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Discussion in 'OAT Discussions' started by rpames, Oct 11, 2002.

  1. rpames

    rpames Optometrist
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    What are you all bring to the OAT to eat during that LONG 900 second break?
     
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  3. Bananas and raisins--better energy than sugary snacks, and some oj . That's what I usually eat before important things.

    I should change my name to ObsessiveOATgirl
     
  4. r_salis

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    *900* seconds... hahahahahha...

    I'm taking OJ and peanut butter along for my power snack, it's my version of brain food.
     
  5. cpw

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    I remember when I took the OAT.. the prep book said something about eating healthy snacks like Raisins. I cracked up when at the break out of the 100 people in the room.. more than half of them pulled out the box of Sunmaid. :laugh: We're an anal bunch, but we know what we want to do with ourselves.
    GOOD LUCK GUYS!!
     
  6. christie

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    cpw,

    the same thing happened when i took the OAT. The Lippincott book mentioned raisins, and so I brought them with me. I was shocked at the number of people who brought raisins with them! I guess we needed anything to get us through the exam!
     
  7. I'm procrastinating studying for the OAT right now. AACK quantitative. I think I'm going to go eat some raisins;)
     
  8. r_salis

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    Wow, Eyegirl, what a huge coincidence -- I'm studying for the OAT today, too! ;)

    I'm kinda liking the quantitative reasoning section -- but right now I'm trying to dredge up all the biology I've ever learned, though. Ugh.
     
  9. Maybe we should exchange brain power for the day. I've never been able to do quantitative (even a week before the OAT). I couldn't do it on the SAT's or the GRE's either. However, I'm scoring on actual OAT practice tests 380 on bio. Without studying more than an hour or so.

    I'm at this poinrt right now (from actual OAT tests, since I dont' think TOP score or lippincott are actually that reliable considering the variable practice test scores that i've gotten).

    Bio 380
    Reading comp 340
    Gen chem 340
    Organic chem 330
    Physics 300 :rolleyes: (the discipline of story problems--eew)
    Quantitative: embarassing, below 300

    So I'm hopign the rest of it will make up for my quantitative. I'm happy with physics because that's probably the best i've ever done on anything related to physics. I'm just not a similar triangles, square roots of y let x= something person.

    Good luck with your studying. Unfortunately I have to go to work now until midnight.
     
  10. christie

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    Eyegirl,

    If you don't like similiar triangles, your not going to like Theoretical Optics!

    So far, T.O. is my biggest challenge, I'm a lot like you, great in bio, and don't care too much for math. The math is not difficult on the OAT, just like T.O. math is not difficult. Just visualizing the concepts in T.O. can be difficult at times. You'll see :)
     
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    Just curious, what do you all think of Top Score? I am getting wild fluctuations in my scores. Is Top Score pretty representative of the OAT? Is the Lippincott book a more accurate guide to follow for OAT purposes? I've noticed that some of the topics stressed in the Lippincott guide do not appear on the Top Score tests, while topics not noted in the Lippincott guide do appear on Top Score.

    I've been studying so much that, quite frankly, I am tired of looking at this stuff. Other than raisins, can anyone recommend an "OAT Final Prep Week" energy booster?

    Thanks in advance!


    :)
     
  12. cpw

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    I think the last week I pretty much stopped studying. I figured there was nothing more I was going to learn by cramming the last week and making myself a nervous wreck. I bomb tests that way. I put a ton of pressure on myself too being three years out of undergrad when I took it :( But, my final week advice would be to try and relax as much as you can. Everyone thinks they bombed it when they walk out and then you end up doing WAY better than you thought. I would review maybe a few key concepts that you are weak on (mine was organic) and then put the books away. There's a point of diminishing return on tests like this... Be confident in what you know... have a guessing strategy... keep track of your time (I had a watch with a timer that I kept on my desk to show me how much time I had left).... try not to talk to other people during the break (they'll freak you out and make you think you missed questions)... I don't mean be rude to people, just don't talk about the TEST! It always makes me think I did worse than I really did. I chatted with some people during the test break (whilst in the girls room.. the universal chatting place) and then went off with the headphones I brought in my bag and sat in the corner listening to music to calm myself (and eat my raisins) ;) :D
    Good luck y'all!
     
