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For those of you who studied long hours everyday for the MCAT...

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by ejay286, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. ejay286

    ejay286 Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2005
    Did you study with no other distractions ie TV or radio? I find it hard to just sit in silence for 8 hours focusing only on the MCAT.
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  3. Ginzo

    Ginzo 2+ Year Member

    May 5, 2006
    Learning styles/studying habits are highly individual. I prefer to study in complete silence, but I take frequent breaks.
  4. Kaydubz

    Kaydubz 5+ Year Member

    May 25, 2007
    My MCAT studying summer was also my discovering the genre of Trance summer. And as it turned out, it was perfect for studying. Few songs with vocals, just melodic electronic and ambient music. TIESTO!
  5. chad5871

    chad5871 Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Portland, OR
    This thread is better suited for the MCAT discussions forum. You may have better luck getting more responses there. Moving there now...
  6. gasdf1234567

    gasdf1234567 2+ Year Member

    May 20, 2008
    I also can't handle dead silence so I always had the TV on. But then again it may have been a bad idea because when something good was on I would get distracted and focus on the TV. Sooo radio might be a better idea
  7. amar21

    amar21 professional crammer 7+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    its so hard to sit down and study in silence for 3-4hours when your test is month-2months away... it makes it easier for me to sit down and read a few paragraphs, surf the web, watch tv, and continue on.... of course it takes me 5hours to accomplish what i could have done in 2... but atleast i keep my sanity!
  8. engineeredout

    engineeredout 7+ Year Member

    May 11, 2008
    TV is definitely too distracting for me but listening to music definitely helps sometimes after having studied for a while and getting extremely bored.

    I don't spend 8 hours a day on the mcat though. Maybe 3-4.
  9. Neurokiran

    Neurokiran 5+ Year Member

    May 19, 2008
    Mount Olympus
    I am preparing for MCAT this summer so Let's what happens with me.
    I will definitely share my experience.
  10. Premed Worrier

    Premed Worrier 5+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2008
    North Carolina
    i think you learn to tailor it to yourself...sometimes i am on here and watching t.v. more than i am studying, some days i will honestly study for 10 hours straight (besides eating and obvious needs) with no distractions, i just let it be and what happens happens if you try to force yourself too much you will end up burnt out...good luck
  11. DrMattOglesby

    DrMattOglesby Grand Master Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2007
    I studied in complete silence.
    that is to say...whenever I was taking practice tests, I kept my distractions to a minimum; no TV, no music, no internet-surfing, cell phone on silent.

    however, during my content review, i would allow myself to listen to classical music...but even then I preferred a nice quiet room most of the time.

    I feel it helps you get used to being in a quiet zone for multiple hours on end. I felt like it helped me when I took the MCAT this past May 27th.
    However, I heard a song that morning and it was stuck in my head the ENTIRE test. Kinda drove me nutty by the end.
  12. LikeClockWork

    LikeClockWork Guest

    Jul 23, 2007
    TV and radio are too distracting, but I like white noise like having a fan on, or just sitting outside. It keeps it from being agonizingly quite, but also doesn't draw too much attention from the book.
  13. polarizer

    polarizer 2+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2008
    Well my routines is as follows:
    700AM wakeup, go to work
    4pm get off work, eat something

    4:30 go to study room at uni library
    630ish, get a snack
    930ish, go home

    930-10:30 read book during commute
    11:00-11:30 email, do speed reading lessons
    1130-1230 read stuff

    During my study fun at the lib, i do a section of each phys/ochem/bio/genChem. Seems to be easier to push it in parallel than to dedicate a day just to one section. It has been a week and I already reviewed 40% of the material (from Kaplan course books, essentially a chapter from each section a day). Now, I am really not sure what kind of sched will I take on once I am done reviewing. I am thinkin along the lines of dedicating 1/3 of the time to doing the science practice questions, once again in parallel. 2/3 of time doing verbal (EK/KAPLAN/LSAT stuff).
    The only reason I am redoing the darn beast is due to verbal, as my sciences are 12+.
    I have about 20 to 30 practice test, so I might start doing those 2 months prior to the test.
  14. amar21

    amar21 professional crammer 7+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    you, my friend, are a machine. god bless your motivation lol.

    i wish i had it!

    and 8hours a day is HARD!.. the only way I can do that is if my test was tomorrow and i was extremely behind. I try to do some days of study at the library in complete silence for 3-4hrs, and other days at home with my tv on or computer infront of me (like right now). So far its been ok. I'm about half done each section of review using kaplan books and its been 3 weeks (granted, I dont study everyday)... I write on August 15th so I hope to be done this content review by the end of June. I think its OK to study wherever, as long as you keep your sanity and don't burn out!
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2008
  15. requeim

    requeim lejittt 10+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Ann Arbor
    i use noise canceling headphones and smooth ambient music (classical / jazz). But it really does depend on your studying style and how you study best.
  16. jackson1

    jackson1 7+ Year Member

    May 28, 2008
    i'm like amar-really add and must have computer/tv in the background or i'll go nuts! maybe not the most productive way to study but it's the only way i can haha
  17. medskl09

    medskl09 2+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    Sunnyvale, California
    I alternated quite time and music in the background. To focus on content, specially content i wasn't familiar with i studied in a quite room with no distractions, however when i was taking the subject tests or end of the chapter questions i had the tv on or something.... Kept me sane....
  18. Tajam

    Tajam 7+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2007
    I take many breaks, usually consisting of 5 minutes. or half way through a practice test I pop in an episode of Sopranos. Crap, I should not have gotten into it before 3 weeks of my MCAT
  19. locus000

    locus000 For my Viet peeps! 5+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    New Orleans
    Most people will lose their concentration after 2 hours of intense studying. So I take alot of breaks along the way. Im actually taking a break right now and writing this :D. Listening to music helps but TV will distract.
  20. StarStup

    StarStup 5+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Penn and ID
    I studied for about 10-14 hours a day for 3 weeks straight for my May 31st MCAT. It was intense! I get easily distracted so I allowed myself to watch T.V or go online while I was eating and a little in the am and pm... but besides that it was silent...I did like to have the window open for some white noise and did take frequent breaks and drank lots of coffee. Studying long hours isn't for everyone...but it works for me. Good luck in studying!

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