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- Dec 21, 2009
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There's really no need to start studying more than 3 months before your MCAT date. Beyond that, you're not only risking forgetting information but, more importantly, your risk of burning out increases significantly. You do not want to burn out close to your MCAT date. Ideally, you want peak just in time for the real deal. There's absolutely no reason why you should be focusing only on the MCAT from 8am to 10pm. I can guarantee you that the schedule you have planned out will come with a significant risk of causing you to burn out.
Also, your old gen chem, bio, physics, and orgo exams are going to be practically useless for the MCAT. The style in which the MCAT asks questions is vastly different than the questions your professors wrote.
Seriously, take a look at SN2ed's thread. In my personal opinion, 3 months of studying/practice is just about perfect for the MCAT. And it definitely doesn't require you to study for 12+ hrs/day. Don't just work hard; work smart! Don't worry so much about "mastering" the content. Focus on efficiently tackling the way the MCAT asks questions. You'll realize, sooner or later, that content review, after a certain point, becomes incredibly low-yield compared to test-taking strategies.