Learn about Mary’s MCAT prep strategy that got her a “14 R” Score and how it can benefit YOU.
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The most important thing for me while preparing for the MCAT was to make sure I managed my time well. I was taking a full course load and working part time when I started studying, so it was really important to have a structured schedule where I would be sure to dedicate time to my MCAT.
I always took one task at a time before checking it off my to-do list. For example, if I still hadn’t finished reviewing Electrochemistry, I would not jump forward to Thermodynamics.
I also took regular breaks during my study sessions. It’s impossible to go for hours at a time and stay focused and sharp, so I would take a 15 minute break every two hours to relax before hitting the books again. This way I was able to stay motivated and I wasn’t ready to quit after a couple of hours in the library. Taking regular breaks also helped me to relieve some stress and process the material I had studied.
Every time I finished a full-length MCAT practice test, I would reward myself. I would take the rest of the afternoon off from studying, or go to a movie, or spend time with my friends. Again this was a great motivator for me to keep going.
Some days it felt like I couldn’t possibly crack open another practice test, but knowing that I couldn’t take my reward break until I checked off everything on my to-do list kept me going.
Let’s be honest, the MCAT doesn’t exactly spell excitement for most of us. But it’s important that we keep a positive attitude about it because it will help us learn and remember. This was an important part of my strategy for beating the MCAT. I tried to stay interested in the material and excited about mastering it. I kept myself focused on my future as a physician where I would commit to a lifelong of learning. The way I saw it, the MCAT was just the first step in that process.
I didn’t have a one-size-fits-all strategy that I applied to all of the sections of the MCAT. Different problems required different plans of attack. In some situations, I would just read the material to myself and that would be enough. Other times I needed to read it out loud so I could hear myself say it. Sometimes I would write it out in my own words to help me learn it. Sometimes I would go so far as to outline the material or sketch out some concepts.
Mnemonic devices were really helpful, and my Kaplan study guide had a lot of helpful ones that I made sure to memorize.
Test Prep Help
Some of my friends decided to sign up for one of the MCAT prep courses offered by Kaplan or ExamKrackers. But for me, I felt that the only value those courses provide is a structured study schedule. I was able to stick to the schedule I set for myself for the most part, and with the help of lots of practice exams I purchased through the AAMC website as well as some offered by Kaplan, I felt like my preparation was more than enough. That’s not to say those courses don’t help. If you need structure and additional classroom study in some of the subject areas, then by all means you should sign up for a prep course. Otherwise, arm yourself with all the practice exams you can get your hands on, and start practicing!
It sounds obvious, but there is no stressing how important a good night’s sleep is before the MCAT. It’s a test of your endurance as much as anything else, so you want to be well rested and ready to tackle the test. I ate a good breakfast, and skipped my morning coffee because I didn’t want to get jittery in the middle of the test. And because there isn’t a lunch break during the computerized MCAT, I knew there wouldn’t be an opportunity to replenish my caffeine fix. Better to avoid it altogether.
I went to the testing center early to make sure I wasn’t held up by traffic. I took a sweater to wear in case the testing room got cold, although I had to leave it outside the room in a locker and could only get it during breaks. During the test I was given a pair of noise-cancelling headphones which were really helpful in ignoring other test takers in the room.
So, that was how Mary did it.
Mary was a student of my-mcat and employed the exclusive strategies to increase her score dramatically.
You can find detailed strategies for each of the MCAT sections, and tips for scoring 99 percentile+ in the ebook Ways of the MCAT Winners.
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Now it is being made available for anyone who is aiming at 99 percentile score on the MCAT.