Tips and suggestions

Before the progress test

  • Taking a progress test requires excellence of performance. A good night’s rest before the test is important.
  • Do not revise but relax before going to bed.
  • Get up in time and have a good breakfast.
  • Leave in good time (do not catch the last possible bus or train, your bike may have a puncture, etc.)
  • If you know from previous experiences that you are distracted by noise and other students leaving the room very quickly, you should talk about this with the student counsellor.
  • Bring food and something to drink. Sufficient liquids and food help your brain function optimally.
  • It can be very helpful to revise questions by yourself or with others, who may approach texts very differently than you do. Writing progress test items yourself can also provide interesting insights, especially when you ask a friend to answer your questions. Also discuss how your friend read/interpreted your questions.
  • It is important to keep up to date with developments in health care and medicine. Subscribe to a medical journal or read one in the library every week. This is a good way to (a) start a habit of lifelong learning and (b) revise subjects from past blocks. Moreover, this journals often present vacancies: this can be interesting with respect to your career choice.

During the progress test

  • Take regular breaks of several minutes during the test (at least four to five times, for instance every thirty minutes or after each category); in that way you reduce attention spans and you can relax more frequently; start a break with a brief relaxation exercise (for instance tensing and relaxing your arms and legs by pushing against the arms of the chair or the floor).
  • Do not rush and take no notice of others who need much more or much less time.
  • A general rule: make quick decisions; do not spend too much time “searching for” answers.

After the progress test

  • After almost all progress tests, students’ comments lead to removal of ‘bad’ items or key changes. It is useful to carefully study the items you answered incorrectly: a key change may mean 2 extra points.