Pre-Med Students: Choose The Right MCAT Study Program

As pre-med students know, it is essential to perform well on the MCAT exam.  Your score on the MCAT is one of the most important factors considered by medical schools while they are evaluating your application.  Suffice it to say, it is important for every pre-med student to prepare properly for the exam.  Fortunately there are a variety of resources to help you get ready for the MCAT… but how can you be sure to choose the right program for you?

1) Choose an MCAT study program that fits your learning style. There are a variety of options when it comes to prepping for the MCAT—including weekly classes, books and study guides, or online prep courses.  Which is the best approach?  That entirely depends on your learning style.  If you prefer to learn in a group setting and thrive on discussion, choose a program that meets in person.  If you are a book learner, an up to date study guide will suit you well.  And if you have a hectic and unpredictable schedule, the flexibility offered by online or computer-based programs may be the best choice for you.  If you aren’t sure which route to go, speak to your academic advisor!

2) Choose an MCAT study program that offers proven results. While there are plenty of reputable and effective study programs available, there are also plenty of programs that simply aren’t worth your time.  The MCAT is a big deal—now is not the time to take a chance on a service that may save you money, but has no track record of success.  The best way to do this is to ask fellow students about their experience with MCAT preparation—they will be happy to tell you what worked and what didn’t. 

3) Choose an MCAT study program that can realistically fit in your schedule. Before you select a program, take a close look at the recommended schedule.  How much time do they recommend that you commit each week?  How long before the MCAT do you need to begin studying?  Before making a decision, make sure that the program you select will work with your schedule.  Many students make the mistake of signing up for a program that they simply can’t keep up with.  Not only is this a waste of time and money, but you’ll find yourself panicking at the last minute as you try to make up for lost time!

The MCAT is a critical step on your journey to a career in the medical field.  Fortunately, you don’t have to prepare on your own.  There are a variety of great products and programs to help you prepare.  Make sure that you select the best option for your schedule and your learning style… and make sure you choose a program that has a history of success!  Feel free to contact me for further information.

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