With just over sixteen weeks to go until the RACGP written exams, planning your study should ‘be done and dusted‘.   But, if you’ve left your run a little late, we’d like to share some words of wisdom to ensure you make the most of your precious learning time.

So what's the plan?

Your study plan shouldn’t be working your way through a big pile of books, summarizing long lists of resources, or planning to read all the Check Magazines and Australian Family Physician for the last five years, and ‘Murtagh’ cover to cover three times.   If that’s all that is required to pass, why have exams in the first place?  Yes those resources are important, but you need a plan.

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:
     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. Document your plan and review it weekly to see how you are travelling.

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

By sticking to a study plan will feel more organised and confident in the lead up to the exams and be sure you’ve covered all of the curriculum!

Subscribe to Mededexperts to receive information about our courses and resources and we'll send you your FREE 16 week Study Plan for RACGP Exams.


* indicates required
Email Format

Already a subscriber?   Enrol in the FREE Education Atlas Course to access the 16 week Study Plan.

How To – Create a Study Plan for RACGP Fellowship Assessment

Create an individualised and curriculum-based plan for RACGP Exams.

Education Atlas

The Education Atlas is a repository for information, resources and links for learning and teaching in General Practice, and in particular, for assessment preparation. The course is FREE via a GP Study System Subscription (all levels including Bronze Subscription).

Using the BEACH data to prepare for RACGP exams

This course outlines the common presentations in GP, linked to key resources for learning them. COURSE COST: $100

General Practice Study System

The GP Study System (GPSS) is a 24 week, curriculum-based study plan with curated resources and detailed activities, to prepare for RACGP Fellowship examinations. It is best used in conjunction with the Clinical Reasoning Compass. The GPSS is available via a GP Study System Gold or Platinum Subscription.

GP Study System Flashcards

The GP Study System Flashcards are a GPSA-endorsed education resource for learners and supervisors containing over 300 RACGP curriculum-based activities and learning prompts. COST: $80 (incl. GST) + Shipping

How To – Use the GP Study System Flashcards

Learn strategies for using the GP study System Flashcards for individual and group learning in Australian General Practice.

Clinical Reasoning in Medicine Quiz

Test your knowledge of clinical reasoning and common biases in medicine.

Clinical Reasoning in Medicine Short Course

The Clinical Reasoning in Medicine Course will help you to identify biases that influence your practice, and provide structured techniques to improve your diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning, illustrated by Case Studies. COURSE COST: $150

Clinical Reasoning Compass

The Clinical Reasoning Compass Course explores clinical reasoning techniques, and how to apply them in GP Assessment and Clinical Practice, using KFP-style questions with detailed explanations and answers. It is available via a GP Study System Platinum Subscription.

Please feel free to comment.

Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: