How to Use Quizlet to Study For the MCAT

Many premeds are infatuated with Anki, but I found it to be extremely difficult to use as I was studying for the MCAT. Because of this, I simply decided to make all of my notecards by hand. Here are pictures of all the notecards I made while studying for the MCAT: And yes, those are all separate boxes and bags of different notecards. Didn't I tell you the...

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How To Master Timing for the MCAT

You’ve worked your way through all the content required for the MCAT. You’ve started learning how the AAMC wants you to think on test day. Maybe you’ve even gone through our FREE MCAT prep course! But despite all of these accomplishments, you still can’t get a handle on the timing for some or all of the sections on the MCAT. We are here to help! While we...

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The 5 Most Common Mistakes Students Make While Studying for the MCAT

I wish I had been warned of common MCAT mistakes before I started studying for the MCAT. As the first pre-med student in my family, I had no one to help me filter out the good MCAT advice from the bad. The summer before my junior year of college, I had three or four friends start studying for the MCAT they would take in January, and I started to realize...

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5 Tips for Mastering Behavioral Science for the MCAT

Many pre-med students are more oriented towards STEM than the behavioral sciences. This can make psychology and sociology content on the MCAT seem incredibly daunting! From behavioral neuroscience to systems and institutions, there are so many concepts that need to be mastered, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  As a psychology major and tutor, I’ve spent...

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The Whole Medical School Application Process Explained

When I first began researching the medical school application process, I was completely overwhelmed. Between the MCAT, primary applications, secondary applications, interviews, and more, it was all very daunting! I wished I had a straightforward guide when I was planning my senior year of college. As a current applicant to medical schools, I felt that it...

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Should You Get an MCAT Tutor? 5 Things to Consider

Getting a tutor is not essential to MCAT preparation, but it can definitely be worth the money in certain cases. Price can be a big barrier to tutoring for many students, but having to retake the exam can also cost you a lot of money, time, and frustration. Perhaps the biggest cost associated with retaking the MCAT is the opportunity cost of having to...

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8 Ways to Have Fun While StuDYING for the MCAT

Does studying for the MCAT have you down? Why not spice things up and make it fun using these ten easy-to-implement tips: 1. Think of fun mnemonics Whenever you learn a new term/group of terms that you know is going to be a pain to memorize, think of a silly mnemonic device that will help you remember it. For instance, if you are trying to keep the...

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5 Key Elements of a Good Study Plan

I believe that one of my most important jobs as a tutor is helping my students develop good study plans, and some of my students have followed their plans to achieve scores in the 100th percentile. In this MCAT tip, I want to share 5 of the most important elements of a good study plan: Individualized. A good study plan should be focused on improving your...

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How I Scored a 526 on the MCAT

Hi! My name is Denisse Morales-Rodriguez and I am an Elite Tutor for MCAT Self Prep. When I was studying for the MCAT, I was balancing full-time coursework with part-time research and shadowing. Despite this busy schedule, I developed time management skills that really helped me follow my Study Plan and achieve my goal score. Now, I’m happy to pass on tips...

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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 acid structures and...

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