A Reflection on My Mock OSPE

In preparation for my OSPE exam in May, I took part in a mock exam. This was to enable me to have a better understanding of it. I was nervous and anxious beforehand, as I have never had an exam formatted in this manner before. This gave me a high chance of making mistakes. People that suffer from test anxiety are more likely to do worse than those that don’t, as confirmed by von der Embse et al. (2012). By completing a mock OSPE it allowed me to see the format, which will make me feel less anxious about the real exam. Evans et al. (2013) also found this out in their research. As failure is more likely to help a person learn, as they are able to use it to reflect upon.

Some people in business call failure “entrepreneurial failure” (Yamakawa and Cardon, 2014), however under the Oxford Dictionary failure is stated as three things; “lack of success”, to not complete a compulsory target, or for a state or action not to function. These actions can be represented in and outside the business. Therefore can be dealt with, in similar ways by amending from their mistakes. It has been proven that mistakes can be learned upon according to Pink and Dodson (2013).

In May when I complete my official OSPE, I will be able to remember the mistakes that caused me to fail. Using resilience and determination to succeed, I can use my feedback as soon as possible to practise my canine and equine handling skills. When I’m able to practise, I can also ask someone to watch me beforehand and provide me with constructive feedback so that I continue to improve and gain confidence. As Itmeizeh (2016) states that peer feedback reduces errors and help with my nervousness. I found my nervousness were the root cause for my failure. Drummond and Mirco (2004) have found that by staring at someone’s face it causes increased blood flow to that area of the face. By repeated exposure, I will reduce my anxiety because I will become more confident. Meaning that it will be easier for me to ignore that someone is watching me. As I will gain a deeper knowledge of what is expected, therefore reducing the time it takes for my nerves to get the better of me. Also proven by Foa et al. (1999).




Drummond, P. and Mirco, N. (2004) ‘Staring at one side of the face increases blood flow on that side of the face’. [online] Psychophysiology, 41(2) p.281. [Accessed on 26 January 2017] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-8986.2004.00151.x/full.

Evans, D., Zeun, P. and Stanier, R. (2013) ‘Motivating student learning using a formative assessment journey’. [online] Journal of Anatomy, 224(3) pp.296-303. [Accessed on 22 January 2017] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joa.12117/full.

Foa, E., Dancu, C., Hembree, E., Jaycox, L., Meadows, E. and Street, G. (1999) ‘A comparison of exposure therapy, stress inoculation training, and their combination for reducing posttraumatic stress disorder in female assault victims.’. [online] Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67(2) p.194. [Accessed on 26 January 2017] http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ccp/67/2/194/.

Itmeizeh, M. (2016) ‘Impact of Peer Correction on Reducing English Language Students’ Mistakes in Their Written Essays in PAUC and Learners’ Attitudes towards This Technique’. [online] Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 6(11) p.1. [Accessed on 23 January 2017] http://search.proquest.com/openview/b319c0fa2daeeff90aec17bdfb8242c5/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=2026476.

Pink, J. and Dodson, C. (2013) ‘Negative prospective memory: Remembering not to perform an action’. [online] Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20(1) p.1. [Accessed on 23 January 2017] http://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13423-012-0337-4.

Tugade, M. and Fredrickson, B. (2004) ‘Resilient Individuals Use Positive Emotions to Bounce Back From Negative Emotional Experiences.’. [online] Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86(2) p.320. [Accessed on 25 January 2017] http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/psp/86/2/320/.

von der Embse, N., Barterian, J. and Segool, N. (2012) ‘Test Anxiety Interventions for Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review of Treatment Studies from 2000-2010’. [online] Psychology in the Schools, 50(1) pp.57-71. [Accessed on 22 January 2017] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pits.21660/full.

Yamakawa, Y. and Cardon, M. (2014) ‘Causal ascriptions and perceived learning from entrepreneurial failure’. [online] Small Business Economics, 44(4) pp.797-820. [Accessed on 23 January 2017] http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11187-014-9623-z.


A Reflection on the First Semester of Principles of Animal Management

During the first semester, I received lectures on the principles of animal management. This was to increase my overall understanding of the basic care for livestock, equine, companion and therapy animals.

The learning was a combination of practical sessions and lectures, which I felt gave me a more balanced understanding of the subject. By learning in this way, I find that I obtain a greater understanding of being able to apply my knowledge. Evidence has proven this, as people with language impairments have been shown to perform at a lower level than people without. However, in practical exams, there is no difference between the pass rates which has been shown when taking a driving test, which has been stated by Durkin et al. (2016).

However, I wasn’t able to achieve practical experience for the whole subject due to the large quantity of information being shown to us, in the amount of time given. This didn’t limit my understanding or being able to apply it. Although, I did struggle to recall specific figures or facts, for example, the amount of milk each cow produces.

I believe the main reason for this, is because I find facts about equine easier to recall. This is because I’ve had more experience in equine over a longer period than the other areas. Therefore, I’ve learnt from long term questioning to add to my knowledge. King (1992) has also confirmed this.

Next time, I know that in order to remember the information, I need to gather more practical experience and question information more to be able to aid my retention. Therefore in future, I will read more journal articles and make notes during this process. This will aid and support me in building stronger foundations in my knowledge. Consequently, making it easier to bridge the gap when I find something challenging. As Burrows et al. (2001) states that this is an important way in order to improve knowledge and understanding.




Burrows, V., McNeill, B., Hubele, N. and Bellamy, L. (2001) ‘Statistical Evidence for Enhanced Learning of Content through Reflective Journal Writing’. [online] Journal of Engineering Education, 90(4) pp.661-667. [Accessed on 21 January 2017] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/j.2168-9830.2001.tb00657.x/full.

Durkin, K., Toseeb, U., Pickles, A., Botting, N. and Conti-Ramsden, G. (2016) ‘Learning to Drive in Young Adults With Language Impairment’. [online] Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 42(1) pp.195–204. [Accessed on 21 January 2017] http://ac.els-cdn.com/S136984781630208X/1-s2.0-S136984781630208X-main.pdf?_tid=15f45880-dfc3-11e6-b7de-00000aab0f02&acdnat=1484994146_7af177eb725a4e6d3ddc5ba6e6536106.

King, A. (1992) ‘Comparison of Self-Questioning, Summarizing, and Notetaking-Review as Strategies for Learning from Lectures’. [online] American Educational Research Journal, 29(2) p.303. [Accessed on 21 January 2017] http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.3102/00028312029002303.