How to make the most of the two weeks before your MCAT

Posted by Abigail K. on 4/12/21 2:16 PM

I’ve always been someone who gets caught between cycles of procrastination and wild activity when a deadline is impending. The MCAT was no different for me; however, I really made the most out of those two weeks leading up to my exam date. With the right study execution, the final two weeks can be used to sharpen your exam-taking skills, leading to extra points that can’t be gained from studying the science alone. 

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Tags: MD/PhD admissions, MCAT

Pearls of knowledge: what my older pre-med mentors taught me

Posted by Marine-Ayan on 3/24/21 12:00 PM

As I suddenly realize that I am halfway through my gap year and that 2020 has been swallowed by the gaping maws of that-which-shall-not-be-named, I find myself with more time than usual to sit still. To be quiet and reflect on the years that have led me to the point at which I find myself. 

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

Managing your MCAT practice exam score expectations

Posted by Abraham C. on 3/22/21 12:00 PM

You’ve done it. You’ve taken that first (or second, or third, or tenth) practice test. Maybe you’ve been studying for weeks, or perhaps this is your first step in analyzing where you are. Either way, this practice test score may not be the score you want to end up with. In fact, it may not even be close. This may send some students into a panic, but let’s discuss the best methods to make use of this information. 

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How to balance redox reactions in acidic and basic solutions

Posted by Ellen Y. on 3/12/21 12:01 PM

Balancing redox reactions is an essential skill for the Chemical and Physical Foundations section of the MCAT, the GRE Chemistry Subject Test, and the AP Chemistry Exam. Today, we will learn how to use the half-cell method for balancing redox reactions in acidic and basic solutions. We will first balance a redox reaction in acidic solution, then we will balance the same redox reaction in basic solution.

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Tags: chemistry, MCAT, chemistry SAT subject test

Hormones of the female reproductive system

Posted by Tania F. on 3/1/21 12:00 PM

The female reproductive system can at times feel like a difficult jumble of hormones that all seem to be related, but fluctuate in unpredictable ways. To make sense of the particularities of the female reproductive system, especially for exams like the MCAT, it is important to not only know what hormones are involved, but also to understand what their purpose is and how that purpose is connected to their seemingly random (but actually quite predictable!) cyclic fluctuations. Once you know all that, the reproductive system transforms from a confusing jumble of terms to a beautiful concert of hormones working together to drive and maintain the complex processes of ovulation, menstruation, and pregnancy.

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Tags: biology, MCAT

Gametogenesis and spermatogenesis and oogenesis, oh my!

Posted by Tania F. on 2/26/21 12:00 PM

Meiosis is one of those processes that we all learned about in high school biology as a deceptively simple concept. You take the diploid cell, divide it twice, and it becomes four haploid gametes that are each capable of participating in fertilization. Easy, right?

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How to learn enzyme inhibition without memorizing facts

Posted by Jacob M. on 2/3/21 12:30 PM

The MCAT contains LOTS of material that can often feel quite overwhelming. With this mountain before you, it can feel like the best thing to do is to memorize as many facts as possible to simply regurgitate on test day. I’m here to tell you: this isn’t your only option!

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How Sherlock helped me ace my MCAT!

Posted by Calvin C. on 1/8/21 12:00 PM

If you’re a fan of BBC’s Sherlock or have devoured Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, you’re probably wishing you had the memory prowess of Holmes, and not Watson. At least I sure did when I began my MCAT journey. Sherlock’s seemingly inhuman ability to recall even the most obscure details derives from a Roman legend about the poet Simonides of Ceos, who retraced his steps through a collapsed dining hall to identify unrecognizable guests who had been crushed during the incident. 

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

How to send a cold email for research or shadowing in 5 easy steps

Posted by James Zh. on 11/30/20 1:20 PM

It can be daunting to reach out to a professor or doctor you’ve never met and ask to work with them or shadow them in a clinic. In this post, I’ve outlined how I like to approach cold-emailing research and clinical faculty, usually to great success.

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

Mnemonics for memory: your MCAT best friend

Posted by Johnny P. on 11/30/20 12:17 PM

Anyone who has studied for the MCAT will tell you: there is A LOT to learn. At times, learning new information about your own body can feel pretty rewarding. Other times, the sheer magnitude of information you are responsible for can feel quite overwhelming. At its best, conquering content related to the MCAT should feel like an ambitious challenge: something that is definitely possible, but will take hard work.

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Tags: study skills, MCAT, study