Hello 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!)…Read more
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 …Read more
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 …Read more
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
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
The first topic that I address with a new class is always the same. You are going to take the MCAT. Repeat it with me guys! “I am going to be taking the MCAT.” Sounds kind of strange when you say it out loud, right? Not if you want MCAT success!
One of the first things we acknowledge when we start a class is the MCAT can be a scary thing. In general, most pre-med students go through the pre-med track looking at the MCAT as an obstacle. The MCAT can NOT be seen as an …Read more
Are 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 …Read more
Hello 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!
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 …Read more
Hello 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