Week 2: My MCAT Progress

Week 2: My MCAT Progress

Tis’ the Season.

So once again, you may notice that I am about a day behind on my MCAT study guide. However you will also notice that I kicked butt the last two days (12/16 and 12/17), and today isn’t even over! The reason for the delay this time is that I attended 3 Christmas parties and a baby shower last week. One of the Christmas parties was held at my place! So with a TON of holiday cheer under my belt, I was able to finish out the remaining study portions of the week (the two toughest btw), and I consider myself successful.

However, relating to how I’m studying for the MCAT, I’ve decided to change the way that I study for the Verbal Section. Previously, I had planned to allot a day of the week to study for this section (how I have planned to study for the other sections). However, I have discovered Verbal is a discipline that requires practice and a lot of self-evaluation. Last week, while I was able to complete all of the homework assigned, I found I was not able to digest my mistakes as effectively. So I’ve decided to devote a day to studying Verbal techniques and spread the homework throughout the week. That way the passages will be fresh in my head and ready for self-evaluation. I will do a follow up post next week to let you know how this change worked out. Hope results are positive!

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My MCAT Study Plan

My MCAT Study Plan

I’ve found that organization is key to doing well and feeling accomplished. Here is a picture of my study plan. You may notice a few abbreviations. That is because I am using TPR resources to study for the exam. If you have any questions about TPR’s online course or if you have used TPR and found certain tools especially helpful, feel free to post a comment.

You may also notice that I’ve fallen a little behind for this week (12/9). The reason for that is two-fold. First: I’ve found that I am much stronger in Biology, G Chem and O Chem and only require 2-5 hours to complete those topics. I assumed it would be the same for Verbal and Physics. Not the case at all! Physics questions are so involved and my AMP modules alone took 3 hours to complete (typically these take 20-30 mins for other subjects). Secondly: life is busy and threw a couple emotion-filled curve balls I was not expecting these past few days.

So the conclusion is to get organized and stick in there. I’m learning to not get upset or too stressed when I fall behind. All that negative energy is not helpful. Instead, take a deep breath, clear your thoughts and move forward. Most importantly, don’t give up!

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