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Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by mauve, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. mauve

    Aug 14, 2007
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    Hey guys,

    I'm semi-new to SDN (I've had the account for x months but haven't used it to my full advantage) and am hoping that someone could probably shed me some light (of hope ! ). I'm taking my first go at the MCAT in the first week of August (yes fast approaching)! I'm taking a TPR course right now to prep for it. So far, I've been almost a month into my TPR course and honestly, I don't see much of an improvement in my scores :( Verbal really sucks the MOST; sometimes it is as bad as getting 1/7 right! At those times, I'm just thinking, what the hell did I get myself into :scared:? Anyway, my questions are: for anyone who has taken TPR and seen an improvement in their scores on passages,etc how long does it take to notice this upward trend? Because I clearly haven't hit my stride yet and time is running short. Also, for the WS, any advice to add substance and more analysis to the prompt paragraphs? For VR, I am so used to reading something twice in order to get a handle on it and to do any types of analysis. When I see a VR passage my primary reaction is, what the hell?? and I get bogged down in the reading and just 'accepting' what the author is trying to say. Another issue I've noticed is that when we have to do the ICC's in the class sessions and we're told we have X min to do it, I panic. I know the generic advice of "work on accuracy not time first" "get the gist of the writing" "chunk the information, get the bottom line" etc but I was wondering if there have been late bloomers from the TPR sessions.

    Oh, one other thing, how do you guys 'review' when you're referring to content review? In university, 'review' to me means reading over the material but with the MCAT, that's hardly the case.
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  3. BloodySurgeon

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    Nov 19, 2006
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    Maybe you could find these links helpful. These could have been found clicking on the "where should I start" sticky or doing a search (please refer to my signature for details).

    BloodySurgeon Verbal Guide- http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=509702

    30+ MCAT Study Habits- http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=503250

    Tips for MCAT Studiers- http://forums.studentdoctor.net/show....php?p=3719232

    A Very Good Verbal Guide - http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=206944

    QofQuimica & Shrike Guide to Everything- http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=516521

    mterp45 Guide- http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=526316

    Vihsadis Verbal Guide- http://forums.studentdoctor.net/show...2&postcount=96

    Bozz- http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=499207

    gecko45- http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=499808
  4. twinnie

    Jul 26, 2007
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    i actually took the TPR course as well and felt the same way... but I thought it was a good start. i think i read the books they provided at least three times, and supplemented with EK and Kaplan stuff. and also, their tests are MUCH harder than the AAMC tests, dont know about the real thing. so dont worry about your TPR scores as much. in terms or 'reviewing', just read while trying to understand every sentance and how it fits into the big picture. that helps. good luck!:)

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