The MCAT is arguably the most important part of getting into medical school. Such an important test requires a lot of studying, which in turn requires planning. With projects and tests for school, volunteering, shadowing, and research taking up most of a premed student’s schedule, we have to consciously set aside time to study for the MCAT. First, take a look at your current schedule and figure out when is the best time for studying. Remember that after a busy day, starting to study at midnight is probably not the most productive time. Also, you need to decide how you will be studying. There are many resources for MCAT preparation, from an actual class, online classes, and review books for studying on your own. Do a little research and decide which will be best for you. For me, I do best studying by myself. Therefore, my MCAT plan of action includes review books to freshen up on the concepts, lots of practice questions, and a session given by my school that focuses on MCAT test-taking strategies. To avoid cramming in 10 chapters of review material a day in the couple of weeks before the test, I have created a schedule of two chapters a day with days for practicing questions and strategies. I have included an example of one of the weeks in my schedule. I looked all over the internet for a weekly calendar to use for this, but couldn’t find one with everything I wanted, so I just made one myself. I have also included a blank copy of the calendar that you can use to fill in however you’d like. Now, I have a binder with my filled out MCAT study schedule, as well as any other information I find pertaining to the MCAT or medical school admissions.
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