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How and When To Use Inverted Commas On GAMSAT Section 2

Here’s a handy trick and an easy way to slightly confuse any examiner reading your essay: When you’re writing just ‘sometimes’ put words inside single inverted commas. It’s important to do this as ‘often’ as possible in ‘order’ to have the optimally confusing effect.

Contraindications: This is actually a mistake. Don’t do this. It will definitely lose you marks and you might already even be doing it without realising because it’s such a common mistake in written communication. Continue reading

Why I Love Tutoring GAMSAT Section 2

What I do, in the broadest sense, is help students to express themselves more clearly and precisely.

I believe that everybody has something interesting to say. Everybody has their own opinions, ideas and experiences filed away in their mind. My job is to help you unleash them in a way that nets you more exam points.

My job is not to put ideas in your head and tell you what to say, but to give you the tools to express the ideas that are already there in ways that will be easily understood by an examiner.

While tutoring GAMSAT students I get to meet many very talented and highly determined people. My favourite part of interacting with these students is the moment when they start to get the hang of writing. I love teaching written communication because so often enabling someone to communicate more confidently is like handing them a magic wand. Once they realise what they’ve got I can stand back and watch as they blow my mind! Continue reading

How To Write A Story For GAMSAT Section 2

It comes as a shock to most students when they hear that you don’t have to write an essay to pass GAMSAT Section 2. Most commercial guidebooks encourage students to stick to the essay format because it is easier to teach. Nevertheless it is perfectly possible, and often helpful, to allow yourself experiment with other styles of written communication when preparing for this exam.

As with essay writing, there are a couple of things you need to make sure you do if you’re going to write a successful GAMSAT story:

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Best GAMSAT Essays 2015

In my time as a GAMSAT tutor I have corrected hundreds of essays by prospective medical students. The following are three of my favourites that were sent to me last year. Each shows a different style and each is great in its own way, but they also have a couple of key things in common. See if you can figure out what they are!

 

“The fate of a child is in the hands of his parents”

I interpret the above quote to mean that parents play an important role in a child’s development.

Child development and resulting behavioural traits have been shown to be affected by a complex interaction of numerous factors like heredity, parents, peers and environment to create the fate of the child. Other factors include health and education of parents, family finances, birth order, friends, outcome of child’s attempts at self-actualization, neighbours as well as extended family. Continue reading

The Purpose of GAMSAT Section 2

I have a pal out in Sydney who coaches business people and the like to help them motivate themselves for work and life. His guiding principle is that if you can figure out ‘why’ you’re doing the work you are, you will be far more successful in motivating yourself to achieve your goals.

I’ve found this perspective to be pretty helpful in my own coaching work, and the following is an explanation for why GAMSAT Section 2 is important, and what you might be doing it for. Continue reading