Study it up, How long did you spend?

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I asked this down in the MCAT discussions, but I think that more people will respond here. When studying for the MCAT how much time did you honestly REALLY spend studying. I heard that 36-40s spend upwards to 300 hours studying for the thing. What do you think? :idea:
 

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That might be a little overboard.

Maybe 150-200ish.

But I mean, that doesnt count "studying" you did in college that could be applied to the MCAT.

In any case, it really doesnt matter how much you study, because people work at different speeds and absorb info differently.

Thats why practice tests are so good, they give you a chance to gauge what you actually learned. Because I can guarantee you, not all people who studied 300+ hrs got 35+, nor did all 35+ students studying 300+ hours.
 
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Gleevec said:
Because I can guarantee you, not all people who studied 300+ hrs got 35+, nor did all 35+ students studying 300+ hours.
I meant as a general rule I heard that? I am just curious how many hours people have dedicated.
 
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I think I spent around 7-8 hours a day (including the time I sat in Kaplan lectures and watching Kaplan videotapes), 7 weeks or so. I think I took Sundays off. So that's around 300-330 hours.
 

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I know someone who broke 36 doing two hours a day for a month during full time work. Depends a lot on studying and test taking skills.
 
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I know someone who broke 36 doing two hours a day for a month during full time work. Depends a lot on studying and test taking skills.
True true. I felt I studied too much, after a while nothing was really sinking in anymore. :)

What I did that I found useful was to bookmark (with those little sticky Post-It thingies) the pages in my Kaplan books that were especially tough, yet high-yield. You know, those really useful tables that just needed to be memorized before the test. I then spent a day or two before the test just looking over those pages.
 

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Blade28 said:
True true. I felt I studied too much, after a while nothing was really sinking in anymore. :)

What I did that I found useful was to bookmark (with those little sticky Post-It thingies) the pages in my Kaplan books that were especially tough, yet high-yield. You know, those really useful tables that just needed to be memorized before the test. I then spent a day or two before the test just looking over those pages.

Blade, you are in Hawaii, right? Was Hawaii your first choice? What was your MCAT score, if you don't mind...
 

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not including actual lecture time and taking notes...studying for the actual test was just a couple of days. i retain pretty well during lectures so i didnt have to do too much.
 

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I studied between around 35-40 hrs/week (that includes time spent in the Princeton Review MCAT class) from the end of Jan up to the April MCAT ... I thought it paid off pretty well.
 

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Depends on the person. Some need to study more while others study less. For me, 2-4hrs per weekday, while a total of 8-12hrs on weekends. I found the big thing to do is to get all subject areas covered a month or two before the real MCAT even if your MCAT class hasn't covered it yet. Allows you to adjust your study habits and focus early.

It was easier for me though since I've taken a great deal of the advanced courses for the subjects found in the science sections. Its not that i know more advanced stuff, i just had to deal with it more times than most people. Repetition is the key. MCAT wasn't that bad, it was all hyped up just like OChem and PChem were.

I got a 34, works for me. Oh yea, Verbal Reasoning, took most of my time with regards to effort. I did them well, but time wise, i was slow, so I had to put in more effort at speeding up but not at the cost of accuracy.
 

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Multiple copies, I am closing this one.
 
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