October 30, 2014

Studying for the MCAT: Maintaining Study-Life Balance

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.

Smridhi Mahajan – University of Texas at Austin

Along with maintaining a strong GPA and having well-rounded extracurricular activities, MCAT scores are a major factor in medical school admissions. At one point or another, every pre-medical student must take this test as a “rite-of-passage” before even applying to medical school. Since this test is so important, many pre-meds think it is necessary to be locked …

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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 2, 2014

Triaging as a Tool for MCAT Success!

Hello my hard-working MCAT Test Takers! Today I want to discuss an important tool for MCAT success: prioritization. In fact, one of the most important lessons in your entire healthcare career will be learning how to prioritize effectively, whether you’re working with patients, studying, or taking a test. It not only helps you reduce your anxiety since you have a plan for every occasion, but it also helps you maximize your effectiveness. It is a concept officially known as Triaging (or as I think of it, MCAT Pokemon: gotta catch all the points!)

The first question I …

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August 27, 2014

Am I Ready to Take the MCAT?

Hello my MCAT-loving readers! Today I want to answer a common question posed by students – “When will I feel ready to take the MCAT?”

The short answer is that you may never feel ready to take the MCAT. It’s an intimidating test and feeling 100% certain that you’re ready to go destroy it, may not happen for you. That doesn’t mean that you’re not actually ready to take the MCAT.

What you should really be asking is – “How do I know that I’m ready to take the MCAT?”

You’re ready to take the MCAT if:

1. …

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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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February 21, 2014

What is a Kaplan MCAT class like?

Greetings everyone!

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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June 5, 2013

Teaching the MCAT for Kaplan

Hello 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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March 21, 2013

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!

1. 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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Pre-Med Life
February 26, 2013

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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