September 18th, 2014
Learn how to develop a personal schedule around the mcat, and studying habits.
Took my mcat Sept 6 2014 - but before I got any further get some tea or coffee and watch the video above (click the link) and read below. This might be a long post.
I did not want to broadcast my taking of the exam (I am somewhat superstitious) but after taking the exam, I feel I could provide insight and narrative concerning my experience. So now, I present free MCAT resources a curation of personal experience and techie helpers.
- I took an expensive class. I wanted to self study but my parents know me. I learned that though the process. My mother knew that that while I thrive on independence, fine tuning my test taking abilities in a classroom preparatory way could help me more. However, one of best friends self studied with her sibling and she seems to enjoy the freedom to challenge herself. My biggest advice would be to be creative, give yourself a least 8 months, and purchase all the practice exams.
- Practice exams. I took all of the AAMC’s as well as the provided on from the test company. Found it helpful in part, practice exams cut the fat. It is either you know or you are a good guesser. It is also very subjective. Some years proofed easier than others - this also means the same for sections. 
- The best way I improved my verbal was honestly using prep books and my prep class. Then applying my knowledge daily. Some weeks I was preforming 3-4 exams a weeks.
- When preforming exams. Time yourself get into the testing mode. Even if that means waking up the same time as you would for the exam, taking 10 minute breaks and using scrap paper.
- Review the exams. EVERY question. This was the tiring part, but I began to see trends and create better process of elimination questions.
- Motivation. Keep a journal, quote wall, or as one of best friends did a prayer book. Any thing that can inspire positivity while allowing you to remind yourself of your worth and potential as a student.
- Also do not let a bad score get you down, or a high score make your head big. I have met many students who score well on practice exam and tank their real exam and vise versa. Be present.
- Reading comprehension and thinking (critically) will get you farther than flash cards and practice questions alone
- LSAT/ GRE verbal = good verbal practice. The career center at my school gave me this tip!
- My first exams, were not perfectly timed. Wanted to get use to the format (3 sections in chronological order: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences,) and encourage confidence in myself early on.
- Recommended: Examkrackers (everything!), Kaplan (Strategy), Princeton Review (questions and summaries). All AAMC practice exams, 
FREE RESOURCES
- Speak with people who have taken the mcat. 
- Khan Academy
- Student Doctor Network
- Medical Student HQ Podcast + My tips for pre-med/ pre MCAT honesty
- Mcat. me mcatme
- I wished I used Evernote to outline and track myself
- Study like you have a final every week
- My blog friends have awesome study advice that can be applied (MCAT and regular school year): hexaneandheels , mcatquestionoftheday , mcatforme, organizedcharm, studyforyourself, studentinthemaking, studybuddyxo
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Learn how to develop a personal schedule around the mcat, and studying habits.

Took my mcat Sept 6 2014 - but before I got any further get some tea or coffee and watch the video above (click the link) and read below. This might be a long post.

I did not want to broadcast my taking of the exam (I am somewhat superstitious) but after taking the exam, I feel I could provide insight and narrative concerning my experience. So now, I present free MCAT resources a curation of personal experience and techie helpers.

- I took an expensive class. I wanted to self study but my parents know me. I learned that though the process. My mother knew that that while I thrive on independence, fine tuning my test taking abilities in a classroom preparatory way could help me more. However, one of best friends self studied with her sibling and she seems to enjoy the freedom to challenge herself. My biggest advice would be to be creative, give yourself a least 8 months, and purchase all the practice exams.

- Practice exams. I took all of the AAMC’s as well as the provided on from the test company. Found it helpful in part, practice exams cut the fat. It is either you know or you are a good guesser. It is also very subjective. Some years proofed easier than others - this also means the same for sections. 

- The best way I improved my verbal was honestly using prep books and my prep class. Then applying my knowledge daily. Some weeks I was preforming 3-4 exams a weeks.

- When preforming exams. Time yourself get into the testing mode. Even if that means waking up the same time as you would for the exam, taking 10 minute breaks and using scrap paper.

- Review the exams. EVERY question. This was the tiring part, but I began to see trends and create better process of elimination questions.

- Motivation. Keep a journal, quote wall, or as one of best friends did a prayer book. Any thing that can inspire positivity while allowing you to remind yourself of your worth and potential as a student.

- Also do not let a bad score get you down, or a high score make your head big. I have met many students who score well on practice exam and tank their real exam and vise versa. Be present.

- Reading comprehension and thinking (critically) will get you farther than flash cards and practice questions alone

- LSAT/ GRE verbal = good verbal practice. The career center at my school gave me this tip!

- My first exams, were not perfectly timed. Wanted to get use to the format (3 sections in chronological order: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences,) and encourage confidence in myself early on.

- Recommended: Examkrackers (everything!), Kaplan (Strategy), Princeton Review (questions and summaries). All AAMC practice exams, 

FREE RESOURCES

- Speak with people who have taken the mcat. 

