How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the MCAT

Alright, I don actually love the MCAT, but I not a student who hates the MCAT either. Each summer, thousands of students are stressed about the MCAT. Most test takers will have never such an important test before. This test alone may prevent you from being admitted to medical school.

Not only is it a test that forces to remember broad concepts and numerous facts, this test will also coque iphone 5 master case challenge your reading comprehension coque iphone 5 rose gold and writing skills. Most people I know who went into the sciences, did so to escape essay writing. As if things aren bad enough, the MCAT is marked on a bell curve and your final grade is all relative to other test takers. That means even if you answered many questions correctly, if someone did better than you, your score will be graded lower. Each year, only around 20% of test takers will receive a competitive score of 30+

I not an expert at taking the MCAT. I have only taken it once. I didn go to a prep class I borrowed MCAT review books and studied for the exam by myself. Before taking the MCAT, I had not taken my organic chemistry class yet.

Somehow I did alright, and coque iphone 4s sword art online I know a big part has to do with the right attitude.

I have made a list of advice and things you can do to keep your stress levels down and hopefully make the process pleasant and maybe even enjoyable

Put things in Perspective Calm down and realize that this test is not your life. Billions of people wake up everyday, eat, go to work and don give this test a single thought. Don let this test define who you are. You are bigger than this test. The next time you catch yourself thinking this chargeur coque iphone 4 test is the too important to coque iphone 5c tropical do poorly on take a deep breathe and pause. Take a step back and realize that there more to life than medical school admissions. The MCAT is only your priority up to a point, don let it control you.

What the worst that can happen This is an exercise I like to do whenever I feel nervous about poor performances. I imagine the worst case scenario and coque iphone 5 game boy bleu see what it would be like. For the MCAT, if you don get a good score realize that nobody dies. Your parents still love you and the earth will still be spinning. You might be temporarily upset and disappointed but you can always study and rewrite. You might not make your top school cutoff, but you might make the cutoff for plenty of other schools. And more often than not, you realize how irrational your fears were.

Have a support group For the first part of my MCAT summer, I made the mistake thinking I could ace the MCAT on my own. I planned to study for several hours each day by myself. But as you study, you will go through many emotions. Find people that will encourage you and be your cheerleaders. If you have friends taking the test, form a study group that can help each other out with questions, share resources, and occasionally have a complain/whine session.

Stay Healthy Keeping your body in good shape directly affects coque iphone 4 tete de mort your test performance. You want your body to be rested and ready for test day. So don study to an extreme coque samsung j5 2015 deadpool where you neglect to feed yourself properly, exercise and get some fresh air. Try to get some sleep the night before the test. I tossed and turned for 3 hours during my test day and ended up going to the test with 4 hours of sleep, I wish I gotten more.

Stretch This is my favorite thing to do while studying. When stuck on a passage or question, push your coque iphone 5 ou se shoulder blades back and arms towards the skies and feel the burdens being lifted from you (even if it only temporarily). Close your eyes and take in a deep breath try this right now even if you not studying for the MCAT, it very relaxing.

Take Appropriate Breaks Don study for 3 hours straight. Break it down into smaller sessions. I find my optimal study time for me lasts from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. Any earlier and I cannot dig deep into the materials, and any more I begin to lose focus. Take 5 10 minute breaks where you can rehydrate, check your email and then get back to the task at hand. Also, don study for too many days in a row without a break. Remember, if you are taking this during the summer, this is your SUMMER! Study hard and take some weekends to go to the beach or travel and not feel guilty.

Study when you should This will save you the mental anguish in the long run. If you are procrastinating, STOP! Control yourself! You will feel coque samsung s5 terrible for setting out a schedule coque huawei p9 to study and not following through with it. When you at the library studying, don waste your time chatting or looking at other people study. Remember there no easy path to beating MCAT, everyone who succeeds puts in their time. The more consistently you are with your studying, the more likely you get what you deserve.

Simulate Test Day After covering all the subjects and feeling comfortable with the content, you MUST do practice tests. For one, they will be the best indicator of your test score and will help you prepare in the most realistic way. You will also develop the stamina and concentration needed to write a 4 5 hour long test. There will also be test taking skills you should master, such as eliminating answer choices, skipping difficult passages for later, quick calculations, and pacing. For the coque iphone 4 bayern last two to three weeks leading up to test day, I ended up doing more than ten full length tests. By the end of it all, I coque iphone 5c ultra fine had enough confidence to walk into the centre and know I would do well. You never feel fully prepared and there will always be more material you could have learned, but you have a limited timeline to study. Work in the most efficient way, you must do practice tests.

Enjoy the Process The process of studying for the MCAT climaxes on test day. Try to enjoy the entire film et coque iphone 5c journey as much as you can. You will have bad days when nothing seems to stick. Other times, you celebrate minor victories, such as when you finally get a 10 in VR. See coque samsung s7 the MCAT for what it really is, just another step in the medical school admission process. It significant, but no the be all end all.

Have Clean Clothes This last piece of advice is anecdotal. Lay out the clothes you will be wearing ahead of time, it will save you some stress on test day. I remember taking a shower on the morning of test day and realizing coque huawei pro I had run out of clean clothing. I had been studying so much that I had not done my laundry in two weeks. Needless to say, I a bit stressed out on the morning of coque iphone 5c all blacks test day finding clothes. Prepare for the test, coque iphone 5 bulle map out how you will coque iphone 4s olympique marseille get there, what you will wear, and most importantly, how you will enjoy yourself after the whole ordeal.

Feel free to add your own advice, tips, and things that worked for you in the comments below

New Chapter, New Beginnings September 16, 2017 By medaholic

Life as an attending physician has been everything I had hoped it would be. I been out of residency a year so far and I am Read More

Agent+ App Review Billing for Doctors on the Go December 28, 2016 By medaholic

One of the contentious topics you don learn much about in your transition to staff physician is income and medical billings. At coque samsung a8 the end of residency, Read More

The End of the Beginning August 03, 2016 By medaholic

I started medaholic eight years ago to document my transition into coque miroir j5 2017 samsung a doctor. It been a crazy adventure, but I made it. I now a fully Read More

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. May 11, 2015 By medaholicThings You Need to Know about the 2015 New MCAT January 22, 2015 By medaholic..