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May 15, 2019
145: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Passage 9
In Passage 9 we analyze a study about the impact of musical expertise on both the functional and structural modifications of the brain. Follow along!
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19 min
May 8, 2019
144: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Discretes 3
Today we tackle our next set of discrete questions! We cover norms, bias, groupthink, and population statistics! Challenge your knowledge and see how you do!
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19 min
May 1, 2019
143: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Passage 8
For a premed, the word stress is synonymous with the MCAT, but don't worry we cover all things stress in Passage 8. Follow along in our show notes!
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24 min
April 24, 2019
142: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Passage 7
In Passage 7 we analyze a study about behavior and how context impacts behavior. Follow along to see the results of Good Samaritan versus Occupation!
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14 min
April 17, 2019
141: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Passage 6
We tackle Passage 6 today that covers a study that investigates the effect terminology has on describing disease. Follow along in our blog post!
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27 min
April 10, 2019
140: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Discretes 2
Today we have more discrete questions that cover personality traits, emotions, and more! How did you do on this set of questions? Follow along to find out!
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18 min
April 3, 2019
139: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Passage 5
Passage 5 is all about administrative groupthink and the impact it has on employee stress and turnover. Follow along to improve your psych/soc skills!
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17 min
March 27, 2019
138: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Passage 4
We are moving on to Passage 4 which covers a study that tested whether patient compliance can be prompted by social characteristics. Follow along in our show notes!
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14 min
March 20, 2019
137: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Passage 3
Last week we took a quick break from passages with discrete questions. This week we look at Passage 3 that covers the pathway in which we hear with the ear.
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16 min
March 13, 2019
136: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Discretes 1
In our first set of discrete questions from Next Step Test Prep, we answer questions about bias, stress hormones, organizational effects, and groupthink!
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16 min
March 6, 2019
135: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Passage 2
We tackle Passage 2 that is all about external locus of control with migrants! Follow along with the handout on our blog post to hone your psych/soc skills!
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17 min
February 27, 2019
134: Next Step Full Length 10, Psych/Soc Passage 1
Today we begin the psych/soc section from the Next Step full-length 10. Passage 1 covers double bind communication and the link between communication and schizophrenia.
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18 min
February 20, 2019
133: How to Prep for the Psych & Sociology Section of the MCAT
Psychology and Sociology is the newest section of the MCAT. We talk about how to tackle this section and talk about how it may be different from other sections.
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14 min
February 13, 2019
132: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Discretes 4
We're on the last part of bio/biochem and we're finishing up with a set of discrete questions. Follow along in the show notes at mcatpodcast.com/132
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15 min
February 6, 2019
131: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 10
Passage 10 of bio/biochem is about a research study looking at the activity of membrane proteins in three different cell types. Follow along in the blog post.
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25 min
January 30, 2019
130: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 9
We're rounding out bio/biochem for Next Step Test Prep full-length 10 and we're in for a great passage to help us with our skills.
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20 min
January 23, 2019
129: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Discretes 3
We're onto our last set of discrete questions for the bio/biochem section of Next Step Test Prep full-length 10. Follow along in our show notes!
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17 min
January 16, 2019
128: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 8
Passage 8 is all about genetics, inheritance patterns, chromosomes, and much more. Follow along with the blog post for this episode.
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31 min
January 9, 2019
127: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 7
Passage 7 is all about white blood cells, viruses, and bacteria and how they respond in the body of mice. Follow along on our MCAT Podcast blog post!
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24 min
January 2, 2019
126: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 6
Passage 6 is filled with lipoproteins, and maybe a little Hepatitis C. Follow along with the handout on our blog post for this MCAT bio/biochem passage.
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19 min
December 26, 2018
125: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Discretes 2
In our next set of discrete questions from Next Step Test Prep, we talk about insulin, beta-oxidation, and the IRB and research process. Follow along in the post.
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16 min
December 19, 2018
124: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 5
We tackle passage 5 from Next Step full-length 10 which talks about peripheral nerves and stem cells. Follow along with the handouts at themcatpodcast.com.
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18 min
December 12, 2018
123: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 4
Another week of MCAT full-length breakdown with Clara from Next Step Test Prep. We're covering passage 4 from NSTP full-length 10 bio/biochem section.
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18 min
December 5, 2018
122: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Discretes 1
We're still in bio/biochem mode for the MCAT Podcast, this week covering the first discrete set of questions from the section. Follow along in the show notes.
