January 27, 2014
Now how long is 300 hours in reality? You could easily break that into 10 weeks or approximately 2 ½ months of 30 hours of studying a week. I know what you must being thinking… 30 hours a week?! I already have class, research, clubs, activities, and that long lost social life! How can I possibly fit 30 hours into a week? Well simply put, you can’t and you aren’t expected to. The majority of students start studying well beyond the 2 ½ month mark. On average students need to think about breaking that time up into somewhere between 3-6 months, depending on their schedule, how many of the pre-med required courses they have already taken, and their confidence in the material.
After getting a rough idea on when to get started, where do we start? Many students have come to me after getting their Kaplan MCAT materials and feel overwhelmed. Don’t fret! You now have the best material for the MCAT and over 11,000 questions to aid in testing your comprehension of all things MCAT. What you need to do first is establish how much time you have during the week and create “study blocks”.
- First you need to account for the things that take up time in your week. For example:
- Personal obligations
- Professional obligations (school, work, Kaplan class, research etc.)
- Extracurricular (volunteering, clubs, shadowing)
- Social time with friends and family
- 1 day/ evening off/ week