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Does the TPR Science Workbook actually help anyone?

superdevil

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just curious for some feedback.

i've taken a couple of AAMC tests now, and i think their passages differ markedly from TPR's. for instance; it seems to me that AAMC Bio passages are harder, because most of the bio passages in the TPR workbook have like, 6 friggin' paragraphs of info, and if you're quick enough, you can basically infer 90% of the answers by going back to the passage to look for clues. the AAMC passages just seemed like two short paragraphs and a couple of charts--you kinda just have to 'freestyle' the answers on your own.

also, the gen. chem/physics passages seem to be way harder in the workbook than by the AAMC--not by structure, just content.

it just seems like the workbook isn't a very focused way to use my (limited) time, and perhaps i should just stick to studying the topics instead of completing all those wretched assignments.

does anyone else feel this way? am i not approaching the TPR workbook passages the right way to get the most out of them? tell me what to do, dammit!
 

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Originally posted by superdevil
just curious for some feedback.

i've taken a couple of AAMC tests now, and i think their passages differ markedly from TPR's. for instance; it seems to me that AAMC Bio passages are harder, because most of the bio passages in the TPR workbook have like, 6 friggin' paragraphs of info, and if you're quick enough, you can basically infer 90% of the answers by going back to the passage to look for clues. the AAMC passages just seemed like two short paragraphs and a couple of charts--you kinda just have to 'freestyle' the answers on your own.

also, the gen. chem/physics passages seem to be way harder in the workbook than by the AAMC--not by structure, just content.

it just seems like the workbook isn't a very focused way to use my (limited) time, and perhaps i should just stick to studying the topics instead of completing all those wretched assignments.

does anyone else feel this way? am i not approaching the TPR workbook passages the right way to get the most out of them? tell me what to do, dammit!

I agree with you. The Bio and ochem section in the workbook is not tough, but the chem and phys section, like you said, are tough. I think a lot of those passages just kicked my butt and it is sometimes heavy on calculations, which mcat is not i think. I think that the workbook serves the purpose of just reinforcing concepts. There is no way I am going to finish all those passages I can tell you that. To get the most out of the book, I think whatever concepts/topics you feel weak on, then do the corresponding passages for more practice. That is what I am doing.
 

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Originally posted by solid snake
I agree with you. The Bio and ochem section in the workbook is not tough, but the chem and phys section, like you said, are tough. I think a lot of those passages just kicked my butt and it is sometimes heavy on calculations, which mcat is not i think. I think that the workbook serves the purpose of just reinforcing concepts. There is no way I am going to finish all those passages I can tell you that. To get the most out of the book, I think whatever concepts/topics you feel weak on, then do the corresponding passages for more practice. That is what I am doing.

The workbook is pretty much just another way of learning the material, like you said...they bear little resemblance to real mcats, so I wouldn't be concerned about missing a few per passage cuz that's how you learn best.
 
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whoa, i just realized that my thread got some responses. cool!

anyway, i've toned-down the amount of passages i do now. i'm choosing to spend more time studying my weakpoints than letting TPR manipulate me into thinking my weakpoints are...everything.

if anyone else wants to share, let's hear it!
 
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