jedi silva

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I'm starting to get cold feet about my sept test date due to the fact that I have never taken psych.

Am I crazy to even think that I could teach myself psychology in 2-3 weeks?
 

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I was the same way except I haven't taken any sociology. I was nervous before I began studying, but it turns out my bio/biochem and psy/soc are my two highest sections for my practice FLs. The material is, IMO, surprisingly easier than you may think.
 
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You're not crazy, but you have a lot of work to do. Psychology section is probably the most memory dependent of all sections (That's not to say other sections don't require memorization). Are you just starting to study the psychology material? If that's the case, then I don't know how you can remember everything and practice in 2-3 weeks period.
See if you finish all the material needed before the test. If you're not able to, then you should postpone it.
 
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jedi silva

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I was the same way except I haven't taken any sociology. I was nervous before I began studying, but it turns out my bio/biochem and psy/soc are my two highest sections for my practice FLs. The material is, IMO, surprisingly easier than you may think.
thanks. that's definitely good to hear.


You're not crazy, but you have a lot of work to do. Psychology section is probably the most memory dependent of all sections (That's not to say other sections don't require memorization). Are you just starting to study the psychology material? If that's the case, then I don't know how you can remember everything and practice in 2-3 weeks period.
See if you finish all the material needed before the test. If you're not able to, then you should postpone it.

Sadly i am. I've been going all out the whole summer reviewing the sciences and I was hoping I would be able to spend this month doing nothing but practice tests. It will definitely be a lot of work. For what it's worth my test date is sept 23rd
 

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I'm starting to get cold feet about my sept test date due to the fact that I have never taken psych.

Am I crazy to even think that I could teach myself psychology in 2-3 weeks?
Plenty of people have crushed the MCAT w/o a formal psych class. Most of my students who tested in 2015 did so. 2-3 weeks is a bit of a tall order though. Be sure to limit your Psych/Soc content review to only what is mentioned in the AAMC outline. Also integrate MCAT style Qs into your Psych review from the get go. Psych is very recall heavy and active learning will help the info stick better.

Good luck!
 
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Psychology is very, very easy compared to anything you encountered in a physical or natural science class. It's just memorization and understanding some basic research principles. I agree with the above that 2 weeks is cutting it, though.
 
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Anyone know of a topic list for psych/soc that includes the terms that are left out in the prep books?
The only psychology class that I ever took was an AP Psych class my junior year of high school (and I am currently a year out of undergrad). The only thing that I used to study the psychology was the AAMC study guide for psychology and the Khan Academy videos. The guide from AAMC tells you what percent of each topic will be on the MCAT, so I would definitely use it. Here is the link and for psychology, scroll down to page 67 until page 100: https://www.aamc.org/students/download/377882/data/mcat2015-content.pdf
 

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I've never taken intro psychology or sociology but had some exposure to some of the topics through education and family studies classes. I studied using the Kaplan Behavioral Sciences book for about a month before my test date in April and scored 130 in this section. It's definitely doable if you understand the concepts and can recognize/apply them in other contexts, but you may need more than 2 weeks.
 

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I didn't remember a whole lot from psych and soc 101. I mean, you think I'm gonna give enough of a damn to consistently reiterate Erikson's stages of psychosocial development throughout my normal life? Nope. Forgot it all completely. Relearned it. Now I'm good.

Answer to your question is a resounding, emphatic no.
 
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