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How to prep myself for the Verbal section of the MCAT?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by leaveit2rani, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. leaveit2rani

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    I am going to probably study for the MCAT next summer. I'm gonna try to handle my loaded school schedule and EC's for the next 2 semesters though.

    How can I prep for the Verbal without EK, etc? i am not really an avid reader, and I would really like to increase my reading speed/ retention rate for the MCAT. From what you guys know about the passages that are on there, what kind of real-world material should I read to prep myself before I go into hardcore studying?

    should I read novels or science research papers, etc? just gimme something similar to the passage styles.. Thanks!
     
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  3. cham90

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    I'm just curious, why don't you want to use the EK 101 VR passages? I think practicing VR passages with AAMC style questions is by far the best way to improve.

    I think broad reading would help, but only if you critically think about what you've read. Try to read works (scientific, literary, and others) that you can find analyses of (and compare their interpretations to your own). Try to summarize main ideas, the tone of the author, and try to figure out what else is going on in the author's mind as s/he is writing this. Find weaknesses in the arguments made and think what discoveries would weaken or augment their augments.
     
  4. leaveit2rani

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    I will use EK and all that other stuff later next summer. But I am trying to just find stuff to help me progress my reading speed and retention so I have some skill when beginning the actual studying for the MCAT. Are the passages normally science based? Or should I read fictional novels, NY times best sellers, etc?
     
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    If you can get a hold of TPR hyperlearnign verbal book, it has a list of books you should read. But stay away from fiction, read the economist every morning... anything that will help you increase ur reading comprehension, if you can master reading difficult things quickly and actually understand them, then you will kill verbal. The Economist has been my best friend, would definitely recommend reading it daily. It will also help with WS stuff :)
     
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    and oh, passages aren't science based... well soem might be, but tehy range from history, social sciences, humanities, ect. so again- tahts why i recommended The Economist, it covers everything :)

    this is just my two cents.

    sorry about the typos, it is really really cold in starbucks!
     
  7. leaveit2rani

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    Thanks. I'll def subscribe. I have TPR hyperlearning 2011, they don't say any suggestions for books I should read tho.. do you have anymore?
     

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