GAMSAT Exam Study: Where to Start?
26 July, 2021
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?
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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 getting 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 preparation.
#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. While that’s okay for now, if you’re planning on sitting the GAMSAT, you ought to feel prepared on exam day, and I’d recommend you educate yourself a bit about the test itself. The best place to start on that front is the ACER information booklet, which is especially useful for finding out the key dates, what to bring on the day, and general GAMSAT FAQs.
There’s also a really good guide here on GradReady that gives an overview of the GAMSAT content, test-day structure and timing, etc. It also outlines the skills that 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 timeframe in which you expect to complete it. Having a plan laid out is the best way to know where to start, as well as being a way 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. Ensure your study space meets your personal needs.
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. Instead, 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 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 leads to further 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 study plan
- An established place to study that suits your learning style
- A few achievable tasks to start with that will get you on a roll
- Identified your areas of weakness on which to focus your study
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.
You can find more general GAMSAT Prep advice here.