October 15, 2014

5 Tips for MCAT Verbal Reasoning Success

Verbal reasoning on the MCAT

It’s the bane of many an MCAT test-taker: the dreaded verbal reasoning section of the med school entrance exam. Most see the verbal reasoning section as a wordy jumble of dense information followed by questions that make you think, “Wait, did I just read the right passage? Are these questions to a different section? Did I lose consciousness there for a little while?”

Fear not! While the verbal section of the MCAT can be the most challenging to tackle—especially considering the time constraints—the following five tips will have you slicing your way through verbal reasoning …

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May 9, 2014

Burn, baby, burn! Avoiding MCAT Burnout!

Hello 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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January 27, 2014

Inside Kaplan MCAT with Patrick: MCAT 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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December 5, 2013

Maintaining MCAT Momentum through the holidays

Hello my hard-studying readers. It’s that time of year again! You’re probably slogging away through your finals studying, waiting for that wonderful period of the year known as winter break. I’m also sure that you have lofty goals of getting lots of MCAT studying done during break.

I have seen many an ambitious student, with the best of intentions reach the middle of January and think, “Oh my goodness, where did the time go? How did I get zero studying done during break?”

Fortunately, I’m here today with some tips to help keep your MCAT momentum during the holiday season!…

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November 21, 2013

FREE MCAT Sample Class!

Happy Studies!

The school year is in full swing and that means pre-meds everywhere are starting to think about the 2014 MCAT dates and their MCAT prep! Have you ever wondered what a Kaplan class is like? Now is your chance to see one of our own MCAT teachers in action, dissecting the MCAT and introducing the proven Kaplan strategies that will allow you to excel on Test Day.

 

Best of all, it’s free! All you need is a computer and a reliable internet connection – you can attend from the comfort of your own home (or computer lab, …

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November 1, 2013

Kaplan Patrick Q&A: Efficient MCAT Studying Part 2

Continuing our discussion from ‘Efficient MCAT Studying Part 1′ we ask what is the most efficient way to study during our block. Looking back at the sample schedules, note that we are trying to get in at least 20 hours of studying a week at the very minimum, included in that time would be 1 full length examination a week.  At the minimum you should be trying to get in at least:

  • 2 Topical Tests
  • 1 Verbal Section Test
  • 1 Science Section Test
  • 1 Full Length Test

I understand that a lot of the content people are comfortable with. The …

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Med School Experience
September 23, 2013

Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts 10: Genetic Mutations

In today’s Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts video from the Kaplan MCAT course, Dr. Jeff Koetje discusses genetic mutations 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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May 7, 2013

Time for MCAT Bootcamp!

So, you have been preparing for a late May or early June MCAT by studying hard and taking practice tests. Are you looking for something to give you that extra studying edge? Or perhaps you’re eyeing an MCAT test date later in the summer? Are you looking to get jump-started on material?

Either way, you’re in luck! Kaplan is running an MCAT Boot Camp event on 5/20/13 at 8pm ET!

This intensive MCAT Boot Camp event will feature questions on advanced content to give you an excellent idea of where you need to focus your MCAT studies. It will …

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