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17 min
November 28, 2018
121: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 3
Passage 3 from Next Step Test Prep full-length 10 covers an interesting discussion on unfolded protein response and endoplasmic reticulum homeostasis.
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31 min
November 21, 2018
120: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 2
We tackle passage 2 from Next Step Test Prep's full-length 10 bio/biochem section. The topic of this passage is all about insulin. Follow along with us.
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24 min
November 14, 2018
119: Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 1
We're back with some more Next Step full-length breakdown, this week covering passage 1 of the biology and biochemistry section of the MCAT.
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22 min
November 7, 2018
118: Changes the the MCAT AAMC Practice Material and Registration
The AAMC is making some changes with their MCAT practice material. Some students don't like it. Also, we talk about MCAT registration and what to look for.
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8 min
October 24, 2018
117: Next Step Full Length 10, CARS Passage 9
The last passage of the CARS section is one that many students don't get to on test day. Let's finish strong with our MCAT CARS passage prep!
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19 min
October 17, 2018
116: Next Step Full Length 10, CARS Passage 8
Struggling with CARS? Check out passage 8 from Next Step Test Prep, full-length 10. Listen to the struggles, learn from the mistakes to improve your MCAT score.
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24 min
October 10, 2018
115: Next Step Full Length 10, CARS Passage 7
Remember when I said we were on the last MCAT CARS passage last week? Surprise, we have 3 more to go! How about that for a fun prank! Enjoy and subscribe.
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21 min
October 3, 2018
114: Next Step Full Length 10, CARS Passage 6
We're at the last passage of CARS on Next Step full-length 10. Hopefully, you've gotten some great tips and techniques to improve your CARS score!
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18 min
September 26, 2018
113: Next Step Full Length 10, CARS Passage 5
Are you tired of CARS yet? This is one of the hardest sections on the MCAT, but hopefully, we're making it easier for you going through these passages!
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25 min
September 19, 2018
112: Next Step Full Length 10, CARS Passage 4
Learning how to do well on the CARS section is hard. Practice makes perfect and that's why you should be following along with us on The MCAT Podcast!
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21 min
September 12, 2018
111: Next Step Full Length 10, CARS Passage 3
We're back for some more Next Step Test Prep full-length 10 with CARS passage 3. Follow along with the handout on the blog post for this episode.
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28 min
September 5, 2018
110: Next Step Full Length 10, CARS Passage 2
Clara is back for some more Next Step full-length 10 breakdown—this time with CARS passage 2. Follow along with the handout on the show notes page!
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25 min
August 29, 2018
109: Next Step Full Length 10, CARS Passage 1
Clara joins Ryan as the new MCAT expert from Next Step Test Prep. We tackle the first passage of CARS. Follow along with the handout in the show notes.
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26 min
August 22, 2018
108: CARS Section Basics and How to Prepare for CARS
Session 108 This week, we jump into a CARS 101 before we tackle the CARS section starting next week. We’ll talk about everything you need to know for the CARS section. Once again, we're joined by Bryan Schnedeker from Next Step Test Prep. Use the promo code MCATPOD and save 10% off their full-length exams (there's 10 of them to choose from!) CARS is going to be hard to cover on the podcast. So for this episode, we're going to do a little primer and dive into some CARS stuff in the next couple of episodes. Meanwhile, check out MedEd Media Network for all our other episodes as you’re move along this journey to medical school and beyond! [02:40] How Should You Attack Passages on the CARS Section? CARS is one of the things that students have the most trouble with, especially those who are retaking. They're trying to prep again and just didn't come together for them, for whatever reason. And they don't know what to do. Bryan explains that at their fundamental core, they're a tutoring company. They recognize that every student is unique. Everybody's brain works a little bit different. So what they usually advise students is there is not one right way to do CARS. There is only your right way to do CARS. The number one mistake Bryan sees students are making when it comes to tackling the section is trying to jump the gun. They expect that you just give them what needs to be done and they'll do it. But you have to find your best method. That's hard, boring work. You have to be willing to fail a whole bunch in order to find your success. So you have to find your own way. All this being said, there are a few techniques on CARS and you have to try these to see what works. The Four Types of Studying Approaches [04:34] CARS Strategy #1: Note Taking You are given a laminated note board and a wet erase marker so it's possible to take notes. 