How To Use Anki For The MCAT (My 517 MCAT Strategy)

In this video, you'll learn how to study for the MCAT using Anki (a 517 scorer's strategy). 

You can download Anki here.

When Arvind was was studying for the MCAT, he felt lost. He had no clue how to learn the material and he kept forgetting old facts as he learned new ones.

He wasted A LOT of time re-reading things that he should've known by then...

It was frustrating but eventually he discovered exactly how to use Anki to master MCAT content, and it completely revolutionized his prep!

He credits this tool and these techniques to the reason why he got his score to a 517...

And in this video, he's going to show you exactly what he did!

In this video, you'll learn: 

  • What is Anki and the science behind why it works
  • How to set Anki up from scratch (everything from downloading to little key tweaks in the settings)
  • How to make decks (including which decks he made, how he made them, how many he made, etc.)
  • When he recommends reviewing the decks you made for maximum retention
  • When he would incorporate Anki into his daily MCAT prep
  • How to use Anki for multiple sources (he goes through EACH one with examples) including articles, content videos, online resources, and textbooks
  • How to use Anki to memorize formulas and diagrams (like steps of glycolysis) - and which card type to use for each
  • And much more...


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What is Anki?

So first, what is Anki? Anki is, at its core, a flashcard program. The power of flashcards is in this concept of active recall. The concept is quite simple, basically it's just the scientifically proven idea that you learn and retain things better when you have to actively summon some information, versus just passively looking at it.

For example, if you're studying the different types of immune cells in the body, active recall would be using a flashcard with say one term on one side, while you quiz yourself to remember the definition on the other side, while passive recall would just be reading your notes.

Now then you might ask, why don't I just make normal flashcards, why Anki? The thing that makes Anki different from paper flashcards, or even a Quizlet, is its power in this concept called Spaced Repetition.

Spaced repetition is a learning technique where you review material in increasingly spaced intervals to improve long-term retention. Basically Anki intelligently shows you cards in increased intervals as you get better at that specific card. Going back to the immune cells, say you made a flashcard asking "What is the function of B cells?"

As you get better at answering this question, Anki will show you the card in more and more spaced intervals, making sure that you aren't having to look at this card every day, but also making sure that you don't forget it. That's enough talking in abstract, let's take a direct look at Anki.

Setting Up & Using Anki

(Watch video to see how Arvind does it!)

Lastly, remind yourself that you can master the MCAT. You do have what it takes. So many others have done it, and you can too.

With these strategies we hope to make it easier and more efficient for you, so you can get to your score goal smoothly, without facing as many obstacles along the way that we had to deal with.

You got this,

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We're a team of future doctors passionate about giving back and mentoring other future doctors! All mentors on the team are top MCAT scorers and we all are committed to seeing you succeed in achieving your physician dreams 🩺  To help you increase your MCAT score to the competitive mark quickly, we have collaboratively created these self-paced MCAT strategy courses and are also available for one-on-one tutoring!

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