Category Archives: Tutorials

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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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

Getting Over Writer’s Block

‘Writer’s Block’ is a condition whereby you just cant seem to get the words out. You sit down to brainstorm and nothing happens. You try to think but nothing comes to you. You have an essay or a letter or a story to write but no ideas seem to flow.

There are different degrees to which you can be affected by writer’s block, but the cause is always the same: Fear.

Fear of writing shit. Fear of writing improper sentences and unacceptable statements. Fear of writing anything that won’t accomplish the important task you have set before you. And the worst part is, it always seems to get more severe as the importance of the task increases.

Writer’s Block arises as a result of over-regulation of your own words. The words are there – they are trying to come out, but you are subconsciously filtering out anything that conflicts with what you think you should say. Continue reading