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Kaplan: class or online?

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by joshwake, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. joshwake

    joshwake 7+ Year Member

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    Most the people I have talked to that have taken Kaplan did the class. Some have told me it's not really worth the extra money for it and that the online course is just as good. Does anyone know specifically what the benifits are to taking the class as opposed to the online course? I have heard the teachers aren't very good, and that the materials are really whats worth it anyway. Any input is appreciated, thanks
     
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  3. GRAD

    GRAD Member 2+ Year Member

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    if you have problems with PAT, take the class. the strategies really help, and having access to the teachers is great!
     
  4. heberJgrant

    heberJgrant 2+ Year Member

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    Unless your teacher isn't very good......

    Happen to a few friends and theres no refund, just get to take the class over again with the same teacher..

    I 'd check around first.
     
  5. Drill2Fill

    Drill2Fill DentalStudentWannabe 5+ Year Member

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    I'm in the class and think it is worth it. Its only ~300 more than the online version.
     
  6. H2OPOLODENT

    H2OPOLODENT 7+ Year Member

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    Just take the class. The teachers can be very good (and I'm not just saying that because I am a teacher). 300 really isn't a big difference, especially considering the thousands you will spend on your applications, and the hundreds of thousands you will spend on dental school.

    As other people have said, you get a more direct explanation of Kaplan strategies and more structure as far as how you should study. In addition, teachers (should) provide guidance outside of class on the application process and dental school in general. Its worth it.
     
  7. awalke12

    awalke12 10+ Year Member

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    A benefit from taking the class is that it forces you to do the work. If you are doing the online course, its really up to you when you decide to study and do the practice exams.

    I took the online course last summer and it was really hard to study organic chem when I could be outside in the nice weather. If I could do it again, I would have taken the class so that it would force me to be productive.
     
  8. JMJRDH1

    JMJRDH1 Floss User 7+ Year Member

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    If you are gonna take Kaplan, take the class.

    1. Forced study (as stated above)

    2. You can study at the Kaplan Center (super quiet).

    If you do the online only, you cannot utilize the center. I have a wife/kid so studying at home in nearly impossible.


    Good Luck!
     

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