Studying for the MCAT can be a lonely endeavor, with hours upon hours of studying time spent in the library or a coffee shop. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. Finding a group to study the MCAT with can be helpful for your learning and possibly even fun! (Really?) This post will talk about studying in groups and how to find an MCAT study group.
A Word About Study Groups
Study groups can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, study groups can expand your learning and understanding. Other people understand and think about things in unique and different ways, which can help you breakthrough with difficult topics. Group knowledge is almost always more than an individual’s. On the other hand, groups can also be a big source of distraction. It’s easy to get sidetracked with a group study, especially if you get along well with the person or people in your study group. This can lower your productivity and delay your studying.
A good way to do an MCAT study group is to have set rules and schedules. Have scheduled breaks and daily or even hourly goals so that you can keep on track.
How to Find an MCAT Study Group
The best people to study with are the ones around you who are like-minded and have the same goal as you. Find people who are serious about the MCAT and want to do well on it. They should be reliable and dependable. If you have the luxury of being in school or taking classes, you could email the class or a pre-med interest group to find people who are on a similar timeline as you. If you’re out of school and working, you still might be able to find co-workers or former classmates who are in the same boat as you and looking to start a study group. Finally, you can always use social media to find people in your area who might be interested in an MCAT study group.