Saturday, March 16, 2013

1st Day MCAT Prep

Physics.

Back in fall 2010, I started physics 1 but ended up dropping the entire semester due to circumstances that were beyond my control; let's just say the after affect of telling a public company to restate their financials was just dwindling down the highlight of my career.  Coupled with familial issues, I dropped the semester.

I've never gone back to take the class.  The MCAT has an entire section devoted to physics (and gen chem).

Back then, my professor said I'd have an easy "A" if things hadn't gotten so out of control in my personal life.  He commented that I was teaching other students in my lab the right way to look at things and using analogies to make things more clear.  One of my lab cohorts was a pre-dental student, the other was pre-vet.  I'm sure they've been admitted by now...

Me?

I'm using Khan Academy to brush up on the physics that I don't quite understand, and Exam Krackers for the homework (and the 1001 series).  And tonight, Khan did for me what it always has:

it lightened my load and helped me understand.

Physics is not hard, I actually think I like it - all the math, all the manipulation of data.  Yep, I'm all in.

And, thanks to Khan, I even get the questions right!



(BTW, I don't have a problem with Newton's Law; I'm just using it as an example of what the learning is like watching these videos.  OH!  AND MIT has a similar series that they offer.  I'll keep you posted on what helps the most...)

3 comments:

Just a Lowly Cook said...

I'm the last one on earth to try and get in the way of someone's goals and dreams. By all rights, I should be laying pipe in the oil fields still.

There are a few things I understand pretty well - physics is one of them. MCAT physics especially. Are you really planning to try and take the MCAT without having had college physics?

I hate to say it, burn me, I do. But skipping physics in order to take the MCAT is a really dangerous thing to do. I'm good. Really good. And I've had something like nine years of working with that material. The exam takes no prisoners. Please, light, don't try to solo the physics material. Take the classes, take your time to learn the thinking required. You can achieve the score you want, but please don't try to do it all by yourself.

I'm the first to admit it - the MCAT is not fair. It requires a level of understanding of physics, chemistry and biology that most premeds cannot understand. Don't hamstring yourself - if you haven't had all the courses you need to have had prior to the MCAT, don't do it.

A Doc 2 Be said...

1st, you need to write more on your own blog :)

Male cook! AWESOME!

2nd, thank you for caring enough to post a comment. And while I hate to admit it, I know you're right.

My 1st semester of physics was awesome - loved every second of it but I was not officially enrolled after the 1st midterm... I took the tests on the sly with the professor's permission, and did very well. It was a shame I left the course (shame but necessary).

Anyway, my quandary is this:

my age.

Five years ago when I started this little adventure, I was only 44. With two years for pre-reqs, I'd have taken my MCAT at 46, and hopefully, matriculated at 47, graduated at 51, and been practicing at 54.

I'm now pushing 49. If I wait another year, I'm no longer applying as a 40-something but as a 50 year old.

My head cannot wrap itself around that.

If I don't take the MCAT this year, I think I need to be ready to hang up my physician dream and watch from the sidelines, cheering everyone else who chases this thing called med school. :)

And cheer on, I will!

Zach Keatts said...

Hey future doc,

I applaud your persistence and willingness to learn. Physics is one of the most feared and hated parts of the MCAT and I, for one, have never been able to figure out why.

Physics is ordered, logical, and explains how the natural world works. It is way more understandable than a dry Calculus course that throws raw theory and no application at you.

As long as you understand the concepts and can apply them, then you will do great on your MCAT. I must caution you that the test will cover both Physics I and Physics II, which are two separate college semesters. I also believe that these are pre-requisites to be accepted into Medical School...I am sure you know this already.

I am also non-trad, but I have to say you are my hero for what you are doing. Keep it up!