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study orgo and bio on your own?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by qkitty, May 12, 2002.

  1. qkitty

    qkitty Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2001
    Hey!! I just finished gen. chem and phys this term. Now I'm thinking of studying orgo and bio on my own this summer and then take the August MCAT. Is this a realistic idea? Anybody done this before?? Please share your success stories!! Any advice will be appreciated!!!
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  3. DrMom

    DrMom Official Mom of SDN Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    This is certainly a possibility...just depends on how well you will follow through.

    I would recommend that you get your hands on some practice exams in addition to your subject studying. You need to get used to MCAT-type questions and the timing of the exam.
  4. Green912

    Green912 10+ Year Member

    Jun 11, 2001
    You can study it on your own, just make sure you follow through. Also the book "Pushing Electrons" third edition will be helpful.
  5. tBw

    tBw totally deluded 7+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2001
    infront of an iMac
    It is possible. Anything is possible. But I think you would have to be quite exceptional as teaching yourself all of Bio and all of Chem and preparing for the MCAT without a class structure would, I think, take an enormous amount of self-discipline.

    I tend to find that the structure of a class not only helps my discipline but also helps direct my learning. It is the fear of exams that makes me really learn things, and the experience gained sitting those exams (which are never quite the same as questions in the back of the book) which helps me understand whether I *really* know the material or not.

    You may be able to do this but I know that for me such an approach would be a disaster, especially when I had no one to help me when I did not understand a topic. Sitting listening to a lecture is much less "effort" than plowing through a book on your own day after day....

    Good luck either way!
  6. leorl

    leorl Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2001
    I honestly am not quite sure how feasible it would be to teach 2 semesters of ochem to yourself in the summer months.
  7. esoteric

    esoteric Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2002
    Why take the risk? Why add that much more stress to the summer? Just take the summer O CHEM classes. You'll be much happier with the results.
  8. qkitty

    qkitty Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2001
    Hey guys/gals! Thanks for your advice!! That was very helpful!

    I'm pretty good at teaching myself stuff, but I really don't have good self-discipline! e.g., I've been watching every NBA playoff game recently, even though I'm in final exam period... Thanks Boy Wonder for this important point!!

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