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How should I write about work experience in my personal statement?

Work experience is an essential part of your personal statement however, people tend to list their placements rather than expressing what they have learnt and achieved. Remember: quality, not quantity. It's important to be selective. Choose no more than 3 placements and expand on them. For example, talk about how the various members of the multidisciplinary team were vital for a successful surgery and for the patient to make a comprehensive recovery. Also, mention the importance of skills, such as communication and collaboration, within the team. Then, demonstrate how and when you have used/developed these skills in extracurricular activities. Having a notebook at hand during your placements and writing down what skills you saw the doctors using can be very useful.
It's also a good idea to illustrate that medicine can be a demanding profession. For example, "interacting with terminally-ill patients at the hospital showed me the emotional stability that doctors require when witnessing the deterioration of patients". This shows the admissions tutor that you have a realistic understand of medicine as a profession. However, add emphasis to the fact that that the benefits outweigh the negative aspects

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Vaishali K.

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describe the structure of graphite

giant covalent structure
intralayer forceseach C atom joins to 3 other Cs by covalent bonds
interlayer forcesatoms form layers with a hexagonal arrangement between atomsweak interlayer forces
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Wesley Q.

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what are the four ethical principles guiding medical treatment

autonomythe patient must have independence and choice over treatment
justicenew drugs/treatments should be fairly distributed between all members of society
beneficencea clinician should aim to improve the health of a patient
non-maleficencethe clinician must aim to do no harm to the patient
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Wesley Q.

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What's the difference between fixed and variable costs?

Fixed are costs that do not change with the level of output. For example, heating bills would be a fixed cost. Whether we make 100 computers or 300 computers, our fixed costs do not change. Variable costs are costs that do change with output, for example packaging. If we make 100 computers and our packaging costs are £5 per computer, the our packaging costs would be £500. This would then change if we were to make 300 computers as our cost is not £900.
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Will N.

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We have two straight lines AB and CD. The coordinates of A,B and C are A(1,3), B(5,9) and C(0,8). The point D lies on the line AB and is halfway between points A and B. Is the line CD perpendicular to AB?

First of all we need to find the coordinates of the point D. As D is halfway between the two points A and B, to find the midpoint of a line segment, we add the x coordinates then divide by 2, and add the y coordinates and divide by 2. This gives us D(3,6).
To find the gradient of AB, we need to divide the change in the y-coordinate by the change in the x-coordinate. (9-3)/(5-1) =3/2 so 3/2 is the gradient of the line segment AB.
As we now know our D coordinates we can work out the gradient of CD. (8-6)/(0-3)=-2/3 which is the gradient of line segment CD.
If two lines are perpendicular to one another then: (gradient of AB) x (gradient of CD) = -1
We then check this : 3/2 x -2/3 = -1 . So AB and CD are indeed perpendicular.
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Bryony H.

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What does it mean for an argument to be valid?

An argument is valid if and only if the following is impossible: all of the premises are true and the conclusion is false.
E.g. the argument below is valid:

(1) All men are mortal

(2) Socrates is a man

(3) So, Socrates is mortal

The argument is valid because it cannot be the case that (1) and (2) are both true while (3) is false. The following argument, by contrast, is invalid:

(1) Some men have beards

(2) Socrates is a man

(3) So, Socrates has a beard

This argument is invalid because it could be the case that (1) and (2) are both true while (3) is false. After all, it could be the case that Socrates is one of those men who don't have a beard.
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Oliver H.

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What does it mean for an argument to be valid?

An argument is valid if and only if the following is impossible: all of the premises are true and the conclusion is false.
E.g. the argument below is valid:

(1) All men are mortal

(2) Socrates is a man

(3) So, Socrates is mortal

The argument is valid because it cannot be the case that (1) and (2) are both true while (3) is false. The following argument, by contrast, is invalid:

(1) Some men have beards

(2) Socrates is a man

(3) So, Socrates has a beard

This argument is invalid because it could be the case that (1) and (2) are both true while (3) is false. After all, it could be the case that Socrates is one of those men who don't have a beard.
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Oliver H.

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Write 8^2(4^2 / 2^7) in the form 2^x

We know that 82 = (23)2 = 26 and 42 = (22)2 = 24 So we can write the original expression as 26 (24/27) Then using indices laws we get 26(2-3) = 23
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Charlotte C.

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