  13. top score is harder and lippincott is easier than the actual OAT except for the ochem section. That's what I've discovered. I have a discrepancy in that if I get a 340 on something in Top Score, it's a 380 on the actual OAT. I've only been counting my scores on the real practice OATs that I have.

    I hope i'm right!

    Eyegirl
     
  14. r_salis

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    I know what you mean, but right now I'm *wishing* that I was out of undergrad! I have two exams, a quiz and a monster lab write-up due this week (Tues, Wed, and Thurs -- the biggie exam Tues) so I'm trying to juggle all of those along with some major OAT study time.

    *Snif* [​IMG]

    Actually, though, I get pretty fired-up when I have a *lot* to do like this, know what I mean?
     
  15. Good luck r-salis!
    That sounds like a heavy undergraduate load.
    Just think, less than one week from today it'll be over.
    I'm planning on celebrating with mild drunkeness, dancing, and a shopping trip the next day. Gives me something to look forward to!
     
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    good luck on the OAT everyone!
     
  17. rpames

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    Ok, r_salis started it so lets do the "I'm semster is worse than your semster" thing.

    Here I go: 19 credits total
    This week:
    1. A "take home" biochem test consisting of 4 case studies and all these question about things we did not learn in class. So the answers are at 19 pages and case 4 is not started yet. Due Wed.

    2. A microbiology research paper due Tuesday. It must consist of the general journal paper elements and journal articles backing our findings

    3. A biochem lab write-up and quiz monday

    4. Normal calc. stuff

    5. Wed. I start a new AIDS class and I must have ~4 chapters of the book read before I get there.

    6. OAT!!!!!!

    Ok- now it is your turn to out do me. I'm possitive someone has it worse.

    :confused:
     
  18. r_salis

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    I'm so there! But my drunkeness/dancing will have to be cut short by the Monday after the exam so I can be presentable for my interviews -- SUNY on Monday, PCO on Wednesday. :D

    Thank you!!!!!!! ;)
     
  19. r_salis

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    Wow rpames, you win! :eek:
     
  20. cpw

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    I used to think 16 hours in undergrad was a lot.. then I got to optometry school. :eek: :eek: 21 hours a semester !!! :eek: :eek: :eek: It's CRAZY !!!!
     
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    I'm sure cpw will beg to differ, but at least in graduate programs you can see where what you are learning may be applicable to the rest of your life. I have trouble finding why I need to learn how to derive some stupic calc formula that I will only use for the rest of the semster and then forget after I turn in my final.

    Either way, 21 hours is NUTS!!!

    By the way, I failed to mention the time I have to spend over at Des Moines University (a DO medical school) doing research in the microbiology dept. At least that is fun!

    Who can't wait until it is all over?
     
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    I beat you cpw, I'm taking 27.26 credit hours this semester!!!

    Molec & cellul. processes 9.15 credit hours
    Integrative Neuro-Visual 3.00
    Optomet Princip & mgmt 5.75
    Clinical skills block 4.50
    Professional practice 1.06
    Optometry pt & socierty 2.60
    Clinical problem solving 1.20

    Its crazy, but with this new curriculum, they want us starting our rotations Jan of 3rd year. :eek:
     
  23. cpw

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    Damn girl !!! you WIN!!! :eek: :eek: We start rotations Fall of third year, but we're taking a handfull of classes at the same time. (glaucoma, geriatrics, lasers,etc.)
     
  24. r_salis

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    1.*06*?

