A:   When it’s just a BIG pile of books!

books-752657__480With just under six months to go until the RACGP written exams, planning your study should ‘be done and dusted‘.

But what is study planning?

It is so much more than a big pile of books, a long lists of resources, or a plan to read all the Check Magazines and Australian Family Physicians for the last five years, and ‘Murtagh’ cover to cover three times.   If that’s all that is required to pass the exams, why have exams in the first place?

The RACGP exams assess the way you contextually apply your knowledge, so learning the facts alone is not enough.

So what is the solution to turning that long list of hyperlinks and stack of journals into a successful plan?

The answer is:   40:30:20:10

The 40:30:20:10 rule helps you to prioritise the importance of the topics that you are studying and to allocate your time accordingly.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Generate a topic list (Hint:  the RACGP Curriculum is a good place to start)
  2. Categorise the topics as follows:
    i.  common and important (40% of your study time), e.g. Hypertension
    ii.  less common but important (30% of your study time), e.g. Dermatology
    iii.  common but less important (20% of your study time), e.g. Genetics
    iv.  less common and less important (10% of your study time), e.g. Custodial health       Note:   Think about how your practice context affects your categorisation.
  3. Work out how many weeks until the exam, and how much time you have to study each week.

  4. Divide up the topics (and resources) using the percentages over the number of hours and weeks.  Leave some revision time at the end. 
  5. Document your plan and review it weekly to see how you are travelling.

starofgeneralpracticeP.S.  Don’t forget about the Domains of General Practice in each topic.




If you haven’t started your study plan, we’re happy to develop one for you, individualised to your needs, accompanied by a useful resource list.

For further information please Contact us.
To request a Study Plan, please complete an Education Support Form.

Study plan:            $100 + GST
Study plan Plus:    $200 + GST

Study plan  incorporates a learning needs analysis, study plan, and resource links.

Study plan Plus includes a half hour discussion with a Medical Education Consultant to discuss how to make your study plan more effective.

Start planning effectively now and you will feel more organised and confident in the lead up to the exams!



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