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Triaging as a Tool for MCAT Success!

Kaplan MCAT Tools for SuccessHello my hard-working MCAT Test Takers! Today I want to discuss an important tool for MCAT success: prioritization. In fact, one of the most important lessons in your entire healthcare career will be learning how to prioritize effectively, whether you’re working with patients, studying, or taking a test. It not only helps you reduce your anxiety since you have a plan for every occasion, but it also helps you maximize your effectiveness. It is a concept officially known as Triaging (or as I think of it, MCAT Pokemon: gotta catch all the points!)…

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Am I Ready to Take the MCAT?

Am I Ready To Take The MCAT?Hello my MCAT-loving readers! Today I want to answer a common question posed by students – “When will I feel ready to take the MCAT?”

The short answer is that you may never feel ready to take the MCAT. It’s an intimidating test and feeling 100% certain that you’re ready to go destroy it, may not happen for you. That doesn’t mean that you’re not actually ready to take the MCAT.

What you should really be asking is – “How do I know that I’m ready to take the MCAT?”

You’re ready to take …

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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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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

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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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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
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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 …

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Inside Kaplan MCAT with Patrick: MCAT Study Schedule!

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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 …

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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, …
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