- Khan Academy

- Student Doctor Network

- Medical Student HQ Podcast + My tips for pre-med/ pre MCAT honesty

- Mcat. me mcatme

- I wished I used Evernote to outline and track myself

- Study like you have a final every week

- My blog friends have awesome study advice that can be applied (MCAT and regular school year): hexaneandheels , mcatquestionoftheday , mcatforme, organizedcharm, studyforyourself, studentinthemaking, studybuddyxo

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September 13th, 2014

☼ Writing Help ☼

Editing. Most of us do not like it, and yet the final product depends so much on it! I have a paper due next week so I thought why not make a post about editing and brain storming.

1. Use the “search” part of the microsoft word to looks for words like very, really, like, and ing words, Those can sometimes be un-needed fillers.

2. Read out loud, Twice

3. First time read out loud, the whole paper, understand how the paper sounds, what are you making the reader feel, what is the message and such.

4. Second time, read out loud for mistakes, but paragraph by paragraph. Bit by bit. Take your time, Even read some paragraphs backwards to get the gist of the paragraph and to destroy any un- needed sentences.

5. Have a friend edit after you have edited yourself. Sometimes fresh eyes are powerful

6. Office hours. Try writing your drafts earlier to get better feedback. But use office hours for specific questions. Like is this sentence needed? Or should I support this point I made with evidence A or B. 

7. Spell check.

8. Track changes so you can see how far you have come. Track changes should be the last step. Print out a fresh copy and then edit. 

9. Office hours with the professor or professor in same disciplines.

10. See number 9. Now deconstruct. I recently was looking some feedback concerning a major paper I am writing. The professor I was speaking with said something along the lines of “Tell me an elevator speech of your paper. What is it? Why should I care? What question hides beneath your big picture, what evidence supports that picture, and what is your brand, your conclusion?” I responded with equanimity and received some nods and some no’s! We bounced ideas and changed some wording and I felt my writing become personalized, tightened and sincere to my big idea. 

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September 8th, 2014
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2. Friends, come and go, but making them are not a simple recipe. Below are some tips and such to grow a bond.
3. Friends are going to be people who “get” you, even if they’re not in the major as you. Friends in college are crucial because they are empowering, to bounce ideas off of, and dream with. 
4. Use your personality from Day 1. True relationships are sometime random, or through mutual friends, something time and proximity are the best ingredients for creating a friendship. Quirks, random interests, ridiculous sayings, and nerdy knowledge - are shown through time.
5. Accept compliments, and pay attention to the other people who might present opportunities to hang out or collaborate.
6. Be specific in understanding your worth and the types of people you want around you, and go to lectures, and kickbacks at your school to meet others. Be bold (even as I shy person, I have found just going to events and meeting others though mutual friends can be powerful.
7. Laugh it off if you have a misunderstanding, or do something otherwise embarrassing. Most people will follow your body language and understand.
8. As time progresses, friends should start supporting you - being a lending ear, or studying together.
Roommate bonding activities:
a. Watching a favorite show with your roomie! It can be a weekly ritual
b. Movie night/ girls night/ guys night
c. Go out to an event together, and make an effort to do a check in, making sure your room mate is well, mentally and physically.
d. If you are going to lunch or dinner, offer you roomie if she wants to tag along. If you are going to the same class, try to walk together!

1. Click here

2. Friends, come and go, but making them are not a simple recipe. Below are some tips and such to grow a bond.

3. Friends are going to be people who “get” you, even if they’re not in the major as you. Friends in college are crucial because they are empowering, to bounce ideas off of, and dream with. 

4. Use your personality from Day 1. True relationships are sometime random, or through mutual friends, something time and proximity are the best ingredients for creating a friendship. Quirks, random interests, ridiculous sayings, and nerdy knowledge - are shown through time.

5. Accept compliments, and pay attention to the other people who might present opportunities to hang out or collaborate.

6. Be specific in understanding your worth and the types of people you want around you, and go to lectures, and kickbacks at your school to meet others. Be bold (even as I shy person, I have found just going to events and meeting others though mutual friends can be powerful.

7. Laugh it off if you have a misunderstanding, or do something otherwise embarrassing. Most people will follow your body language and understand.

8. As time progresses, friends should start supporting you - being a lending ear, or studying together.

Roommate bonding activities:

a. Watching a favorite show with your roomie! It can be a weekly ritual

b. Movie night/ girls night/ guys night

c. Go out to an event together, and make an effort to do a check in, making sure your room mate is well, mentally and physically.

d. If you are going to lunch or dinner, offer you roomie if she wants to tag along. If you are going to the same class, try to walk together!

September 4th, 2014
Learn how to do simple natural makeup with struggling through a 20 minute video! For this tag, you can only use $20 (before taxes) for everything in the entire look including makeup, tools, primers, etc. 
L’Oreal True Match Sun Kiss powder - 7.99 (used a coupon)
Jordana Lip pencils Tawny - 99 cents each
NYC blush mocha - 5.99
Wet n Wild lipstick 902 C $1.99
LA Girl Concealer Fawn $2.99
total - $19.52 with tax!

