Banned from Taking the MCAT

Banned from taking the MCAT

As an MCAT Tutor, it’s natural to assume I’ve taken the exam for myself, maybe multiple times. “So you tutor for the MCAT? When did you take the new exam and how did you score?” Fair enough questions, right? Since the new MCAT was first rolled out in April 2015, this has been asked by […]

Active Writing for Long Term MCAT Memorization

Active Writing for Long Term Memorization for MCAT studying

Preparing for the MCAT is a slow and steady process. But with so much to learn and remember, How do you ensure that you don’t forget the old material as you move on learning more and more new content? The purpose of Phase 1 is building a solid content foundation. This is accompanied by the […]

The Right Time to Take the MCAT

The Right Time to Take the MCAT

When should you take your MCAT? This is the million dollar question. If your dream is to become a physician, you have to take the MCAT. Medical schools in the United States and Canada require this exam; as well as many schools in the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, even Asia. Since the majority of my MCAT […]

MCAT Full Length Practice Test Advice Video

MCAT Full Length Practice Exams Video

MCAT Full Length Practice Tests – you KNOW you need them, but… When should you take them? How many should you take? How do you learn FROM each exam to slowly increase your scores? These are just some of the questions I hear on a regular basis. Below is a workshop video recording answering this […]

Strecker Synthesis of Amino Acids

Strecker Synthesis of Alpha Amino Acids MCAT Tutorial Video

Strecker Synthesis is one of the first laboratory methods for synthesizing an alpha amino acid. Strecker synthesis starts out with a nucleophilic addition of nitrogen to an aldehyde followed by a SECOND nucleophilic addition of cyanide (nitrile group) to the imine intermediate. This video walks you through the overall reaction followed by a step by step […]

How to Memorize MCAT Equations

Memorizing MCAT Equations

Memorizing equations is just one small aspect of the MCAT puzzle. Yes, the MCAT it is an exam of data interpretation, logic, and reasoning with content foundation at its core. But equations are essential parts of that core! While equations show up most frequently in Physics and General Chemistry, they also grace you with their […]

Long Term MCAT Memorization Using the Audio Summary Strategy

Audio Strategy For Long Term MCAT Memorization

The MCAT will test you on 8 different subjects over a period of 7.5 hours. That’s a LOT of information which requires a LOT of prep time. In addition to putting in the study hours to LEARN the information, you also have to ensure you don’t forget the material you’ve already covered. You cannot afford to […]

Amino Acids Practice Quiz

pka amino acids table

Amino acids are a big deal on the MCAT. You can’t simply ‘get’ the concept. You must be able to quickly recall information and apply them to questions. The quiz below will help you figure out if you’ve mastered this topic. The questions are simple but thorough. You either know it, or you don’t! Be sure […]

MCAT Prep Study Hours to Months Breakdown

MCAT Prep Hours to months breakdown by Leah4sci

As an MCAT tutor I hear this question often. Students looking ahead to their exam date want to know how many months they should set aside in preparation for the MCAT. I realize that with so much to cover on the MCAT it’s overwhelming, and having a definite ‘number’ potential makes the task less daunting. […]