First off, "WOW" to your blog. That is really well written and one of the most thorough breakdowns of the MCAT preparation experience. Great job MDO!I have written extensively about how I prepared for the MCAT. Perhaps you'll find it useful.
As to whether a prep course is necessary, the answer is the same as it is with any other question of how to prepare for an event. Should you sign up for a running group to prepare for a 10K? For some the answer is yes, because they need the motivation and more so the immersion into an environment aimed at preparing for their event. For others, a running group can stymie their growth, not use their time efficiently (waste time commuting for instance), and actually lessen their self-motivation.anyone have success studying for the MCAT without taking a class? I kind of feel like I should be able to do well on the MCAT without a class but if it will help me do better I'm going to take it.