Tag Archives: MCAT stress management

Surviving the Homestretch

Rape_and_trees_near_Foy_-_geograph.org.uk_-_454191It’s officially Spring! Although those of us in the Upper Midwest have yet to see any weather that even slightly resembles spring, the changing of the seasons heralds what can be the craziest time of year for any student who is simultaneously applying to medical school while taking the MCAT in April, May, or June.

Other times of the year, studying for the MCAT has the potential to be stressful, but in May that stress can reach an impressively high level. In the next month and a half most students will have hurdles such as finals, …

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The Week Before your MCAT

“One week from right now I will be in my MCAT….” That thought has haunted many pre-med minds in the week before test day; after spending months and months on your MCAT preparation, the idea of actually taking the exam can be an emotional roller coaster. Managing stress in the days leading up to the test is vital, and the best thing that one can do when preparing in the final week is to remember a few key points:

  • Establish a Regular Sleep Schedule – If your test is at 8:00 in the morning,
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How to build the Ideal MCAT Study Schedule, Part 2

In my last post we discussed several tips for making the most of the limited study time that you have available as a premed. Now, in Part 2 of our series on the Ideal MCAT Study Schedule we’ll take a look at three different types of premeds and how each can properly utilize a day to get the most out of their studying.

One quick note before we get started: you will notice in reading these I really make a point of taking active breaks. It is important to only study for a max of …

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Read it, Hear it, See it, Try it: What is Well-Rounded MCAT Preparation?

Choosing your MCAT prep can be a difficult task in its own right, even before you crack open the books and start studying. Walk into any bookstore or search the internet for MCAT study materials, and you might be overwhelmed by the number of choices available to you. Throughout the years, people across all industries (academic, test-prep, self-help, etc.) have published study aids and materials meant to help students achieve their goals on the MCAT, and the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. To further frustrate your efforts, try asking a friend or …

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Choosing an MCAT Test Date: Part 2

In my last post we discussed some of the important questions that you’ll need to consider when deciding when to take the MCAT. While it’s vital to determine early what time of year you’ll be taking the exam, choosing the specific administration that’s right for you can be equally as important.After months and months of studying and preparation, you owe it to yourself to choose the test time and location that will give you your best possible chance of success. With that in mind, here are a few additional questions to consider.

Do I want

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