Ari Horesh University of Pavia, Italy4th of March, 2023
The International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT) is a critical exam for students who wish to study medicine in Italy. To succeed in the IMAT, thorough preparation is essential. One option for students looking to prepare for the exam is to enroll in an IMAT preparation course. Various IMAT preparation courses are available, including free courses and paid courses run by different providers, such as myself. In this article, we will explore IMAT preparation courses, how they work, and the benefits of enrolling in one. We will also consider the factors to consider when deciding whether to join a preparation course.
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Before deciding whether to enroll in an IMAT preparation course, it is essential to consider several factors. These factors include your background knowledge of the subject matter, experience with self-study, budget, study preferences, coaching needs, available study time, university preferences, and your goals for the IMAT.
|Factors to Consider||Questions to Ask Yourself|
|Background Knowledge||What is my current understanding of the IMAT subject matter?|
|Self-Study Experience||How well do I typically perform with self-study?|
|Budget||What is my budget for IMAT preparation?|
|Study Preferences||Do I prefer structured studying or independent studying?|
|Coaching Needs||Will having someone to coach me help me?|
|Available Study Time||How much time can I dedicate to studying for the IMAT each day?|
|University Preferences||What is my first-choice university?|
|Goals||Is it crucial for me to get accepted this year? Can I wait a year?|
By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision about whether an IMAT preparation course is right for you and choose the best one to meet your needs. Whether you are a first-time test-taker or looking to improve your score, this article will provide you with the insights you need to succeed in the IMAT.
Can I Study for The IMAT for Free?
If you’re on a tight budget or prefer to study independently, you might wonder if you can study for the IMAT for free. The answer is yes. Studying for the IMAT for free is entirely possible using the resources available online on this website. However, it’s essential to remember that studying for the IMAT using free resources requires discipline, self-motivation, and a willingness to create your structure and order.
Our website offers plenty of free resources and books to help you prepare for the IMAT. These resources can be helpful if you are confident in your ability to study independently and do not need additional help. However, it’s essential to understand that studying for the IMAT using free resources means you will lack the structure and guidance of an IMAT preparation course (Which can be a problem for some people, but for some it can be absolutely okay).
Suppose you have a strong background in the subject matter, feel confident in your study skills, and are comfortable with a self-directed study approach. In that case, studying for the IMAT using free resources could be a good option. However, if you need more guidance, structure, and support, then it may be worth considering an IMAT preparation course instead.
People who can study independently for the IMAT exam:
- High school students who are used to studying alone already have a background in these subjects, and the material is still fresh.
- People with a background in at least one of the subjects of the IMAT.
People who shouldn’t study independently for the IMAT exam:
- Older people who haven’t studied in a few years, especially international students who may not be familiar with the subject matter.
- People with difficulty focusing or staying motivated without a structured approach to learning.
- People with learning disorders find it difficult to get motivated to sit and study, and they need someone to keep them accountable.
- Individuals with a limited background in the subjects of the IMAT or who are not confident in their study skills.
Everyone has different learning styles and preferences, so it’s essential to consider your situation carefully before deciding to study for the IMAT. While some people can study successfully using free resources and self-directed learning, others may need more structured guidance and support. In the next section, we’ll explore the benefits of enrolling in an IMAT preparation course and how it can help you succeed in the exam.
The Problem with IMAT Preparation Courses and How I Solved It
When I was an IMAT candidate, only a few IMAT courses were available online, and the quality was deficient. Many students were dissatisfied with the instruction level, which created a wave of students who developed a negative connotation towards IMAT preparation courses and did not recommend them to others. Additionally, physical offline IMAT preparation courses were available but were prohibitively expensive in most countries, with an average cost of 4 to 6k EURs.
In 2022, I took a gap year and dedicated myself to creating an affordable solution allowing students to study for the IMAT at a fraction of the cost of other courses. My goal was to provide students with a comprehensive course that would always offer free study materials online while also being affordable.
