March 21, 2014
- 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 when beginning their MCAT studies forget they haven't looked at material like that in 2+ years! Make sure you go back and review the basics.
- Set Priorities. Finding the time to study for your MCAT is tough! And now it is becoming even tougher. Whether you are in school or you are working, you need to set priorities and find time in the day to make studying work. I encourage students to make a schedule and really work to hit those study goals along the way.
- Build Confidence. The time you begin studying is a scary time when considering how much information the MCAT covers. Now that we have begun we can start to build confidence in the fact that we are making progress and we are working towards a goal. Sometimes the hardest thing is getting started. We have begun and are now seeing improvements that will only continue!
March 11, 2014
- Almost HALF of the Physics content on the MCAT is based on Newtonian mechanics! This is a concept from your Physics 1 class that we want to make sure we have down. It is very HIGH-Yield and will reward the students who know how to apply it.
- Much of Newtonian Mechanics, Kinematics, Work, Energy, and Momentum requires the memorization of formulas. The MCAT does NOT provide an equation sheet like you might have had in your Physics courses. You need to have these equations memorized.
- Practice makes perfect. Many students say it is understandable that they need to memorize the equations but sometimes it is hard to understand where and when to use the equations. The best thing to do for this is PRACTICE! Doing as many practice problems as possible is key to being comfortable with physics questions. I always guide my students post Physics 1 to our Kaplan Topical and Subject Tests for more targeted practice!
- No calculator. We have been talking about plenty of equations and calculations but remember the MCAT does not allow the use of calculators. Look for short cuts and utilize the process of elimination!
- Our Physics Review Notes and our High-Yield Problem Solving Guide are excellent resources to go back to if you are still feeling rusty on Physics material. Utilize your resources!
March 10, 2014
March 6, 2014
February 25, 2014
- Time of Year
- Morning and Afternoon Testing
- Weekday or Weekend Test
- Personal Obligations
- Testing Center Locations
- Is there enough time to prepare and take the old MCAT?
- What if I don’t have the proper course background to take the new MCAT?
- Which exam will be easiest for me to get a top MCAT score?
February 24, 2014
“Success is when preparation meets an opportunity!”The admissions game revolves around 2 numbers: The MCAT score and your GPA. The great part about the MCAT is you can improve that number by taking the exam! This means with great preparation and looking to the MCAT as a great opportunity you can increase that number! Some of you may be reading this thinking “OK Pat, I get that, BUT I still have my self-doubts.” Well guess what?! We all do! Everyone has self-doubt. EVERYONE. Remember this, all doctors have to take the MCAT and apply to medical school. All of you already envision yourself as a doctor. This is just part of the process. Will there be some late nights and some times where it may get hard? Absolutely! But we are here to help! So are you ready? Let’s get started! Join me tomorrow when we talk about picking an MCAT Test Date! ...read more
February 21, 2014
- What makes a Kaplan MCAT class successful?
- A preview of the strategies that make the Kaplan Methods proven!
- Why is it so important to combine both strategy and content in your studies?
- What is the best study schedule moving into your own MCAT test date?
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- Smart Reports™: Identify your weaknesses to improve on them
- Live Flex Sessions: Prepare for key science topics that appear frequently on the MCATs
- Study Materials: Use our extensive collection of supplemental guides, including notes developed with Scientific American magazine, to stay sharp
February 4, 2014
January 27, 2014
Now how long is 300 hours in reality? You could easily break that into 10 weeks or approximately 2 ½ months of 30 hours of studying a week. I know what you must being thinking… 30 hours a week?! I already have class, research, clubs, activities, and that long lost social life! How can I possibly fit 30 hours into a week? Well simply put, you can’t and you aren’t expected to. The majority of students start studying well beyond the 2 ½ month mark. On average students need to think about breaking that time up into somewhere between 3-6 months, depending on their schedule, how many of the pre-med required courses they have already taken, and their confidence in the material.
After getting a rough idea on when to get started, where do we start? Many students have come to me after getting their Kaplan MCAT materials and feel overwhelmed. Don’t fret! You now have the best material for the MCAT and over 11,000 questions to aid in testing your comprehension of all things MCAT. What you need to do first is establish how much time you have during the week and create “study blocks”.
- First you need to account for the things that take up time in your week. For example:
- Personal obligations
- Professional obligations (school, work, Kaplan class, research etc.)
- Extracurricular (volunteering, clubs, shadowing)
- Social time with friends and family
- 1 day/ evening off/ week