“Tell me about a book you’ve read recently”: How to deliver a standout answer to this common medical school interview question

Posted by Stephen L. on 3/30/20 11:00 AM

There’s one common medical school interview question that doesn’t get nearly enough attention from prep materials: “Tell me about a good book you’ve read recently.” Answering this question well takes a little bit of thoughtful preparation, but if you’re ready for it, you’ll get to show off not just how well-read you are, but also how inquisitive, thoughtful, and well-rounded of a medical student you’ll be. Here’s how to nail this question in an interview.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

Staying Productive During Self Quarantine

Posted by Anagha on 3/25/20 11:00 AM

Regardless of what your living situation is like right now, these are unprecedented times in terms of practicing social distancing. Many of my peers consider this a period for unwavering focus on work, school, and milestones such as the MCAT. Even before the era of self-quarantining, locking yourself in your room for days to study was not uncommon, especially when studying for entrance exams. However, this is not necessarily a sustainable process. There is merit to finding balance in your study schedule that can only increase your efficiency during dedicated work times. While we may not be able to meet with friends and engage with the world as we would just a month ago, here are some tips to finding balance during these stressful times.

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Tags: medical school admissions, study skills, MCAT

So, your MCAT's been canceled, now what?

Posted by Marcella M. on 3/18/20 11:29 AM

We’ve been fielding questions from many of you about how to cope with the changing circumstances around the MCAT and this year’s medical school admissions cycle.  

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

Grad school standardized testing: To re-test or not to re-test?

Posted by Rahima on 2/14/20 11:00 AM

So you got your score back, and you’re not thrilled. What now?

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Tags: study skills, GMAT, GRE, MCAT

Spaced repetition and why it’s important while studying for the MCAT

Posted by Veronica L. on 1/10/20 11:00 AM

Spaced repetition at its simplest is the idea that the more frequently you’re exposed to information, the better you remember it. It’s more effective to repeat something 7 times over the course of one week than over the course of a single day. Your brain needs time to process the information you’ve learned and make connections with other stuff you know before it can file it away in to your long-term memory. If you don’t give it time, you’re more prone to forget it, which is why it’s extremely common for people to remember next to nothing after cramming all night for an exam the next day.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

CARS: Dos and Don’ts for Studying Success

Posted by Quinn on 12/20/19 11:00 AM

Some students can feel adrift when setting out to study for CARS. These helpful Dos and Don’ts you help you get started!

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

3 essential tips for the MCAT Psychology/Sociology section

Posted by Rae on 11/27/19 11:00 AM

Studying for the MCAT Psychology/Sociology section can feel daunting at first – there are so many terms to memorize, and often test-takers have never taken a formal psychology class. Though it may seem impossible to learn this on your own, there are several techniques that can make preparing for this section manageable (and even fun!).

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

Don’t make the MCAT CARS section harder than it needs to be! Build on your existing reading skills.

Posted by Tyler S. on 10/28/19 10:24 AM

As an MCAT tutor and former test taker, I have often encountered a subset of students who struggle with the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section (CARS) of the test. It can become a significant source of frustration during studying, and there are many students who may even have to re-take as a result of a poor CARS performance.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions, MCAT

MCAT score plateaus: why they happen, and what to do about them

Posted by Katelyn on 10/21/19 11:00 AM

One of the most common frustrations that I’ve seen students run into during their MCAT studying is the dreaded score plateau. A student’s studying is going well, they are improving on their practice exam scores and feel confident in their content mastery, but then several exams in a row show the same score. It can feel demoralizing, but remember, it happens to nearly all students, even students who end up with 520+ scores, and it is a normal part of the MCAT studying process.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

5 Ways To Improve Your MCAT Studying Without Studying For The MCAT

Posted by Elizabeth B. on 10/7/19 11:00 AM

OK, let’s state the obvious – the MCAT is daunting. Just take a look at the MCAT topic list PDF provided by the AAMC. It is one-hundred and twenty-five pages of topics alone. And while there is no substitute for good old-fashioned content studying, there are strategies to improve your studying that have nothing to do with studying itself.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT