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MCAT Study Schedule: 2 Months

2 month mcat study plan

Your 2 Month MCAT Study Schedule

In an ideal world, everyone would have the ability to devote 20 hours per week to studying for the MCAT over a period of 15 weeks or more with the target total study time of 300 hours. However, the majority of pre-med applicants are juggling classes, work, families, or some combination thereof. However, strategy and consistency are at least as important as the total number of hours studied. By following the MCAT study plan that is listed below, you will review every major area of the MCAT in only 8 weeks at a rate of 25-30 hours per week.

If you’re ready to start crafting your schedule then go for it! But in order to begin your studying, you’ll want to collect essential and recommended materials.

How to follow this study schedule

    • Before moing forward, make sure you have the essential materials listed under the header “MCAT Essential Materials”.

 

    • Each week, you will see a list of Magoosh videos to watch. There is time set aside each day for watching them, and the rest of the day you will be reviewing subject areas. For instance, on Week 1, Day 1, you will study physics, chemistry, and practice “Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills” passages. There is also time at the end of each day to answer sample questions and quiz yourself with flashcards.

 

    • To study concepts in more detail, you will probably want to consult scientific textbooks or online sources. Suggestions are listed under the header “MCAT Highly Recommended Materials”.

 

    • The schedule is designed to be followed at a rate of 5 hours per day, 6 days per week, but you can stretch it out or condense it to fit your needs.

 

MCAT Study Plan: Essential Materials

  • The Magoosh Premium MCAT Test Prep curriculum includes over 250 video lessons, a range of practice questions, and unlimited email assistance from MCAT tutors. The lessons are taught by a diverse team of experts, including a physician, physics teacher, social science professor, CARS experts, and others.
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  • The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam, (4th edition), published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, is available in electronic and print formats. It is very important that you purchase the 4th edition, because the MCAT exam was reconstructed in 2015.
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  • Magoosh’s webapp flashcards are specifically designed for the new MCAT! Our free bundle contains 237 flashcards. This is a great starting place to assess your knowledge and improve your scientific vocabulary. The flashcards can be accessed online and as an app on your iPhone or Android.
     

  • The AAMC practice test. The practice test is a crucial tool, and our study plan suggests you take it within the first week. Not only will it give you with a scaled score, it also provides an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, both in terms of content and question type.
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  • AAMC Online practice questions for biology, chemistry, and physics. These are reasonably priced and written by the test makers. If you already have books or online program with sample MCAT questions, you can certainly use those instead.
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  • AAMC MCAT section bank for biochemistry, psychology, and sociology. Students who have taken the MCAT since it was revised in 2015 have complained that many of the MCAT practice tests and prep books don’t reflect the increased focus on biochemistry and the social sciences. The writers of the actual MCAT developed an online bank of 300 practice questions for these 3 subjects, which are underrepresented in the universe of MCAT test prep materials. If you already have books or online program with sample MCAT questions, you can certainly use those instead.
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  • The AAMC online CARS practice passages. You will need at least 50 practice passages, and this online bundle is reasonably priced and contains 120 passages. Make sure to read the social science and humanities passages and ignore the natural science passages, because they no longer appear on the actual exam.If you already have books or online program with sample MCAT questions, you can certainly use those instead.
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  • Bookmark at least 5 established online newspapers, news magazines, or sources that contain sophisticated coverage on current events. You can also read paper versions to give your eyes a break from looking at a screen. Recommendations include: The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The American Interest, The Toronto Star and Foreign Affairs.
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  • One or more large notebooks or electronic documents divided by content area (biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, sociology, psychology, and CARS). You need a consistent place to store notes that allows you to quickly draw diagrams and write equations. Unless you have a computer or tablet with a high-quality stylus, a paper notebook is essential.
  • MCAT Highly Recommended Materials

