The Four Most Essential MCAT Resources, Ranked by an Expert

Posted by Weike Wang on 9/12/16 7:00 PM

Are you ready for the four most essential MCAT resources, ranked by our expert MCAT tutor Weike?  Read on to get the essential list!

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13 Reasons you Pick the Wrong Answer on the MCAT

Posted by Henry on 8/8/16 6:30 PM

While many students blame incorrect answers on a lack of knowledge or careless mistakes, these explanations don’t account for the many ways an MCAT test writer can mess with a poor unsuspecting test-takers brain. If the MCAT were a simple matter of knowledge and diligence, the studying process would be far easier. Knowledge is easily acquired (though less easily remembered, for more details see this post on memory) and diligence is easily drilled (see this post here on diligence). If you want to see a higher MCAT score, you need to acknowledge it’s a little more complicated than it looks. 

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Two Study Habits That Will Boost Your MCAT Score

Posted by Henry on 6/6/16 9:30 AM

Reflection is not what spectators see during a basketball game; spending hours watching game tapes and discussing strategic nuances with a coach does not make the high light reel on Sports Center, but it is essential to continued improvement and success. After every game, athletes and coaches discuss what happened: what went well, what went badly, what could have gone better but didn’t, and generate actionable feedback that the athlete can use to improve their performance.

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How to Select Your MCAT Test Prep Resources

Posted by Nikita on 5/25/16 9:00 AM


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Picking MCAT test prep resources can feel a little bit like trying to pick one ice cream flavor at Coldstone (although perhaps significantly less fun…) – there are so many options, all of them seem to work, and you don’t want to miss out by picking the wrong ones.  Unfortunately, MCAT students too often try to use too many resources and end up not being able to fully commit to any of them. This post can’t do justice to all of the well-developed test prep material out there (though some of our tutors can!), but hopefully it can point you in the right direction as you begin (or continue) your MCAT test prep journey. Here are a few things to consider as you decide how to study for the MCAT:

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Planning Your MCAT Study Schedule

Posted by Nikita on 4/20/16 11:21 AM

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One of the most daunting things about the MCAT is the sheer amount of material that is on the exam. At minimum, it covers the first year of intro classes for all of the sciences (Physics, Biology, Chemistry), some advanced level coursework (Organic Chemistry - and many students now say they would like to take Biochemistry and Genetics as well), and then additional courses like Psychology. There is no way of getting around the fact that it is a LOT of material.

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Why you should take the MCAT CARS seriously!

Posted by Weike Wang on 3/21/16 9:30 AM

 

In my opening email to students, where I introduce myself as their tutor, I will frequently ask about their reading comprehension ability.  My exact words are “Think back to your SAT, ACT days and how you did on the verbal sections”.  The reason I do this is because verbal (or CARS, as the MCAT calls it, which stands for critical analysis and reasoning skills) is a good gauge for how uphill the battle will be against the exam.  

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When should you take the MCAT?

Posted by Nikita on 3/11/16 9:30 AM

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As all pre-med students know, the MCAT is one of the biggest (and sometimes scariest!) hurdles on the way to medical school. It is also steeped in uncertainty -- how do you study? What score should I be aiming towards? When will I be ready to take it? 

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MCAT Tutoring Approaches with Max

Posted by Max V on 2/24/16 9:30 AM

 

This week we're spotlighting Max, a member of our MCAT tutor team. Max graduated from Yale Phi Beta Kappa with both a B.S. and M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He is an author on multiple scientific papers and is currently pursuing a M.D. and a Ph.D. through the combined Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. Max's core strengths include biology, chemistry, mathematics, and MCAT preparation. 

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A Comprehensive Guide to MCAT Practice Tests

Posted by Weike Wang on 2/15/16 9:00 AM

Why take practice tests?

The MCAT is a daunting test.  I think I have said this to every one of my students.  These students then ask me what is the best way to study and my answer to that really varies student by student.  Some students need more structure, a day-to-day agenda.  Some students like more flexibility.   But what has not varied from student to student is taking practice tests.

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Enzyme Inhibition and Lineweaver-Burk Plots - MCAT Test Prep

Posted by Emily Leven on 2/3/16 9:30 AM


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We’ve already covered a little bit about the basics of enzyme kinetics,  so now let’s move on to discuss an important application of enzyme kinetics in the body (and in medicine): enzyme inhibition. Enzymes are not always “on” and working; occasionally they are working on overdrive. Like all things in life, the key to healthy functioning is balance. Many drugs work to either block or enhance enzymatic function. In 1934, Hans Lineweaver and Dean Burk took a look at the Michaelis-Menten equation and rearranged it into a nice graphical form that’s easy and intuitive to interpret.

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