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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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Why Teach During Medical School?

EMILY HAUSE - AWhy Teach During Medical School?Hello my curious readers! Today I want to wanted to answer a question that I was posed last night by one of my awesome MCAT students (quick shout out to my rockin’ Fort Collins MCAT class).

The question is- Why do I teach during medical school?

It’s a great question and it’s one that I’d like to answer on this blog because I think teaching during medical school is beneficial for medical students and Kaplan MCAT students. It would be super easy to quit teaching given that medical school involves studying a bunch and running around like a crazy-pants most

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Fact from Fiction on This Month’s The Pulse

The PulseAre 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 …

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Inside Kaplan MCAT with Patrick: MCAT Study Schedule!

Weekly 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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Getting a Top Score by Using Topical Tests

Topical TestsHello my excited readers! Last week I filled you in on the awesomeness that exists in the MCAT flex sessions. Today, I’d like to highlight another often-underused and misunderstood resource, the Topical Tests!

Topical tests are un-timed and feature usually two passages as well as about 10-15 discrete questions. They’re focused on specific materials such as Oxygen Containing Compounds or Kinematics. They are an awesome first-stop to grapple with equations and concepts.

Now, I frequently get students who email me in a panic, worrying that they didn’t score 100% on the topical tests. In fact, lots of students score way

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How are Psychology & Sociology Included On The New MCAT

Medical schools want to better equip you to successfully work in the clinical environment as a new doctor. It all comes down to providing doctors with the ability to have great doctor-patient relationships.

Listen in as expert panelists share firsthand experiences of what this change on the new MCAT means to them as resident doctors as well as to you as a future medical student.

We are looking forward to the next edition of #KaplanPulse which will be on January 22, 2014 at 8pm EST with the focus on research! REGISTER NOW!

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The joys of being FLEXible: A Guide to Flex Sessions

Flex Sessions MCATHello my flexible MCAT students! As you may have seen, there are ever more flex sessions being offered through your Kaplan syllabus. For those of you who may not have access to a Kaplan syllabus, flex sessions are online interactive sessions that you can access throughout your MCAT course.
There are some flex sessions which are required for completion of the course such as the MCAT strategy (MSCT) sessions and the organic chemistry sessions. There are also optional sessions designed to complement the class and give you extra exposure to difficult or high yield material.
So, you may ask, why …
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MCAT Fast Facts 15: Effective Nuclear Charge

 

In today’s Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts video from the Kaplan MCAT course, Dr. Jeff Koetje discusses Effective Nuclear Charge as tested on the MCAT. Note that the MCAT tests critical thinking, not just science recall, mastery of certain science concepts is a prerequisite for the test.

For more great videos concerning Fast Facts, Current Events, and more, head over to our MCAT YouTube Channel

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Choosing MCAT 2014 or 2015 Test Date: Part 2

Home Alone FaceChoosing MCAT 2014 or 2015 test date is a big decision with a lot to consider. One of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds with the significant change coming with MCAT 2015 is “If I want to get the best MCAT scores, is it better to try and take the old MCAT or the new MCAT?”

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?

Listen in as expert panelists discuss …

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MCAT Question of the Week! Immunology

MCAT Immunology question of the week

Great work on this week’s MCAT question focused on Immunology! Stay tuned next week for a special holiday themed question!

Both the humoral response and the cellular response are specific immune responses which eliminates (A). Choice (B) is the correct answer! The humoral response is directed against antigens that have not yet entered body cells, while the cellular response is directed against pathogens that have entered body cells. Choice (C) is incorrect, because both the humoral response and the cellular response result in the formation of memory cells. Choice (D) is false, since the humoral response involves the production of …

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