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Gold standard gamsat textbook

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:12 pm    Post subject: gold standard sucks balls Reply with quote

Book is mega fat, random collection of facts on everything with no cohesion, and no questions at end of chapter, the best part is the small humanities section and one exam paper at the end.
If you can learn well and memorize simply by reading then this book is good, if you don't absorb anything when you read (like me). Then this book totally, hook and sinker SUCKS BALLS!!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I were you, and if it was true that there were . . .

no questions at end of chapter

I would give the same review that you gave.

I know that you were being genuine because you are not the first to say that. But at the beginning of every chapter, it says What to Memorize, What to Understand, What you don't need to know and it says that there are free chapter review questions online. It says this at the beginning of every science chapter. In fact, in all, there are hundreds of free chapter review questions that come with the book, as it also says on the cover, for free. If you have not used those questions, and the 10 hours of free videos that come with the book (which helps to clarify seemingly random facts), then there is no way that you can see the book as it is: a multimedia package that reviews every topic that could potentially be asked on the GAMSAT.

btw, the chapter review questions also come with a forum thread so that if you don't understand the question or the explanation that you can ask an expert for clarification, also for free.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Md-for-me

I think the reason for so much resistance to the gold course you advertise on this forum is its poor organisation as a learning tool. I wouldn't want a course that forces me to go online to connect seemingly disconnected facts presented in a book. It feels like the book is put together to hinder private learning or learning away from a computer and to minimise give-away value of the book which seems pretty useless without the online access. And your claim that this and that is free is really disingenuous -- surely everything is priced into your package.

I used medprep delux earlier this year and their book is comprehensive whether or not one can access the online lectures. I will also sell medprep's book second hand for a good price once I received my gamsat score from the Sept test (assuming I hit the mark). Des O'neill's book is not user friendly for non-sci students but he admits this at the outset. Two friends of mine who used your gold book were pretty upset with the setup of your course and opted for other courses in the end. However, I have heard that the gold mcat book is quite good for chem and that exam krackers mcat is good for general science knowledge.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clearly I could not disagree with you more.

Essentially all my medical textbooks are joined with "free" features including the #1 medical textbook in the world, Harrison's, which is filled with data and includes "free" (which is just an expression which they also happen to use) PDA software and other multimedia features.

The information in the GS is far from disjointed: it follows, in order, the syllabus that is completed in most introductory level science programs. Topics are chosen based on ACER's testing patterns and guides are given at the beginning of chapters to help those who are not aiming for the 100th percentile in Section 3 to maintain focus.

We are aware that both science and non-science students use the book and our objective was to be sure that the student with a degree in science will be provided with all the information needed to ace Section 3 since they may not fair as well in Sections 1 and 2. We also knew that some science students found that the videos were sometimes too slow or overly simplified for them. So then we married the book and 10 hours of videos to help non-science students catch up. If you choose not to use them, that's your call but it will make the book unnecessarily difficult.

Those non-science students who used the GS and were able to obtain interviews this year felt that the guides at the beginning of the chapters, the hundreds of chapter review questions, science forum questions answered and the videos were the most important parts of the multimedia experience that was responsible for their success. The promos, the cover, the Preface and Intro and each chapter underlines that it's not just a book, it's a multimedia experience.

Different strokes for different folks. I hope you success in your future studies and, if it will be in medicine, it will very likely require multimedia.

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