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which study material/study method did you guys use for the PCAT? I put in lots of study time, but my scores didn't reflect that! Yes, I know there is a PCAT section, but I would like to have some input from students who are already in pharm school, too.
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animal_lover said:
which study material/study method did you guys use for the PCAT? I put in lots of study time, but my scores didn't reflect that! Yes, I know there is a PCAT section, but I would like to have some input from students who are already in pharm school, too.
TIA!
As you should know, there IS a PCAT forum. Moving this there...
 

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animal_lover said:
which study material/study method did you guys use for the PCAT? I put in lots of study time, but my scores didn't reflect that! Yes, I know there is a PCAT section, but I would like to have some input from students who are already in pharm school, too.
TIA!
I like the Kaplan book. It's more in depth than what you'll see on the PCAT but it's a great comprehensive review. Barron's and Peterson's are a little too easy and some Peterson's questions are frankly strange. I also liked the pcatprofessor for quizzing myself. Focus on the basics and try to know the general stuff well rather than spend too much time on small details that probably won't be tested.
Organization is the key. Catagorize the subjects into "units" so that you can see the progress you are making. For example, spend one day on Algebra, one day on Calculus/Trig, one day on Statistics/Probability, one day on Cell Biology, one day on Endocrinology etc. I think you smell what I'm cookin' :laugh:
Organize all of the sections you need to work on, set up a schedule for studying and stick to it. Figure out how you need to study in order to retail the most material and go with what works! Good luck! :luck:
 
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ndearwater said:
I like the Kaplan book. It's more in depth than what you'll see on the PCAT but it's a great comprehensive review. Barron's and Peterson's are a little too easy and some Peterson's questions are frankly strange. I also liked the pcatprofessor for quizzing myself. Focus on the basics and try to know the general stuff well rather than spend too much time on small details that probably won't be tested.
Organization is the key. Catagorize the subjects into "units" so that you can see the progress you are making. For example, spend one day on Algebra, one day on Calculus/Trig, one day on Statistics/Probability, one day on Cell Biology, one day on Endocrinology etc. I think you smell what I'm cookin' :laugh:
Organize all of the sections you need to work on, set up a schedule for studying and stick to it. Figure out how you need to study in order to retail the most material and go with what works! Good luck! :luck:
Thanks so much! I think your unit idea is a good one. I used the Kaplan review book and I found out that I spent too much time being stressed over those time consuming chemistry problems that I passed over alot of the basics. :mad: Atleast I know not to do that this time, and knowing is half the battle...GI Joe ;)
 

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Ask Santy Claws for a good score this X-mas.
 

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amount of time put into studying will not guarantee a good score. Amounts of understanding will.

Study until you understand everything instead of burying your head into a book incessantly. Studying too much (i.e. after complete comprehension of an item/topic) might muddy your mind and that's counter-productive.

Bottom line is study, study, study, but once you understand, stop and move on.

There.
 
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