    • AAMC second practice test. Since there are only 2 practice tests written by the creators of the MCAT, I recommend purchasing this in addition to the practice test listed in the “essential materials” section. Just like the first practice test, you can take this 5 times to make sure you are able to correct mistakes from earlier run-throughs.
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    • Browse our MCAT blog for tips and resources of all varieties.
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    • If you haven’t already visited The Student Doctor Network, it’s definitely a site to bookmark. This nonprofit organization started in the mid 1990s, and their forum has threads written by pre-health students, medical students, physicians, osteopaths, dentists, and other healthcare professionals. There are thousands of threads on the MCAT. (FREE)
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    • Barron’s MCAT flash cards. Make sure to order versions dated 2015 or later. This is a great resource for more in-depth explanations of major concepts. It is one of the few sources that lists and describes each of the major and minor topics on the AAMC’s need-to-know list. The cards provide detailed descriptions of concepts along with formulas and diagrams, but if you come across concepts you haven’t encountered in the past, you will also want to supplement your review with outside studying.
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    • Supplementary texts: The site Boundless Publishers has free online textbooks and quizzes derived from open educational resources. One of the great things about this website is that, like Wikipedia, content is continuously uploaded and revised by the community, so information tends to be up to date. The following online textbooks are useful for MCAT studying: Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics. For instance, on Week 1, Day 1 of your schedule, the Chemistry concepts include the Bohr’s Model and The Periodic Table. (FREE)

    Final Thoughts

    If you are considering following through with this 2 month MCAT study plan, don’t allow the time constraints to get the best of you. Focus on developing a sustainable rhythm and overcoming the temptations to procrastinate or cram. Best of luck to you!

    8 Week MCAT Study Schedule

    Week 1 Videos

    This week, you have several slots set aside for watching Magoosh MCAT videos. By the end of the week, make sure you have watched the following:

      • MCAT Intro, MCAT Study Schedule
      • Bio: Cell Basics, Nervous System Intro
      • Organic: Intro to O-Chem, Isomers, Stereoisomers, Separations – part 1 and 2, all 5 videos on Spectroscopy
      • Physics: Units and Prefixes, all 3 videos on Motion, Freefall, Newton’s Laws, Intro to Force, Normal Force
      • Chemistry: Atomic Structure, Quantum Numbers, Electron Configuration, Periodic Table, Lewis Structures, Bonding
      • Psych/Soc: How to study psychology for the MCAT, How to study sociology for the MCAT

    Week 1, Sunday

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Register

          • Make sure to register this week!

    Chemistry

          • Structure of an Atom
          • Review Periodic Table
          • Bohr’s Model

    Physics

          • Definitions and Equations for Force, Mass, Acceleration
          • Calculating Equilibrium

    CARS

          • Read the chapter in the Official GUide on Critical Analysis and Reasoning. Answer questions for 2 sample passages, untimed. Review explanations for each question, even those that you answered correctly.

    Test Yourself

          • 45 Minutes; Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 1, Monday

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

          • Liquid-liquid Extraction
          • Extraction of Weak Acids and Bases
          • Spectroscopy and Emission Spectrum

    Bio/BioChem

          • Amino Acids: Structure and Function
          • Conformational Stability
          • Enzyme Function, Overview

    Soc

          • Micro vs Macro sociology
          • Theories: conflict, symbolic interactionism, functionalism
          • Theories: exchange, rational choice, feminist
          • Institution of Education/li>

    Test Yourself

          • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 1, Tuesday

    Read

          • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day
          • Absorption Band Positions
          • NMR Spectroscopy
          • UV/VIS Energy Absorption

    Bio/BioChem

          • Cell Theory
          • Eukaryotic Cells
          • Cell Transport
          • Membranes

    Psych

          • Sensory Processing
          • Vision and the eye
          • Hearing
          • Perceptual organization

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 1, Wednesday

    Read

          • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    Chemistry

          • Ionic Bonding
          • Covalent Bonding
          • The Mole
          • Lewis Formula

    Bio/BioChem

          • Cell Division
          • Viruses
          • Prokaryotes
          • Lytic and Lysogenic Cicles

    Bio/BioChem

          • Peptide Bonds
          • Protein Structure (primary, secondary, tertiary)
          • Electrophoresis
          • Column Chromatography

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 1, Thursday

    View

          • Watch any remaining Magoosh videos

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    Physics

          • Newton’s Laws
          • Torque

    Psych & SOC

          • Social facilitation
          • Bystander effect
          • Conformity and obedience
          • Groupthink

    CARS

          • Complete 3 sample passages, untimed. Use the remaining time to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

          • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

          • All Topics; 15 Minutes

    Week 1, Friday

    Take the AAMC practice test.

    Make sure you set aside 7 and a half hours to take the test. The computer marks and tags the questions you missed. You will review the anwers next week.

