From Pre-reg, to Pro-reg, to Pharmacist!
Boots Pharmacist, Prabhjot, shares his top tips on how to ace the registration assessment in the toughest of times. Find the link to read the full article on the Pharmaceutical Journal at the bottom of the page.
1. Make a revision plan
Create a revision plan for the coming days and months. Tackle the weighted chapters first. Tell yourself you want ‘X’ done by today or ‘Y’ done within a month. Set realistic targets.
2. Revise at work
Not like that — I mean look beyond each prescription when you’re at work. Look at the prescription and ask yourself what the condition may be. Why has this regimen been chosen? Is there anything wrong with the prescription? Turn work into a revision tool.
3. Keep practising calculations
Don’t neglect them. Aim to complete five to ten per day, then pick these numbers up when you get closer to the exam.
4. Take mock exam questions
There are many sources out there for mock exam questions, whether your preregistration supplier offers them, or whether you get them from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Pharmacists’ Defence Association or ONtrack. Build up a bank of questions and don’t be disheartened if you get a lot wrong. Create a folder for those worth remembering.
5. Expand your over-the-counter knowledge
I recommend the book Community Pharmacy: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment by Paul Rutter, who offers a good background to most important conditions — the book details age limits, causes, warnings and contraindications. And reading the back of product packaging goes a long way too.
6. Carry a notebook
Don’t forget your competencies and your evidence for them. Get a small notebook (which comes in handy when you come across unfamiliar drugs too), and write them up as soon as you can.
7. Read your Medicines, Ethics and Practice
This Royal Pharmaceutical Society resource is your reference for all legislation and laws. Read every page — even the appendices at the back make great potential exam questions.
8. Seize every opportunity
While you’re at work, try showcasing everything you’ve learned. I find a good way to revise is by teaching someone else, whether that’s a patient, colleague or peer.
9. Stick to your schedule
It doesn’t matter what others are doing around you. Take advice, but stick up for yourself if you know something is not going right.
10. Believe in yourself and take care of yourself
It’s clichéd, but have faith. Strive to find a work−revision balance. Oh, and don’t forget the things you enjoy too — you can end up forgetting what your hobbies were by the time you finish your exam!
The preregistration year is what you make it. If you really want it, it is yours.
Thank you to Prabhjot for sharing these fantastic tips!
Wishing you all the best in your Pharmacy career.