5: 3 Biggest Mistake When Preparing for the MCAT

Session 5 In today's episode, Ryan and Bryan talk about the 3 biggest mistakes among premed students when preparing for the MCAT along with proven ways you can do to counter these mistakes. The newest version of a common mistake: Bryan calls it the Buy-Another-Book- itis, a disease that med students and premed students get where “everything will be great if they buy another book” so they end up spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars buying resources not necessary. Bryan's take: Just learn the books you have. Top 3 Mistakes Students Make When Preparing for the MCAT: Failing to fully review their practice exams. Common scenario: Students take a test. They get a number, And then take another test and get another number and take another test and get another number. What you need to do: In order to improve your MCAT score, you need to carefully analyze each test after you take it. Spend from 8-18 hours after taking a full-length practice test, carefully doing an autopsy on every single question. It may feel boring and time-consuming but it's incredibly productive. So analyze your test a question at a time. *Reviewing questions means reviewing ALL questions including those where you got right. Why did you get them right? How will you do this again on test day? 3.5 Not taking enough practice exams. Common scenario: Students get real lazy and only take part of a practice exam. What you need to do: Simulate your test day and treat it like your real exam. Wake up early. Simulate the full experience. Always rushing ahead to new material without adequately reviewing the material you've already covered. Common scenario: There is so much on the MCAT that you feel you have to move on to the next chapter even if you haven't mastered the one that comes before it. What you need to do: You have to give the time to reviewing. MCAT content cannot be studied the way you studied for your Immunology midterm. It has to be mastered. Learn it like a musician learns a musical score. Learn the material backwards and forward. Repeat. Sleep on it. Come back and review again 2 or 3 days after to make sure you've solidified the material. Rushing the MCAT itself. Warning: Doing this mistake will entirely screw up your application timeline. Common scenario: You have a plan and realize a couple weeks ahead of time that you're still pretty far out. Then you still decide to take the MCAT because don't want to push it back. You get a score that's not going to get you into med school. Now you've just spent over a month waiting to get that score back and realize it's not the score you needed. So you'd have to schedule a retake and face the issue of whether you can get a seat to take the test in June or early July. Making this mistake would imply that you're not only losing a day or a week here, but you're going to be losing a month or more of time and potentially screwing up your entire application timeline. What you need to do: Take it as early as you can, but do not take it before you're ready. Don't rush the MCAT. At the end of the day, your MCAT score, although not the only part, is a huge part in your application. So making sure you're ready to take it is very crucial. Links and Other Resources: www.mededmedia.com Next Step Test Prep Use the Coupon Code: MCATPOD to save money on next Step's courses and materials.

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