80%-90% of students hate taking notes while they read. But for about 15%-20% of students, learning how to effectively use the marker and take notes while reading is game-changing for them. So learn how to take notes at the end of each paragraph and every passage. Jot down main ideas, jot down cause and effect relationships. Give it time to practice jotting notes and see if this can help you. [06:20] CARS Strategy #2: On-Screen Highlighter Most students end up doing highlighting a section of the test. You hit Ctrl+H and that puts a yellow highlight. Students like this because they don't have to stop and write anything down separately. The key thing is that the highlighter is like a scalpel, not a paint roller. Don't be slathering yellow all over the screen. Pick up individual phrases and keywords. Practice and see how you can maximize it. Try to see if you're overlighting or underlighting or is your highlighting pointless. [07:27] CARS Strategy #3: The Main Idea Approach Some prep companies say this is the only way to do it. You don't highlight or write anything down. Just stop at the end of the passage and write down the overall main idea of the passage. This is good if you're a very strong reader and you're able to naturally read quickly. You have a very good short-term memory and working memory where you can keep a lot of key ideas in your head at once so you don't get lost in the passage. Then you'd just have to contextualize it for yourself with the main idea. You can either write it down or say it in your head. [08:05] CARS Strategy #4: Skimming Bryan thinks skimming is a terrible idea but Bryan has had students who've had enormous success with skimming. They generally get a quick, loose idea of the passage and then get right to the questions and go back and do a lot of looking up. Most students don't like it, but you can try it still. See if this helps. [08:36] Try Different Techniques Now, you may not see yourself in any of these categories, so you have to try all these different things to see what amalgam of strategies is going to work best for you. This can take a lot of time and a lot of practice. It takes the willingness to try out a technique that doesn't seem to work very well for you but just give it an honest go. Do dozens of passages with that technique to see if you can make it work for you. If you can't, then move onto the next technique. Bryan adds that as we go on with the passages, he will be giving you suggestions as to how to approach these. But then again, there is not one way to only approach a paragraph with that concept, but depending on which approach works for you. They would just serve as the general guidelines for the key underlined concepts that you should take note of in some format or another. [10:15] Switching Between Approaches Most students have a core default style in dealing with passages. If it's a dry, philosophical, boring passage, some students highlight a lot more and then the highlighting becomes less about what they're highlighting. But it's more about giving them something kinesthetic to do to keep themselves engaged. So even if they're not the highlighter type of student, they find themselves highlighting more when they get bored. Similarly, some highlighters would turn into notetaking when it starts getting more technical and philosophical. So they tend to slow down and start jotting some notes down. Or if it gets into politics or an opinion-heavy passage where there are lots of people contradicting and disagreeing with each other, they suddenly become note takers. [11:30] The Biggest Mistakes Notetakers will have the tendency to be a little too rigid. They'll feel like every paragraph they read, they'd have to stop and jot something down. But MCAT passages can have entire paragraphs that are "throat-clearing." In this case, don't write anything down because you're only writing pointless notes. Highlighters may then to have this paint roller syndrome where they have the tendency to highlight everything. While people who either take the skimming or main idea approach can tend to get a little arrogant. As mentioned, they tend to work well for very strong readers. So they may take for granted that level of skill without recognizing that the MCAT requires more care and more subtlety of thought. So Bryan ends up reminding them to slow down and make sure they're getting it. [13:23] How to Calm Your Inner Doubt Bryan constantly tells students to just focus on the words in front of you. One exercise is to read out a sentence out loud. Put the emphasis on one specific word. Then read again and put the emphasis on another word, and so on. This is a way for you to see what your inner voice should be hearing when you read these sentences. Then you're able to bypass the issue of other elements of what your brain might be thinking. So you're constantly directing that inner voice to analyze what the sentence says. Then you know what has to be in your brain. Lastly, practice, practice, practice. And this is what we're going to be doing in the next few week as well tackle CARS. Links: MedEd Media Network Next Step Test Prep (Use the promo code MCATPOD and save 10% off their full-length exams.)
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17 min
August 15, 2018
107: Next Step Full Length 10, Discretes, Questions 57-59
Solubility, fatty acids, and uranium are all topics of the three discrete questions we cover on this next installment of Next Step full-length 10 breakdown!
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12 min
August 8, 2018
106: Next Step Full Length 10, Passage 9, Questions 49-51
Passage 9 covers isolating a specific drug, amino acids and Poiseuille's law. Follow along with the show notes and handout to increase your MCAT score!
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17 min
August 1, 2018
105: Next Step Full Length 10, Discretes, Questions 44-47
ATP, blood vessels, fat stores and beta decay are the topics we cover in the next set of discrete questions from Next Step Test Prep Full-length 10.
