Tag Archives: MCAT prep

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 burnout.
How do I
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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 test. You want to …
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MCAT Success Starts Here!

HurdleThe 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 obstacle – rather an …

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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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Inside Kaplan MCAT with Patrick: MCAT Study Schedule!

Weekly 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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Getting a Top Score by Using Topical Tests

Topical TestsHello 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 of students score way

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2014 Kaplan MCAT Summer Intensive Program!

mcat-sip-scheduleHave you ever thought about attending an MCAT summer intensive camp? Kaplan has your answer offering our 2014 MCAT Summer Intensive Program. The program is offered in 5 different locations:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Toronto, ON
  • Boston, MA
  • San Diego, CA

Unique MCAT Summer Intensive Course Structure

Boost your MCAT skills with Kaplan’s results-driven curriculum, including comprehensive content review, exclusive test-taking strategies, and personalized attention, all designed to help you:

  • Build a rock-solid science foundation with dynamic lectures
  • Learn time-tested, score-raising strategies in small-group recitations
  • Focus on your needs in weekly private tutoring sessions
  • Practice your lessons at
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Choosing MCAT 2014 or 2015 Test Date: Part 2

Home Alone FaceChoosing MCAT 2014 or 2015 test date is a big decision with a lot to consider. One of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds with the significant change coming with MCAT 2015 is “If I want to get the best MCAT scores, is it better to try and take the old MCAT or the new MCAT?”

Is there enough time to prepare and take the old MCAT? What if I don’t have the proper course background to take the new MCAT? Which exam will be easiest for me to get a top MCAT score?

Listen in as expert panelists discuss …

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How Significant Is Clinical Experience In Medical School Admissions?

On last month’s edition of Kaplan’s The Pulse, experts join us to discuss the 2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey. These are questions you need to know about!
When evaluating applications, how important is clinical experience in medical school admissions? In this video, learn what what medical school admissions officers are saying.

For More Insider News On The Future Of Medicine, Getting Into Medical School and the MCAT, visit our Pulse Page.…

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