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. […]

The Best Time to Take Your 1st MCAT Practice Test

When to take MCAT full length practice test

I often hear premed students say, “I’m not ready to take a full length MCAT yet because I haven’t finished reviewing all the content.” This is a very common argument. This argument seems to make sense at first glance. After all, if the MCAT is 7.5 hours long, covering 8 different topics ranging from physics […]

MCAT Prep: How Much Time Do You REALLY Need? (it’s more than you think)

mcat prep in how many months study advice by leah4sci

There’s a ton of generic and conflicting advice out there regarding MCAT prep. Whether it be from inferior articles, ill-informed advisors, non-premeds who’ve ‘heard from somewhere’ or ‘from someone’, and even from friends who took the old exam and don’t realize you’re preparing for a 7.5 hour monster of a test. A student recently shared […]