February 25, 2014

Choosing an MCAT Test Date: ReKAPed

Great! Now we are getting started on our MCAT prep journey and we are looking at the MCAT as an opportunity NOT an obstacle! The next thing that we need to start thinking about is choosing an MCAT Test Date.  Here on Med School Pulse we have written quite extensively on Choosing an MCAT Test Date and I am going to link back to some of my favorite posts that we have written. The first one is Choosing an MCAT Test Date: Part 1. Things to take away from this article...
  • Time of Year
  • Morning and Afternoon Testing
  • Weekday or Weekend Test
  • Personal Obligations
  • Testing Center Locations
The follow up to that article is Choosing an MCAT Test Date Part 2: MCAT 2014 or MCAT 2015 The things to ask yourself...
  • Is there enough time to prepare and take the old MCAT?
  • What if I don’t have the proper course background to take the new MCAT?
  • Which exam will be easiest for me to get a top MCAT score?
Lastly Emily Hause wrote a reminder post on the additional MCAT Test Dates for the current version of the MCAT! Let me know what questions you guys have! Friday I am going to be talking about building a proper MCAT Study Schedule! ...read more
January 22, 2013

2013 MCAT Success – Part 1

Psychology Today by Ray Williams, there are many reasons that people start to not follow through with their original resolution and I want to focus on a couple points specifically from that article that might help put you on track for MCAT success in 2013!
  • Focus on one solution rather than several.  – Don’t go out and just say I am going to study 3 hours every day on each of the sections of the MCAT.  If you began with that routine you would be at 9 hours a day of just MCAT studying! Remember those other things in your life… school, research, extracurricular, family and friends, and maybe some down time?!
  • Have an accountability buddy, someone close to you that you have to report to – This can be the key to sticking to that MCAT resolution.  Try finding someone who will have the right balance of keeping you motivated but also reeling you back in when you are going on 12 hour study marathons and haven’t seen the outside of the library in weeks….
  • Focus on the present. What's the one thing you can do today, right now, towards your goal? – Tomorrow you can’t just take a full length practice test and magically see your score increase, because frankly, it won’t.  You need to start small and take the appropriate steps to get there. How about today you focus on electrostatics? Yes I know that terribly painful subject in Physics, however, one of your biggest opportunities to increase your score! The small steps build to the great journey!
  • Be mindful. Become physically, emotionally and mentally aware of your inner state as each external event happens, moment by moment, rather than living in the past or future. – This is the KEY with MCAT studying.  So many students go on “study binges” where they sit in the library for hours on end.  While this is great time spent in the library, it tends to burn you out and when you wake up the next morning the last thing you want to do is study for the MCAT.  Take care of yourself, you need to find that balance, so that you are physically, emotionally, and mentally happy!
Yes, I said it. You can be HAPPY when studying for the MCAT.  In my next post we are going to follow up on this with how to be truly happy in MCAT studying this year! Take the challenge I dare you… ...read more

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