    Week 1, Saturday

    Take 1 day off per week

    If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

    Week 2 Videos

    By the end of the week, make sure you have watched the following videos:

          • Bio: Genetic Variations in bacteria, Strands of DNA, Transcription and RNA through enzyme regulation
          • O-Chem: Racemates vs Meso Compounds through Alkane Properties and Reactions
          • Physics: Trigonometry through Motion, Friction through Energy and Velocity
          • Chem: Geometry and VSEPR Theory through Reaction Theory
          • Psych/Soc: Sensation and Weber’s Law through Memory

     

    Week 2, Sunday

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

          • Skim the questions you missed on your practice exam last week. You will have time to look into this in more detail on Friday.

    Chemistry

          • VSEPR Theory
          • Stoichiometry
          • Theoretical and Actual Yield
          • Limiting Reactant/Reagent

    Physics

          • Trigonometry
          • Scalars
          • Vectors
          • Motion – Kinematics

    CARS

          • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the qeuestions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

          • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 2, Monday

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

          • Racemic Mixtures
          • Conformational Isomers
          • Cycloalkanes
          • Halogenation

    Bio/BioChem

          • Coupled Reactions
          • Enzyme-substrate Bonding
          • Enzyme Catalysis

    Soc

          • Institution of the family
          • Institution of Religion
          • Institution of Government/Economy
          • Division of Labor

    Test Yourself

          • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 2, Tuesday

    Read

          • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

          • Isomer Problems
          • Intro to Alkanes
          • Carbon Order
          • Alkane Properties and Reactions

    Bio-BioChem

          • DNA and RNA structure
          • Transcription and Translation
          • Human Chromosomes
          • Genetic Regulation and Expression

    Psych

          • Attention (selective, divided)
          • Piaget’s stages of cognitive development
          • Intelligence and problem solving
          • States of consciousness and sleep

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 2, Wednesday

    Read

          • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    Chemistry

          • Kinetics
          • Reaction Theory
          • Rate Laws
          • Arrhenius Equation

    Bio/BioChem

          • Mendel’s Principles
          • Meiosis and Mitosis, Types of Genetic Mutations
          • Allele Frequency
          • Embryology: Stages of Development

    Bio/BioChem

          • Positive and Negative Cooperativity
          • Enzyme Inhibition Models
          • Regulatory Enzymes

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of the week’s Magoosh vidoes, listed above

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 2, Thursday

    View

          • Watch any remaining Magoosh Videos

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    Physics

          • Friction
          • Force/Gravity
          • Energy
          • Velocity

    Psych & Soc

          • Social norms
          • Agents of socialization
          • Deviance
          • Anomie

    CARS

          • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

          • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 2, Friday

    Read

          • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

          • Spend today reading the explanations to the practice test you took last Friday. Read the explanations for the questions you missed AND the questions you answered correctly. On a separate document, create a list of the topics you had difficulty with.

    Week 2, Saturday

    Take 1 day off per week

    If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

    Week 3 Videos

    By the end of the week, make sure you have watched the following videos:

          • Bio: Plasma Membranes through Viruses, Metabolism through Reproduction
          • O-Chem: Substitutions through Aromatics
          • Physics: Temperature through Power, Momentum, and Collisions, Electrostatics
          • Chem: Equilibrium through Enthalpy
          • Psych/Soc: Introduction to Sociology and Sociological Theories and Perspectives

     

    Week 3, Sunday

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

          • Review concepts from earlier weeks by skimming through your notebooks

    Chemistry

          • Equilibrium
          • LeChatelier’s Principle
          • Reaction Quotient

    Physics

          • Temperature
          • Heat Transfer
          • Thermodynamics

    CARS

          • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

          • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 3, Monday

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

          • Substitutions
          • Alkenes
          • Alkene synthesis and reactions

    Bio/BioChem

          • Monosaccharides
          • Glycosidic bond
          • Fermentation

    Soc

          • Medical sociology and medicalization
          • The sick role
          • Social epidemiology
          • Elements of culture

    Test Yourself

          • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 3, Tuesday

    Read

          • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

          • Eliminations
          • Alkynes
          • Aromatics
          • Vicinal and Geminal Reactions

    Bio/BioChem

          • Hormone Production
          • Endocrine Glands
          • Endocirine Secretions
          • Diabetes

    Psych

          • Encoding process
          • Memory storage and retrieval
          • Memory dysfunctions
          • Theories of language development (learning, nativist, interactionist)

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 3, Wednesday

    Read

          • Spend 30 Minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    Chemistry

          • Thermochemistry and Heat
          • State Functions
          • Enthalpy

    Bio/BioChem

          • Fatty Acid Synthesis
          • Phospholipid bilayer of Plasma Membrane
          • Protein Metabolism

