Blueprint MCAT Blog: MCAT Chemistry

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3 Concepts To Know About Electrochemical Cells for the MCAT
Electrochemistry: where electrons groove and ions party inside batteries. Learn about three important electrochemistry concepts for the MCAT. READ MORE
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What Do You Actually Need to Know for Biochemical Pathways on the MCAT?
Every MCAT student’s greatest fear: the web of arrows and perplexing jargon to decipher when studying for the biochemistry section. Most students are instantaneously overwhelmed and unsure how to proceed. Your first priority should NOT be memorizing every single reactant, product, and enzyme for each metabolic pathway. While many students are determined to push themselves READ MORE
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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Intermediates: How to Optimize Studying Biochemistry
Every pre-med student can agree: memorization is HARD and memorization is important. To vex us even more, some MCAT topics only require surface-level knowledge, while others seem to require an endless parade of facts. Take metabolism for instance; remembering that HEXoses have six carbons? Not too bad! Remembering that “py-ru-vate” has “1-2-3” carbons? Still…OK…but starting READ MORE
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How to Understand the MCAT Periodic Table & Trends
Learn how to predict element properties and efficiently use the periodic table for the MCAT. READ MORE
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Identifying Methodological Flaws in Studies
One of the things that really surprises students about the MCAT is the heavy focus on how experiments are set up and ran. This can really catch a student off-guard, as most undergrad courses don’t really emphasize this. But from the point of view of the AAMC, it’s obvious that they want to test this. In order to be a good doctor, you need to be able to understand the quickly changing research that is coming from our more... READ MORE
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Organic Chemistry on the MCAT – Focus on the Fundamentals
Organic chemistry is one of the most common subjects that students identify as a source of anxiety when preparing for the MCAT. However, on average, it will only comprise ~5% of the test: 15% of the Chemical and Physical Foundations section, 5% of the Biological and Biochemical Foundations Section, and 0% of the remaining two READ MORE