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curlykid

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    Hi all,

    I need some advice.

    I'm going to take the MCAT next semester, but i'm not sure if i'm overdoing it, I don't want to over extend myself, and I really don't ahve a good sense of how much time it will take to study for the MCAT, (though I need to do well since my science GPA is a little low)

    I'm taking 5 classes (16 credits):
    Human physiology (medium)
    Physics of the Heart (hard)
    Begining Spanish for Medical Professionals (auditing)
    Karma and Rebirth (not sure, I heard its easy)
    Personal Finance (easy)

    I'm debating whether or not to take up working with a doctor on clinical research. I probably will end up doing it.

    Tutor physics, orgo and bio (not sure which one(s) yet, but i like tutoring and figure it will help me study too).

    Part time work as a IT support specialist.

    I'm planning on taking a Kaplan course (either online or classroom, probably classroom).

    Also, APO (community service fraternity)

    Is this all do-able in a semester, should I get rid of something(s)? What are your thoughts?
     

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      Clinical research can be interesting and good to have on your app, but it can be time consuming. It depends on how long you have to work on it (like if there's a deadline) and how many people are working on it. However, opportunities for clinical research don't come along every day for most pre-meds, so if you think that would be too much, then maybe drop one of your other classes, like physiology (if it's not require for your major). Medical schools don't really care if you take that in undergrad or not from what I've heard.
       
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        curlykid said:
        Hi all,

        I need some advice.

        I'm going to take the MCAT next semester, but i'm not sure if i'm overdoing it, I don't want to over extend myself, and I really don't ahve a good sense of how much time it will take to study for the MCAT, (though I need to do well since my science GPA is a little low)

        I'm taking 5 classes (16 credits):
        Human physiology (medium)
        Physics of the Heart (hard)
        Begining Spanish for Medical Professionals (auditing)
        Karma and Rebirth (not sure, I heard its easy)
        Personal Finance (easy)

        I'm debating whether or not to take up working with a doctor on clinical research. I probably will end up doing it.

        Tutor physics, orgo and bio (not sure which one(s) yet, but i like tutoring and figure it will help me study too).

        Part time work as a IT support specialist.

        I'm planning on taking a Kaplan course (either online or classroom, probably classroom).

        Also, APO (community service fraternity)

        Is this all do-able in a semester, should I get rid of something(s)? What are your thoughts?


        It depends on how hard you want to work and how much you are going to prepare for the MCAT. Don't underestimate the time MCAT studying will take. I think I studied ~20 hrs/wk for 2 months before I took it (although I tend to overprepare...damn overacheiver complex)...I know some people who studied 40+ hrs/wk and some who hardly studied at all, but I think you really should cut back on other activities while taking it if you want to do your best. The test is a beast and a huge stress and time consumer. The thing to remember is YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE TO TAKE IT TWICE. Do it the right way your first time around.

        Good luck.
         

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          unicorn06 said:
          It depends on how hard you want to work and how much you are going to prepare for the MCAT. Don't underestimate the time MCAT studying will take. I think I studied ~20 hrs/wk for 2 months before I took it (although I tend to overprepare...damn overacheiver complex)...I know some people who studied 40+ hrs/wk and some who hardly studied at all, but I think you really should cut back on other activities while taking it if you want to do your best. The test is a beast and a huge stress and time consumer. The thing to remember is YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE TO TAKE IT TWICE. Do it the right way your first time around.

          Good luck.


          so...how did you do on the MCAT, did all that studying pay off?
           

          QofQuimica

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            curlykid said:
            Thanks for your suggestions, i'm think i'll just try things out and see how they go and just drop a class if i can't handle things...
            I think you should probably drop a class. Treat studying for the MCAT as though it were one of your classes, especially if you decide to take a commercial prep course. :luck: to you.
             
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