    Bio/BioChem

          • Second Messenger Signalling
          • Metabolism
          • Electron Transport Chain

    View

          • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh vidos, listed above

    Flashcards

          • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 3, Thursday

    View

          • Watch any remaining Magoosh Videos

    Review

          • Review concepts from previous day

    Physics

          • Collisions
          • Electrostatics
          • Electromagnetism

    Psych & Soc

          • Self concept, identity, and self-esteem
          • Self efficacy and locus of control
          • Social identities (race, ethnicity, gender, age)

    CARS

          • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

          • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 3, Friday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from the entire week

    Use this time to work on anything that will help you with the mechanics of the test: registration, applying for fee assistance, or learning stress reduction techniques.

    Complete any exercises you missed earlier in the week. If you are caught up, use this time to answer practice questions.

    Week 3, Saturday

    Take 1 day off per week

    If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

    Week 4 Videos

    By the end of the week, make sure you have watched the following videos:

    • Bio: Electrophysiology of the Heart through Respiration
    • O-Chem: alcohols through Ether Reactions
    • Physics: Currents and Wires through Capacitors
    • Chem: Entropy through Kinetic Molecular Theory
    • Psych/Soc: Social Facilitation through Status & Roles

     

    Week 4, Sunday

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

    • Review concepts from last week

    Chemistry

    • Entropy
    • Gibbs Free Energy
    • Spontaneity

    Physics

    • Current and Wires
    • Magnetism
    • Circuits and Ohm’s Law
    • Resistance

    CARS

    • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 4, Monday

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

    • Review concepts from the previous day

    O-Chem

    • Alcohols
    • Alcohol Synthesis and Reactions
    • Biomolecular Nucleophilic Substitutions
    • Unimolecular Nuceophilic Substitutions

    Bio/BioChem

    • Citric Acid Cycle
    • Oxidative Phosphorylation
    • Classes of Lipids

    Soc

    • Demographic structure of society
    • Aging, age cohorts, and the life course
    • Sex and gender
    • Race and ethnicity

    Test yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 4, Tuesday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

    • Ethers
    • Ether Synthesis and Reactions
    • Preparation of Epoxides

    Bio/BioChem

    • Respiratory System
    • Circulatory System
    • Blood Cells
    • Blood Flow and Pressure

    Psych

    • Components and purpose of emotions
    • The Limbic System
    • Stress and its effects on functioning
    • Managing stress/li>

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 4, Wednesday

    Read

    • Spend 30minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    Chemistry

    • Ideal Gases
    • Kinetic Molecular Theory

    Bio/BioChem

    • White Blood Cells
    • T-cells
    • Antigens and Antibodies
    • B-cells

    Bio/BioChem

    • Composition of Genomes
    • Genomic-code Sequences
    • Noncoding DNA Species

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 4, Thursday

    View

    • Watch any remaining Magoosh videos

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    Physics

    • Kirchhoff’s Laws
    • Resistors
    • Capacitors

    Psych & SOC

    • Theories of identity development (gender, moral, psychosocial, social)
    • Social Learning
    • The looking glass self
    • How culture affects identity/li>

    CARS

    • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 4, Friday

    Take the second AAMC practice test, if you purchased it. Otherwise, it is still highly beneficial to retake the first exam.

    Week 4, Saturday

    Take 1 day off per week

    If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

    Week 5 Videos

    By the end of the week, make sure you have watched the following videos:

      • Bio: DNA and ATP, DNA Replication, Renal System, Liver, Digestive Enzymes through Odds of Combination
      • O-Chem: Typical NMR Shifts through AI
      • Physics: Alternating CUrrent through Pendulums
      • Chem: Solutions through Aqueous Solubility
      • Psych/Soc: Piaget’s Stages through Defense Mechanisms

     

    Week 5, Sunday

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

    • Skim the explanations to the questions you missed in last week’s practice exam

    Chemistry

    • Solutions
    • Dilutions
    • Calculating Solubility

    Physics

    • Alternating Current
    • Waves
    • Sound
    • Doppler Effect

    CARS

    • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 5, Monday

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

    • Typical NMR Shifts
    • HNMR
    • CNMR

    Bio/BioChem

    • The Renal System
    • The Liver

    Soc

    • Immigration (push pull factors)
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Theories of Demographic Change
    • Social Movements (strategies, tactics)

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 5, Tuesday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

    • Naming and Preparing Aldehydes
    • Naming and Preparing Ketones
    • Encolate Ion Reactions

