needed.
- Strong study skills and systems (aim to finish level 2 course on Finding Gravity by end of Year 13/beginning of premed)
- Time management
- Stress management
- Career insight
- UCAT practice and preparation (aim 150 hours of practice through course by end of Year 13) and 200 hours total by beginning of premed.
- Prestudy premed material (aim to complete 70% of first 3 core papers by end of year 13 and 80%+ by begining of premed.
The same basic schedule as year 12, however you may be able to reduce or increase the number of hours per week in order to meet the primary focus objectives above.
For example, if you are starting your preparation only at the end of year 13, you will need to commit 2 to 3 hours per day (or more) on UCAT preparation, and potentially 1 to 2 hours per day on study skills.
Those starting in January often need to use a 6 to 7 hour per day preparation schedule of 3 to 4 hours per day of UCAT, 1 hour of study skills followed by 3 hours of premed prestudy (practising the new techniques learned).
If you are assigned a coach, their guidance supersedes these general guidelines and they may recommend you to slow down your prestudy in order to solidify your study skills. This is of extreme importance and their advice should be considered as a top priority.
As a general rule of thumb, aim to complete at least 150 hours of UCAT preparation before premed year starts (or as close as possible). However, protect and ensure at least 5 hours per week on study skills development through our study skills course, and at least 10 hours per week on practising study skills techniques you have learned on premed material. You can use this general guideline to help schedule and plan out each day.
If you have more time available, aim for 200 hours of UCAT preparation, 7 hours of study skills, and 15 hours of premed prestudy/study skills practice.
One hour spent with a coach can be considered equivalent to 3 hours spent on the online study skills course.
Time to Sprint
If you’ve done the correct preparation, you should feel the effects and competitive advantage of superior study skills within the first 2 to 3 weeks.
- Focus on A+ grades in first semester.
- Continue listening to the podcast in preparation for MMI.
- Maintain UCAT training with 1 to 2 hours per week of upkeep.
- Sit the UCAT in July. By now you have an idea of your first semester grades and will know whether you are likely to receive an interview offer.
- Prestudy for MEDSCI 142 with our online academy (aim for 60-70% coverage by beginning of Semester 2 – should take approximately 3 hours per day).
- Sit our MMI course in July/August. This is the ideal time for preparation.
- Focus on A+ for MEDSCI while practising 2 to 3 hours per week on interview.
- Sit our realistic MMI simulation (if included in your MMI course option) after your end of year exams.
- Sit your real MMI.
- Enjoy an end of a fruitful year.
Things to look out for:
- If you notice that you are falling behind the A+ level within the first 2 weeks of semester, book a consultation with us or contact our student coordinator for additional help ASAP. There is a strong correlation between early difficulty and medical admissions failure with at least 80% of students creating unrecoverable issues for themselves in just the first 4 weeks.
We go through a detailed example study schedule in the orientation and optimisation course of our online academy.
Ensure that you follow this schedule (or a variation of it). We also recommend using our Academy every weekend to prestudy for the following week, even if you have already prestudied it before. This “multi-layered” approach to studying increases retention and dramatically saves you time overall.
All of our services or resources are designed to save you time, effort, stress and even money overall. If you are preparing without certain JTT membership features, follow the below revised guidelines:
- One hour of study skills course equates to approximately 10 hours of reading research on evidence-based learning theories and psychology. You can see a list of recommended learning principles to become competent in here.
- Because practice will be much less targeted and directed, you will need approximately 4 to 5 times the amount of practice to refine your study skills technique.
- One hour of studying premed material through our online academy is approximately equivalent to 3 to 4 hours of studying through course guide and textbook (this is because our academy courses are taught in a premed-student optimised way, with each of our tutors being trained to teach based on evidence-based teaching techniques and principles – you will notice a very big difference compared to how lecturers teach, who are not trained in such a way).
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Meet Irisha, Your New Best Friend
If you need any extra assistance with getting started or have any confusion, concerns or feedback, just book in a free call with Irisha, our student coordinator.
It’s her job to make sure you are feeling taken care of, well-supported and to ensure that we maintain our famous reputation of being the best student support service out there.
Irisha is more than happy to talk to you about any problem, no matter how big or small and we welcome you to book in, even if to clarify the smallest issue. If it’s a problem for you, it’s a problem for us, and Irisha is here to help you with it!