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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 …
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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
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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

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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 …

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Thank You for Attending Last Night’s #KaplanPulse!

We would like to thank everyone who attended last night’s edition of the Kaplan Pulse! It was a great event and special thank you to Alex Macnow, MD and Barbara Fadem, MD for lending their insight on behavioral sciences. We are looking forward to the next editon of #KaplanPulse which will be on January 22, 2014 with the focus on research.

Remember, between now and then if you are looking for short ReKAPs of our pulse events be sure to check out our youtube channel.

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Maintaining MCAT Momentum through the holidays

20131204_184639Hello my hard-studying readers. It’s that time of year again! You’re probably slogging away through your finals studying, waiting for that wonderful period of the year known as winter break. I’m also sure that you have lofty goals of getting lots of MCAT studying done during break.

I have seen many an ambitious student, with the best of intentions reach the middle of January and think, “Oh my goodness, where did the time go? How did I get zero studying done during break?”

Fortunately, I’m here today with some tips to help keep your MCAT momentum …

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FREE MCAT Sample Class!

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Happy Studies!

The school year is in full swing and that means pre-meds everywhere are starting to think about the 2014 MCAT dates and their MCAT prep! Have you ever wondered what a Kaplan class is like? Now is your chance to see one of our own MCAT teachers in action, dissecting the MCAT and introducing the proven Kaplan strategies that will allow you to excel on Test Day.

 

Best of all, it’s free! All you need is a computer and a reliable internet connection – you can attend from the comfort of your own …

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How to Create an Ideal Pre-Med Schedule

Our next Kaplan Pulse event is this Thursday November 14th at 8pm EST! REGISTER NOW!

 

A review of Kaplan’s The Pulse, experts join us as they discuss what you need to know about medical school admissions, and the MCAT.

In this clip we will talk about crafting the ideal pre-med schedule. Special guests Bella Wolf and DJ Patrick speak on how they created their own ideal pre-med schedule. Listen in now!

For more great videos, check Kaplan’s MCAT YouTube Channel!

 

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Kaplan Patrick Q&A: Efficient MCAT Studying Part 2

Continuing our discussion from ‘Efficient MCAT Studying Part 1′ we ask what is the most efficient way to study during our block. Looking back at the sample schedules, note that we are trying to get in at least 20 hours of studying a week at the very minimum, included in that time would be 1 full length examination a week.  At the minimum you should be trying to get in at least:

  • 2 Topical Tests
  • 1 Verbal Section Test
  • 1 Science Section Test
  • 1 Full Length Test

I understand that a lot of the content people …

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Kaplan Patrick Q&A: Efficient MCAT Studying Part 1

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Hey guys! Following up on my student question from yesterday reminded me of a blog post I wrote a while back about proper MCAT studying.

In order to help my students become more productive in their MCAT studies I always start with a question back! The first question to ask is how long should we be studying for?  Right away many say “9, 10 hours? All day even?” I am here to tell you that is simply not the case.  Remember that the goal for total hours studied for an MCAT should be around 300 hours …

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