AKT Tips: a Trilogy in Four Parts (Part 3)

How a good knowledge of fiction will help you pass the AKT

Episode Three: Revenge of the AKT

A man named Joseph Campbell described a common theme in myths and legends of many cultures known as “The Hero’s Journey”.
This is a metaphor for the inner journey of transformation that heroes seem to share.

In reaction to Campbell’s work, George Lucas wrote the Star War series, in which young heroes of a highly technological civilization confront the same demons, trials, and wonders as the heroes of old.

Let us be like Luke and Leia, and be the heroes of our own journey to AKT success. 

  • Easy questions first aka the Harry Dresden

“The impossible we do immediately. The unimaginable takes a little while.”

― Jim Butcher, Cold Days

 Here’s how to apply this tip:

  1. Look through all the questions and answer the easy questions first, saving the more challenging questions for later.
  2. If you haven’t been able to answer the question in 1.5 minutes, mark it to come back to. This has the double advantage of letting you answer as many questions as possible (If you don’t finish the paper it’s difficult to pass), as well as giving you a confidence boost.
  • True / False technique aka the Sherlock Holmes

'Once you have discounted the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

 Here’s how to apply this tip:

  1. Read the stem, and then read each answer.
  2. Answer true or false to each option.
  3. When you have eliminated all the false options you will hopefully have one correct answer, but if not then you have at least improved your chance of guessing correctly.
  • Exercise caution when you are practicing aka the Darth Vader

True or false: Darth Vader says “Luke, I am your father”

Believe it or not, this is false. The actual quote from the Empire Strikes Back is “No, I am your father”. Shocking, isn’t it?  Seeing the wrong thing often enough can create a false memory.

Here’s how to apply this tip:

Practice MCQs can help, however avoid reading MCQs in the final few days before the exam, as there is a chance of remembering the wrong answers and reinforcing your mistakes.

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Dr Eleanor Carey

Dr Eleanor Carey

El is a GP and Medical Educator working in the Whitsundays region. Her special interests are paediatrics, fertility, and antenatal care diabetes.

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