November 4, 2014

Studying For Final Exams vs. Studying For The MCAT

Hello my excited readers! It’s that time of year when students are focused on studying for their midterms or potentially final exams. You may even be trying to balance your class studying with your MCAT studying! Studying for both at the same time can be incredibly challenging. That said, the way you study for your undergrad finals should be very different from how you are studying for the MCAT! Today I’d like to talk about the differences in how you want to tailor your studying for finals versus studying for the MCAT.

Difference 1: Critical thinking versus memorization…

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November 3, 2014

Tips for Applying to Medical School

Applying to medical school, and medicine in general, can seem like a fairytale, namely Goldilocks. Like our favorite picky blonde girl discovered, too little of something is bad and too much of something is also bad. You need everything to be juuuust right.

 

Goldilocks in medicine

Your body functions fine as long as everything is in the perfect balance. Nutrition, sleep and exercise play a crucial role in your learning and memory, cardiovascular health, immune function, and overall well-being.

You can run into serious problems when you have too much or too little of a hormone or a …

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October 30, 2014

Studying for the MCAT: Maintaining Study-Life Balance

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Smridhi Mahajan – University of Texas at Austin

Along with maintaining a strong GPA and having well-rounded extracurricular activities, MCAT scores are a major factor in medical school admissions. At one point or another, every pre-medical student must take this test as a “rite-of-passage” before even applying to medical school. Since this test is so important, many pre-meds think it is necessary to be locked …

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October 29, 2014

Nerdy Halloween Costumes

It’s the time of year again when even the smartest students take some time away from studying to come up with a creative and fun Halloween costume. We can skip the Mean Girls version of Halloween where you wear a sexy outfit and some ears and call it good. This year you want to impress your friends and family with a science-based, nerdy Halloween costume and I have some great ideas for you!

Costume idea #1- DNA

This is a great group costume, originated in the late 1990’s classic film, Never Been Kissed. You can can take it a step …

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October 28, 2014

Pre-Health Students Bring Smiles to Guatemala: Alma’s Story

Kaplan Test Prep & Smile Train partner to send pre-health students on a trip to Guatemala.When people work together toward a common goal, big smiles emerge. So Kaplan teamed up with Smile Train—an international children’s charity that provides free cleft lip and palate surgeries —and sent four pre-health students on an educational trip to Guatemala. These future doctors, dentists, and healthcare providers not only spent valuable time with the children and their families, but they learned about Smile Train’s sustainability model, which empowers local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%- free cleft repair surgery in their communities.…

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October 27, 2014

MCAT Success Tips from Owen Farcy, Host of The Pulse

By Megan Weyrauch on October 10, 2013

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Basic MCAT information

Before we share Owen’s MCAT success tips, let’s cover the basics. The MCAT, or Medical College Admissions Test, is a “computer-based, multiple-choice examination used by medical school admissions officials to predict future success.”

The current MCAT has three parts: physical sciences, verbal reasoning and biological sciences. The physical sciences portion tests knowledge of general chemistry, basic physics, analytical reasoning and data interpretation. The verbal reasoning

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October 23, 2014

Finding the Right Medical School For You: Your Questions Answered

 

We had a great Pulse event on Monday night where we talked about finding the right medical school for you. The Pulse featured admissions and MCAT experts and most importantly, lots of interaction from viewers like you! Here’s a sample of the wonderful questions we received on Twitter via #kaplanpulse and our answers:

 

Emily: Absolutely! If you’re planning to apply to a D.O. school, most require you to shadow a D.O. and have a recommendation from a D.O. as well. You’ll want to highlight your knowledgeability about osteopathic medicine via these requirements. If you’re applying to an

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October 23, 2014

Creating Diversity in Your Medical School Application

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Daniel Gomez – Ohio State University

 

Studying Abroad

It can be expensive and sometimes even overwhelming to participate in a study abroad trip, but it can also be one of the most memorable decisions any college student can make, and one that immediately creates diversity in your medical school application. Searching for a study abroad program that tailors its courses to a pre-medical track …

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October 22, 2014

Pros and Cons of Taking the New MCAT 2015 in April

As a society, we tend to remember the trendsetters—those who break the mold, pave new pathways, boldly go where no one has gone before. We think of Tenzing Norgay & Edmund Hillary climbing Mt. Everest or Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon.

If you’re a med student, maybe your mind jumps to the cloning of Dolly the sheep; or Watson, Crick, and Franklin solving the structure of DNA.

These figures in history are heroes, no doubt. But we don’t often think of the fact that being the first one to do something, to break new ground, can also be …

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