    Bio/BioChem

    • Chemistry of DNA Replication
    • DNA Replication in Bacteria
    • DNA Replication in Eukaryotes

    Psych

    • Neurons and Neurotransmitters
    • Regions of the Brain
    • Inherited Behavioral Traits
    • Pediatric Physiological Development (focus on prenatal, puberty)

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 5, Wednedsay

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    Chemistry

    • Common Ion Effect
    • Selective Precipitation
    • Aqueous Solubility

    Bio/BioChem

    • Steps of Digestive System
    • Specialized Stomach Cells
    • Intestines
    • Protein Digestion

    Bio/BioChem

    • Oncogenes
    • Receptor Enzymes
    • G Protein-coupled Receptors

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 5, Thursday

    View

    • Watch any remaining Magoosh videos

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    Physics

    • Springs
    • Pendulums

    Psych & Soc

    • Attribution Processes
    • Prejudice and Bias
    • Ethnocentrism
    • Stereotypes and Stigma

    CARS

    • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 5, Friday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading magaine articles abour current events

    Review

    • Spend today reading the explanations to the practice test you took last Friday. Read the explanations for the questions you missed and the questions you answered correctly. On a separate document, create a list of the topics you had difficulty with.

    Week 5, Saturday


    Take 1 day off per week

    If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

    Week 6 Videos

    By the end of the week, make sure you have watched the following videos:

      • Bio: Spermatogenesis through Embryology Conclusion, Neurons of Action Potentials, Speed of Impulse and Synapses
      • O-Chem: Carboxlyic Acids through Anhydrides
      • Physics: Fluids and SOlids through Elastic Moduli
      • Chem:pH Calculations through Redox Reactions
      • Psych/SOC: Rational Choice Theory through Epidemiology

     

    Week 6, Sunday

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

    • Review concepts from ealier weeks by skimming through your notebooks

    Chemistry

    • pH Calculations
    • Acids and Bases
    • Neutralization and Reactions

    Physics

    • Fluids
    • Solids
    • Hydrostatics

    CARS

    • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 6, Monday

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

    • Carboxylic Acid Reactions
    • Carboxylic Acid Derivatives
    • Stereoisomers

    Bio/BioChem

    • Germ Layers
    • Skeletal Structure
    • Neurons and Action Potential
    • Speed of Impulses

    Soc

    • Aging
    • Epidemiology
    • Demographic Transition
    • Urbanization

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 6, Tuesday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading amgazine artibles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

    • Naming and Preparing Amides
    • Acyl Halides
    • Anhydrides

    Bio/BioChem

    • Spermatogenesis
    • Fertilization
    • Gastrulation
    • Neurulation

    Psych

    • Mood Disorders
    • Other Mental Health Disorders
    • Motivation
    • Cognitive Dissonance Theory

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 6, Wednesday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    Chemistry

    • Titrations
    • Diprotic Acids
    • Redoc Reactions

    Bio/BioChem

    • Glycogenolysis in Liver
    • Glucose Oxidation
    • Ketone Body Synthesis and Oxidation

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 6, Thursday

    View

    • Watch any remaining Magoosh videos

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    Physics

    • Hydrodynamics
    • Elastic Moduli

    Psych & Soc

    • Status & Roles
    • Types of Groups (in vs out; by size)
    • Bureaucracy and McDonaldization
    • How Culture Affects Emotional Expression and Detection

    CARS

    • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 6, Friday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading amgazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts entire week

    Use this time to work on anything that will help you with the mechanics of the test: registration, applying for fee assistance, or learning stress reduction techniques.

    Complete any exercises you missed earlier in the week. If you are caught up, use this time to answer practice questions.

    Week 6, Saturday

    Take 1 day off per week

    If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

    Week 7 Videos

    By the end of the week, make sure you have watched the following videos:

      • Bio: Muscle Anatomy through Musculoskeletal, Sex Determination and Inheritance, Inheritance Patterns
      • O-Chem: Amines through Other Nitrogren Groups
      • Physics: Intro to Electromagnetic Waves through Lenses
      • Chem: Galvanic Cells through Reduction Potential
      • Psych/Soc: Emotion through Nervous System Disorders

     

