4 Best Study Materials for the MCAT

No one likes the thought of having to go through exams. One such exam, known for its difficulty, is the MCAT. This is an exam every medical student has to go through in order to grasp the title of becoming a physician. No matter how much we try to avoid tests, we have to find a way to pass them with flying colors so we can succeed in getting the careers of our choice. In today’s article, we’ve discussed 4 best materials you should use to help you beat the MCAT.

1.      Books

What better way to prepare for an exam than using the traditional method: books? You can find so many MCAT books in stores or online to help you prepare for the MCAT. Books have units that are carefully organized to guide you on each topic thoroughly. Even if you plan to prepare for your exam by using other MCAT materials, purchasing a book will still be the best option because you will find everything that you’re looking for all in one entity. In addition, once the book is purchased, it’s yours to keep, and you can underline and highlight as needed.


2.      Flashcards

Flashcards are an easy and fun way to learn. All you need to do is look at a card and try to recall what you know by memory. There are two ways you can use flashcards. First, since flashcards are easy to store, you can make flashcards of your own at home. Second, you can use an online source like Magoosh or Tiny Cards and use cards from online. Tiny Cards allows you to create virtual flashcards of your own. Using flashcards is a great way to study if you are travelling by bus or subway.


3.      Prep Courses

Another great way to prepare for the MCAT is by online prep courses. If you don’t train yourself with the best resources out there, how can you expect to do well on any test? There are so many insightful apps and websites that you should take advantage of while they are still extant. For example, Khan Academy is a wonderful app that has everything you could possibly need to get you started on the MCAT. AAMC is another great platform that offers free MCAT based questions, study tips and test-taking strategies. Other online prep courses can be found on Kaplan, Examkrackers, and NextStep.


4.      Practice Exams

Practice makes perfect. We’ve all heard this axiom way too often and honestly, it can’t be stressed enough. The best way to test your knowledge is to take practice exams. Make sure to take a short practice test for every small concept you learn. Furthermore, tests are a great way to get to know where you actually stand. Tests further allow you to manage time and see how well you can do during an actual exam. Taking tests can also boost your confidence. If you think you have mastered a certain topic, wouldn’t you feel as though you are ready to tackle another one?

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