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MCAT study tips from non-trads

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by premed5, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. premed5


    Apr 1, 2007
    Hey everyone,

    I know there is a specific MCAT thread but I wanted to direct my question to the non-trad students. I am about to start studying for the MCAT and was wondering what study tips/techniques worked best for those who were successful on the exam. One of my weaknesses is that I have the impuse to memorize everything and I know this is virtually impossible and otherwise not too beneficial for doing well on the test. Becasue I have such great friends, I have all books from Princeton, Exam Crackers, and Kaplan. So I guess my question is what resources worked best for all of you? I also puchased all the AMA Tests on CBT and plan on going through all of them. From what I've seen, I like Kaplan's flashcards and Exam Crackers' audio osmosis cds. Any strategies and/or study tips would be greatly appreciated.


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  3. QofQuimica

    QofQuimica Seriously, dude, I think you're overreacting.... Administrator Physician PhD Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2004

    There are no special tricks or tips for older people. We all have to learn the same info and take the same test.
  4. Kateb4

    Kateb4 7+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2006
    All I can say is that if you have kids/housework that is looming at home, get out of the house and study elsewhere. This has been my biggest downfall while trying to study!
  5. menaniac

    menaniac Moxious! 2+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Central NJ
    After taking a couple of practice tests on my own it was apparent that I'd really need to raise my score a LOT. I signed up for Kaplan Review (3 month class). Went to every class, did all the on-line work, studied their material, took every full-length test they offered. Raised my score 11 points (23 to 34). Best money I've ever spent, best use of time ever! Keep in mind, I'd been out of school 14 years, and hadn't yet taken Physics II or Organic Chem II, so they really did help me a lot! If you are fresh out of classes maybe you wouldn't need such extensive remediation, but the class is a terrific comprehensive review, as well as giving you great test-taking tips that you won't get studying the material by yourself. Those were also very valuable.
  6. njbmd

    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    Gone Walkabout!
    Moving to MCAT Forum as non-traditional applicants read that forum and can reply there.

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