Maintain the optimal physical & mental health (your productivity depends on your health)
Identify your learning style, academic strengths, and weaknesses.
Analyze the exam scheme, pattern, syllabus & high yield.
Smart study plan (Plan & strategies for a time-efficient comprehensive review).
Choose the appropriate materials for the preparation.
Effective time management.
Regular Revisions to improve recall.
Practice tests regularly & attempt mock tests.
1. Focus on your FMGE preparation:
Focus is the art of concentrating your interests or activities that are the foremost & important determinants of your success in the FMGE.
Keep in mind that your exam preparation is equivalent to a runner preparing for a marathon race, therefore, you need to retain your focus throughout the preparation, not to let your body and mind to slack off until your entire exam is over.
DMA’s formula of FOCUS (Mnemonics FOCUS):
F = Find your ambiance (comfortable & soothing for you without any distractions).
O= Organize (Schedule your revision & prioritize what to be revised within the time frame).
C = Cut off your procrastination (It’s very important to escape from procrastinations like chitchats & don forget time is the precious resource now).
U = Undo your negative thinking (Think only positive, avoid Naysayers & Negative talkers.You can’t manage to waste your energy with negative thoughts during this time).
S = Sustain your persistence (participate completely without slacking off until you crack the FMGE).
Basic physical to be taken care (your productivity depends on your health):
Eat well-balanced meals comprising complex carbohydrates and proteins
Get adequate sleep (minimum 7 hrs)
Sleep research & Study Skills
During sleep, your brain sorts through the things you studied earlier, organizes them, considers them, calculates them, decides what’s important and what’s not.
This process changes the physical structure of the brain cells so that specific pieces of knowledge are etched more permanently in memory especially during Slow Wave Sleep referred to as consolidation.
Do mild exercise
Take no medications that could compromise your thinking
Emotional needs to be taken care:
Do stress reduction exercises and deep-breathing exercises/meditate.
Fortify yourself with positive self-talk (positive attitude will have a great impact on your preparation & direct you to achieve your goal but avoid negative attitude which will drain your energy)
3. Identify your learning style, academic strengths, and weaknesses for FMGE preparation:
Learning style is a combo of psychological profile combined with the pattern of learning new information. Each of you possesses a unique learning style that might make you unsuitable to fit into a generalized study plan, therefore, it brings a necessity for you to customize & improvise your own plan.
Academic strengths and weaknesses: the effort & time spent on topics depends on your background knowledge in the topics, therefore, its essential to identify your academic strengths and weaknesses before strategizing your study plan.
4. Smart study plan for FMGE preparation (Plan/strategies for a time-efficient comprehensive review):
Working harder without proper guidelines shall sway away from reaching your goal.
A smart study plan should be devised based on your learning style, your strengths/weaknesses analysis of syllabus & high yield topics in order to boost the efficiency of preparation without wasting your energy & time.
Know the updated syllabus: The Syllabus for the FMGE is as per the Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by Medical Council of India with prior approval of Government of India (mciindia.org)
Analyze the mark distribution, high yield chapters & topics.
Strategy depending on the weightage/difficulty.
Strengths vs weaknesses: Appreciate your strengths, and identify your weaknesses, so you can fill up the gaps in your knowledge.
Highly yield subjects, chapters & topics should be given more importance.
The time you spend per subject depends upon:
Your basic knowledge in the subject (Cover weak areas first → go to your stronger areas→ returning at the end of your entire review to those subjects you once considered your weak areas)
Tougher subjects/topics first → easier ones later
Plan to spend more time on those subjects that gave you trouble, and less time on your strong subjects.
Revision materials: organize your revision notes or acquire some specialized revision materials (QRS for FMGE) exclusively for revision purpose (should be used parallel with the reading materials & for the revision later)
MCQs: Practice tests in latest pattern & Past papers (NBE including FMGE & DNB)
Avoid using multiple & unfamiliar materials to prevent confusion, delay in preparation & make your revision easy + effective.
Completing the scheduled tasks within the time frame is one of the biggest hurdles for most of the FMGE aspirants.
Success demands self-discipline, steady commitment, and a sense of humor, therefore construct your schedule so that you intersperse serious times with fun times.
Develop your personal schedule so that you can create a realistic study plan based on:
Time of the day or night are you most alert?
Your preference for large blocks of study time or hourly increments.
How much sleep do you need?
Duration of the breaks & the activities you seek when you take a break.
The very important point to be emphasized: This schedule is not strict/rigid & should be modified according to your happy hours + convenience & high energy slots, however, you need to adhere to an organized study schedule from 9 m to 5 pm daily because this time frame is during which the FMGE will be conducted.
Self-discipline: Success is not possible without strict adherence to the schedule.