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What Makes For a Good Test-Taker?

iStock_000015742269SmallHello my devoted MCAT students. For those of you who are taking a July or August test, you may be losing steam in your studies. I encourage you to not lose hope! You’re almost to the finish line, so give it your all for these last few weeks or days. Today I want to talk about something that you may not have thought about while you’re studying for the MCAT, but it will hopefully be useful both in your MCAT studies and ideally someday in your medical school studies: What Makes for a Good Test-Taker?

What separates people who are

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Medical School Insider is here!

Kaplan Test Prep will host our fourth annual Medical School Insider tonight, Monday, April 29th at 8pm ET.  This is our biggest event of the year for pre-meds and you absolutely don’t want to miss it!

The insights revealed at #medInsider are incredible, they’ll really change the way you look at the admissions process!  Be sure to mark your calendar now for this year’s live streaming event. Save your spot by clicking here now!

 

Medical School Insider

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7 Days Until Med School Insider 2013!

Kaplan Test Prep will host our fourth annual Medical School Insider on Monday, April 29th at 8pm ET.  This is our biggest event of the year for pre-meds and you absolutely don’t want to miss it!

The insights revealed at #medInsider are incredible, they’ll really change the way you look at the admissions process!  Be sure to mark your calendar now for this year’s live streaming event. Save your spot by clicking here now!

A sneak peak from one of the questions last year:

Do medical schools have a cutoff for GPA and MCAT scores?

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MCAT Re-booted: Sleep

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Sometimes I think dogs have it best, they can just sleep all day.  It brings to mind the age old question, how long can you burn the candle at both ends? A typical pre-med week is jam packed with activities, classes, studying, and if it is that time in your career, MCAT studying! With so many things going on in and out of the classroom, many pre-meds start waking up earlier and going to bed later.  Dangerous habits can form with constant abuse of coffee, energy drinks, and medications.  While those can have their place, nothing can replace a good …

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Innovation and the AMA

It’s no secret that the world is constantly evolving, with new resources and technology being developed each day.  The medical field is no exception to the tides of change, and as a reflection of the rapidly changing nature of medical education, the AMA recently announced a grant initiative to jump-start the medical school revolution. You can read all about the grants and the request for proposals from the AMA, but it sounds like they are off to a roaring start. Doctor1

In the AMA’s post, they mention some specific areas for improvement such as including lessons on the “business” of …

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MCAT Re-booted: Study Block Part 2

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Continuing our discussion from ‘Part 1 of Study Blocks’ 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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Romantic Valentine’s Day MCAT plans?

It’s that time of year again- when people daydream of valentines, candy hearts, roses and romantic gestures. While you, intrepid pre-med student, are preoccupied with daydreams about physics equations, the intricacies of mitosis vs. meiosis and the trends on the periodic table. As the commercials say, “every kiss begins with Kay” and you begin to wonder which K? Ksp? Keq? Temperature in Kelvin? As February 14th rolls around, you think- How can I possibly have time for a hot date on Valentine’s Day? Surely I must spend this day of romance alone and wallowing in MCAT-studying induced self-pity.

That’s …

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MCAT Re-booted: Study Block Part 1

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Following up on last week’s entry on Study Schedules, I want to continue the focus and narrow in on what “study blocks” are and how to best implement them.  Many of you were asking what a typical day in the week would look like. Remember, the focus of re-thinking your MCAT studying is to build consistency over to aid in preventing burnout and producing a happier you!

The first question that many students ask is how long they should be studying for.  Right away many say “9, 10 hours? All day even?” I am here to tell you that …

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MCAT Re-booted: 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!Weekly Schedule

Now how long is 300 hours in reality? You could easily break that into 10 weeks …

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2013 MCAT Success Part 2 -> MCAT “Re-booted”

reboot Following up on last week’s post 2013 MCAT Success Part 1, I mentioned or challenged you all to be HAPPY while studying for your MCAT.  Dare I say, I have already gotten feedback from people asking me, “Patrick, seriously?”. Yes, I am totally serious in talking about this. I myself was once a Kaplan student, and to be honest the Kaplan MCAT course really opened my eyes on how studying can be part of your everyday life, but not something that utterly consumes it.

I am sure many of you have been there before. During the week you have …

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