4 Ways to Maximize Your Winter Break While Studying for the MCAT

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Winter break can be one of the most important study periods for the MCAT since school work is no longer getting between you and your MCAT studying. In this week’s MCAT tip, I’m going to outline 4 simple things that you can do to maximize your MCAT score this winter break! 

1. Finalize Your Study Plan

If you are just starting your MCAT studying, I’d start your winter break by finalizing your study plan. Winter break is no time to feel anxious and planning is one of the best ways to decrease stress. With a plan in your back pocket, you will feel confident about your ability to get a top MCAT score. My Create-your-own Study Plan Course will set you up with a customizable, individualized study plan based on your unique needs. Many students find that meeting with one of our elite tutors after finishing this course is the perfect way to put the finishing touches on their study plan. You will want to feel confident that you are on the path to getting a stellar score.

2. MCAT Bootcamp

If your winter break is long enough and your test date is in January, you may want to use this period of uninterrupted study time to complete MCAT Bootcamp. It entails studying 10 hours per day for 30 days, so it takes some serious commitment, but it may be worth it if your test date is just around the corner. You will be completing two practice exams per week and reviewing everything that you learned during the content modules. If you still have more than a few content modules left and your test date is in January, you may want to consider postponing your test date. The MCAT is the most difficult test you will take in your life up to this point, so give it the respect it deserves by setting aside the proper amount of time.

3. Dedicate More Hours to Studying

Another thing you can do if you are normally busy with school is to get in some extra hours of studying. Spending time with your family and friends during the Holidays is most definitely important, but if you are serious about getting a top score, you will need to make some sacrifices. When I was studying for the MCAT I was extremely busy with school, volunteering, shadowing, and working a part-time job. I am sure most of you can relate to this situation. During my winter break, I made sure to get in some extra studying without fully sacrificing my family. I decided to wake up at six o’clock and study for 3 to 5 hours every morning. Then I would be fully available for my family and friends the rest of the day. These study hours were crucial in my long-term effort in attaining a 99th percentile MCAT score.

4. Take Advantage of “Travel” Time

Even if you are staying home for the holidays, people tend to travel more during their vacations. And whether you are on a flight home or watching a movie with your family, you can maximize this time for MCAT studying. During my winter break, my family and I went on a ski trip. I took my notecards in the car with me and used this time to review the concepts that I had studied during my study session that morning. By upgrading to our Advanced Pro Plan, you will gain access to over 5,000 flashcards and practice problems that you can do from your smart phone. It is the perfect way to spend a little extra time working your way towards a top MCAT score during your holiday break.

No matter how you decide to spend your Winter Break, I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and close friends. Life will only get busier, and precious moments with those we loved are priceless. May we all have a very special time this holiday season.

Warm regards,

Andrew  George

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