Are you unsure of how to start studying for the MCAT?
Are you overwhelmed, confused, or frustrated with the amount of information you need to cover?
Have you already been studying and not seeing scores improve as fast as they should?
We wrote this in-depth article on How To Study for the MCAT and Score in the 90the Percentile for you if you're determined to get a competitive MCAT score but aren't feeling the most confident right now.
We've done months and months of research and I can tell you with 100% certainty that those who destroy the MCAT, are approaching the MCAT from a different, more strategic angle than 90% of MCAT writers out there.
Remember that one person in your life told you “we all make mistakes”…
Stay away from them.
(At least until your MCAT is over!)
We as future doctors, can’t afford to be “okay” with mistakes!
Mistakes determine everything in our life and especially on the MCAT.
It’s not only the amount of right answers you get on the MCAT that contribute to your score, but it’s also the amount of mistakes you make that determine your score as well!
Making a mistake as a practicing medical professional can cost you everything!
However, as we’ll cover later in this post, mistakes (during the practice phase) can also be the REASON you succeed.
How? If you know how to use them to your advantage.
We’ll cover more about how to do use them to your advantage later in this post.
First, let’s talk about the stupid mistakes you keep making on the MCAT, or are bound to keep making eventually… (we all experience them!)
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. - Jimmy Johnson
Doctors all over the world believed, for decades, that stomach ulcers and stomach cancers were the result of spicy foods, a lot of acid, and too much stress.
Barry Marshall however, had different beliefs. As an Australian physician, and microbiology researcher, he believed that ulcers were in fact, triggered by bacteria; Helicobacter Pylori.
To most, this idea seemed crazy.
But to Marshall and his lab partner, this was the truth.
Unfortunately for both of them, they had been unable to provide evidence for how bacteria and ulcers are linked. They had conducted numerous lab experiments on pigs and now, his grant money was almost finished.
Disheartened, Marshall gained his confidence when he saw that thousands of people were dying from stomach cancer every year.
The cure, he believed, was easily available: antibiotics. But mainstream gastroenterologists dismissed his conclusions, as they held on to the old beliefs that ulcers were caused by stress.
Not being able to make his case in studies with lab mice since H. pylori only affects primates, Marshall grew desperate.
To make matters worse, he was unable to experiment on people which was the only way he could prove what he already knew, and save thousands of lives.
It was July 1984, when Marshall did the unthinkable.
He experimented on the only human patient he could be allowed to experiment on...
Do you want to avoid spending weeks and sometimes months studying for the MCAT, without seeing any significant improvement in your score?
Do you want to know the most effective and efficient way to get a competitive score on the MCAT?
Do you want to know the best way to use your limited time to study for the MCAT?
In this article, we’ll cover all of that and more…
The week leading up to the MCAT can be very stressful. Especially if you don’t have any guidance.
Here are some helpful tips to be completely prepared, come test day…
Firstly, approximately a week before the MCAT, you should make an effort to actually visit the testing centre.
Kind of like a practice run.
Why should you do this?
On exam day, you want your mind to be as fresh and clear as possible before writing. If you’re going to be using mental focus and energy to figure out directions, plan your morning, plan your day, look for parking, looking for where to go at the testing centre, and hundreds of other things, you’re going to be at a disadvantage when it comes to starting the exam.
What should you do?
Have your entire morning planned from the day before. Get everything you need packed and ready to go. Have your breakfast figured out. The morning of, you should have no stress whatsoever. Plan for optimal performance.
For even safer and better results, practice this entire day once a week before. The same day you go to the testing center, wake up on the same time you’d wake up for the MCAT.
There is huge value in doing this – though it may not be obvious to you right now.
Action Steps The Day Before The Exam
1 - Go through your flashcards. Write out your key memorized information on one sheet.
2 - Recognize where you were when you first started MCAT prep, and where you are now. Think of how much you’ve learned.
3 - Read over your mistakes book. Is there any mistake in there that doesn’t make you feel as comfortable as the others?
4 - You need to sleep early. However, you might also be nervous. Anxiety often causes us to not be able to sleep. Most MCAT Masters made sure that they slept only 5 or 6 hours two nights before their final night. This allowed them to be tired enough to pass out, regardless of their nerves acting up.
Did we miss any good tips? Leave your last-week recommendations in the comments section below...
As pre-meds everywhere are more stressed than ever before as they take on the new 7.5 hour long monster…
We at MCAT Mastery have decided to share some key MCAT study tips and habits we discovered from analyzing the learning habits of some of the highest scoring test-takers.
Here’s are 6 habits that differentiate the “average-scoring MCAT writers” from the MCAT Masters…
What is MCAT Prep Optimization?
MCAT Prep Optimization is the path by which all the MCAT Masters before you have traveled.
How often do you ask yourself, “what is the most optimal (most favorable or desirable) way for me to study for the MCAT?”
That’s a question MCAT Masters ask themselves all the time.
MCAT Prep Optimization is the art of studying for the MCAT, in the most efficient way possible. It’s what we, your MCAT Mastery Mentors, have dedicated ourselves to figuring out and sharing with you.