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    Tania Bryne
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    I am trying my best, I have been studying since September. I finished one biology book and moved to the next. Yesterday I was doing BMAT biology tests and got 8 out of 17 questions wrong. Don’t even get me started on other subjects. I fail to understand AS and A level of Chemistry. Everyday Chemistry study sessions have became a torture. It’s true I have been out of high school for years and never studied biology in high school (Long story short, because we had majors in high school and I didn’t choose biology).

    Of course I couldn’t even get 1 question right when I had just started but this slow improvement isn’t gonna take me anywhere considering the rise in non-eu minimum grade. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Why am I not improving????

    Dorsey Hamilton updated 1 week, 5 days ago 8 Members · 12 Replies
  • Erina

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    March 6, 2022 at 3:29 pm
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    I feel you 🙁

    At my rate, which is a slow progress, Im not making it to med school this year.

    One thing to note is that BMAT syllabus is slightly different from IMAT. As far as I know, radioactivity and wave length, wave frequency questions are not included in the IMAT no need to spend time on what isnt relevant. Have not done a complete reconciliation of the two though, so make sure to have a look yourself too.

    For me, I just decided to step up my game… being more structured; no snoozing, waking up on time, eating healthy which I honestly never did before, finding as much practise questions, simulators, pre-made anki decks, past papers, online communities, any relevant material, looking up answers from multiple angles to see which ones fit my way of understanding the most, thinking of shortcuts to solving problems, and also taking short breaks in between to do a hobby to refresh and do something I love.

    Praying for the best for both you, myself and all students who are genuinely, whole heartedly, achingly wanting to get to med school. Who NEED it, not want it.

    Lara Kuzu voted upAhmetcan Yalçın voted up
    • Lara Kuzu

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      March 7, 2022 at 7:08 pm
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      very genuine and sweet ☺️

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      • Erina

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        March 8, 2022 at 2:08 am
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        😊 thanks lovely

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  • Mark MarkR

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    March 5, 2022 at 8:59 am
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    What exam are you planning on taking? IMAT or BMAT?

    • Tania Bryne

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      March 6, 2022 at 1:26 pm
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      IMAT but Im doing BMAT practice questions

      • Mark MarkR

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        March 8, 2022 at 5:16 pm
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        It sounds to me that you need to learn the content before trying questions. Doing a few BMAT questions can be helpful before you have learned all the content, but it should not be your main method of content learning.

        My advice is to start learning biology and chemistry, Ari has a free course is very good for learning the content, you can also use his study planner from 2021 or 2020 and the textbooks he recommends for these subjects (these are just the recommended textbooks however, you can use others, ideally cambridge since cambridge is the one that writes the exam). If you run into trouble understanding a certain topic, use youtube and you will find a video explaining it.

        Knowing the content itself is not enough in my opinion, as the IMAT has a special way of asking questions and it helps to know how the question works and any methods you can learn to apply to these questions, this saves you a lot of time and you will be able to memorise certain ways to solve specific question types that the IMAT asks. There are courses that teach you methods to solve certain IMAT style questions, which is a great way to boost marks and to know what kind of things to focus on. I personally use IMAT Buddy for this and found it to be very helpful (this is just my personal opinion however).

        Also make sure you are studying correctly. Just making notes is not enough, you should use anki so that you can remember everything you learn. Finally you should also start doing BMAT questions, they are not always identical to the IMAT but they are similar (this you already know I think since you are practicing). After this attempt IMAT papers (try save a few for a date closer to the exam so you can practice close to the exam).

        Overall, do not stress too much, you have 6 months left and if you do these things you will be fine.

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      • Tania Bryne

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        March 8, 2022 at 9:26 pm
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        Thanks a lot, great explanation, I will try these out.

  • Kim Chye

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    May 20, 2022 at 1:09 pm
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    It’s been 2 months since this discussion was opened, but I’ll answer nevertheless, maybe it could be of some help

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    As Erina suggested above anki desks hugely improve your game, but one advice from me – don’t use pre-made by others. Create your own desks. As example you might start learning anki desk from someone else, and learn that one question from it, but you might not be able to link it from where it came – or why is it even there. When you create your own desks, and you do such while reading and studying the topic itself – you know why you’re adding that question – as in there’s some important fact to remember – you know where else it is linked to, thus you’re able to create connections in your head.

    You’ve written that you finished one biology book already, that’s a great progress and if it was Pearson, it should’ve been enough for the IMAT. My suggestion on this is that you might’ve forgotten some from it, so you could review the hardest topics + create anki for them (don’t forget to use them later! the anki itself shows what you need to review with the needed frequency, you can seek for tutorials on YT to make its settings even more suitable for yourself) + AND watch videos on YT about the same topics. There’re some great channels such as Ninjanerd – for detailed explanations; Amoeba sisters – short videos but give general view; Professor Dave explains; Crash course with Hank Green is also good.

    Also, don’t forget to see the bigger picture of everything you learn. To connect one topic to another. Details are important, but being able to see everything in general is important as equally

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    Chemistry is something that I’m struggling myself with, especially it’s easy to get overwhelmed with it, so I would suggest to start from the very basics. Take the chemistry book and start studying from the very beginning using IMAT syllabus or even better use the already made by Ari IMAT planner it can be found here on the website. Go to the page 8 there, starting from day 41 there’s chemistry so you could start counting as day 1 for yourself from there.

    If you’re having a hard time with one topic – there is always a YT video for it, organic chemistry tutor channel is a great one when it comes to explaining such. Integrate them with the readings and it’ll make it easier for you.

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    Remember if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, take some deep breaths, calm down and sort your head out first, Write out your feelings in a notebook and take one step at a time.

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      June 6, 2022 at 4:00 pm
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      Hi Kim and Mark, do you guys have any chemistry and physics anki decs I could use? I have managed to find good biology ones on anki web, but nothing good out there for imat specific chemistry and physics.

  • Dorsey Hamilton

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    June 5, 2022 at 1:31 am
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    Мaybe it’s all anxietymaybe it’s all anxiety…

  • Lisa ellisael

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    June 17, 2022 at 9:50 am
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    I feel like this feeling f insufficiency is a rite of passage and you should not give it more import than necessary. And like you yourself mentioned, having started out with getting zero answers correctly to now answering more than half of them correctly is already a huge step towards your aspirations. P.s. I have found referring to this Q&A library v useful.

  • Dorsey Hamilton

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    June 19, 2022 at 2:57 pm
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    I understand you very much, because chemistry is just torture for me, and how many times I did not gain patience, it ended the same way, I am very glad that chemistry was left behind. I want to wish you more patience and perseverance