Having agency over your MCAT-studying experience

Posted by Apolline J. on 5/15/20 6:08 PM

Studying for the MCAT is a daunting task, and we’re likely to turn to others for strategies to make it through the experience successfully. People on online forums, students in years ahead of us, mentors, advisors, and friends can all offer meaningful advice. But, sometimes, these suggestions can get scary, especially when people’s suggestions differ based on their own preferences or lived experience. We start wondering whom to believe or trust, and making those calls can make an already difficult time even more overwhelming. The following are some thoughts on being intentional about making your study time your own.

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Tags: MCAT

How to study for the MCAT when you haven’t completed all your science coursework

Posted by John C. on 5/4/20 11:00 AM

A lot of folks have asked me how to study MCAT material that they have never seen in class. It is a good and important question. Many of the topics covered on the MCAT—particularly on the Chem/Phys section—are covered in classes that students tend to take later in their college careers, such as second semester physics (E&M). In this brief post, I hope to share a bit of my own MCAT story, as I took the MCAT while I was in the midst of second semester organic chemistry and second semester physics.

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Tags: MCAT, covid-19

The-MCAT-subsection-that-must-not-be-named

Posted by Jamie Y. on 4/20/20 11:00 AM

When you’re talking about the MCAT, there’s one subsection whose name strikes fear into the hearts of science-oriented premeds: CARS. As someone who never took more than the bare minimum of required humanities classes and learned English as a second language, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

How to Stay Focused (And Off Social Media) While Studying for the MCAT

Posted by Jackson B. on 4/15/20 11:00 AM

There’s no question that studying for a test like the MCAT takes discipline—from making a study plan to reading prep materials and taking those dreaded 7-hour practice tests. When I prepared for the MCAT, I struggled to stay focused for long periods of time: after doing just a couple practice questions, I would find myself on Twitter or Facebook, then get frustrated at my own lack of willpower. I quickly realized that I would have to make a plan to avoid distractions and get the best score possible. Here are the strategies I found helpful for staying focused while studying for the MCAT, especially when it comes to staying off social media and the Internet.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

Three Key Lessons from a Lifetime of Test Taking

Posted by James B. on 4/10/20 11:00 AM

As someone who’s spent over twenty years in school and is currently pursuing both MD and MPP degrees, I’ve taken my fair share of tests. For as long as I can remember, tests have been both milestones and gatekeepers. The first “high-stakes” tests I took were the SAT and ACT in preparation for college admissions. After many midterms and finals in college, I faced the MCAT for admission to medical school and the GRE for admission to public policy school. Since then, I have gone through three USMLE Step exams for my medical license and numerous finals during medical school. Along the way of taking all these tests, I settled on three strategies for success.

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Tags: LSAT, ACT, GMAT, SAT, GRE, MCAT, PSAT

“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