August 28, 2014

Pre-Med Study Abroad Questions Answered, Part 2

Hello again my pre-med study abroad readers! In part 1 of this post, we talked about the specifics of who, where, when, and how long to study abroad. In part 2, I’d love to discuss how studying abroad makes you a better pre-med student, better medical school applicant, and a better physician.  These experiences can make it possible to live your version of the “good life” sooner rather than later. 

A Better Pre-Med Student:

Have you ever experienced studying burnout? The demanding schedule of a pre-medical student can leave you feeling exhausted and wondering why you’re even trying …

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August 27, 2014

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 the MCAT if:

1. …

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August 14, 2014

5 Tips for MCAT Success

Some of you reading this may be planners. You may have color-coded binders with tabs and dividers, organized desktops and files; you may group your apps into folders based on category. Some of you may refuse to use any writing tool other than an ultra-fine point Pilot G2 0.38mm (yours truly).

If this doesn’t sound like you, you might need to “fake it til you make it,” because doing well on the MCAT and getting into medical school is all about planning. And it starts now.

5 Tips For MCAT Success:

1. Start your MCAT prep early.

Start immediately, in …

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August 11, 2014

Everyone Gets One Life. Make Yours Good.

The “Good Life.” What does it mean to you? For some, it’s earning enough money to lead the life they want to live: a nice home, a big family, or the ability to travel the world.  For others, it means creative freedom, supporting a cause, or dedicating life to helping others.

Every path is different.  Many Doctors are privileged with helping others and saving lives. Though a medical degree is a huge investment it will serve you well as you passionately work to serve others. At Kaplan Test Prep, we strive to help students achieve their educational and career …

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July 18, 2013

Kaplan Takes Over Las Vegas

Hello my sweaty (good grief it’s hot today) MCAT students! This week I am writing to you from Las Vegas where I am at an annual Kaplan grad conference. This is my first time in attendance, so I’m excited to be sharing this experience with you! This meeting is essentially one of the nerdiest gatherings you will find, since everyone here cares very deeply about test preparation and isn’t afraid to talk about it. I have already had so many conversations about the subtleties of organic chemistry, the virtues of computer-based testing as well as the joys of MCAT teaching
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February 7, 2013

MCAT Re-booted: Study Block Part 1

Following up on last week’s entry on Study Schedules, I want to continue the focus and narrow in on what “study blocks” are and how to best implement them.  Many of you were asking what a typical day in the week would look like. Remember, the focus of re-thinking your MCAT studying is to build consistency over to aid in preventing burnout and producing a happier you!

The first question that many students ask is how long they should be studying for.  Right away many say “9, 10 hours? All day even?” I am here to tell you that …

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January 28, 2013

MCAT Re-booted: Study 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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January 24, 2013

A Tale of Two MCATs: Which Should I Take?

With the major MCAT revision coming up in 2015, many students are starting to ask:  which MCAT should I take?  Is there an advantage to one test versus the other?

The short answer is:  it’s possible to do either and score extremely well, but you’ll have to plan starting today.

What’s changing in the 2015 MCAT?

If you haven’t read our other articles about the MCAT 2015 exam, make sure to go back and check them out:

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December 25, 2012

Happy Holiday Season!

On behalf of the Kaplan MCAT Team, we want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.  With Santa come and gone, we want to share with you what came for Christmas this year.  We know you have all been good pre-meds and were hoping for no coal in your stockings! So here is our top 5 list!

5) Anatomy Coloring Book

4) Coffee

3) Book: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

2) Fake Skeleton

1) Kaplan MCAT Flashcards Mobile

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