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17 min
July 25, 2018
104: Next Step Full Length 10, Passage 7, Questions 36-39
The next passage in Next Step's full-length 10 includes information about enzymes and precipitates. If you struggle with solubility and more, this is for you.
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20 min
July 18, 2018
103: Next Step Full Length 10, Passage 6, Questions 31-34
Passage 6 on Next Step's full-length 10 includes nutrition labels, understanding fiber, combustion, and others. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast!
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16 min
July 11, 2018
102: Next Step Full Length 10, Discretes, Questions 27-30
We're back with discrete questions from full-length 10. We're looking at enzymes, ATP, antioxidants, and buoyancy. Check it out and don't forget to subscribe.
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18 min
July 4, 2018
101: Next Step Full Legnth 10, Passage 4, Questions 18-21
Passage 4 on Next Step full-length 10 covers human hearing and sound waves. Follow along and download the handout on our blog post. Will you get them right?
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14 min
June 27, 2018
100: Next Step Full Length 10: Questions 14-17
We tackle Passage 3 on Next Step's full-length 10 covering a passage about proteins in milk and what happens when you heat them up. Take a listen!
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15 min
June 20, 2018
99: Next Step Full Length 10: Questions 10-13
Questions 10-13 on Next Step's full-length 10 are the first set of discrete questions that we're going to cover during this full-length breakdown. Take a look!
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15 min
June 13, 2018
98: Next Step Full Length 10: Questions 5-10
We continue Next Step's full-length 10, questions 5-10 covering a passage about body density. Follow along, download the handouts, and don't forget to have fun!
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16 min
June 6, 2018
97: Next Step Full Length 10: Questions 1-4
This week we're starting a new series, breaking down questions from Next Step's full-length 10. We start with the first passage and question 1.
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19 min
May 30, 2018
96: Psychology Grab Bag of Discrete Questions for the MCAT
Psychology is one of the newer subjects on the MCAT. Bryan from Next Step Test Prep and Ryan cover the topic to help you learn how to answer the questions.
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14 min
May 23, 2018
95: Biochemistry Grab Bag of Discrete Questions for the MCAT
Bryan from Next Step Test Prep and Ryan cover biochemistry, a huge pain point for many premed students. Take a listen and learn some biochem with us.
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15 min
May 16, 2018
94: Biology Grab bag of Questions for the MCAT
In today's MCAT Podcast we cover biology, including pregnancy, connective tissue disease, and skeletal myocytes. Follow along in the blog post for the questions.
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12 min
May 9, 2018
93: What the Average MCAT Score Increase Means to You
The new MSAR contained a big shock for students, an increase of almost 4 points to the average MCAT score for those starting medical school. What does it mean?
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13 min
May 2, 2018
92: Physics Series 4: Fluid Dynamics on the MCAT
In our last week of the physics series, we're going to cover some fluid dynamic discrete questions that seem to trip up a lot of premed students. Listen now!
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20 min
April 25, 2018
91: Physics Series 3: Light Waves and the MCAT
Why is the sky blue? That's just one of the questions that may come up on the MCAT when talking about physics and light waves. Check out the questions!
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14 min
April 18, 2018
90: When Do I Need More Content Review vs MCAT Test Skills?
When you're struggling on the MCAT, there may be a few different reasons, with content review and test skills being just two. How do you know what to work on?
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8 min
April 11, 2018
89: Physics Series 2: Water, Buoyancy and the MCAT
Water and fluid dynamics and physics go hand in hand on the MCAT. This week we're cover this topic to help you improve your physics MCAT section score.
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14 min
April 4, 2018
88: Physics Series 1: Spring Systems for the MCAT
Physics is one of the hardest subjects on the MCAT. Over the course of 4 episodes, we're going to dive into high-yield physics topics to help you score higher!
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17 min
March 28, 2018
87: Psych/Soc Series: Social Movement, Classes, and More
Our last week of the Psych/Soc content is here. This week we dive more into sociology and talk about social movements, socioeconomics and more.
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14 min
March 21, 2018
86: Psych/Soc Series: Erikson, Kohlberg and More
This is our third week of Psych/Soc for the MCAT and we're covering more very nuanced models of stages and development. Following along and learn!
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17 min
March 14, 2018
85: Psych/Soc Series: Visual Pathway, Piaget and More
Week two of our Psych/Soc MCAT series on the podcast and we're covering more straight psych questions that you are going to need to know for the MCAT.
