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What’s it like to study on a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Course

22nd June 2017

Wondering what studying a Problem-Based Learning course is like? In this blog, our writer Natalia tells us what PBL courses are like to study. What is PBL? Just as the name implies, Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a form of teaching which is centred round a “problem” or scenario. The scenarios can be real or fictional,…

4 Methods for Choosing a Medical School

21st June 2017

With 34 different medical schools in the UK, compared to the hundreds of options available for other courses, some might believe that it’s straightforward to narrow down your four options, but is it? Here are just some of the ways that you can narrow down your choices. Method 1: UKCAT Score After scoring 2970 on…

UKCAT Abstract Reasoning tips

UKCAT Abstract Reasoning Tips: Top 3 Strategies

20th June 2017

The UKCAT is an extremely difficult exam consisting of 5 main components. Of these, Abstract Reasoning is considered by most the hardest. I mean, how many other times in your life do you need to pick out patterns in pictures of shapes? Here are my 3 top tips to help prepare you for one of…

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Weekly News Summary – 19th June 2017

19th June 2017

Welcome to this week’s edition of the news summary blog. This blog will cover the highlights in medical news from 12th to 18th of June. This week has seen data published that indicates the cuts are being made to drug addiction services despite the fact the UK is now the drug overdose capital of Europe….

How I Picked My Medical School: Katie – UCL

15th June 2017

Wondering how to pick the right medical school for you? This blog series looks at how current medical students chose their schools. In this post, Katie tells us how she chose UCL. Microsoft Excel. No wait, hear me out. Make a really big table, with the things you want down the side, and the universities…

Charity Work to Medicine

How to Apply Charity Work to Medicine

14th June 2017

Are you worried about not having any clinical work experience in your application to medical school? This blog will give you some pointers on getting the most out of any charity work you may have had. When I sat down to start writing my personal statement, I made a mind map and thought about all…

UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Tips

UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Tips: Top 3 Strategies

13th June 2017

Want UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning tips? You’ve come to the right place! The second section of the UKCAT is Quantitative Reasoning. It assesses the application of your numerical skills to a problem solving type scenario. There are 36 questions and only 24 minutes. I found this the most difficult section as it was the most time…


Weekly News Summary – 12th June 2017

12th June 2017

Welcome back to this week’s edition of the news summary at The Medic Portal. This blog brings you the key health stories that occurred from 3rd to 11th June. This week figures published show that the NHS is missing waiting list targets and is struggling to meet increasing demands. New research has also been published…

How I chose my medical school

How I Picked My Medical School: Riley – King’s College London

8th June 2017

Wondering how to pick the right medical school for you? This blog series looks at how current medical students chose their schools. In this post, Riley tells us how they chose King’s College London. Location When I first was deciding where I wanted to apply to medical school, I didn’t know anything other than that…

A-Level Exams

How to Prepare for Your A-Level Exams

7th June 2017

If you’re in Year 13, you will be preparing your final A-Level exams this summer. Here’s a quick guide of three key exam preparation tips to help you perform to your best ability for your upcoming exams. 1. Use preparation materials Examination boards design exam papers with the syllabus, official revision book and past papers…


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