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Hawkeye
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:41 pm    Post subject: When to study Reply with quote

I realise there is enough stuff on this board about where to find the information to study, and I'm sure if I look on the net and from past exams I can find the essay questions, but how long should I leave myself to prepare. I was thinking end of year holidays would be plenty of time if I did it at a steady pace. Any scheduling ideas, how best to go about the study?
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pants
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:17 am    Post subject: study advice Reply with quote

Hey Hawkeye-

I wrote the gamsat in 2006 and actually did really well, so if you're looking for study ideas I'll tell you how I went about it.

I didn't waste any of my money on these absolutely over priced and non-accredited courses that people seem to be doing. The fact that the prices are in the hundreds has been jaw dropping. I bought a Kaplan MCAT study guide and practice exams 2-book set off Amazon for $50USD and had it sent over (also cheap, even though it's the size of a NYC phone book). I did start a bit earlier because I work full time, but I only really studied for two hours a week until January hit, so you have plenty of time. I just made sure that I covered all of the material in the study guide and practiced the exams. MCAT is a harder exam and relies on a lot of memorisation, so I kept that in mind and tried not to get too overwhelmed. Once I got to March, I then did all of the acer practice tests (you can get these from anyone who wrote it in the last few years or the uni library).

You don't need to do any courses, or get a tutor, unless you find that you are having difficulties with a particular section. The exam is more about giving you the information and having you discern an answer from the available clues as quickly as possible. This is where all the practice comes in handy. You will find that time goes quickly during the exam, even though you sit down at 8am and don't go home until after 5pm. Your brain will be a wee bit mushy at the end. All the practice will help you learn the timing for each section, and prepare you for when to slow down and when to go hell for leather.

Best of luck.
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Hawkeye
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your help pants, I'll keep all that in mind. I was going to do something similar to what you suggested, and go through first year uni texts etc., but your MCAT study guide was a good idea. I think I will work my war into it, then spend a day a week or so in January going over, then hit it a bit harder in Feb.
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