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Tips for MCAT-Life Balance: Can I Party on My Birthday?
Let’s face it – MCAT prep can be a grueling process! Most MCAT test-takers set an MCAT prep schedule of about two to six months (sometimes more!). During the time that MCAT prep might last for, it’s inevitable that you will wrestle with the question of how to balance MCAT prep not only with other READ MORE
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5 Tips for Staying on Top of Your MCAT Prep During the Holidays
The holidays are upon us, but so are January MCAT dates. Find out how you can maximize prepping for the MCAT during the holidays! READ MORE
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What NOT to Do If You’re Retaking the MCAT
What NOT to Do If You’re Retaking the MCAT If you’ve found your way to this article, you’re probably currently living the Groundhog Day-esque experience of Medical College Admission Test Prep 2: Electric Boogaloo. Whether you voided your MCAT score out of panic the first time, scored lower than your target score, or are just READ MORE
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To 515 and Beyond! Why an MCAT Score is More Than Just a Number
Five hundred twenty-eight. Compared to seeing the numerals “528,” the written words have a much different vibe for me now. There I was, shooting for 100%s on exams through college, then suddenly people are telling me I “need a 528,” but “don’t worry 515 is great,” or “honestly anything over 510 is solid!” Excuse me, 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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Avoiding The Empty Brain Feel: Managing Content Anxiety on the MCAT
As a pre-med, you’ve taken an exam or two (though it probably feels like 200!). When test time came, you may well have experienced testing anxiety. Sweaty palms, nausea, heart palpitations, racing thoughts, going “blank”, hyperfixation, and catastrophic thinking are just a few of the symptoms of an anxious test taker. For an exam like READ MORE
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How Many Times Can You Take The MCAT?
For many pre-med students, the MCAT isn’t a “one and done” deal. Maybe you didn’t receive the MCAT score you were hoping for, or perhaps you simply felt like your nerves got the best of you on test day—in either circumstance, you are not alone! Rest assured, it is possible (and not uncommon) to take READ MORE