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Kaplan MCAT in a box or Barron's MCAT flashcards..Helpful?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by rubisco88, Mar 21, 2012.

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  1. rubisco88

    rubisco88 2+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Has anyone used either of these for getting the concepts/formulas down? Are they helpful? Which do you recommend? I almost want to purchase them, so I don't have to write biology flashcards.

    I've seen some reviews on MCAT In a box, but no one seems to have used Barron's flashcards.
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  3. typicalindian

    typicalindian 5+ Year Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    You'd be better off making your own. You'd have the benefit of writing them then reviewing them which is better for retention
  4. chemhead123

    chemhead123 2+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I think it is a combination of both... writing them out really doesn't help you that much in my opinion. Don't waste the time writing them finding the material. I have both sets and have learned them both cold. After a few weeks of not missing any, then I went to my notes and found concepts I was having trouble with... and made my own. Its not either or/ its and/both.
  5. typicalindian

    typicalindian 5+ Year Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    I know i said it may be more efficient to make your own but I just found out the Barron's mcat flashcards are available as an app for the iPhone or iPod touch. It's the full set of cards and it's only 6.99 (as opposed to 18.99 for the actual cards) I just bought the app because, well, it's only $7 and this way I can look at them on the bus etc rather than carrying around cards.
  6. Bean Counter

    Bean Counter 7+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    I'm wondering about this app now that I read your post. Does anyone have any experience with the app or with Barron's in general? I haven't heard too much about them.
  7. Lazybum2014

    Lazybum2014 Imma Star 5+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Yankee Stadium
    I have the Kaplan cards-those are pretty useful for making sure you have the ittt bitty pieces down. The pack is huge, and it reviews everything. Although now that typicalindian brings it up, it would be easier to pull out my ipad rather than the set of index cards...
  8. typicalindian

    typicalindian 5+ Year Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    I must say, this app is wonderful! I can use it when I'm on the bus or in bed etc
  9. Murse2DO


    Oct 15, 2010
    I just found the Barron's flashcards at Barnes and noble as well as the app. I agree it's very nice to have them on the phone or iPad, but do the cards contain good content? I know anything helps, but I want to make sure I'm paying for the best app/flashcards. :)
  10. ajrtsf


    Sep 10, 2010
  11. illinichief89

    illinichief89 5+ Year Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    they are a waste of money
  12. Godric

    Godric 2+ Year Member

    Dec 30, 2010
    make your own, and use this program called anki. it keeps track of your progress and also has an app for iOS and android

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