Preparing For The MCAT: Tips For Premed Students

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Your MCAT scores are an important part of your medical school application. Scoring high in the MCAT will greatly increase your chances of getting admission into a medical school of your choice. With so much at stake, it is important that you are as prepared as you can be to take the test and ace it. But what if you are a premed student and the MCAT seems many light years away? Do you really need to start preparing for it so much in advance?

HospitalWorkExperienceStudents.jpg The truth is, there are several things you will have to do and several milestones to meet before applying to medical school. The MCAT is just one of these and the sooner you find out all you can about it, the better prepared you will be when the time comes for you to take the test.

Here are some tips to prepare for the MCAT if you are a premed student:

  • Understand what the MCAT is all about – It is critical that you understand exactly what the MCAT is and what is its exact scope. Take time to find out what subjects are covered in this test. The Association of American Medical Colleges website is a treasury of information and a good place to start your search. You will get information regarding the content and subjects and well as various preparation tips and other information.
  • Keep All Your Old Class material– It is a very common practice for students to rent or resell textbooks that they want to study from. However, when it comes to medical school admission prep, it make a great deal of sense to actually hold on to all those books, guides and notes that are related to MCAT subjects. These can be reviewed at a later date and used while you are prepping for the test.
  • Create Your Own Review material– Make it a habit to create flashcards and categorize them in groups. Alternatively, you can create elaborate study guides for yourself. Create separate guides for each course and use them on the day before that particular test. Make use of smartphone technology. Apps like Flashcards deluxe are a great way to index and store all your cards in a methodical manner.

There Is No One Ideal Learning Methodology

As the fall semester commences, as a premed student, you should familiarize yourself with the MCAT content. The more you go through the material, the easier it will get for you to go through all the material as the exam date approaches. You are likely to hear a lot of advice on how to go about prepping for the MCAT. While all of it is undoubtedly good advice, it is important to realize that every person learns differently. The only way to be successful in any exam including the MCAT is to try and figure out what works best for you and go with that. Trying to fit into somebody else’s idea of what is the best study practice never really works in the long run.

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