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Stepping up toward Step 1 and the USMLE

USMLEHello my hardworking readers! I got a talk today in med school celebrating the near end (2 more weeks left!) of my first year of medical school, but also looking ahead to what next year holds.
Of course, one of the highlights of second year looms at the end- the USMLE. It’s a big standardized exam, not all that different from the MCAT. It also happens to be a major factor in which residencies you can do and whether or not you’ll be allowed to do clinical rotations in your third year. No pressure. I’ll be taking it in April …
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MCAT Summer Intensive Program 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 10.34.42 AMHello my summer-ready readers! I’m spending this week with a group of fellow teachers who are all getting ready to teach at the Boulder MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP) starting next week. For those of you who have been reading awhile, you’ll remember that I taught at the Boulder SIP and San Diego SIP last summer. I’m super excited to be returning and working with some great new students!
What is the Summer Intensive Program? I’m glad you asked.
It’s six weeks of nerdy, MCAT awesomeness. Basically, you get tons of instruction time, workshops and private tutoring with teachers who …
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Burn, baby, burn! Avoiding MCAT Burnout!

MCAT burnoutHello my stressed out readers! Today, I’d like to share one of the most valuable pieces of information that I give my students, one that I also find that students resist the most. If you’re struggling, take a break! Chances are that you’re experiencing MCAT burnout!
It sounds like common sense, right? You can’t function at optimal studying capacity all day every day without time to digest the material. Even if you’re switching it up with different subjects, styles and locations, you’re still at risk for serious study burnout. So, let’s address some common questions about burnout.
How do I
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Solid Preparation to Reduce Test Day Stress!

reduce test day stressI’m sure you’ve all heard the famous quote from Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” As it turns out, this quote is incredibly applicable to your MCAT studying! One of the best ways to reduce test day stress and ensure success on Test Day is to plan for both the best and worst case scenarios.
 
What things can you do to prepare for success? I’m glad you asked!
 

Planning for the worst:

1. Drive the route to your test center at the same time of day that you’ll be taking your test. You want to …
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Meet Our Guests for Kaplan’s The Pulse This Monday

So you chose a few medical schools, and you have your top choice. But how do you make sure that you’re accepted into the school of your choice? Well, it’ not easy. That’s why Kaplan has announced our two hour special programing of The Pulse that will feature a panel discussion and answers from questions that come directly from you. These two hours can help you learn exactly what you need to make it into the medical school of your dreams. But don’t trust us, take a look at the great list of guests that will be featured:

Nida Degesys Dr. Nida …

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Get In To Your Top Choice Medical School: The Pulse Medical School Insider is This Monday

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What does it take to get in to your top choice Medical School?  We’ll explore that and more in an extended live online episode of The Pulse. Join us for 1:1 interviews with notables including Paul T. White, Assistant Dean of Admissions at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Dr. Nida Degesys, previous AMSA National President.  At our in-depth panel session we’ll take your questions and answer them live on air!

Register to watch today!

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How studying for the MCAT benefits you as a med student

EMILY HAUSE KAPLAN 02Hello my studious readers! I was sitting in a Cardio lecture this week when the lecturer flashed the equation on the screen, P1V1=P2V2. That equation looked very familiar and I had a flashback to when I memorized it for the first time when I was studying for the MCAT. That got me thinking about skills that I had honed and material I had committed to memory when I was studying for the MCAT that has come in handy in medical school. So, despair not MCAT studiers! Here are the parts of your MCAT studying that will be useful in medical

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Being Sick in Medical School

sick in medical schoolHello my hopefully healthy readers! We’ve all heard the phrase doctors make the worst patients, but is that also true of medical students? In my experience so far, students sick in medical school make for terrible patients because most of us border on hypochondria. There’s actually a name for this phenomenon- Medical Student’s Disease- and a Wikipedia entry to match. Medical Student’s disease is basically a propensity to believe that you have the symptoms of whatever disease you’re studying. For example, since we started dermatology, I don’t know how many of my classmates have independently diagnosed themselves with skin cancer.

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REKAP – Key Takeaways from MCAT Gen Chem 1!

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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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ReKAP – Key Takeaways from MCAT Physics 1

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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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