As the saying goes: “Fail to plan and plan to fail.”, making the most of your time now in preparing for the KFP is important. Whether it’s your first time, second or you’ve prepared for it multiple times, the quantity of work and the dimensions of work can be overwhelming. One of the most important aspects of planning your study is breaking down the areas into topic headings and focusing on aspects that are relevant to general practice.
1. Understand the five domains of general practice
When preparing for the KFP exam, you have to be familiar with the RACGP curriculum and the five domains of general practice, which are:
- Communication skills and the doctor-patient relationship
- Applied professional knowledge and skills
- Population health and the context of general practice
- Professional and ethical role
- Organisation and legal dimensions
A quick study guide is the top 30 presentations from the previous BEACH Data set.
2. Identify your areas of weakness
Too often candidates study areas where they already have significant knowledge and avoid areas with which they are uncomfortable with. This is understandable. Who would want to make life harder?
However, when it comes to KFP exam preparation, this is not a great idea. Often the areas that we are weak in require more time and effort and leaving it to the last minute may result in running out of time.
3. Use study methods that work for you
Everybody is unique and the way we take in information can also vary. Some people have photographic memories and reading information sticks in without any issues.
Others may have to read things multiple times and even then we can’t remember what we have just read. For this reason, it’s important to identify what learning style is best for you.
There are many theories about the best ways to learn. One of the popular theories is the VARK model that identifies four different learning styles. These are:
Identify what is the best way for you to learn and remember information while studying.
4. Stay on track with your study plan
When you start preparing for the KFP Exam, create a study plan for yourself and do your best to keep up with it.
Take the time to revise and review your plan along the way: have both long term and short term goals.
If you find that you are not achieving the standards or the timelines then maybe you need to rethink your approach – the way you study, or rethink what you are studying and if these are both valid and important, then maybe it’s time to rethink the timing of your exam.
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