A healthy girl, loves metacognition, a good book and some tea. Follow my blog for more tips. Like, comment, sub!

Learn how to do simple natural makeup with struggling through a 20 minute video! For this tag, you can only use $20 (before taxes) for everything in the entire look including makeup, tools, primers, etc. 

L’Oreal True Match Sun Kiss powder - 7.99 (used a coupon)

Jordana Lip pencils Tawny - 99 cents each

NYC blush mocha - 5.99

Wet n Wild lipstick 902 C $1.99

LA Girl Concealer Fawn $2.99

total - $19.52 with tax!

A healthy girl, loves metacognition, a good book and some tea. Follow my blog for more tips. Like, comment, sub!

August 29th, 2014

freshprogressgeek:

Below are my favorite books of freshman year. If you are in college I recommend you start recording memories like your favorite books through the years. It is easy to forget the study tools that mold our potential. Although this post dawns late, because I am now a sophomore, I thought why not! I will do one for sophomore year too.

Assigned (Reading for classes):

No longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe:

  • “The impatient idealist says: ‘Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth.’ But such a place does not exist. We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace.” 

Reimagining Global Health: Farmer,Kleinman,and Basilico:

  • "Leaves room for individuals to define the good life in their own way"

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman:

  • “I have always felt that the action most worth watching is not at the center of things but where edges meet. I like shorelines, weather fronts, international borders. There are interesting frictions and incongruities in these places, and often, if you stand at the point of tangency, you can see both sides better than if you were in the middle of either one.” 

Free reading (Outside of class):

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Covey, Stephen:

  • "You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed :

  • “Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.” 
  • “Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.”

How to win at college by Cal Newport:

  • “Do some good in the world for no other reason than wanting to be part of the solution.” 

(via freshprogressgeek)

freshprogressgeek:

How to enhance your studying environment

A good study environment gives you a head study on productivity

- Distractions: It is all up to you. Some can work with background noise, and others cannot. 

- Well lit study areas provides extra brightness and keeps (me) alert.

- I love white boards

- A light healthy snack, carrots, boiled eggs, even veggie chips are full of flavor and helps you mind focus on the material as oppose to an empty stomach

- Keep regular study hours, repetition and discipline will carry you far in the process of studying.

- Watered down coffee. A little study trick that aided me in Costa Rica. My host sister told me water down coffee, is still warm and prevents the horrible crash you feel after the caffeine wears off. 

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Ello readers.
I have been quite busy this week. From filming study videos to being a featured guest on the medicalschoolhq podcast! The name Medicalschoolhq podcast should sound familiar. Below are just some quotes from the interview, but please listen, subscribe and comment on the podcast itunes page - it is only by support that a medblr community and studyblr community can thrive. 
studyvating studymotivator studybuddyxo studyforyourself studentinthemaking organizedcharm pre-pa-girl cranquis intrainingdoc goodgrades-goodcoffee collegeseeking studyingoverprocrastination
- Important study tips/ advice for premeds/college students
- Why having a mentor is important
- Taking initiative “If you don’t ask that question, then you will never know the answer.”
- “You’re going through a medical school interview at 17 years old.”
- “High school studying was easy. High school is relevantly easy, but as you move on it gets increasing hard.”
- “Students who were in your high school that were not the top one percent struggle the same way you types A do, first semester of college. [It was after hearing those words from my mentor, I learned] Sometimes you take for granted things that did come easy for you. 
- College: You are coming into a new level of education. If you drown the first semester do not give up. Study habits are very personal things. Finding the method that works best for you. 
- Resources I used for studying: CLICK, CLICK, CLICKY!

Ello readers.

I have been quite busy this week. From filming study videos to being a featured guest on the medicalschoolhq podcast! The name Medicalschoolhq podcast should sound familiar. Below are just some quotes from the interview, but please listen, subscribe and comment on the podcast itunes page - it is only by support that a medblr community and studyblr community can thrive. 

studyvating studymotivator studybuddyxo studyforyourself studentinthemaking organizedcharm pre-pa-girl cranquis intrainingdoc goodgrades-goodcoffee collegeseeking studyingoverprocrastination

- Important study tips/ advice for premeds/college students

- Why having a mentor is important

- Taking initiative “If you don’t ask that question, then you will never know the answer.”

- “You’re going through a medical school interview at 17 years old.”

- “High school studying was easy. High school is relevantly easy, but as you move on it gets increasing hard.”

- “Students who were in your high school that were not the top one percent struggle the same way you types A do, first semester of college. [It was after hearing those words from my mentor, I learned] Sometimes you take for granted things that did come easy for you. 

- College: You are coming into a new level of education. If you drown the first semester do not give up. Study habits are very personal things. Finding the method that works best for you. 

- Resources I used for studying: CLICK, CLICK, CLICKY!