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twaspatz

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My strategy for studying for the MCAT. It got me a 32, wasn't too time consuming, costs a whole lot less than the Kaplan course and got me into med school (several actually) on my 1st shot.


Buy the Examkrackers Audio Osmosis CD's. (Set of 12) for about 200.00 new or 100.00 used (look on ebay or amazon.com). Then buy the set of 4 MCAT practice tests from AAMC ($80.00)
These two items cover everything needed on the BS, and PS section of the test as well as practice strategies for the VR.
However, the only practice for the essay is the sample tests.
So work on the essay separately if needed.

Start this procedure at least 3 months (preferably 3-6 mos.) before the MCAT.

Step 1. Listen to CD's all the way through while driving.

Step 2. Put CD's in your home CD player. In your hands should be a CD remote which you can use to pause the player, a full size 3 section notebook and a pen/pencil.

Step 3. Play CD's in order. Each track is a certain topic. Use the CD case to know the name of each topic (ex. The Ideal Gas Law)
Write the heading in your notebook for each track for quick review later. With the CD remote in one hand and your pen in the other, play the track and begin taking pertinent notes. Pause and rewind as needed. The CD's begin with physics (apx. 4 CD's), Gen. Chem (Apx. 4 CD's), and end w/ Organic, Biology, basic biochem principles, and lab procedures (apx. 4 CD's). There is also a short VR strategy section included.

Step 4. When done w/ all 12 CD's and your notebook looks nice and full, go back and listen to the CD's again at home, this time reading along in your notebook (It's like having a custom review book written just for you). Note, this is the 3rd full time you have listened to the set.

Step 5. Return the CD's to your vehicle to listen along again as you drive.

Step 6. Use your notebook for independent study, highlighting, etc. as you need.

Step 7. Take full length MCAT practice tests from AAMC.

Good luck. Remember the EK CD set covers EVERYTHING you will need for the MCAT. I believe it's only shortcomings are the essay section coverage (mentioned earlier), and extensive verbal reasoning review (use tests to self-assess and practice reading other materials. However, if you feel your primary needs rest in the sciences, you will really like this strategy. (So will your wallet, as you can resell the CD's on ebay like I did for the same price I paid)


Good LUCK!
 

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this would have helped 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 months ago! Good for auditory learners, I guess. I say study how you are most effective. Good tips though!
 

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Originally posted by shock827
this would have helped 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 months ago! Good for auditory learners, I guess. I say study how you are most effective. Good tips though!

Actually, it will be good for those August MCAT'ers. Also, it is good for auditory learners, but by writing out the notes while listening you also add a writing component, as well as a visual one by reading the notes along with the CD's the third time around, (and revewing the notes independently later). So pretty much, there's something in there for everyone.
 
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