Study tips

Wake up at the right time

Apparently, most people sleep in 90 min cycles. So if for example, you go to sleep for 6 hours, it’s actually 4 cycles, of 90 min each.

The theory is that if you wake up in the middle of one of these cycles, you wake up exhausted and groggy.

If you wake up at the end of a cycle, you feel more fresh.



Structure your day

Try this technique, it’s called ‘Pomodoro’ (it means ‘tomatoe‘ in italian !).

You study for about 15-25 min chunks, then take a 5 min break.

After four ‘chunks’ you take a longer break e.g. 30 min.



Are you sitting comfortably?

This is such an important topic, it has a whole page dedicated to it.




Some people find it easier to study with some background noise.





Use the right tools

Glass whiteboard.

There like normal whiteboards, but never get worn out.

They can be really expensive so instead use a glass chopping board with a white backing e.g. click here.




You really don’t want to get repetitive strain injury when your a little older.

Save yourself the agony and buy an ergonomic mouse, or better still a tablet device.


Learn the key words for MCQ’s

MCQ’s are a lot easier once you know which key words are linked with a particular answer.

I made this database which links keywords from the question to an answer.

E.g.  If you read the following words in the question ‘halitosis, regurgitation and neck lump’ you know the answer is ‘pharyngeal pouch’.

It doesn’t matter when the symptoms start, or how old he is or if was fish and chips or beans on toast.

One you read the key words, you just need to select the answer and move on.

No more thought needed.

No more time needed pondering over the question.



Day of the exam

Take a bottle of water into the exam room.



Keele medical students only

Past OSCE exams


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