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12 min
March 7, 2018
84: Psych/Soc Series: Hearing, Weber's Law and More
This is week one of our Psych/Soc series on the MCAT Podcast. We're covering some biology questions which is a subject covered in the Psych section of the MCAT.
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14 min
February 28, 2018
83: MCAT Foundational Topic: Physics Broken Down
Physics is one of the harder sections of the MCAT for many students. If you are one of those students, you're not alone. Check out our foundational series now.
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17 min
February 21, 2018
82: MCAT Foundational Topic: Chemistry Questions
Chemistry is one of the first classes you'll take as a premed and it shows on the MCAT. Today we'll cover some foundational topics related to chemistry.
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8 min
February 14, 2018
81: MCAT Foundational Topic: Biochemistry Broken Down
Biochemistry is a foundational topic on the MCAT and we're going to cover some of the foundational pieces of information that you're expected to know on the test.
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13 min
February 7, 2018
80: What MCAT Score Do I Need if I Have a Low GPA?
If you're GPA is low, you may have heard that the MCAT might save you if you get a good enough score. We tackle that question today on the MCAT Podcast.
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9 min
January 31, 2018
79: MCAT Foundational Topic: Biology Questions Broken Down
We're starting a series of foundational subject material. Each week, we'll cover some foundational topics for each section. This is what you need to know.
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12 min
January 24, 2018
78: Get Ready for the New MCAT User Interface Changes
With a new testing center, comes new changes to the MCAT user interface. Things won't be drastically different, but we thought you should know as you prepare.
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9 min
January 17, 2018
77: A Grab Bag of MCAT Discrete Questions
The MCAT has four sections with a broad variability between sections. Today we will cover some of that variability to help you maximize your MCAT score.
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9 min
January 10, 2018
76: Breaking Down Sociology MCAT Discrete Questions
Today we're covering some sociology MCAT questions looking at specific definitions that you need to know to help you get the best score possible on the MCAT.
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10 min
January 3, 2018
75: MCAT Biochem Discretes - beta-oxidation, Krebs cycle & more
Cellular respiration, beta-oxidation and some Krebs cycle problems are the topics we covered on the MCAT Podcast today. Come learn along and crush your MCAT!
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11 min
December 27, 2017
74: MCAT Psychology Discrete Questions - Groupthink and more
Groupthink, some physiology, and personality traits are some of the topics we covered in this MCAT podcast session. Check it out and don't forget to subscribe.
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12 min
December 20, 2017
73: MCAT Biology Discrete Questions - Acetyl-CoA and more
Hypoglycemia, the electron transport chain, and beta-oxidation are the subjects we covered on this session of The MCAT Podcast. Don't forget to subscribe.
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10 min
December 13, 2017
72: How Do I Remember Material I Studied Four Months Ago?
When you study for the MCAT, your schedule usually stretches out over several months. How do you make sure that you remember all of the content you studied?
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7 min
December 6, 2017
71: More Biology Questions Broken Down for the MCAT
Biology infiltrates a lot of different areas of the MCAT, so you need to be prepared for it. We break down some biology discrete questions today to help you!
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11 min
November 29, 2017
70: Breaking Down Discrete MCAT Chemistry Questions
Chemistry on the MCAT is hard for a lot of premed students. Today we'll go over some chemistry questions and break down each of them to give you a head start.
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10 min
November 22, 2017
69: More Physics MCAT Questions Broken Down for You
Bryan and Ryan look at a grab bag of physics questions and break them down to help you on your MCAT journey! Don't forget to share this with your classmates.
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15 min
November 15, 2017
68: Breaking Down MCAT Psych/Soc Discrete Questions
Psychology and sociology can be sneaky hard on the MCAT. Follow along with us and tell your friends about the podcast and what you've learned!
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16 min
November 8, 2017
67: The AAMC Has Released Another Scored MCAT Full-Length!
The AAMC is the organization behind the MCAT. When they do something, it's news. They recently released the third scored full-length practice exam for the MCAT.
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9 min
November 1, 2017
66: Breaking Down More Bio Discrete Questions for the MCAT
The MCAT and biology go hand in hand. That's why we cover a lot of biology here on the MCAT Podcast. Check out this week's episode and learn some bio!
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9 min
October 25, 2017
65: Breaking Down Biology Discrete Questions for the MCAT
Biology is a core subject for the MCAT. It infiltrates a lot of different areas, so you need to be prepared for it. We break down some questions today to help!
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13 min
October 18, 2017
64: Should I Take the MCAT in the Spring or During the Summer?
