Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a difficult exam. A student preparing for MCAT has to surpass his/her high school level of knowledge and skillsets in order to pass the exam. In other words, it demands you to develop typical skills through hard work and personal development.
And the sources are not very far. Our everyday day life itself is a great source of knowledge from where key inputs to MCAT preparation and exam presentation can be taken.
1. Understand data analysis through everyday science
The biology and physical sections of MCAT typically consists of passage based questions. Students will be presented with a passage regarding an experiment based on which questions will be asked. The student will be required to deduce patterns from the data and arrive at conclusions.
For students who have pursued majors like organic chemistry, general chemistry, microbiology, lab sciences, etc. this will be an easy affair. Others will have to spend some time brushing up their knowledge on general sciences by trying to identify their presence and role in everyday life. This building of fundamental skills will go a long way in solidifying the knowledge of the student in taking the MCAT.
Reading professional magazines related to general sciences will also serve well in understanding data analysis and how conclusions are arrived at using methods like t-test, statistical averages, chi-squared analysis, etc. Obviously there will be too many doubt induced instances which can be clarified in detail during a one on one MCAT prep training class.
2. Practice and become a maestro of speed reading
Speed matters, especially in MCAT where all the three sections are primed to be completed within tight timelines. A MCAT one on one prep class can only strengthen the learning of a student. The pace at which it is learnt is left to the ability of the student. It is here that an everyday skill like speed reading proves to be beneficial.
Speed reading, as the name suggests is the practice of reading quickly through the contents with the objective of important data memorization. The essence of the content is understood for the sake of reproduction. It serves exactly the same purpose that an MCAT aspirant undergoing one on one MCAT training has.
Speed reading can be practiced by trying to read medical magazines, medical columns in dailies, blogs and related content. It will not only expose the student to more knowledge but will also improve his or her ability to quick read passages, comprehend them and arrive at a logical conclusion.
3. Bringing it all together
These are the 2 major skills that a premed student can develop through observing the happenings of daily life. MCAT one on one training courses will further the learning from everyday life through personal interaction and clarifications from the tutor.