Apr 10, 2013
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Hello, I wanted to ask yall's opinion on a study schedule since I am taking the exam on March 22, 2014. I work best when my days are detailed and I know what I will be doing. I am currently not in school and not working and devoting my full time to study. My base score was a 14 (I have been out of school for a few years). I know I want to focus on a different subject each day while incorporating at least 2-3 verbal passages a day. Below is a layout of what I do now; I just am confused as to how many chapters and such I should focus on a day, etc. Keep in mind I am using the TPR online materials and have the Kaplan and ExamCrackers books as well just for extra reference. I am using the schedule given by TPR as a layout. I also try to take a 5 minute break every hour or so.

5:00AM - Workout
08:00AM- Read an article from the Economist, Scientific American, and New Yorker
08:30AM - Redo one section from a completed AAMC/Go over it until I score a perfect score
10:00AM - Read a chapter/go over some questions
11:00AM- 2/3 Verbal Passages (switch between TPR and 101EC book)
12:00PM- 20 FSQ's/Go over them
1:00PM- Complete 1 or 2 Amplifires
02:30PM - Lunch
03:00PM - Read some more/go over some questions and do 3-4 passages
05:00PM - Go over trouble areas
08:00PM - Go home, eat dinner, and review flashcards
10:30PM - Sleep

I am aiming to get at least a 30 and know I can get there within the time I have. I just am more at ease with a schedule so please do relay what you think and if I should add/remove or change anything about it. I am also using Youtube and Khan Academy to explain difficult topics I do not understand which has been helping. I am going to try and focus on 1-2 chapters a day because I feel like more than that a day is hard to get in. I also have the Audio Osmosis notes that I listen to while I drive; however I focus mainly on Gen Chem and Bio for those since the others are basically pointless. I also plan on taking a practice exam once a week.

Thank you for your help and wish everyone who is taking an exam the best.
 
Feb 6, 2014
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5:00AM - Workout
08:00AM- Read an article from the Economist, Scientific American, and New Yorker
08:30AM - Redo one section from a completed AAMC/Go over it until I score a perfect score
10:00AM - Read a chapter/go over some questions
11:00AM- 2/3 Verbal Passages (switch between TPR and 101EC book)
12:00PM- 20 FSQ's/Go over them
1:00PM- Complete 1 or 2 Amplifires
02:30PM - Lunch
03:00PM - Read some more/go over some questions and do 3-4 passages
05:00PM - Go over trouble areas
08:00PM - Go home, eat dinner, and review flashcards
10:30PM - Sleep
I need to take a lesson from you and your 5 am work outs ..... I can barely make it to the library by 11 am

your schedule looks good. Track your progress and find out what strategies work best for you.
 
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texastech1989
Apr 10, 2013
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@Havito123 Thanks for your reply....I actually just decided to move my exam to May. I realized one of the main problems I was having was that I was not doing enough questions every day. After speaking to multiple people who scored high on their MCAT, they told me to spend 75% of my time on questions because that's what gets you points. But best of luck to you on your exam

@jcb123 Haha it really does help. It makes me really ready for the day and I know I won't workout after I have been studying all day. Plus it allows me to get to bed early and allows me to keep up my healthy eating and no resort to junk food.
 
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@Havito123 Thanks for your reply....I actually just decided to move my exam to May. I realized one of the main problems I was having was that I was not doing enough questions every day. After speaking to multiple people who scored high on their MCAT, they told me to spend 75% of my time on questions because that's what gets you points. But best of luck to you on your exam

@jcb123 Haha it really does help. It makes me really ready for the day and I know I won't workout after I have been studying all day. Plus it allows me to get to bed early and allows me to keep up my healthy eating and no resort to junk food.
I am also taking the exam on March 22nd. How are you performing on your full length exams?
 
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texastech1989
Apr 10, 2013
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I am also taking the exam on March 22nd. How are you performing on your full length exams?
Initial exam was a 14 then a 17 a few weeks later...both were AAMC's that I took in November. I took TPR #2 a few weeks ago and got a 14 which is why I am moving it back a bit. I want to be at a 30 consistently and am not there yet.