March 26, 2015

Tips for Creating Successful Pre-Med Study Groups

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 premedical experience and journey to medical school.

Laté Lawson: University of South Florida

 

As we advance in our pre-med studies, there is a tendency to become overwhelmed. We are held accountable for understanding massive loads of information for our undergraduate pre-med prerequisite classes and the MCAT, while also juggling extracurricular activities, family responsibilities and work commitments. One effective way to create balance and efficiency when tackling the mounds of material …

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December 23, 2014

6 Ways to Calm Down When You’re Stressed from Studying

By Megan Weyrauch on September 9, 2013

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It’s 3 a.m. and you’re still studying. Sweaty fingers turn the pages of your textbook as your heart tries to bust out of its chest-jail. In a daze, you scan the same dull paragraph four times before you realize that you aren’t actually reading the text. Your head is pounding and you cannot concentrate as you count down the final hours, minutes and then seconds until you need to be relaying …

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October 1, 2014

6 Better Than Coffee Study Drinks

By Megan Weyrauch on September 5, 2013

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“I want a large Americano with two extra shots of espresso.”

I stare listlessly back at this customer, letting him know he just requested for his drink to contain twice the normal contained amount of espresso.

“Oh,” he adds, “better make it three extra shots then.”

As a barista, I encounter students from early morning until midnight who need some form of caffeine to help them get through just a few …

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March 11, 2015

Efficient MCAT Studying: Part 1

Hey guys! Following up on my student question from yesterday reminded me of a blog post I wrote a while back about proper MCAT studying.

In order to help my students become more productive in their MCAT studies I always start with a question back! The first question to ask is how long should we be studying for?  Right away many say “9, 10 hours? All day even?” I am here to tell you that is simply not the case.  Remember that the goal for total hours studied for an MCAT should be around 300 hours on average. Keeping that …

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November 5, 2014

Time for MCAT Bootcamp!

So, you’re ready to ramp up your MCAT prep. So far you’ve been preparing by studying hard in your undergrad science classes. Maybe you’ve even taken a practice test. Whether you’re looking for something to give you that extra studying edge or simply looking to get a head start on MCAT material early in your college career, you’re in luck.

Kaplan is running a series of free MCAT Bootcamp events in our live, online classroom environment.

What to expect at a Kaplan MCAT Bootcamp Event:

  • 90 minutes of intense practice
  • Breakdown of the exam
  • Rigorous training of Kaplan’s strategies
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October 24, 2014

Surviving the Homestretch

It’s officially Spring! Although those of us in the Upper Midwest have yet to see any weather that even slightly resembles spring, the changing of the seasons heralds what can be the craziest time of year for any student who is simultaneously applying to medical school while taking the MCAT in April, May, or June.

Other times of the year, studying for the MCAT has the potential to be stressful, but in May that stress can reach an impressively high level. In the next month and a half most students will have hurdles such as finals, graduation, moving, asking professors …

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