Preparation for the new MCAT would require integration. You
will be required to have a solid grasp of fundamental definitions and concepts
and know how these concepts come together in the life processes of living
organisms. Then, you must be able to integrate one’s knowledge and use it to
Thus, you will definitely need quality prep materials and
a disciplined study schedule (3-6 hours a day for 3-6 months) to get a high
MCAT score and to be accepted to medical school.
However, there is also another important part of your
review: your MCAT personal notes.
Your notes will ensure that you avoid the mistake of
overstudying or understudying. With note taking, you can maximize the benefits
of your content review, practice problems and full-length exams.
A chapter review would result in one to two pages of
notes. Every line you read, ask yourself: do I know this already? is this
related to something else I read? is this really relevant to the MCAT? Your
notes shall focus on the most relevant and new information. For example, if you
have noticed a derivation of the Ideal Gas Equation, include that in your notes
if it was something new for you.
Also, focus on information that you want to retain as
well as keywords and concepts.
Taking notes after taking a full-length MCAT practice
test is also important. These notes will make sure that you do not repeat the
same mistake. Then, review your notes before taking another test.
Read your notes two to three times per week and then
everyday in the weeks leading up to the exam. Research has shown that reading
your notes every day improves information recall.