One of the most perplexing problems that faces premeds is if they should stack the MCAT up in the Spring, or wait until the Summer to take it. We talk about it!
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9 min
October 11, 2017
63: When Can I and When Should I Register for the MCAT?
The MCAT registration opens up this year on October 18th. You need to be ready to sign up for a seat to make sure you cant take the test when you want to!
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7 min
October 4, 2017
62: MCAT Prep On Any Budget (Should I Spend $3000??)
I found a post on Twitter about a student claiming she needed to spend $3,000 on an MCAT test prep course to pass it. Bryan and I discuss that today.
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13 min
September 27, 2017
61: Is the MCAT Getting Harder?
A common question we get is if the MCAT is getting harder with the new iterations. We'll discuss what you as a premed need to understand to do well.
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13 min
September 20, 2017
60: Breaking Down a Grab Bag of Science Questions for the MCAT
Today we're diving into discrete MCAT questions from various subjects. Follow along and have a listen! Don't forget to subscribe and tell your friends!
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13 min
September 13, 2017
59: Breaking Down Physics Discrete Questions for the MCAT
Physics on the MCAT is hard for a lot of students. Today we'll go over some physics discrete questions and break down each of them to give you a head start.
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16 min
September 6, 2017
58: How Do I Know if I Should Void the MCAT?
A lot of students plan on going into the MCAT ready to void it, some think about voiding it during the test. We discuss when you should actually void the MCAT.
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14 min
August 30, 2017
57: Do Medical Schools Superscore the MCAT for Multiple Attempts?
If you are familiar with the SAT, then you know that your best score is a combination of multiple tests. Do medical schools do the same for MCAT retakes?
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9 min
August 23, 2017
56: The Anatomy of an MCAT Question and How to Break it Down
This week, Bryan and Ryan discuss the anatomy of the MCAT question and how to systematically go through a question to maximize your chance of getting it right.
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9 min
August 16, 2017
55: How to Best Use Flashcards to Study for the MCAT
Flashcards are a great tool to have for all your studying needs. Bryan and Ryan discuss how to use flashcards for the MCAT to maximize your study time!
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11 min
August 9, 2017
54: Looking at MCAT Amino Acid Questions
Amino Acids should be like the air you breath for the MCAT - you just don't think about it. We'll cover some questions today to help you with that.
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9 min
August 2, 2017
53: How Will an Unbalanced MCAT Score Affect Me?
If you're like many MCAT takers, your section scores are unbalanced. Learn how that might affect your medical school application. Listen now.
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8 min
July 26, 2017
52: Breaking Down MCAT Sociology Questions
This week we're covering some sociology questions to help you break down how the MCAT writers are creating their questions.
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14 min
July 19, 2017
51: What is a Competitive MCAT Score?
Last week we covered MCAT retakes. Today we'll cover a question that you have to know first - what is a competitive MCAT score?
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17 min
July 12, 2017
50: How Can I Score Higher on my MCAT Retake?
In our episode today, we dive into MCAT retakes. If you are worried about needing to retake the MCAT, this episode is for you! Take a listen and share it.
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17 min
July 5, 2017
49: Round Four of our Deep Dive into MCAT Discrete Questions
This is our 4th week of diving into discrete MCAT questions from various subjects. Follow along and have a listen! Don't forget to subscribe.
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14 min
June 28, 2017
48: Deep Dive Into More Random Discrete MCAT Questions
Our third week in a row of covering various discrete MCAT questions! Bryan and Ryan help you break down different MCAT questions so you can crush the MCAT!
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10 min
June 21, 2017
47: More Discussion of a Mix of Discrete MCAT Questions
Continuing last week's discussion of various discrete questions, Bryan and Ryan discuss how to break down discrete MCAT questions so you can max your score!
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10 min
June 14, 2017
46: Deep Dive Into a Mix of Discrete MCAT Questions
This week we're staying away from one specific section and are doing a grab bag of discrete MCAT questions. Take a listen and follow along with us.
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16 min
June 7, 2017
45: How Can I Prepare for and Improve My CARS MCAT Score
The CARS section of the MCAT is typically the hardest for most premed students. Listen to what Bryan from Next Step recommends to help improve your CARS score.
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9 min
May 31, 2017
44: Answering Discrete Sociology Questions for the MCAT
Sociology is one of the new kids on the block for the MCAT. Take a listen to this episode to hear how to approach sociology questions on the new MCAT.
