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"I am trying so hard, but still not even getting above a 20 on the MCAT"

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Muhammed, 05.18.14.

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  1. Muhammed

    Muhammed SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    I have a friend who really, really wants to be a doctor. But he just does not have the GPA for it. He went to a good school in New York and has a GPA of 2.89. He is looking into post-bac opportunities but is not getting into any of them because he is doing poorly in the MCAT. He got 19 and 20 on the MCAT.

    Now he tells me that he works really, really hard and I'd like to believe him. He studied his butt off for last couple months and even then did not do well in the real exam. I know that his study habits are not the great and he is not very good at focusing. He also had been through a lot during college. He really wants to improve his score.

    Can anyone relate to him? What's your experience? What did you do to get a better score? Any suggestions would be really helpful !
     
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    Assuming that he really has been working really hard (since many say this but do not, do not take offense) and has played around with different studying habits and still has no success then perhaps he should entertain the possibility that he has a mental disorder that may be preventing him from reaching his goals.
     
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    Hey this is great advice. You are brutally honest and I think delivering this message would be tough. But I will try my best. I do doubt that he studies hard. He probably does study hard, but he doesn't study effectively. Efficiency is the key in my opinion.
    I think what he needs to realize is that he is lying to himself about working hard. He just needs to acknowledge that.
     
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    Don't double post in different forums. It's annoying and you'll be ignored.
     

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