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Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Simran1031, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. Simran1031

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    Thanks this is good
     
  4. Simran1031

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    you are welcome! =)
     
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    It seems helpful, but many of the links do not work???
     
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    i noticed this too. but usually on the right panel..there are other links that are helpful..and usually lists the source of the website. I use it interchangeably with wiki and just google search in general..unfortunately with online documents you run into the problem that many of the materials arent fully comprehensive.
     
  7. JohnWetzel

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    Hi, this is John Wetzel. I am replying in this thread which concerns the website I created, WikiPremed. Although WikiPremed is a work in progress, it is getting close to coming together. A few other people have begun helping me.

    I hope this reply doesn't get me banned. Out of respect the rules of the site, I am only posting this time because the thread is concerning my own work and so I hope this isn't considered an advertisement.

    The site needs a lot of work to help students orient themselves. To understand how to make the best use of WikiPremed you probably need to visit the Syllabus at http://www.wikipremed.com/syllabus_01.php, and you should also read the Explanation of the Work athttp://www.wikipremed.com/course_design.php.

    The link Simran1031 posted above leads to the the Learning Center, which is basically the big archive of materials and links. There are links to the Chapter Level and one level further down, the Topic Level.

    Some of the materials we are releasing to the Creative Commons include the Physics Learning System at http://wikipremed.com/01physicscards.php or the Organic Mechanisms at http://wikipremed.com/03_organicmechanisms.php.

    Teaching videos for the entire MCAT course are scheduled to begin making their appearance in mid January 2009. These will roll out over the course of the Spring. I think this is the best MCAT course in the world, and it will be free.

    After teaching MCAT about fifty times to small groups of students in the nineties, I have devoted the past ten years to making a website where a person can receive an undergraduate equivalent education in general science for free.

    The site is really sprawling, and there are sure to be problems. Please write to me to let me know if something isn't working.
     
    #6 JohnWetzel, Dec 29, 2008
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    Wow definitely looking forward to this, thank you for this information and obviously a huge thanks for creating this.
     
  9. JohnWetzel

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    Thank you for the kind comments, though it did not make me happy reading the comments above to hear about link rot setting in at the Learning Center. Aaaarrggh! (I've fixed most of it). One of the things the site tries to do is bring the rest of the web into focus for premedical students at a very fine grained topic level. In the learning center, you will see about 1200 topics (the outline nodes within the chapters) and roughly 2500 links associated with these to sites around the web. Although there is a button for visitors to push to notify me of a dead link, I haven't been seeking traffic, just working on the site, so there hasn't been anybody to let me know, so I'm glad to have gotten a chance to fix them before more people visit. Thanks!

    On a related note, I am someone who has pretty much surfed the entire educational science resources on the web and I also know a great deal about preparing for the MCAT so I will share my opinion about which sites (along with WikiPremed of course!) are the best for science study for the MCAT, one for each discipline:

    PHYSICS - HyperPhysics - http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hph.html

    CHEMISTRY - Bodner Group at Purdue - http://chemed.chem.purdue.edu/genchem/topicreview/index.php


    ORGANIC - Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry - William Rausch - Michigan State University - http://www.cem.msu.edu/~reusch/VirtualText/intro1.htm

    BIOLOGY - Kimball's Biology Pages - http://biology-pages.info/

    Using the web for study has advantages and disadvantages compared to printed materials, so think a bit about this before you dive in. With a printed resource, it is easy for your mind to grasp the beginning and the end of a topic. A book has a physical shape. A definite number of pages. A table of contents. However, with a website, the knowledge can have a way of seeming endless, with links peeling off over the horizon. It's really crucial to understand this difference, because one of the most crucial stages to reach in MCAT preparation is to be able to see the whole thing from the bird's eye view. This is when the thing clicks. My point is that if you use the web to study, you have to be careful to stay oriented within the learning goals of preparation and within the outline of the sciences. If you do that you can gain a great deal from the web.

    A big advantage of using the sites above is that their authors are really excellent at explaining ideas in science. (In General Chemistry, I also want to mention the Chem1 Virtual Texbook by Stephen Lower - http://www.chem1.com/acad/webtext/virtualtextbook.html, which isn't as well organized as the Bodner Group's site, but which has some great discussions).