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13 min
May 24, 2017
43: Breaking Down MCAT Psychology Discrete Questions
Did you know that there is biology on the psychology section of the MCAT? I didn't either! Check out our latest episode to learn more about the psych section.
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14 min
May 17, 2017
42: Four Tips for Memorizing Science for the MCAT
The MCAT requires you to know a lot! Take a listen to this week's episode to hear how you can better memorize science info for your MCAT test day.
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11 min
May 10, 2017
41: MCAT Logistics if You Have to Travel to Take Your Test
Hopefully you scheduled your MCAT early enough that you don't have to travel, but if you do have to travel, take a listen to learn how to best prepare.
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10 min
May 3, 2017
40: Last Minute MCAT Tips Leading Up to Test Day
Your MCAT day is approaching - how should you maximize your last week leading up to the MCAT to make sure you get the best score possible?
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15 min
April 26, 2017
39: Let's Talk MCAT Physics Discrete Questions
Bryan and Ryan take a look at several Next Step Test Prep physics questions to help you understand how to answer physics questions on the new MCAT.
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14 min
April 19, 2017
38: Breaking Down Orgo MCAT Discrete Questions
This week Bryan from Next Step Test Prep is going to help us break down organic chemistry discrete questions. Listen to hear how we do it!
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13 min
April 12, 2017
37: How Do I Know if I am Ready to Take the MCAT
Breaking from MCAT questions this week, Bryan and Ryan talk about how to determine if you are ready to take the MCAT. Listen and find out!
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10 min
April 5, 2017
36 : Breaking Down MCAT Chemistry Discrete Questions
This week Bryan and Ryan look at Next Step MCAT chemistry discrete questions and break them down to help you on your MCAT journey!
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10 min
March 29, 2017
35: Looking at MCAT Biochemistry Discrete Questions
Bryan and I took a look at some Next Step MCAT biochemistry discrete questions and broke them down to help you figure out how to get the right answer.
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8 min
March 22, 2017
34: How Many MCAT Practice Tests Should I Take?
Practice tests are the key to doing well on the MCAT. Next Step has 10 full-length exams to help you, but how many do you really need to take?
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8 min
March 15, 2017
33: Breaking Down an Organic Chemistry MCAT Passage
This week Bryan and Ryan break down a passage from Next Step covering organic chemistry. Follow along and learn how Bryan teaches you to do this.
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12 min
March 8, 2017
32: How to Break Down a General Chemistry Passage
General chemistry is the foundation for a lot of the sciences on the MCAT. Listen to how Bryan breaks down this general chemistry passage for the new MCAT.
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17 min
March 1, 2017
31: Biochemistry on the MCAT. Breaking Down a Passage
This week Bryan and Ryan discuss a biochemistry passage and Bryan breaks down how to read the passage and look through the answers.
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12 min
February 22, 2017
30: Dissecting MCAT Biology Discrete Trap Answers
This week Bryan picked from common MCAT biology questions on the Next Step tests where students fall into traps when reviewing answers.
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15 min
February 15, 2017
29: MCAT Biology Passage Deep Dive
Biology is important for the body and for the MCAT. This week Bryan breaks down a biology MCAT passage and shows you how to beat the MCAT.
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13 min
February 8, 2017
28: We Break Down Biology Discrete Questions for the MCAT
This week Bryan and I are breaking down discrete questions from the MCAT. These questions are taken directly from Next Step MCAT Full-length Exams
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14 min
February 1, 2017
27: Answering Psych-Social MCAT Discrete Questions
Last week we covered a psych-soc passage and this week we will break down some MCAT discrete questions to help you maximize your score.
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9 min
January 25, 2017
26: Psych-Social MCAT Passage Breakdown
Last week we covered a psych-soc passage and this week we will break down some MCAT discrete questions to help you maximize your score.
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11 min
January 18, 2017
25: Breaking Down Discrete MCAT Biology Questions
This week we look at discrete MCAT biology questions and Bryan helps us break down the questions to get to the right answers!
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11 min
January 11, 2017
24: MCAT Biology Passage Questions - Breaking them Down
Biology is a huge part of the MCAT. This week we break down a practice biology passage and go through the questions to show you how it's done.
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12 min
January 4, 2017
23: Discrete Physics Questions - Breaking them Down
This week we cover discrete MCAT physics questions to help you learn how to work through them on your own.
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15 min
December 28, 2016
22: Physics Passage on the MCAT - Breaking it Down
We break down an MCAT Physics passage to help you learn how to work through them on your own.