Another problem with IMAT preparation courses is that many students in a class are usually slower than others, which forces tutors to teach the material more slowly. To solve this problem, I created multiple study planners and packages that students can choose from based on their experience. This allows the course progress and study to be customized to each student. Students can contact my team and me with any questions, upload questions to forums, and update us on their progress. We provide custom-made coaching sessions for each student, ensuring that they receive personalized attention and support.
My approach to IMAT preparation courses provides students with an affordable and comprehensive solution that offers a sea of study material and one-on-one help. By finding and addressing each student’s weak spots, I can help them pass the IMAT exam. This way, I can address the problems that many students face with other IMAT preparation courses and provide a solution that offers affordable, high-quality instruction and personalized attention.
How To Get The Best Out of My IMAT Preparation Course
To get the most out of your IMAT preparation course, there are several steps you can take to ensure that you are getting the most comprehensive and practical instruction possible. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your course:
- Use the class forums and study materials: To maximize your learning, it is essential to use the class forums and study materials provided. Be sure to read all of the questions my past students have asked over the years, and first try to solve the questions yourself before checking the answer provided.
- Be active and contact me for everything you need: If you have any questions or concerns about your studies, don’t hesitate to contact me. It’s essential to be active and engage with the course materials and coaching to get the most out of your preparation course.
- Choose the right package for you: I offer three different packages to meet the needs of different students. The first package is affordable and offers almost 1000 videos and summaries covering the most important sections and points of many exams. The second package includes coaching with me, which is ideal for students who want to study independently but need someone to give them feedback and keep them accountable. The third package is an online class that includes everything, even three months of studies. In this package, we will not only learn the material but also practice it and see the possible ways the exam writers might trick the candidates when asking questions.
By following these tips, you can make the most of your IMAT preparation course and ensure you get the most comprehensive and practical instruction possible. You can feel confident and prepared to succeed in the IMAT exam with personalized attention and support.
IMAT Course Benefits: The Importance of Having Someone to Critique You
When preparing for the IMAT exam, it’s easy to fall into the trap of developing a “self-protective” bubble around yourself without realizing your weaknesses or how to fix them. This is where having someone to critique you can be invaluable.
It’s common for people to study things they already know to feel more confident before the exam. However, this technique can lead to failure, and many people do it without realizing it. Having someone outside your bubble can provide valuable insight and honest feedback to help you focus on areas you need to improve.
At my IMAT preparation course, I provide personalized coaching and feedback to help my students focus on their areas of weakness. This ensures that they are prepared for any curveballs thrown at them during the exam. Having someone who can tell you the truth and point out things you don’t know but will appear on the exam is essential.
In addition to providing coaching and feedback, I also offer a community forum where students can interact with each other and share their experiences. This offers the opportunity to receive feedback and critiques from other students preparing for the IMAT.
Having someone to critique you is essential while preparing for the IMAT. It can help you identify your weak areas and focus on improving them, leading to tremendous success on the exam. By enrolling in my IMAT preparation course, you can receive personalized coaching, feedback, and community support to help you reach your goals.
Should I Join an IMAT Preparation Course?
Here’s a table summarizing the pros and cons of taking an IMAT preparation course:
|Provides structure and guidance in studying||It can be expensive, depending on the course|
|Offers comprehensive study materials and resources||It may not be necessary for students with solid backgrounds in the subject matter|
|Personalized attention and coaching from experienced tutors||Some students may prefer to study independently|
|Can help identify and address areas of weakness||The quality of courses can vary, so you have to find the right course for you|
|Can provide a sense of community and support||It may not be necessary for students who excel in self-directed learning|
|Can offer practice exams and strategies for test-taking||Some courses may not be tailored to the specific needs of individual students|
Ultimately, the decision to join an IMAT preparation course is a personal one and depends on various factors. Students who can comfortably afford a preparation course may benefit from the personalized attention, structure, and comprehensive study materials that it provides. The marginal gains gained from a course can make the difference of one point allowing you to pass the exam. However, for those who cannot afford a preparation course, many resources on my website can help you prepare for the IMAT exam, including free study materials, a supportive community forum, and free study planners. By taking advantage of these resources and studying diligently, you can still succeed on the IMAT exam.