    The web can help you because while a great deal of MCAT preparatory material is uninspired, indifferent, and ill informed, even with the best materials, such as ExamKrackers and Kaplan, there are many topics where you might find a need to add depth to your conceptual understanding.

    I hope the sites above help you in your studies! Good luck on the test!
     
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    i also want to thank you for creating this website. i hope that this site will help bridge the gap for individuals who cannot afford to take a prep course but still need a thorough review and practice.
     
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    I've checked the site out and have been very impressed with the amount of effort that has been placed into this endeavor. :)
    This will definitely be a HUGE help for those of us who will not be taking one of the more expensive courses...
     
  12. JohnWetzel

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    It HAS been an enormous effort to get things to this point. In 1994, after scoring a 38 on the test, I taught MCAT about fifty times in my own review course called MCAT Academy. During those years, something happened which is hard to describe. I discovered a way to teach the physical and biological sciences within a unified curriculum, and I don't think many, if any, people know how to teach science like this. Although I have a lot more humility about things now, it seemed important to have made a formal curriculum showing how general chemistry develops out of physics, and how the understanding of the biological sciences builds up from the physical sciences. Reviewing for the MCAT in this way really did help my students score well on the exam, so it seemed worthwhile to continue to pursue the work. I don't think society has an easy path to the skill-set I had developed due to how research causes a person to become ever more specialized as they progress toward pHD level in science or MD in medicine, so it has always seemed like it would be a great waste not to complete the work. So for the past ten years I have been creating a way to convey my course to a wider audience on the Internet. While working in the biotech industry by day, I have been getting up at 3:30 AM every morning since 1998 to work on this project.

    Now that the site is mature enough to start being useful to people, it is really important to me that WikiPremed remain a free resource and becomes more collaborative. I am committed to the fundamental educational values which impelled me to the decision to begin with. The course will always be free. There won't be any required fees or purchases. I am hoping that people who live in parts of the world where educational opportunities are less available will be able to benefit from the work.

    I think happiness comes from finding work that immerses a person, can support their family and which benefits others. I really have enjoyed my time teaching premeds because as a group, premedical students are very excellent people trying to find the same kinds of balance I am trying to find. A group of students are helping me make the videos, so I am glad to be teaching again lately.

    I hope I am not offending our kind hosts here at Student Doctor. There is a line, and I am trying not to cross it into advertising. Moderators, please let me know if I overstep the boundaries in responding within a discussion about WikiPremed on this site. There are going to be many discussions like this one soon, I think, and I don't want to get banned! I really appreciate this forum.

    By the way, here is a new page which is basically a set of 4000 fill in the blank flashcards. I think it will be helpful to many students. You can use it to systematically build your scientific vocabulary to a very high level. It would be great to hear any feedback before I connect it into the rest of the site.

    http://wikipremed.com/question_server.php

    Thanks again for the kind comments. They really mean a lot to me.
     
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    Wow!

    Thank you for your commitment over the past 10+ years! A great idea.

    Bookmarked.
     
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    Wow that is a great website and great story behind your motivation to create the course, free of charge. Keep up the great work!
     
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    sweetness. thanks for the hard work! this a lot like mit courseware, but more specific and interactive.

    bookmarked indeed.
     
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    Wow this is amazing, thanks so much
     
  17. JohnWetzel

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    Hi Everybody,

    Just checking in to let you know I am starting to post the videos at WikiPremed. These are recordings of a small group seminar I have been carrying out presenting my course over the last six months. The videos are open access like everything at WikiPremed.

    They are in the syllabus at http://www.wikipremed.com

    So videos are there for the first four modules. Some aspects with the early ones aren't the greatest. I had a terrible cold, for example, and the lighting gets better later, but if you are taking a Fall MCAT, I hope they can help you, although it will really be the students starting now for next year who would have enough time to complete the whole program.

    The next ones up will include a survey of the essential Organic Mechanisms.

    There is a lot of work to these with the editing and distilling of these videos, so I am hopeful for feedback before putting up the rest of the videos over the next month.

    Good luck everybody!
     

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