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What is a Kaplan MCAT class like?

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As some of you may know I help with our Social Media engagement, I am active on Student Doctor Network, and I have been teaching the MCAT at Kaplan for 5 years now. One of the most common questions that I get throughout the year is “Patrick, Can you give me an idea of what a Kaplan MCAT class is like?”

Well you guys are in luck! Over the next 8 weeks I am going to give you an inside look into one of the classes I am teaching.  This is a unique insider preview to what …

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Teaching the MCAT for Kaplan

MCAT-TEACHER-EMILYHello my dedicated MCAT students! I have been spending the past few weeks working with some of the best MCAT teachers in the country at the Boulder MCAT Summer Intensive Program. As a teacher, this is a unique experience because I get to share and brainstorm strategies and mnemonics in-person with my fellow teachers. Additionally, I get to nerd out like crazy about things like organic functional groups (see last week’s post) the glory of the the inverse relationships that are prevalent on the MCAT and the sheer beauty of a well-crafted passage and its questions.

This quality

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3 Tips to Taking a MCAT Practice Test

What better way is there to see how you’ll score on the MCAT than to take an MCAT practice test? This is the best tool to predict your score and see where there is room for improvement. If you’re wondering when and how to take your MCAT practice tests, then look no further!

Study table1. Take the practice test at the same time as the actual MCAT.

Students can choose between morning and afternoon administrations when registering for the MCAT.  Once you’ve registered for the test, start taking practice exams at the same time as the actual MCAT.  If …

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MCAT Re-booted: Exercise

Preventative medicine is becoming a more common topic in healthcare today.  As future physicians it is important to understand the rising healthcare costs and how it is impacting our medical economy.  Simple daily changes by individuals can help curb these costs and improve overall health among our communities   Regardless if you consider yourself a ‘health nut’ or not, it is important for you to understand that as a future doctor people will look to you for advice on health as soon as you begin your medical school journey.  Start becoming an advocate now!

Straight from the Mayo Clinic, what …

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Kaplan’s Medical School Insider Provides a Peek Behind the Curtain of Medical School Admissions

MCAT BlogEvery premed student has questions about getting into medical school; from the personal statement to the interview, the admissions process can seem like a daunting and confusing endeavor. Compounding the problem is the fact that nearly everyone you’ll speak to seems to have their own opinion on the best approach to take – one person might suggest listing certain experiences on your application, while another will say the complete opposite! Much of this advice is anecdotal and may not apply to your situation – you aren’t the same person as the friend of your cousin’s wife, so you shouldn’t necessarily …

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Effective Studying: Relating MCAT Science to Everyday Things

Time and time again I get asked “Patrick, I feel like I am drowning! There are so many science concepts to remember on the MCAT. Do you have any tips to keep it all straight?!” And my answer is simple; all one needs to do is to relate it to an example in everyday life. Rote memorization has its time and place in studying, but the MCAT rewards the student who is able to go above and beyond to UNDERSTAND the concept in all its intricacies. With this in mind I often push my students to think of common …

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From the MCAT to Harvard Medical School: Dr. Ricky Grisson’s Journey

MCAT blogOftentimes, we are asked about the performance of our past MCAT students; how they did on the test, where they went for medical school, and where they are today. Recently, we had the opportunity to talk with one of our many amazing Kaplan MCAT course alumni, Dr. Ricky Grisson, about where his journey in medicine has taken him and the role that Kaplan played along the way. 

1. What was your reaction to taking the MCAT for the first time?

Wow! I was surprised by the difficulty and really disappointed in myself. I performed poorly and felt really terrible …

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MCAT Practice Tests: Learning from your mistakes

Every Monday morning during the months of September through December, professional football players gather at their respective team’s facilities tired, weary, and groggy from the previous day’s game. They spread out based on their positions and assemble in dark rooms where video projectors display game film while position coaches break down the plays screen-by-screen. The players hate this. They just finished playing barely 24 hours ago. The last thing they want to do is watch the game again. If they won, they want to storm the practice field and keep up their positive momentum. If they lost, they want to …

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Teaching the MCAT: How I became a better doctor

The cliché “never say never” has been around for so long that its significance might be lost on most people. For me, though, every time I hear someone say it, I think back to when I was an undergrad studying for the MCAT. A group of us taking the prep class would study together and at times the conversation would veer towards our MCAT  instructor. “He’s so smart, there’s nothing that he doesn’t know,” one of my friends would say. Another overly-optimistic one would chime in with, “I bet he got a perfect score on the test.” At …

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The Week Before your MCAT

“One week from right now I will be in my MCAT….” That thought has haunted many pre-med minds in the week before test day; after spending months and months on your MCAT preparation, the idea of actually taking the exam can be an emotional roller coaster. Managing stress in the days leading up to the test is vital, and the best thing that one can do when preparing in the final week is to remember a few key points:

  • Establish a Regular Sleep Schedule – If your test is at 8:00 in the morning, it is going to
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