    Week 7, Sunday

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

    • Review concepts from last week

    Chemistry

    • Galvanic Cells
    • Electrolytic Cells
    • Cell Comparison

    Physics

    • Electromagnetic Waves
    • Optics
    • Mirrors

    CARS

    • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 7, Monday

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

    • Holoform and Enolate Iron Reactions
    • Nucleophilic Addition

    Bio/BioChem

    • Sex Determination and Inheritance
    • Inheritance Pathways

    Soc

    • Residential Segregation
    • Social and Cultural Capital
    • Social Stratification and Class
    • Intersectionality

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 7, Tuesday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

    • Amines
    • Amine Synthesis and Reactions
    • Hoffman Arrangement

    Bio/BioChem

    • Muscle Anatomy
    • Neuromuscular Junction
    • Sarcomere

    Psych

    • Habituation
    • Conditioned and Unconditioned Response
    • Reinforcement, Shaping, and Extinction
    • Punishment, Avoidance Learning

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 7, Wednesday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    Chemistry

    • Cell Potential
    • Voltaic Cells
    • Reduction Potential

    Bio/BioChem

    • Muscle Contraction
    • Muscle Fibers

    Bio/BioChem

    • Michaelis-Menten Kinetics
    • Lineweaver-Burke Plots
    • MWC Model for Homotropic Effects

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 7, Thursday

    View

    • Watch any remaining Magoosh videos

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    Physics

    • Refractions
    • Lenses
    • The Human Eye

    Psych & Soc

    • Self Presentation
    • Dramaturgy
    • Attraction, Aggression, Attachment
    • Social Support

    CARS

    • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 7, Friday

    Take the first or the second AAMC practice test one more time.

    Week 7, Saturday

    Take 1 day off per week

    If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

    Week 8 Videos

    By the end of the week, make sure you have watched the following videos:

      • Bio: Bones and Hormones, Muscle Types and Systems, Evolutionary Genetics, Species Evolution
      • O-Chem:Amino Acids through Fats
      • Physics: Photoelectric Effect through Types of Decay
      • Chem: Phases, Colligative Properties
      • Psych/Soc: Expression and Detection through Dramaturgy and Impression Management

     

    Week 8, Sunday

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

    • Skim the explanations to the questions you missed in last week’s practice exam

    Chemistry

    • Thermodynamics
    • Phases
    • Colligative Properties

    Physics

    • Radioactive Decay
    • Binding Energy
    • Lens Strength and Diopters
    • Physics of the Human Eye

    CARS

    • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 8, Monday

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

    • Peptides
    • Proteins
    • Carbohyrdates
    • Fats

    Bio/BioChem

    • Telomeres
    • Classificiation of Receptors Related to Signal Transduction
    • Conformational Stability of Proteins

    Soc

    • Global Inequalities and Poverty
    • Social Mobility (different types)
    • Relative and Absolute Poverty
    • Health and Helathcare Disparities

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 8, Tuesday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    O-Chem

    • Review 2-3 areas of organic chemistry that deserve extra practice. Don’t cram!

    Bio/BioChem

    • Evolutionary Genetics
    • Species Evolution

    Psych

    • Associative Learning
    • Observational Learning
    • Mirror Neurons
    • Theories of Attitude and Behavior Change

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 8, Wednesday

    Read

    • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    Chemistry

    • Review 2-3 areas of chemistry that deserve extra practice. Don’t cram!

    Bio/BioChem

    • Categories of Bones
    • Composition of Bones
    • Process of Bone Growth
    • Bone Marrow Functions

    Bio/BioChem

    • Review 2-3 areas of biology and biochem that deserve extra practice. Don’t cram!

    View

    • Watch at least 5 of this week’s Magoosh videos, listed above

    <h4Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 8, Thursday

    View

    • Watch any remaining Magoosh videos

    Review

    • Review concepts from previous day

    Physics

    • Review 2-3 areas of physics that deserve extra practice. Don’t cram!

    Psych & Soc

    • Mating Behavior and Mate Choice
    • Altruism
    • Discrimination
    • Prejudice

    CARS

    • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

    Test Yourself

    • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

    Flashcards

    • All Topics, 15 Minutes

    Week 8, Friday

    Saturday is a common MCAT test date. Take today off and rest.

    Week 8, Saturday

    Good luck!

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About Kat Thomson

Kat Thomson has a PhD from UC San Francisco with degrees in medical sociology and health psychology. Since 2005, she has been teaching premed and nursing students across the US. Kat collaborates with other experts to create quality MCAT products, and above all, she enjoys she enjoys mentoring students. While Kat does love feline cats, she happens to be allergic to them, adding a new dimension to the concept of autoimmunity.


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