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How to take good notes for MCAT

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by hopkinswannabe, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. hopkinswannabe

    hopkinswannabe JH Undergraduate

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    Somebody advised me that I should take good notes from the textbook + the lecture to prepare myself for the MCAT test, and I want to take notes that pick out the topics that come up in MCAT, but right now there is no professor to guide me with emphasis on certain topics. Neither is there any review book atm that gives me a nice outline to show me where to focus on. Should I order the prep books somewhere and wait for them? Or should I plunge into the textbook right now?

    Also, what kind of abbreviations do you use? If you can get me a few (for example: approximately = approx) I would be thankful. I hope this question isn't too general, and I hope people know what I'm rambling about the MCAT... tbh I feel my post is a bit unfocused... Thank you:)
     
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  3. muhali3

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    1. http://www.wikipremed.com go to the videos. he'll say what's important and what's not as he's lecturing.

    2. ExamKrackers. They say in gold lettering what you need to know and what you don't.
     
  4. macsta

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    Dude try doing some research before you make new threads. Most of your questions you can just google. I thought people that go to Hopkins were supposed to be smart...
     
  5. erure

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    Personally for me, I found taking notes on my own way too inefficient. I ended up taking a class from TPR -- seriously, I was going 10 times slower than the class on my own but that's probably just me ._. Anyway hopefully I'll do okay on the real test next week :luck:
     
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    Just focus on doing well in classes without worrying specifically about the MCAT. Learn the stuff in class for the sake of learning and internalize the materials well. MCAT prep comes after you're taken the pre-reqs.
     
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    Cursive. Write in cursive.
     
  8. hopkinswannabe

    hopkinswannabe JH Undergraduate

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    "...Hopkins were supposed to be smart"

    ...Where is that logic coming from?
     
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    hopkinswannabe JH Undergraduate

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    Ok, so I guess I'll start with the groundwork...
     
  10. LuciusVorenus

    LuciusVorenus Bad Medicine
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    I took pretty detailed notes on all my BR reading (g chem, o chem, bio, physics). Each chapter has around 2-4 pages of notes in outline format (the really long bio chapters have around 6 sometimes). If people are interested, I could post them as pdfs sometime down the road.
     
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    hopkinswannabe JH Undergraduate

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    ^I'd be very interested o_O... It'd be a great supplement to my notes... I've already ordered BR books, so I'm getting ready to cross-reference what I learn in college class and what I see in the prep books.
     
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    They'll need some cleaning up, but I can probably post them by the end of August :)
     

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