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Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by hedgehog1, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. hedgehog1

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    Hello all,

    I am new to this site, been looking around, and I can't find a thread that really addresses my question...so here goes...

    I am planning to take the MCAT at the end of this upcoming summer. I don't feel like I have good mastery of the material, and I think I will need to put in more than average study hours. So...I was wondering if I should do nothing but study this summer. Does it look bad to do nothing but prep for your MCAT for a whole summer?

    I was actually planning on getting part-time work to make a bit of money, but nothing serious or time consuming. Is this a good plan? I am wondering what people who spend a summer studying for the MCAT typically do in terms of work, internships, volunteering, etc. (if anything).

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
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    Here's a similar thread that should help a little:

    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=580802


    There's nothing wrong with spending your entire summer studying for the MCAT. A good number of people do just that. However, if you really need the money, get a job.
     
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  3. hedgehog1

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    Thank you! Very helpful. I guess the trade off between work and a better MCAT score is worth it.
     
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    I was in your situation this past summer, and I decided to take summer class as well as work near full time in my lab - bad decision.

    I know many people work and study, but honestly, know your limits now and make a schedule that you can stick to because it's just that easy to put off studying because of other obligations.
     
  5. hedgehog1

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    Wow, was that class an MCAT class or another one? If it's another class, bravo to you haha, I could not pull that off.

    Right now my plan is to take a Kaplan class over the summer and get some part time (pretty minimal) work for some cash...
     
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    Yeah...it all depends on what you're able to handle and how comfortable you are with the material the begin with. I would say that it's probably better to err on the side of setting aside more time to study and not over-commit yourself to other things. I worked full-time in a lab while studying for my MCATs and did well, but my social life took a bit of a beating.
     
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    I took 2 classes and worked roughly 30 hrs a week in lab under a summer scholarship. I didn't get much mcat studying done, but at least I made some money :oops:
     
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    I took an entire summer off to study for the mcat. I quit work for the summer and studied my butt off for two and a half months. I wasn't making any money, so it was difficult to join my friends on any social events - like movies or going out to eat. Luckily, I live @ home w/ my family, so I wasn't forced to work in order to pay rent or bills. If you're blessed with a similar opportunity, take advantage of it & just focus on studying for the mcat. That thing is a beast, and if you can manage to only have to take it once, then do so, even if it means giving up a cash flow or some social outings.
     

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