Doctor Harold J. Sala once said that “you can never know everything there is in the world, though there are some things you can’t afford to be ignorant of.” Part of the fun lies in discovering more things as you go along, especially when they involve college entrance exams.
In a previous article I wrote about the UPCAT, I included some pointers on what to expect from the entrance exam and how to prepare for it. This article will take another look at additional nuances of UPCAT review centers and your own part in test preparation.
On Reviews Schedules
There are about as many review centers as there are thumbprints, each with their own way of preparing you for the UPCAT. Nevertheless, one thing you should know about them is the fact that review center schedules are always in a state of flux. That is, the frequency and duration of sessions can change depending on the time of the year.
Ask any review center’s staff member and they will tell you that peak season tends to fall around the summer months of April and May. The fact that kids are freer means that review sessions can last for half a day or a whole day, and can take place several times a week.
In comparison, review sessions conducted during the early school months of June and July are usually relegated to a few hours on Saturdays, or maybe an hour or two after classes, depending on the center in question. This means that if you want a more comprehensive UPCAT review, try aiming for a spot in one of the summer review programs.
Click here to view the list of UPCAT Review centers so that you can easily compare and contrast their programs: UPCAT review centers
For the Sake of Completion
Schedules aren’t the only things that differ between centers and seasons—coverage does as well. All review centers advertise good review sessions, but check the packages if they offer exactly what you’re looking for. The completeness (or lack of it) of the packages will make or break a review center for the careful canvasser.
If you’re absolutely new to the canvassing scene, though, we humbly recommend that you look for a review center that “goes the extra mile.” Some review centers may offer extras above and beyond the normal academic review sessions: diagnostic tests, simulated exams, career assessment, seminars on study habits, and even U.P. campus tours.
One other factor thing worth looking for is the presence or absence “exposition” seminars or courses” about UPCAT-related topics. For example, do the review centers explain what the UPG is to students? Do they guide the students through the U.P. application process? The UPCAT isn’t just about academics, and any review center worth its salt will have something to say about other relevant subjects.
Other Things You Need to Know
In a nutshell, what is advertised as “the best package” may not be so if it doesn’t effectively fit your specific needs. How do you reconcile the two? This article will help you answer that question.
Finally, do remember your part in the preparation equation. The review center is there to help you, but ultimately, you are responsible for making sure you are ready. Move the process along by studying smart as well as studying hard.
For instance, snack on “brain foods” that stimulate clear thinking. Review not only subjects but also effective study techniques (mnemonics and other memory aids, SQRR, Pareto’s Principle, etc.). Manage your review time effectively, and whatever you do, don’t cram. With a good helping of strategy, you’ll likely be more than prepared for the moment of truth.
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