WHY? This Question is your Best Friend

I always tell my students that content review is only one part of preparing for the exam (a huge part of it, yes, but only one part of it). The other parts that will boost your score towards the end of your studying are optimizing your test-taking strategy and reviewing strategy. You may have read […]

The 7 Best Free Resources to Help You Study for the MCAT

It’s no secret that studying for the MCAT can be expensive. Signing up for the test, purchasing study materials, working with tutors, and buying practice tests can add up. In addition to paying for prep material, many MCAT test-takers also dedicate hundreds of hours to mastering the test that they could’ve used to earn money […]

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying for the MCAT

For me, starting my MCAT studying was tremendously stressful. My first step in learning about the exam was to take a practice test. While taking the free Princeton review full-length exam, I was floored to learn the level of memorization needed to take this exam and finished completely overwhelmed. Apparently, I needed to know amino […]

What to Look for in an MCAT Study Buddy

Studying for the MCAT is a huge hurdle for students applying to medical school. While everyone has their own preferences for how to study, having a study buddy can be beneficial to anyone — even if you prefer to study alone. I was lucky to have my friend and classmate Tim, a fellow Premium Elite Tutor […]

7 Steps to Avoid and Manage Burnout

I remember facing burnout a month before my MCAT date and panicking. I had just finished my finals week and planned on starting MCAT Self Prep’s Bootcamp (a 30-day study plan that is part of the free e-course). I simply couldn’t bring myself to study for the MCAT. I needed to both address the burnout […]

How to Begin your MCAT Studies

The MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) is without a doubt one of the greatest struggles that premeds face. It’s unlike any test you’ve ever taken before. It’s most-likely harder, longer, and more important than the SAT, ACT, midterms, or any finals that you’ve faced. For a lot of us, this intimidation prevents us from performing […]

Our Commitment to Addressing Discrimination & Bias

With the tragic and unnecessary deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other people of color, important conversations are happening throughout the nation, including at MCAT Self Prep. We wish to echo the AAMC’s determination to “harnessing all of our resources to catalyze meaningful and lasting solutions. We can no longer be […]

How Manohar Scored a 520 on the MCAT

To be honest, I found the MCAT to be just as intimidating and stressful as most students find it. However, by using the strategies below, I was able to work my way up to a 520 on test day. 1. When Should I Start Studying? The amount of work you need to put in is […]

How I Achieved a Perfect Score (528) on the MCAT

The MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) is without a doubt one of the greatest struggles that premeds face. It’s most-likely harder, longer, and more important than the SAT, ACT, finals, or any test that you’ve faced. For a lot of us, this intimidation prevents us from performing to the best of our abilities because we […]

How Coronavirus is Changing the MCAT for Summer 2020

You’ve probably heard by now that COVID-19 has shaken up MCAT testing for 2020 in a big way. Are you struggling to adjust your online MCAT prep? Here we’ve compiled a comprehensive walk-through to help you navigate these unprecedented times.  For starters, if you are contemplating taking the MCAT this summer, there has never been […]

Free and Low-cost MCAT Practice Exams

We believe that achieving a top MCAT score doesn’t need to be expensive, which is why we created our Free MCAT Prep Course. As part of our Free eCourse, we help students know exactly how to achieve a top score and what materials to use to achieve it. The Best MCAT Study Materials lesson from […]

3 Ways to Stop Passively Learning and Start Actively Learning!

I can’t tell you how many students say something like this during our first tutoring session together, “I have been studying for months and months, and I haven’t seen any improvement. I’ve studied every single MCAT resource out there and am simply not improving.” As the session goes on, and I have the chance to […]

5 Keys to Staying Focused During an MCAT Study Session

Setting aside time to study for the MCAT can be challenging, but staying focused during that time can be even more difficult. Here are 5 tips to help you stay focused and maximize the study time you do have: Turn off distractions. Engaging in deep, focused and meaningful learning requires you to stay tuned in the […]

Do you Have a Chance at Medical School Acceptance? Find Out!

You’ve likely heard that getting accepted to medical school is an extremely challenging feat, but just how hard is it, really? Well, out of 53,042 students who applied to medical school in 2017, 31,011 students did not gain acceptance to a single medical school. That means the typical applicant has a 58 percent chance of […]

When to Start Taking MCAT Full-length Exams

It is always a good idea to take as many full-length exams as you can before test day, but it can be hard to know when you should take them. Here are a few tips to help you sort through this: Finish Content Review First. The reason I suggest finishing your content review before taking a […]

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Students Make While Studying For the MCAT

I’ve talked with hundreds of students who have taken the MCAT and failed to achieve their goal MCAT score. Through this experience, I’ve noticed some patterns in preparation that can be extremely detrimental to one’s ability to achieve a top MCAT score. In this MCAT Study Tip, I want to outline the three biggest mistakes […]

How to Use MCAT Self Prep On the Go!

As a pre-med, you are extremely busy. Not only do you need to maintain good grades in your classes, but you also need to prepare for the MCAT and the medical school application. And not to mention shadowing, volunteering, and working a part-time job. Many of you likely struggle just to find time for breakfast. […]

Should You Retake the MCAT? 3 Key Things to Consider

Studying your butt off for months, suffering through an anxiety-inducing test day, and then waiting an entire month just to get a lower-than-expected MCAT score is by no means a pleasant experience. It truly is the worst. It is so bad in fact that many students decide to quit trying to go to medical school […]