How I study for the MCAT ——————————————————————— Hello! Long-time no see. Thankful that I was able to just take this week off from IG, and actually being on my phone in general. I spent time with my family and decided to just give myself a break. ——————————————————————— With that said, I want to share what has been requested for a while now... how do I study for the MCAT. ——————————————————————— 1️⃣ I decided to start doing QBL due to the fact that I’ve noticed I learn more by doing questions. I use @uworldmcat , and review the questions after a set using @examkrackers books and the explanation of the questions
2️⃣ I decided to time myself on how long I take to take a timed set of questions and the review. After some trial and error, I can do 15-20 questions timed and review them in 1.5 hours which is the allotted time for an MCAT section.
3️⃣ I try to do a set of CARS every day. Say try bc sometimes there’s a lot going on with the other sets I’ve done, and working, that I do not get the time. If you can do one CARS set a day, then go for it. I highly recommend it.
4️⃣ As you can see from my pictures, when I review, I take notes in my own words for me to understand it better. Now, I tried something different. This is in regards to @aliabdaal video on testing yourself to study. So I created questions to help me study for every time I do a set.
5️⃣ The way I created the set, was by creating a google doc and creating a 2x2 table. One side for the questions and one side for the answers. In his video, he says that there is no need for you to hit the answer depending on how comfortable you feel, but I do. The thing is that I type it and change it to the color white. After I review it, I change it to black, so I can see if I answer it correctly if not.
6️⃣ I repeat and repeat this process until I feel comfortable with a subject.
7️⃣ Also, I created a sheet where I have all the Foundational concepts as a checklist to make sure I at least see a topic once. ——————————————————————— I hope this helps!! DM me if you have any questions and comment below any other tips you may have on how to study for the MCAT! ...
LSU PGY-1 Dr. Share 👩🏾⚕️🙌🏾💕 @doctor.share •
7 or 8 years ago I entered finals week with a 3.7 semester GPA and left with a 2.9 😅. Those finals wore me out. Chewed me up and spit me out. Today I was the last resident in clinic and had to finish writing notes at home. Clinic owned me lol. Tomorrow I’ll wake up and do it all again; I am a doctor. Failure and difficulty teaches you resiliency and persistence. Resiliency is a prerequisite for opportunity, and persistence produces outcomes. Your journey is difficult by design. Believe in your destiny, and pursue it consistently. Don’t be discouraged by failure and adversity. It’s common, normal, and the breeding ground of growth and learning. Lastly, remember that you don’t have to be perfect to be great. You. Do. Not. Have. To. Be. Perfect. To. Be. Great.
N E W S ~
Over the past few weeks I have been barely keeping my head above water. My house and car have been a mess. I probably ate more often from the hospital cafeteria than from home... But sometimes that’s where we are at and that is okay.
However, I realized on here I’ve mostly been sharing updates about school and not branching out beyond that! Over the break I wanted to return to sharing more of life in medical school and advice for incoming medical students/premeds.
To begin, I have a few life updates that will be happening here soon ~
First, I am leaving for a much needed holiday on TUESDAY and I am SO excited! Can anyone guess the destination?
After I get home, I am going to be getting surgery 🥺 I’ve had a locked jaw since April and I decided it’s caused me too much pain and frustration so I will be getting the cartilage reset in the joint. I’m super nervous but happy for it to be over.
I’M MOVING! I was offered a place in the graduate student housing right by the hospital and I decided to take it! I think it will be such a blessing to walk home during school to make some food or let out my dogs. I will also be near the gym!! Driving is something I don’t enjoy and I am super excited to eliminate the commute next semester and have more time to focus on school, my pups, and my health!
Finally... my next block is molecules - cells - and cancer. Do you know how EXCITED I AM!?!!? As many of you probably know, I essentially went into medicine to become an oncologist and I am so ready to be learning more about the diseases I am ready to BEAT. In preparation over the break I’m reading The Emperor of All Maladies (again) and I would love to hear any book suggestions you have for me to pick up as well because Christmas break = reading 📖 .
Drop below any book suggestions or guesses where I’m headed over the break! Also feel free to let me know what posts you would like to see over the next few weeks and what your break plans are! ⬇️💓🏝 ...
Officially 1/8th an M.D. 🎉
I can say with certainty medical school is the hardest things I’ve ever done and I am just getting started, but I could never see myself doing anything else. Here’s a few things I learned this semester:
Always have snacks
Questioning your entire life’s purpose is normal
Don’t do things because other people are doing them
STOP comparing your path to others’ because they don’t matter at all
Do form meaningful relationships with people going through the same thing because they will mean so much to you
Remember to charge your electronics
It’s okay to not be in ‘balance’ because that is a make believe concept made up to make you feel bad — do your best
You can never have enough white board markers
It’s okay to take a break if you don’t feel well
Passing is passing is passing
I have no idea how to properly perform a fundoscopy exam but I know the motion of what it’s supposed to look like and that is how I passed that
Preventative health is a huge passion of mine
Medicine is not always inspiring and happy it’s something miserable
Anki is a beautiful tool for students but if it’s becoming overwhelming it’s OKAY to take a break
Distractions are everywhere and it’s important to learn how to manage them
Get 8 hours of sleep every night PERIOD — there is absolutely no reason to stay up all night unless you’re working a night shift of course
It’s the coolest feeling in the world to watch grey’s anatomy and know what they’re talking about/correct them
I have really bad test anxiety and my heart is very palpable during the whole thing — even my 4 hour final
I can’t wait to be a doctor
I am releasing a YouTube video tonight about my first semester of medical school and I hope it gives a glimpse into what I’ve been doing with my life the past 4 months! I am still in shock foundations of medicine is OVER FOREVER and my next block is:
MOLECULES ~ CELLS ~ AND CANCER
What have you learned this semester? ⬇️⬇️ ...
Finals are around the corner, DM us we’ll help you prepare your speech 😭😭😭 ...
12/15/19. and juuuuuuus like dat. submitted my last assignment in my biochem course, & my last ever assignment in any premed course EVER. swinging out the door like 🏃🏽♀️
i’m grateful and give all honor to my LORD Jesus Christ who prevailed within me to complete this after 4 years while working full time. His strength was truly made perfect in my weaknesses. His grace was truly sufficient for me. i also give Jesus honor for allowing me to finish debt-free. in all, the scripture continues to be made manifest: “the sufferings of this present time ARE NOT WORTHY to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed within me”. That glory is the LORD JESUS CHRIST Himself. On to MCAT 👩🏿⚕️📍