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Patrick Boyle

About Patrick Boyle

I am a former Kaplan MCAT student that excelled on my exam through the Kaplan methods and began teaching for Kaplan at the University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign center. Upon graduation I moved back to the Chicagoland area and became a full time teacher in our Chicago centers. I really strive to bring enthusiasm and energy to the classroom believing a positive attitude sets the tone for success! When I am not teaching the MCAT, you can find me training for triathlons or picking which bow tie to wear next!

March 21, 2014

REKAP – Key Takeaways from MCAT Gen Chem 1!

MCAT Rockstars!

MCAT Gen Chem 1 is in the books! We had a unique opportunity to review some Chemistry that we probably haven’t seen in quite a while!

Some of the big takeaways from Gen Chem 1!

  • Preview Work is absolutely essential! I constantly remind my students as we are moving through Unit 1 how important the preview work and going back to some of the basics can be.
  • Content is King. When was the last time you reviewed Quantum Numbers, Electron Configuration, and the Periodic Table? Those all seem like simple straight forward Gen Chem topics but many people
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March 11, 2014

ReKAP – Key Takeaways from MCAT Physics 1

MCAT Rockstars!

We had a FANTASTIC time in MCAT Physics 1 last night! MCAT Physics is a topic that can initially  cause many concerns. Often times Physics can be intimidating and seem overwhelming with the amount of subtopics and equations to memorize.  During class we not only went over the key equations and concepts we had to know, but we also covered strategies and best practice methods of how to properly breakdown and analyze passages in order to apply that background knowledge to the format of the MCAT!

Some KEY takeaways from our first Physics lesson!

  • Almost HALF of the
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March 10, 2014

Setting Expectations for Preparing for the MCAT!

Greetings MCAT Rockstars!

Tonight I am teaching my Physics 1 class. This is the first content class Kaplan teaches when preparing for the MCAT. Before I begin my first content lesson I always begin class by setting expectations!  It is important to begin your MCAT preparations by thinking about your own study habits and things you could change to make your MCAT preperation as optimal as possible!

Class

Are you doing the preview work before class?

Are you mentally alert and engaged in class?

Homework 

When are you going to do the homework?

Have you scheduled into your weekly plans?…

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March 6, 2014

MCAT Question of the Day: Empirical Formula

Great work on today’s question!

The empirical formula of a compound is the simplest whole number ratio of the atoms in it, whereas the molecular formula represents the actual whole number ratio of the atoms. The molecular formula is usually a whole number multiple of the empirical formula, although sometimes the empirical and molecular formulas are the same.

Remember going through this question that it is asking for which of the statements are FALSE. Statement I is true. For example, water, H2O, has the same empirical and molecular formula. Statement II is false because it is the molecular formula which …

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February 25, 2014

Choosing an MCAT Test Date: ReKAPed

Great! Now we are getting started on our MCAT prep journey and we are looking at the MCAT as an opportunity NOT an obstacle! The next thing that we need to start thinking about is choosing an MCAT Test Date.  Here on Med School Pulse we have written quite extensively on Choosing an MCAT Test Date and I am going to link back to some of my favorite posts that we have written.

The first one is Choosing an MCAT Test Date: Part 1. Things to take away from this article…

  • Time of Year
  • Morning and Afternoon Testing
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February 24, 2014

MCAT Success Starts Here!

The first topic that I address with a new class is always the same. You are going to take the MCAT. Repeat it with me guys! “I am going to be taking the MCAT.” Sounds kind of strange when you say it out loud, right? Not if you want MCAT success!

One of the first things we acknowledge when we start a class is the MCAT can be a scary thing. In general, most pre-med students go through the pre-med track looking at the MCAT as an obstacle. The MCAT can NOT be seen as an obstacle – rather an …

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February 21, 2014

What is a Kaplan MCAT class like?

Greetings everyone!

As some of you may know I help with our Social Media engagement, I am active on Student Doctor Network, and I have been teaching the MCAT at Kaplan for 5 years now. One of the most common questions that I get throughout the year is “Patrick, Can you give me an idea of what a Kaplan MCAT class is like?”

Well you guys are in luck! Over the next 8 weeks I am going to give you an inside look into one of the classes I am teaching.  This is a unique insider preview to what …

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February 4, 2014

Fact from Fiction on This Month’s The Pulse

Are you excited as we are for February’s edition of The Pulse? This month our theme is “Fact from Fiction.” Out great panel of experts will dissect the MCAT and separate the truth from those horrifying myths. This month’s panel includes Amit Raghavan, a full-time MCAT instructor who has heard every fear and myth there is in the MCAT book. Adam Grey, who you may remember from his spectacular, educational MCAT videos, will help dissect the toughest problems and how many students can misconstrue their meanings. And, of course, your awesome moderator Owen Farcy who will help lead …

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January 27, 2014

Inside Kaplan MCAT with Patrick: MCAT Study Schedule!

In part one of “MCAT Re-booted”  I want to cover what is going to make the ideal MCAT study schedule. The AAMC recommends on average 300 total hours to study for the MCAT.  They also have a “Creating a Study Plan” listed on their web-page. With all of this information out there and the rumors that run rampant in the pre-med community on “secrets” of MCAT studying, where does a student go to get the real answer? Well right here of course!

Now how long is 300 hours in reality? You could easily break that into 10 weeks …

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January 23, 2014

Thank You for Attending January’s #KaplanPulse!

We would like to thank everyone who attended last night’s edition of the #KaplanPulse! It was a great event and special thank you to Dr. Shital Vora and Tanya Svidler for lending their insight on clinical experience and Global Brigades!

Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Since 2004, Global Brigades has mobilized thousands of university students and professionals through nine skill-based programs that work in partnership with community members to improve quality of life in under resourced regions while respecting local culture.

According to the organization, 6,100 volunteers from over 70 university clubs …

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