November 11, 2014

Medical School Prerequisites: Choosing Your Classes

In my numerous conversations with pre-med students, I hear many questions. Most, as you would expect, revolve around the MCAT; how do I prepare, what score do I need, and what should I do if I don’t feel ready for the exam? But many questions also focus on a subject that’s just as important – your pre-medical coursework, and how to schedule all of your medical school prerequisites.

In many ways your pre-med classes are the first step and most effective step in your prep for the MCAT; do well in them and you’ll find yourself in …

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November 4, 2014

Studying For Final Exams vs. Studying For The MCAT

Hello my excited readers! It’s that time of year when students are focused on studying for their midterms or potentially final exams. You may even be trying to balance your class studying with your MCAT studying! Studying for both at the same time can be incredibly challenging. That said, the way you study for your undergrad finals should be very different from how you are studying for the MCAT! Today I’d like to talk about the differences in how you want to tailor your studying for finals versus studying for the MCAT.

Difference 1: Critical thinking versus memorization…

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October 2, 2014

Becoming a Well-Rounded PreMedical Student

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.

Jai Kumar Mediratta: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

“GET INVOLVED!” said every pre-health advisor ever. I would be willing to wager that there is a brightly decorated bulletin board in your career center that is dedicated to this very theme.

Today, more often than not, “getting involved” is associated with being “well-rounded,” and as a premedical student, you are familiar with the concept of a “well-rounded” individual. …

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September 29, 2014

4 Reasons Why You Should Take a Kaplan MCAT Class

Hello my excited readers! Today I’d like to answer a question that I get a lot from interested students:

Why should I take a Kaplan MCAT class?

I’ve been teaching for 6+ years at this point, so clearly I believe in the benefits of the Kaplan MCAT program. I took a Kaplan MCAT class in 2006 and did well enough on the actual test to score-qualify to teach the class. If you aren’t sold by that fact alone though, I have some four great reasons for you!

1. Flexibility

One of the best features of the Kaplan MCAT program is …

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September 23, 2014

Med School Letters of Recommendation, Part 2

It’s a well known fact that med school letters of recommendation (LORs) are an important part of your application. In my last article, I provided some tips and guidelines to consider when choosing who to pick as your letter writers. Now that you know who you’ll be asking for letters, today we’ll pick things up by discussing how to request your letters and make sure you get them.

 

Set Expectations for your Letter Writers

As soon as possible, and in person, ask each of your potential writers if they are willing to submit a great letter of recommendation …

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September 3, 2014

Top Loan Forgiveness Programs for Students Facing Medical School Debt

As a pre-medical or medical student, you may not be worried about your future earnings as a doctor: after all, seven of the top-10 best paying jobs of 2014 are in health care. But that’s cold comfort when your post-medical school debt could pay for the average American home in full.

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimated that the median four-year cost to attend med school, including living expenses and books, for the class of 2013 was $278,455 at private schools and $207,868 at public ones. With nearly a fifth of students taking on more than $250,000 …

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August 28, 2014

Pre-Med Study Abroad Questions Answered, Part 2

Hello again my pre-med study abroad readers! In part 1 of this post, we talked about the specifics of who, where, when, and how long to study abroad. In part 2, I’d love to discuss how studying abroad makes you a better pre-med student, better medical school applicant, and a better physician.  These experiences can make it possible to live your version of the “good life” sooner rather than later. 

A Better Pre-Med Student:

Have you ever experienced studying burnout? The demanding schedule of a pre-medical student can leave you feeling exhausted and wondering why you’re even trying …

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August 21, 2014

Pre-Med Study Abroad Questions Answered-Part 1

Hello my travel-hungry readers! Today I’d like to start a two-part series on the importance of studying abroad as a pre-med. One of the big questions with regards to the changes made on the 2015 MCAT is, how will students be able to fit in the new required coursework? Many students are worried that they’ll have to sacrifice important learning opportunities such as studying abroad or extracurriculars in their journey to become a physician.

This article will tackle the pre-med study abroad questions of who, where, when and how long, while the next article will discuss why studying abroad makes …

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August 14, 2014

5 Tips for MCAT Success

Some of you reading this may be planners. You may have color-coded binders with tabs and dividers, organized desktops and files; you may group your apps into folders based on category. Some of you may refuse to use any writing tool other than an ultra-fine point Pilot G2 0.38mm (yours truly).

If this doesn’t sound like you, you might need to “fake it til you make it,” because doing well on the MCAT and getting into medical school is all about planning. And it starts now.

5 Tips For MCAT Success:

1. Start your MCAT prep early.

Start immediately, in …

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