I spend a lot of my time working with students on medical school admissions. It certainly does show on my site because there is a large collection of material for students that need advice on everything relating to getting into medical school — especially the MCAT. To make life a little bit easier, I decided to round up some of my most important articles over the last several months on the topic — here’s what you need to know.
Getting to Know the MCAT
I have a few articles to help you settle on the basics of just what the MCAT covers and how crucial it is to the admissions process.
- “Everything You Need to Know About the MCAT” is a Q&A article that’ll give you the rundown on the bare essentials.
- “Making Sense of the 2015 MCAT Changes” is an incredibly useful article for a question I get a lot from my students. Don’t fully understand the MCAT changes yet? This article is sure to help.
- “How Medical School Admissions Weigh the MCAT” discusses how schools view the MCAT and how their importance actually depends on the individual medical school.
How to Get Studying: Materials to Use and Making the Proper Schedule
Back in 2012, I decided to collect a few videos that I found most useful for MCAT prep. My students liked it and I think you’ll find it useful, but there’s plenty more. Here are some of the standouts.
- “Which MCAT Student Schedule Actually Works?” is pretty self-explanatory. Here I talk about why a rigid study schedule might hurt you more than it helps.
- “How to Create an MCAT Study Plan” covers the “standard” techniques and how those are just not enough to reach your best score.
- “Top 4 Ways to Study for the MCAT” gives you a few options on how to go about studying.
Since I’ve been an MCAT tutor for over 20 years, I’ve seen certain trends come up every year. A lot of the more expensive standard options for MCAT studying (Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc.) are very tedious and way too pricey. They shouldn’t cost thousands. Their options are not tailored towards you which is why they can’t help you reach your best score — in other words, you need to be able to identify the trends of the MCAT and crush them. This is why I started a program so you can learn the “Five Hidden Vulnerabilities of the MCAT” because there are certain weaknesses of the MCAT that the big-name books just won’t tell you.
How to Deal with a Low MCAT Score
Sometimes I have new students that approach me because of some bad news — they did much worse than they expected. I realize how difficult this is, especially after months and months of studying, but you can’t keep yourself in a slump.
- “Low MCAT Score? Four Strategies to Consider to Help You Get In” outlines a few options available to you. As difficult as it may be, you need to work with the score you have to the best of your ability or maybe even consider taking the test again.
And then we have something I’ve dealt with quite a few times with my pre-med students sometimes only a few days before the exam test date: the MCAT panic.
- In “MCAT Prep: When Your Score Drops,” I discuss the discouragement some of my students go through. They do well on their practice tests and then, out of anxiety, they take one last practice test before the actual exam and their scores are not up to par. This all comes down to psychology and in this article I try my best to help you settle and relax.
- To accompany the above article, I also have a complimentary video where I talk about why you have no reason to be afraid of test day.
Programs I Offer to Help You: The MCAT Club and More
The bulk of my work on the MCAT is through my program, the MCAT Club. It’s cheap because it’s a simple idea: an MCAT program without the expensive overhead most over-priced MCAT prep offers. You’ll get over 350+ hours of MCAT video material, two structured study programs, 30 Verbal Reasoning passages, practice tests, my personal help, and plenty more. You can even see all of this for yourself for a full trial week for the cost of only $1! This new personalized approach is part of my open source model to ease financial burdens, individualize study programs, and to make the entire study process less repetitive.
Finally, if you are feeling unsure about your test score, there is always another tool that you could use — my personalized “Medical School Self-Assessment” to help you discover your chances at your desired medical school and tell you just what you need to focus on in the rest of your application.
Feel Free to Contact Me
Aside from all this content, don’t forget I’m also available to talk to. Just leave a question in the comments and I’ll be sure to respond. I hope you found some of this material useful!