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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 topics but many people
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Setting Expectations for Preparing for the MCAT!

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Greetings MCAT Rockstars!

Tonight I am teaching my Physics 1 class. This is the first content class Kaplan teaches when preparing for the MCAT. Before I begin my first content lesson I always begin class by setting expectations!  It is important to begin your MCAT preparations by thinking about your own study habits and things you could change to make your MCAT preperation as optimal as possible!

Class

Are you doing the preview work before class?

Are you mentally alert and engaged in class?

Homework 

When are you going to do the homework?

Have you scheduled into your weekly plans?

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Choosing an MCAT Test Date: ReKAPed

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Great! Now we are getting started on our MCAT prep journey and we are looking at the MCAT as an opportunity NOT an obstacle! The next thing that we need to start thinking about is choosing an MCAT Test Date.  Here on Med School Pulse we have written quite extensively on Choosing an MCAT Test Date and I am going to link back to some of my favorite posts that we have written.

The first one is Choosing an MCAT Test Date: Part 1. Things to take away from this article…

  • Time of Year
  • Morning and Afternoon Testing
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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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Bonus! New MCAT Test Dates Announced

NEW MCAT TEST DATESHello my excited readers! I have some awesome news for you today! There are new MCAT test dates! If you are hoping to the the MCAT before the big changes come in 2015, but aren’t quite ready to take your test in August or September, the AAMC has heard your needs. They recently announced that they are adding test dates in October and November! 

You can check out the new test dates and important registration dates here! 
This is an unprecedented, wonderful opportunity to get in your MCAT before the AAMC adds the social science information and lengthens the test

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Thank You for Attending January’s #KaplanPulse!

#KaplanPulseWe would like to thank everyone who attended last night’s edition of the #KaplanPulse! It was a great event and special thank you to Dr. Shital Vora and Tanya Svidler for lending their insight on clinical experience and Global Brigades!

Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Since 2004, Global Brigades has mobilized thousands of university students and professionals through nine skill-based programs that work in partnership with community members to improve quality of life in under resourced regions while respecting local culture.

According to the organization, 6,100 volunteers from over 70 university clubs …

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How Important is it to have Clinical Patient Experience?

Medical schools want to better equip you to successfully work with patients as a new doctor and to better facilitate the patient experience. An integral part of this is improving the doctor-patient relationship.

How can you use behavioral science backgrounds to help aid in clinical patient relationships? In this video, learn how important a background in behavioral sciences can be in the doctor-patient relationship.

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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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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