This week I attended: “Part A Revision Seminar: How to Answer Questions!”
This was a useful session which (thankfully) built up my confidence and also provided some useful practical tips, which I thought might be helpful to share.
(I would like to acknowledge and thank Kirsteen Macleod (ST5) for sharing her wisdom and collated advice – the following information have been taken from her presentation)
ARGH I’ve got to answer a question – how do I start?
- Identify what aspect of the curriculum the question covers
- Do a brain dump of all ideas/knowledge/critiques… e.g. spider diagram
- Think laterally – why is this important to public health? Have wider determinents been considered?
- Identify an appropriate structure (something logical, e.g. framework)
- Write a structured answer with bullet points, neat handwriting and headings
- Use examples to illustrate your answer
What (other than knowledge) is essential to PASS the exam?
- Be vigilant with timing (you must attempt ALL questions)
- Write legibly
- Plan your answers
- Structure sensibly
- Work logically through all aspects of the question – be sure to ANSWER THE WHOLE QUESTION
*UPDATE* Health Knowledge have uploaded a page of useful information for Part A preparation here