    I don't get grad school credit hours... :)
     
  25. This is kind of random but I found this mnemonic on the Lounge forum.

    For the krebs cycle (tricarboxylic acid cycle)

    Cindy
    Is
    Kinky
    So
    She
    Fornicates
    More
    Often

    citrate
    isocitrate
    alpha-ketoglucarate
    succinyl-coA
    succinate
    fumarate
    malate
    oxaloacetate

    I hope no one is offended. It sure helps me remember !:rolleyes:
    Eyegirl (THE OAT THE OAT!!)
     
  26. r_salis

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    Here's another one I like (not as cool as the Krebs memonic, though...):

    King
    Phillip
    Come
    Out
    For
    Goodness
    Sakes

    Kingdom
    Phylum
    Class
    Order
    Family
    Genus
    Species
     
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    Hey I like that, and it's one that I can actually use, haven't gotten to biochem yet though:)
     
  28. cpw

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    Funny .. I always remembered it as:

    Kinky
    Perverts
    Come
    Over
    For
    Group
    Sex


    ;)
     
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    Oh how this forum has turned!
     
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    Yeah, yeah cpw... I've heard that one, too -- I was just trying to keep this a G-rated thread. :laugh:
     
  31. He he sorry
    I guess I started it. It's so unlike me to be dirty. I apologize for dirtying the sanctity of the beautiful pre-OD forum, cpw...

    THis is in my head and I can't get it out:

    Did you know that a concave lens corrects myopia and that a convex lens corrects hypertropia?

    Also that a convex lens is a converging lens (where the focal length is positive), and a concave lens is a diverging lens (where the focial length is negative). A convex mirror on the other hand is a diverging mirror while a concave mirror is a converging mirror.

    This is some random stuff I've been studying, in case you can't tell.

    Also that for lenses, p is always positive, if q is positive, teh image is on the opposite side of the lens, if q is negative, the image is on the same side of the lens.

    With a diverging lens, the image is DUV

    With a converging lens, the image is real and inverted and q is positive if p>f
    If p<f then the image is BUV.

    If only it'll stay in my head till Saturday.

    Eyegirl (I wear the OAT. It does not wear me):rolleyes:
     
  32. cpw

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    wow, I don't remember much of any of that being on the OAT.

    The only thing I think I had to know for the OAT was the lensmakers equation: n'/l' = n/l + F or for thin lenses 1/l' = 1/l + F. All that other inverted, erect, etc I don't remember seeing till first semester optics here at UHCO.

    You've been studying so much, sweetie.. you'll do great!

    Sorry I corrupted the forum.. the dirtier I make my pneumonics the more I remember them. You should hear some of the things I come up with to remember drugs for Pharm. ;) ( and we haven't even gotten to Viagra yet) :laugh:
     
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    For some reason the really dirty word tricks sitck better. I come-up with some pretty nice ones some times.

    By the way, I finished my biochem takehome exam... 35 pages!!!

    +pissed+
     
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    damn.. must feel good to be done with your um... novel. :D ;)
     
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    Just got my biochem exam. 99/100, highest grade in the class!!! I'm pretty happy with it. It is amazing how wee look at grades differently when we get them. If I get an 85% I usually say, "pretty good!" But if I get like a 98 or 99 and say SHOOT! Not that I'm upset with the grade, just that I was so close to perfection but missed it by a frog hair. Oh well!

    Just thought I would brag alittle.
     
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    :clap: Way to go!!!
     
  37. cpw

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    That's awesome!! :clap:

    I just took a killer pharm test today.... to get that kind of score it would have to be divine intervention. ;)
     
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    this is the funny post where everyone is talking about raisins
     
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    When is everyone taking the OAT?
     
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    Are there any other suggestions for brain food before the OAT (breakfast) and during the break (in addition to raisins of course!)???
     
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    blueberries!
     
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    Top Score seemed a tad harder than the actual OAT. So, in a sense, if you do well on Top Score, you will do even better on the OAT. Theoretically, of course.

    By the way, about 'brain foods' for the OAT. How about...oats?

    hehe...
     
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