The Best MCAT Note-taking Method

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The MCAT is unlike any other test you have taken in your life. For most exams, the typical student is able to jot down some notes during class, review those notes a couple times before the test, and end up getting a decent grade. I’m sorry to break it to you, but that strategy is not going to work for the MCAT. The MCAT will require a much more advanced system of review.

Many top scorers report that in order to see success on test day, they utilized notecards. The reason notecards are more effective than simple note taking is due to the fact that notecards require you to interact with the material, and they allow you to test yourself on what you are learning at regular intervals throughout the study period.

Reviewing simple notes, on the other hand, is a very passive activity. You will learn very little from skimming over past notes that you have taken. For this reason, I teach all my private tutoring students to NEVER take notes in a traditional notebook. This is a very ineffective method.

Instead, while you are watching a video or reading a content review book, simply pause every time you learn something new to make a notecard. Now, one of the biggest challenges with notecards is knowing how to make and use them effectively. Most students simply write a term on the front with its definition on the back. But, this is not going to cut it for the MCAT. In this MCAT tip, I will teach you my method for making top-quality notecards:

Feel free to utilize the free Quizlet notecards and Simply Smart Flashcards built into each lesson of our Free eCourse, and please feel free to reach out with any questions along the way. I am here to help!

Warm regards,

Andrew  George

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