How to Create an MCAT Study Schedule

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

If the stress of your MCAT exam date is looming over you, don't panic. By creating a study schedule to suit your needs, you can maximize the time and effort that you will be putting into your review sessions.

Tips for Scheduling Your Studies

The MCAT website recommends you take the exam one whole year before you would be entering school, so it is never too soon to create a schedule for studying. Once you sit down to map out your schedule, here are some questions to ask yourself:

1. How much time do I have? Stop to consider your current living situation. Are you working or still in undergraduate school full-time, or part-time? Getting a fix on your priorities and where you need to be at all times is ideal, since you don't want any interruptions when the time comes for studying.

2. Do you know anybody else taking the MCAT? If you have a friend, or even a partner, who will be taking the exam, coordinating your schedules is a fantastic way to boost study time for both of you.

3. How good is your attention span? Distractions like the internet and a smartphone can easily disrupt your studying. If you need to, set up your studying appointments in a dedicated space free from any connections to the outside world.

4. Do I know when to take breaks? Above all things, don't overdo it. Your brain will need some recovery time every now and then, so be sure to stand up, stretch your legs and walk around for a bit in between sessions.

Supplementing Your Studies

When you have a schedule nailed down, you can add to your existing materials by using the MCAT Review Guide. This self-guided course will fit perfectly into your individual study schedule, as there is no pressure to finish it by any deadline, and it can be completed at your own pace.

This course was developed to align with the content found on the MCAT exam, and contains useful practice quizzes to test your proficiency in each individual lesson topic. Be sure to take the comprehensive final exam, which will allow you to gauge your readiness for the MCAT and help you to familiarize yourself with the types of questions you will encounter.

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