Examkrackers Home Study Schedule (10th Edition)

This home study regimen is similar to the schedule of the successful Examkrackers Comprehensive MCAT course.  We recommend you begin exactly ten weeks prior to your MCAT and take a “soft week” break in the middle during week five.

Preparation: This home study schedule utilizes:

  • The Examkrackers Complete Study Package, (10th Edition)

  • Examkrackers EK-Exams 1,2,3,4,5,6 

  • Examkrackers 101 Passages series

  • Examkrackers Live MCAT Hotline

  • The AAMC Official MCAT Sample Test and Official MCAT Practice Exams 1 and 2

You may also wish to join the Examkrackers Online Detailed EK-Exam Review sessions: See our online store for details.

On Day One you will begin your preparation by doing the practice passages and questions from the Official Guide to the MCAT Exam, Fourth Edition from the AAMC. Notice the style of MCAT passages and questions. Gain a general sense of where your strengths and weaknesses may be. Aim to spend no more than 7-8 minutes per passage in the science sections and no more than 10 minutes per passage in the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) section. Also take note of the experience of working through MCAT problems. In addition to learning content and concepts, this schedule will build on your confidence and focus, giving you full control of your testing experience.

Now, budget 2-3 hours a day, six days per week. Write this schedule down, program it in your phone, put it on your calendar--it is important you follow it. Attack each lesson according to the following approach and DO NOT neglect any of these steps:

  1. Read for Concepts. Read the lecture as you would a novel—quickly, and with an emphasis on making a mental-map of the concepts. Do not worry about the details. This will create a scaffold to support the following steps.
  2. Read for Content. With a pen in hand to take notes and work out In-Lecture-Question, read every single word of the lecture again, placing the details within your conceptual framework. It is at this stage where you will understand, for instance, why it is important that digestion in the stomach is both mechanical and chemical.
  3. Take the In-Class Exam. Each lecture has a corresponding exam. It can be tempting to cheat on these exams, especially by “sneaking a peak” or adding on a minute or two extra to the 30 minute allotment. DO NOT CHEAT. It is very important that you not only understand MCAT concepts, but apply them within the appropriate conditions. Review the answer explanations for every question, even those you answered correctly. Reflect on the areas of content, question types, and test-taking experience factors you found challenging. Post any further questions you have on the Examkrackers forums.
  4. Vary your Subjects. DO NOT simply complete one full manual then start on the next. The MCAT specifically tests students’ ability to draw connection between disciplines. Instead, study one or two lectures each from several different manuals every week to broaden the range of material you cover. Pay attention to “Sign Posts” and create your own connections as well. This will help ensure that you are prepared for all four test sections on Test Day and will help you measure your progress as you take the Online Practice Questions from The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam (MCAT2015), Fourth Edition and the AAMC MCAT 2016 Practice Test. A recommended sequence of lectures, modeled after the Examkrackers Comprehensive MCAT Course, is included in the detailed weekly study plan.
  5. Take Practice Exams. Taking practice exams will help you exercise your new MCAT skills in a scenario most similar to that of your Test Day and develop physical and cognitive stamina. Athletes that have only read about running techniques are very unlikely to bring home a gold medal from an actual competition. Likewise, studying without MCAT practice (i.e. only reviewing content) is unlikely to improve your score as much as you’d like. Your understanding of MCAT concepts and content is effective only if you’ve developed the confidence and stamina to actively apply it in the way the MCAT asks you to. The greatest score increases are seen in students who regularly do practice passages to build MCAT skills while also reviewing and organizing the needed basic science concepts. It is very important that you approach these ‘simulated MCAT exams’ as if they were the real MCAT.
  6. Review. Do not simply check of the previous steps and move on. The greatest improvements in your MCAT score depend on your dedication to this step. As part of your preparation, you must come to understand the manner in which the MCAT tests students. Not only will you learn from your mistakes, but also from your successes. Use this step to identify exactly why you got questions wrong as well as why you got others right. Additionally, identify question types or characteristics of questions that are particularly challenging for you. For example, some students have identified that they need to pay closer attention to questions containing “not” or “except”.  Ideally you should repeatedly attempt to answer questions you got wrong until you get them right yourself. Only when you practice MCAT style problem solving will you come to see improvement. If you need to look up content and return to the question, do so, but careful: once you read an answer explanation, you can never again use that question for MCAT practice as you will know the answer without having reasoned your own way there. Once you determine why you’re getting questions wrong, make simple commitments to prevent these errors before continuing your MCAT practice.

  7.         Summary of guidelines for reviewing:

    • Before looking at answer explanations, retake questions you got wrong the first time. Identify why you answered incorrectly the first time, and if you got it correct the second time, determine what you did differently.
    • Review questions on which you guessed correctly. Determine how you arrived at the correct answer and identify areas of weakness for further review.
    • Notice any habits you have when taking test questions that do not work for MCAT questions. Write down a few specific and simple commitments to approach these questions differently in the future (“If I see this, I will do that”) to use on your next practice exam.

  8. Stay on Schedule. If you miss one day, do twice as much the next day or use built-in makeup study days. “I’ve always been a procrastinator” may have worked until now, but make no mistake, the MCAT will challenge you in ways unlike any test before. Part of the confidence required to control your MCAT experience and secure that desired score comes from consistently following through on you schedule. With your own determination and the support of Examkrackers, you have the tools to improve your score. Using these tools early and often will provide you the most holistic and effective study program possible.

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