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What did I like about this time around? What did I do differently from the last time I took the MCAT? Was there anything I would do differently a third time? (which of course is a purely hypothetical question. There will be no third time…guaranteed)

Many questions for sure.

Last time I attempted to follow the MCAT 10 week home study guide (the one I posted here). But it didn’t really happen. This go around was much better. I’m not sure I would strictly do it again. In the front of the Mini-MCAT book there is a chart detailing which lessons of each subject need to be completed before attempting a particular Mini-MCAT. I think basing my studying on something similar to this would work better for me.

The strict 10 week schedule is great, and ideally I would do it perfectly. But, my days are not uniformly busy and I found myself doing less a few days and making up the missed stuff another day when I wasn’t busy. This worked out just fine, but not being on schedule made me really anxious. I like flexibility to an extent. More like planned flexibility.

So for example: To complete the first two Mini-MCATs the book suggests completing (I don’t remember exactly, but approximately…) Biology Lesson 1, Verbal Lessons 1-2, Physics Lesson 1, and maybe something else. If I were to make a general plan to finish the required lessons for Mini-MCATs 1-2 by a particular date and then fit my studying to be done before that day. That way I have flexibility and structure–essentially a less detailed structure.

I also found it helpful near the end to consult the topic outlines given by the AAMC. This was a good reassurance that I was on the right track and really knew the material as well as being a good quick study guide.

Here are the links for those:

Physical Sciences Topics (Content Outline)

http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/preparing/pstopics.pdf

Writing Sample Items

http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/preparing/writingsampleitems.htm

Biology Topics

http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/preparing/bstopics.pdf

Verbal Reasoning Skills

http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/preparing/vstopics.pdf

I would suggest checking them out.

~L

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It’s here. The week of the MCAT. Obviously this week won’t exactly follow this schedule since the coming of computerized MCATs has opened up a whole variety of test dates (not just Saturdays).

I have been really busy with work and school and moving and studying for the MCAT. But I will post an overview/review of my entire MCAT preparation as well as any changes I made to the basic study plan. But it will probably won’t be until after the test on Thursday ;)….and after my anatomy test of Friday….

Sunday (6—8 hours)

  • Take a full length MCAT—CBT 10 from AAMC.

Monday (2 hours)

  • Begin setting good sleep patterns for the week.
  • Review answers from Practice Test you took on Sunday.
  • For questions you got wrong, ask yourself if read it wrong or just didn’t know the science.
  • For the questions you got correct, ask yourself if there was a better way to get the answer.

Tuesday (2—3 hours)

  • Take a full length Test from 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning. (optional)
  • Review any areas of weakness by listening to corresponding lecture in Audio Osmosis, or do problems in the 1001 Physics, 1001 Chemistry, 101 Biology, and 1001 Organic Chemistry Books for corresponding lectures. (optional)

Wednesday (2—3 hours)

  • Continue to review.

Thursday (0 hours)

  • NO MORE STUDYING.

Friday (0 hours)

  • Take a break—DO NOTHING MCAT related.

Saturday (6—8 hours)

  • Do good. Do really, really good.

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Sunday (6—8 hours)

  • Take a full length MCAT—CBT 9 from AAMC.

Monday (3—4 hours)

  • Pre-read Lecture 8 Biology; Lecture 9 Biology; Lecture 8 Physics; and Lecture 7 Chemistry.
  • Review answers from Practice Test you took on Sunday.
  • For questions you got wrong, ask yourself if read it wrong or just didn’t know the science.
  • For the questions you got correct, ask yourself if there was a better way to get the answer.

Tuesday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 8 Biology.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 8 Biology. Review it.

Wednesday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 9 Biology with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 9 Biology. Review it.

Thursday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 8 Physics with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 8 Physics. Review it.

Friday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 7 Chemistry with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take in-class Test for Lecture 7 Chemistry. Review it.

Saturday ( 3—4 hours)

  • Do every third problem in the 1001 Physics and 1001 Chemistry Books, and every third passage in the 101 Biology Book for corresponding lectures. (optional)
  • Take a full length Test from 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning. (optional)
  • DO mini-MCATs corresponding to week 9 (from mini-MCAT book).

