GAMSAT Exam Study - Where to Start?
14 May, 2019
So you’ve decided to sit the GAMSAT: You know you have to study, you’ve read about all the areas you should cover before the exam
– but where do you start? How do you actually sit down and begin to study?
I don’t know about you, but the most difficult part of any study regime for me is just beginning, breaking down that initial hurdle and actually sitting down to study.
It turns out the secret isn’t rushing into things, but setting yourself up well beforehand. In that vein, I thought I'd share some of the strategies that really help when trying to figure out where to start your GAMSAT Prep:
#1 – Know what you’re in for
So if you’re reading this and thinking, ‘Study? GAMSAT? Strategies?’ you may not know too much about what the GAMSAT involves. And that’s okay for now; however, if you’re planning on sitting the GAMSAT and really want to feel prepared on exam day, I’d recommend you educate yourself a bit about the test itself. A good start would be the ACER information booklet
, which is especially useful for finding out the date and what to bring on the day, etc.
There’s also a really good guide here
that gives an overview of the GAMSAT content, test-day structure and timing, etc. It also outlines which skills the GAMSAT is actually looking for, which is essential to knowing what and how to study (before you start!).
So now that you’re a GAMSAT expert, it’s time to start thinking about your plan of action.
#2 – Have a long-term plan
Before starting any kind of preparation, it’s important to have an outline of the content you need to cover and the time-frame in which you expect to complete it. I’d recommend reading this comprehensive guide on GAMSAT preparation
, which is a really great guide for all your GAMSAT preparation needs. Having a plan laid out is the best way to know where to start, and to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the prospect of GAMSAT study.
If you have a plan of what
needs to be covered, and you lay out a time of when
you will cover it, with your highest priorities first, beginning will be an easy thing to do.
However, in saying that, there are a few more things that I like to do before starting a big assignment or study schedule, to make sure I don’t freak out or burn out too quickly.
#3 – Make a study zone
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but I’m going to say it again because it really helps create a good start to any study regime: you need to have a specific place to study that is free of distractions and suited to your liking. Whether you work better in busy libraries, a quiet dark bedroom or a sun-filled spacious study, it’s important to organise and establish yourself there before getting started.
This way, when you finally work up the courage to hit the books, you’ll be setting yourself up for success.
#4 – Wondering where to start? Start with something achievable!
Speaking of setting yourself up for success, in my opinion, the worst
thing you can do when beginning study for any exam is beginning with something you find really difficult. In saying this, I don’t mean leave all the hard stuff to the end. What I mean is, when you sit down for the first time and perhaps even for the first time every study day thereafter, start at least the first half hour or so with something you’re good at.
This is a great way to boost your enthusiasm and confidence in studying, and avoid those terrible thoughts of ‘wow I really can’t do this’ (which for me always lead to several hours or more of procrastination).
At the same time, it’s really important to identify your areas of weakness and allocate time to addressing them.
So if you’ve read all of this and still feel like you’re not ready to start
the journey of studying for the GAMSAT, just remember that you’ll be well-equipped if you have:
- A good understanding of what the GAMSAT involves
- A structured, individualised long-term plan
- An established place to study that suits your style
- Set out a few achievable tasks to start with that will get you on a roll
And remember, you only have to start your study for the next GAMSAT once. Then you’ll be one task closer to reaching your study goal and feeling prepared for exam day!
We hope we helped answer your question regarding GAMSAT where to start. Now that you’ve taken the first step, next you need to get an estimate of how many steps it would take to reach your goal. Check out a related article written by one of GradReady
’s expert tutors, How Long Does It Take to Prepare for the GAMSAT