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How many hours do you put in?

Discussion in 'Kaplan MCAT Forum (Sponsored)' started by Veekry, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. Veekry

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    Hey, I'm just wondering, how many hours a day/week you study for the MCATS?
     
  2. Omni

    Omni 5+ Year Member

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    Now that I only have a little more than a month, I want to average close to 7 hours/day. 10 hours on the days I take practice exams.
    Also, its never about the quantity of hours you put in, but the quality of your study.
     
  3. IAmGettingThere

    IAmGettingThere 2+ Year Member

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    Omni, when do you take your exam?
     
  4. Omni

    Omni 5+ Year Member

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    I haven't taken it yet. I'm taking it Sept. 4th
     
  5. Veekry

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    Also, for how long have you been studying/planning on studying for the MCAT? A year in advance? 3 months in advance? Etc.
     
  6. hqt331

    hqt331 2+ Year Member

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    wow thats impressive. i'm only doing about 2-6 hrs a day, highly variable, and i've less than a month
     
  7. Hemichordate

    Hemichordate Peds 7+ Year Member

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    I study about 10 hours a day, but in reality, it's only about 2.5 hours.
     
  8. Doodl3s

    Doodl3s 5+ Year Member

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    THIS x10... I wake up at like 1 pm lol... and study till 11... BUT, most of the time, i get up, get some food, watch TV... go online (waste time in this forum:p) and out of that 10 hours, only 3 hours is me sitting and absorbing material and doing problems.
     
  9. hqt331

    hqt331 2+ Year Member

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    er actually, count me in on that. i'm studying so much that essentially the whole day typically goes into studying, at least when i don't have class, but how many hours of actual learning? No clue, pretty sure it varies a lot.

    here's a good question: has sdn been more helpful or more harmful (in wasted hrs) in studying for the MCAT?
     
  10. mickc

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    I find myself hitting the books four hours a day. If I break it up into sessions, I manage well. (For instance, I will turn on the tv briefly for 15 to 20 minutes every time I finish an online lesson.) I don't know how people can stare at those books more than two hours at a time.
     
  11. jems

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    agreed. I def. need a break after at least two hours otherwise material just starts to go "in one ear out the other".
     
  12. mishaS

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who pisses the whole day away...

    On average I might be able to pull maybe 3 hours a day, I really want to do more though. Any advice for a guy that has an aversion to studying? I literally yawn whenever I open a book(I'm not kidding). I am starting to think I have ADHD, I just can't focus. Incidentally I've done well on every full length which doesn't encourage me to get any more serious.
     
  13. Mopp22

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    I've started studying more than 2 years in advance! haha
     
  14. ChemEngSoonMD

    ChemEngSoonMD Banned

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    About 3 hours a week.
     
  15. Hemichordate

    Hemichordate Peds 7+ Year Member

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    Gonna start studying about 30 min to 1 hour starting next week. Taking it in Jan.
     
  16. uog418

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    It's the beginning of July now, and I write on Sept. 11. I only really study around 3hrs, sometimes up to 5 or 6 hrs a week. However, I had to take the last two weeks completely off because I've been in and out of the hospital with shingles and stupid doctors now telling me my appendicitis a month ago was a misdiagnosis, so i'm still getting tests done. I also work 40 hrs a week and have a volunteer position, although I only do that once every couple of weeks. Really, I have much more time than I'm putting in for studying, but it just takes much too much brain power. I am about 10 chapters through the biology section, and I honestly don't even remember what I've read. Please do not follow my ways because I am sure to bomb this exam.
     
  17. mickey512

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    I'm taking it August 24th (maybe pushing back to September 2nd) and am putting in 6-8 hours per day. On days I have off I put in 12ish.

    It seems like alot but everything goes soooo slowwww =(

    Hopefully it pays off. Come on 30+!!
     
  18. dextor2003

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    ive averaged 6/day for the last 2 weeks. and my score only improved 4 points...im gonna step it up to 8/day
     
  19. Mbeas

    Mbeas Hi I'm Kate 7+ Year Member

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    a lot of hours
     

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