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Sunday (0 hours)

  • Take a break—DO NOTHING MCAT related.

Monday (2 hours)

  • Pre-read Lecture 7 Biology; Lecture 7 Physics; Lecture 4 Organic and Lecture 6 Chemistry.

Tuesday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 4 Organic.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 4 Organic. Review it.

Wednesday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 7 Biology with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 7 Biology. Review it.

Thursday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 7 Physics with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 7 Physics. Review it.

Friday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 6 Chemistry with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 6 Chemistry. Review it.

Saturday (3—4 hours)

  • Do every third problem in the 1001 Physics, 1001 Chemistry and 1001 Organic Chemistry Books, and every third passage in the 101 Biology Book for corresponding lectures. (optional)
  • Take a full length Test from 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning. (optional)
  • DO mini-MCATs corresponding to week 8 (from mini-MCAT book).

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Sunday (6—8 hours)

  • Take a full length MCAT—CBT 8 from AAMC or EK – 2

Monday (3—4 hours)

  • Pre-read Lecture 6 Biology; Lecture 6 Physics; Lecture 3 Organic and Lecture 5 Chemistry.
  • Review answers from Practice Test you took on Sunday.
  • For questions you got wrong, ask yourself if read it wrong or just didn’t know the science.
  • For questions you got correct, ask yourself if there was a better way to get the answer.

Tuesday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 3 Organic.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 3 Organic. Review it.

Wednesday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 6 Biology with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 6 Biology. Review it.

Thursday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 6 Physics with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 6 Physics. Review it.

Friday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 5 Chemistry with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 5 Chemistry. Review it.

Saturday (3—4 hours)

  • Do every third problem in the 1001 Physics, 1001 Chemistry and 1001 Organic Chemistry Books, and every third passage in the 101 Biology Book for corresponding lectures. (optional)
  • Take a full length Test from 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning. (optional)
  • DO mini-MCATs corresponding to week 7 (from mini-MCAT book).

As always a thank you to ExamKrackers.

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But this one is on time 🙂

My life has been in flux the last couple weeks, but hopefully I can get back into some regular posting for the next two weeks before I move yet again…

Sunday (0 hours)

  • Take a break—DO NOTHING MCAT related.

Monday (2 hours)

  • Pre-read Lecture 5 Biology; Lecture 5 Physics; Lecture 2 Organic and Lecture 4 Chemistry.

Tuesday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 2 Organic.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 2 Organic. Review it.

Wednesday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 5 Biology with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 5 Biology. Review it.

Thursday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 5 Physics with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 5 Physics. Review it.

Friday (2—3 hours)

  • Read Lecture 4 Chemistry with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 4 Chemistry. Review it.

Saturday (3—4 hours)

  • Do every third problem in the 1001 Physics, 1001 Chemistry and 1001 Organic Chemistry Books, and every third passage in the 101 Biology Book for corresponding lectures. (optional)
  • Take a full length Test from 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning. (optional)
  • DO mini-MCATs corresponding to week 6 (from mini-MCAT book).

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I realize that this is a bit late as week 5 has just ended…nevertheless, here ’tis

Sunday (0 hours)

  • Take a break—DO NOTHING MCAT related.

Monday (0 hours)

  • Take a break—DO NOTHING MCAT related.

Tuesday (1—2 hours)

  • Pre-read Lecture 1 Organic.
  • Re-read all the passages from the 101 Verbal test you took on previous Saturday. Write the main idea for each passage using the suggestions in Verbal Book Lecture 3.

Wednesday (0 hours)

  • Take a break—DO NOTHING MCAT related.

Thursay (1—2 hours)

  • Read Lecture 1 Organic with a highlighter and pen. Take notes.
  • Take In-class Test for Lecture 1 Organic. Review it.

Friday (0 hours)

  • Take a break—DO NOTHING MCAT related.

Saturday (1—2 hours)

  • Do every third problem in the 1001 Organic Chemistry Books for Lecture 1. (optional)
  • Take a full length Test from 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning. (optional)

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