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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Textbook warrior, Sep 28, 2014.

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  1. Textbook warrior

    Textbook warrior

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    If I were to take the old MCAT in January (which to my knowledge is the last month in which you can take the old MCAT), how many hours would I have to devote per week for MCAT preparations to get the highest grade possible?

    NOTE: I know it is different for everyone so let me brief you. I am (as my screenname suggests) a textbook warrior, so I can understand the material in books very well and do well in normal exams. I have a major weakness in standardized exams. Zilch "test taking strategies" and even worse time allocation. I'm thinking of enrolling in Kaplan course since --for the first time in my life-- the textbook won't cut it :'(
     
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  3. Textbook warrior

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    So how would you recommend studying?? Also how do you ensure what material will be in the passages and how to approach them? I would think that you should leave no stone unturned.
     
  4. Textbook warrior

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    Wait i don't understand. Summer? I'm saying I want to take the old mcat in january 2015
     
  5. Dr. Retractor

    Dr. Retractor 2+ Year Member

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    You don't need to follow the Sn2ed schedule. OP, I'm also taking the January MCAT and I've read EK Bio twice and TPR Bio and orgo once, and I'm working on PS content until the end of October, after which I will do practice tests and questions for two months before the exam. You basically have to not take a heavy course load (I'm taking 13 credits+research this semester) and study pretty much all the time. I usually split the day outside of lecture in half and spend half on course work and half on the MCAT. Then I devote all weekend to MCAT unless I have a test (This comes out to ~20 hours a week). It's difficult, but doable.

    Good luck!
     
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  6. Textbook warrior

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  7. Textbook warrior

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    I've never heard of the Sn2 schedule. Is this it? http://www.studentdoctor.net/3-month-mcat-study-schedule/

    Would you mind briefing me over it?? Thanks.
     
  8. Textbook warrior

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    I was intimidated at first as I am doing 12 hours and research. But now that I think about it, I have already taken everything this semester bur orgo 2, and research has no due date for me so yea I'll enroll january as well. One question though, why EK and TPR? Why not kaplan or just stick to one? Any particular reason you decided to mix it up between the two books? Does it matter?
     
  9. Dr. Retractor

    Dr. Retractor 2+ Year Member

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    I tried out books at a book store and decided on these, just because I thought they covered the material adequately for my level of preparation in each subject. I had a bad experience with Kaplan for the SAT so I steered away from them for content review, although I bought some Kaplan practice tests I may use. It doesn't really matter what books you use as long as you have a good background and do lots of practice problems.

    Orgo 2 is actually a pretty valuable class for the MCAT, so I'd recommend taking it, unless you feel comfortable learning orgo 2 from a book (which is what I did for the course anyway so I guess it doesn't make a difference).

    Edit: I also recommend reading the 30+ thread in the MCAT forum because some posts are very useful. Sn2ed's post is also very useful even if you don't follow the schedule.
     
  10. Textbook warrior

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    Thank you. It looks very effective. Just a bit intimidating with 12 hours this semester. Ah well. The path to glory is paved in sweat and blood lol
     
  11. gladlyfocused

    gladlyfocused 2+ Year Member

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    By the way, as I learned not to long ago, SN2ed is a she :).

    Thats it. Good luck with studying for the MCAT...I'm trying to take it in January too...
     
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  12. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

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    If you want to maximize your chances of getting a good score, I'd say at least 3 hours a day of productive studying. That would be about 18 hours a week, if you give yourself one break day per week.
     
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  13. knv2u

    knv2u 2+ Year Member

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    How is anyone going to provide you with a meaningful answer? We have no idea how well you have mastered the material, how long ago you took your prerequisites, etc. The answer is different for everyone. Study until you are consistently scoring at your target score or higher on timed AAMC released exams.
     
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  14. Textbook warrior

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    Well, she is the coolest girl in the world lol :) good luck to you as well. I registered yesterday. Gonna have to go out of state to take it so register fast.
     
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