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I am freaking out and could use some guidance

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by R35, 05.15.14.

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  1. R35

    R35 2+ Year Member

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    Hey guys. I'm registered to take the MCAT on 7th August, and have been studying for it for the past two weeks. Already I'm starting to freak out and I'm becoming lost along the way.

    I've been following SN2 schedule as closely as I can; however, between work and trying to maintain my sanity I've fallen behind a little bit!

    I'm finding physics the toughest. It's slow, but I'm gradually getting better. I'm constantly switching between reading TBR and TPR. I'll occasionally use Nova for physics concepts I'm confused about. I'm doing the TBR passages, but they're brutal.

    I've been trying to finish the physics chapter 2 for the past 2-3 days. It's going slowly, and I'm starting to lose my mind thinking I'll fall behind. I did TBR's bio and general chem passages for chapter 1, and got destroyed on both.

    I'm not worried at all about verbal - between EK's 60-minute exams and TPRH's verbal passages, I've been getting constant 12-14s on EK and very well on TPR.

    Any help on managing myself would be appreciated...I'm just feeling a bit lost and freaked out!
     
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  3. R35

    R35 2+ Year Member

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    I appreciate your reply and thanks for posting. I don't have EK1001 books, but I do have TPRH science workbook which includes discretes and passages. I got a 91 in my physics class. However, I'm finding the MCAT style questions very tough in that they expect you to put together conclusions using numerous little details. It takes me a while to figure them out, and by then the timer runs out.

    Also, may I ask what your study schedule looked like? Did you do a lot of content review, or mostly practice questions?
     
  4. GodComplex

    GodComplex 2+ Year Member

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    TBR bio is over detailed (at least in the passages section), so don't worry too much if you are getting destroyed because of tiny details. TBR Gen chem is good, but the first passage is really math heavy and when you aren't used to MCAT math w/o a calculator it makes it seem really difficult. Get your math down so you don't lose time on the actual MCAT, but math is not tested anywhere near this heavily on the actual MCAT. Stick with the studying, it gets better.

    Make sure that you learn from all passage questions you guessed on or got wrong or were even doubtful when answering. Also, when you say you have constantly gotten those VR scores, how much practice have you actually done for the VR?
     
  5. R35

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    Thank you! I'll try giving your strategy a go. Remembering all the formulas is a bit tough and time consuming, so I'll try memorizing those for sure.

    Yes, the math is a big problem right now, especially because I've never tried doing this before. As for the VR, I've done minimal practice. I did maybe 2-3 passages a day for the past 10 days, give or take a few extra. I've been an avid reader ever since I was young, so I picked up reading skills along the way. I can finish an entire EK 60-minute test in ~35 minutes, and then I spend the next 25 minutes going over any tough questions I found. (But I must admit some of the passages aren't as well written as others; some of the answer justifications make absolutely no sense to me. I'm finding TPRH's verbal a lot more straightforward than EK's because EK seems to over complicate their answers.)
     
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    Then just press forward and build your math skills. One thing that helped me is to convert everything that has decimals or involves division of non-whole numbers into scientific notation. You will build your non-calculator math skills in time but make sure that you can do any sort of simple math with minimal effort before your exam (just so you aren't wasting precious time on the exam). Also, I meant to say that the first Chapter of TBR Gchem is math heavy, not passage. It gets much more conceptual later, but the math doesn't disappear.

    Your VR sounds like it is solid, so don't spend too much time on it but do continue doing a few passages every once in a while just to make sure. I Completely agree about what you said about EK 101. Sometimes their answers/explanations infuriated me and made no sense.
     

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