A Reflection on My First Semester Exams

The week beginning of 9th January I took my first semester exams, mammalian anatomy and physiology, introduction to biomechanics and animal management plus my mock OSPEs. These exams made me nervous as they were the first major exams since starting university and l wanted to do well.

However, I tried to ensure that l was fully prepared. I made sure I attended the extra revision sessions and completed the given revision material. It was especially true for biomechanics, as I felt this made a positive impact on my results. This is because I had a better idea of what questions would come up and how to answer them as researched by Glaser and Brunstein (2007).

On the other hand, I struggled more with the animal management exam. The main revision I received was from the lecture notes, apart from a few questions on moodle. One reason for this is that no model answers were given for these questions, which made it difficult to revise from. It would have been helpful to see what a more in-depth answer would look like to me prepare more thoroughly.   Apart from this, I still I achieved above my expectations.

Lam (2012) states that formative assessments have been shown to improve grades. Therefore, next time I will make sure I create my own formative assessments, through examples like flashcards as they are an effective revision tool as stated by Patil and Iyer (2016).

Overall, I was very satisfied with my results; therefore, I know that I must have used some effective revision techniques. In the future, I know to achieve high grades I need to maintain my current techniques as well as trying new ones. This is to ensure that I’m revising in the most effective manner so that my grades continue to improve according to Ferris (1997).


Ferris, D. (1997) ‘The Influence of Teacher Commentary on Student Revision’. [online] TESOL Quarterly, 31(2) p.315. [Accessed on 15 February 2017] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2307/3588049/full.

Glaser, C. and Brunstein, J. (2007) ‘Improving fourth-grade students’ composition skills: Effects of strategy instruction and self-regulation procedures.’. [online] Journal of Educational Psychology, 99(2) pp.297-310. [Accessed on 16 February 2017] http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/edu/99/2/297/.

Lam, R. (2012) ‘Formative Use of Summative Tests: Using Test Preparation to Promote Performance and Self-Regulation’. [online] The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 22(1) pp.69-78. [Accessed on 16 February 2017] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40299-012-0026-0.

Patil, R. and Iyer, P. (2016) ‘Perceptions of Undergraduate Medical Students on Use of Flashcards as a Mode of Learning Anatomy’. National Journal of Integrated Research in Medicine, 7(2) p.110.


My Personal Development Plan

As part of my future career, I need to be able to reflect and improve upon previous experience. To be able to do this I have created a Personal Development Plan (PDP) so that I can set SMART targets. Also know as Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely targets. As I continue through my course and career, I will able to update my PDP to ensure that it meets the criteria of my current desired goals.

The link below is a copy of the personal development plan that I created.

Personal Development Plan

I have also included the document that I used in order to create the PDP in the first place. This ensured that I would be able to see my strengths and weakness clearer.

Personal Development Plan Skills Audit

Once I graduate I will be able to write a more updated PDP that will reflect more of what I want to achieve past graduation. Hence why I didn’t feel that it was appropriate to go into too much detail about after graduation if I didn’t know the skills I needed to develop to get to graduation in the first place.