December 18, 2014

Setting Pre-Med Expectations

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Laté Lawson: University of South Florida

 

As a young boy I disliked the moral illustrations my father used to refer to when answering my questions or teaching me lessons; yet, ironically, I find myself using these same references quite often as I’ve matured. One of the many is an old African saying, which states, “A man with no expectation(s) is a man bearing weak soul.”…

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December 17, 2014

Pre-Med Gift Giving Guide for the 2015 Holidays

Happy holidays my celebratory readers! It’s the time of year where we’re all on the lookout for the perfect gift for our favorite pre-med friends and family members. You’re in luck today as I’ve put together a great pre-med gift-giving guide for the holidays!

Molecule Jewelry

Nothing says you’re going to be a doctor like a necklace that features the chemical structure of a molecule of dopamine! As far as nerdy jewelry options go, these are classy enough to wear to clinic, but interesting enough to be a good conversation piece. Several of my medical school classmates actually own these …

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December 15, 2014

Pre-Med Advice: Planning your Second Semester

Now that you’ve made it to college and even survived your first semester, it’s time to start thinking about building a successful pre-med schedule for your second semester.

College is a big change from high school, and everyone takes a little time to adjust to the newfound freedom and expectations. Hopefully, one thing that hasn’t changed is that you still want to follow a premed track in undergrad and get into medical school. So, once you’ve settled into your new college environment, what are the first steps you should you be taking for when you finally apply to medical

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December 3, 2014

Tips for Surviving Your Medical School Prerequisites

Hello, my avid readers!

During your pre-medical education, you will be required to fulfill certain medical school prerequisites. Most schools agree on the basic elements for pre-medical education, but it seems as though every undergraduate institution has one or two classes designed to really make you struggle. You know the ones that I’m talking about- the GPA-killers, the classes you hear about long before you take them, the incredibly notorious destroyers of medical school admissions dreams. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be so terrible! Today I’d like to talk about some tips and strategies for dealing with …

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December 1, 2014

Free Resources and Tips for Your MCAT Prep

When it comes to MCAT prep, we all have our own best practices. Whether it’s attending lectures, making outlines, using flashcards, or reading notes, years of schooling, studying, and learning have made you the expert on how you best retain information. At Kaplan, we merely provide the resources you need (tests, review notes, flashcards, videos, live classroom sessions, live online sessions) so you can decide how you want to use them in studying for the MCAT.

At the same time, we like to offer guided, informative advice to students who are looking for ways to improve their MCAT …

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November 28, 2014

How to Build Strong Relationships That Result in Excellent Letters of Recommendation

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Priscila Cevallos: University of Texas at Austin

While maintaining a strong GPA and achieving a good MCAT score are crucial when applying to medical school, another challenging, yet equally as important aspect of the application process is obtaining great letters of recommendation. However, the true task herein lies in building strong relationships that result in excellent letters of recommendation. Here are a few tips, …

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November 27, 2014

MCAT Study Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Holiday Breaks

Hello my holiday pre-med students! I know that you’re excited about your upcoming holiday break schedule. If you’re lucky, you may even have a whole month away from classes! Relaxing after a tough semester is obviously job number one. Job number two is making sure you don’t fall behind on your MCAT studying, especially if you’re getting ready for one of the final administrations of the current test. Today we’ll share MCAT study tips for making the most of your holiday break.

Tip #1: Make an MCAT study schedule

I know it sounds incredibly Type A, but making a study

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November 24, 2014

Getting the Pulse on Premedical Post-Bacc programs

Hello to all you Pulse-monitors out there! Monday, November 17th was yet another great edition of the Kaplan Pulse. This Monday’s episode centered on the benefits to premedical post-bacc programs and how they impact your medical school application. If you’d like to watch, you can view the recording of the event.

Just a quick reKap of some of the highlights-

1. There are different kinds of Postbaccalaureate and Masters programs

There are premedical post-bacc programs that are designed for students who are changing careers, which are usually two years long and include the majority of your medical school

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November 17, 2014

9 Harmful Effects of Test Induced Stress

By Megan Weyrauch on November 25, 2013

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It is hard to believe that finals are right around the corner. By now you may have started studying for your last quizzes, tests and exams, and I have no doubt you are feeling the effects of test induced stress weighing you down.

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger, the body’s defenses kick …

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