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11 min
December 21, 2016
21: What to Expect on Your MCAT Test Day
You should know what expect when you get to the test center so that you're not stressed out over something silly. Listen and find out what you need to know.
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17 min
December 14, 2016
20: The Specialty Stories Podcast is Live!
Dr. Hure is a Caribbean medical school grad who went on to complete a Dermatology residency and Dermatopathology fellowship. Hear her specialty story.
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39 min
December 7, 2016
19: How Can I Learn to Relax and Destress for the MCAT?
There are so many ways to prepare for the MCAT—so many tips and tricks. Let's talk about ways to destress to help you maximize your test day.
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11 min
November 30, 2016
18 : How Can I Best Utilize Scratch Paper for the MCAT?
There are so many things to worry about for the MCAT, how to use scratch paper shouldn't be one of them. We'll tell you the best way to use it!
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9 min
November 23, 2016
17: Are There Hidden Prereqs That I Should Take for the MCAT?
We've discussed prereqs before back in Session 9 and Session 16. This week we're going to talk about any other courses that you should take for the MCAT.
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6 min
November 16, 2016
16: Do I Need to Take Sociology To Do Well on the MCAT?
Sociology may seem like a common sense subject that you don't need to take before you take the MCAT, but you should listen to this and maybe think about it.
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7 min
November 9, 2016
15: What is the Best Way to Use the Official Practice MCAT Exam?
The AAMC releases official scored and unscored practice MCAT exams. How should you use them as part of your MCAT prep? Do they differ from tests from others?
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10 min
November 2, 2016
14: How Can I Best Utilize Mnemonics for the MCAT?
Mnemonics can be amazing tools if used correctly. How to use them properly is what we talk about today on The MCAT Podcast.
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12 min
October 26, 2016
13: What MCAT Prep Books Should I Buy?
It seems like every company has MCAT books to sell. The question is, which ones should you get? We'll cover some of the basics here.
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8 min
October 19, 2016
12: Is an MCAT Study Group Helpful to Prepare for the MCAT?
The last couple weeks we've covered MCAT courses and 1-on-1 MCAT tutoring. Did you know that Bryan thinks that study groups are the best way to prepare?
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10 min
October 12, 2016
11: Is One-on-One Tutoring for the MCAT Worth it?
If you've been thinking about getting a private tutor to help prepare for the MCAT, then you should listen to this show. We talk about the pros and cons.
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10 min
October 5, 2016
10: Do I Need to Take an MCAT Prep Course?
This week we talk about whether or not premed students need to take an MCAT prep course to do well on the MCAT. You'll be surprised by the answer.
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5 min
September 28, 2016
9 : What Prereqs Do I Have to Have to take the MCAT?
Bryan and Ryan talk about what prereqs you should have completed, which ones you can self study, and which ones you can skip for the MCAT.
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8 min
September 21, 2016
8: How am I Expected to Know Everything on the MCAT?
We discuss the volume of information on the MCAT and how you should start preparing for all of it. Remember, there is a lot, but you don't dive deep on it.
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8 min
September 14, 2016
7: What is the Best Way to Work Through MCAT Passages?
This week's episode tackles a common question among premed students—what is the best way to work through an MCAT passage? Learn how to master it here.
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7 min
September 7, 2016
6: I Keep Running Out of Time on the MCAT
Ryan and Bryan talk about what you need to start doing if you aren't finishing sections of the MCAT. We also tackle speed reading classes.
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11 min
August 31, 2016
5: 3 Biggest Mistake When Preparing for the MCAT
Bryan and Ryan talk about the three big mistakes that premed students make when preparing to take the MCAT exam. Listen now to learn how to avoid these.
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12 min
August 24, 2016
4 : When Should I Take the MCAT?
Ryan and Bryan return to discuss when the ideal time to take the MCAT is. When you take the MCAT can have a huge impact on your applications. Don't mess it up!
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9 min
August 17, 2016
3: Do I Need to Take a Diagnostic MCAT Test?
Bryan and Ryan discuss the diagnostic MCAT exam, if you need to take one, and when you should take one if you are going to.
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9 min
August 10, 2016
2: How Should I Start Preparing for the MCAT?
In this episode of The MCAT Podcast, Bryan and I cover the first steps the premed should take when realizing the MCAT is a test they have to take.
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9 min
August 3, 2016
1: Introduction to The MCAT Podcast
The MCAT Podcast is a collaboration between Next Step Test Prep and the Medical School Headquarters. This is a must listen to for those prepping for the MCAT.
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18 min
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