521+ MCAT: Techniques for Mastering CARS

Critical Analysis and Reading Section (CARS) is the most underrated, and most often ignored, section of the current MCAT. Too many students see a familiar format of reading passages and answering questions, something they’ve done since taking EOGs in elementary school, and think that this particular section of the MCAT will be a cake walk. It’s not. As most students find while completing practice exams or upon receiving their official score, CARS can be a […]

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How to Improve Your MCAT Score: Three Techniques You Can Utilize Right Now

Start With Anki Compared to other tests, the MCAT requires little outright memorization to achieve a high score. Anyone can memorize facts and vocabulary, the makers of the MCAT want to test your ability to utilize critical thinking and acquired knowledge in problem solving. That being said, there are some subjects that provide the highest yield through rote memorization. Anything related to amino acids is a good example. You need to know the name, one […]


Premeds: How to Ace Physics

I aced physics. Not just an A. But a perfect score. I’m confident you can do the same. At the undergrad I attended for my pre-medical post-bacc it was possible to score an A+. You had to make a 100 in the course, or above (if your teacher offered any “extra” points in the grading scale). However, this pretty much required having perfect scores on all of the assignments, especially the exams. When I went […]


Momentum: The Only Measure for Success

For some reason, most of us hold the mistaken belief that successful people must have been born that way. We find it hard to believe that they were ever just ordinary people before becoming astronomically wealthy, or world class in whatever field it is that we envy. Even if they did experience some kind of journey to that position in life, we assume they must have been born with the skills necessary to achieve what […]

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Premeds: How to Study for General Chemistry

Getting the Perfect Score  “I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. Not everyone is smart enough to get an A in Chemistry.” How many times have you heard a variation of the above? You can replace Chemistry with any subject or activity you are attempting to master, and you’ll find the same thing: many people limit themselves in what they can accomplish. In academics we have the barrier of intelligence. The worst theory to ever come out […]


The Book Shelf: The Power of Habit

“When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So unless you deliberately fight a habit—unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically…The problem is that your brain can’t tell the difference between bad and good habits, and so if you have a bad one, it’s always lurking there, waiting for the right cues and rewards.” Reviewing Charles Duhigg’s The […]

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Can an Average Student get into Medical School? Exploring the Growth Mindset

If there’s one thing premed students worry over above all else it’s whether they’re smart enough to get into medical school. For the students with 3.9 GPAs, 38+ scores on the MCAT, and solid letters of recommendations it may seem like a no brainer–maybe they won’t get into their first choice of school, but they’re getting in. But what about the rest of us? By definition, most of us are average. Most of us are going to fall […]

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Test Taking Success: 5 Tips for Overcoming Test Anxiety that Don’t Involve Studying

Megan is incredibly smart. She’s a great student. She does all of her assignments on time and aces them. She studies every night for her exams. If you ask her a question about the material she always knows the answer. You’re amazed by her intelligence. But come test day, something happens. She seems stressed. She flounders. When you say Hi to her, she mumbles a couple of words, or nervously laughs. When the exam is […]