Saturday, November 7, 2015

Last Days - Moving On

My contract came to a close a few weeks ago.  Sixteen months after I started, 16 months after it was inferred that I was a hooker or a prostitute, 16 months after ... I am done.  For the record, I'm neither a hooker or a prostitute!  I will be always thankful for the executives that hired and retained me for without them, their support, I could not have continued on this path.  Med school would be all but dead.  I'm not sure, but Lazarus only got resurrected once!

In the midst of closing out the contract, looking for a new opportunity, and resigning up for Kaplan's MCAT course, I had a genetics test.

Genetics is my worst subject.  I still am fuzzy on some aspects of it but am eeking out an A right now (seriously, how does one do that?).  Eeking is the appropriate word.  What I'm finding in preparing for the genetics tests is this:

1)  preparing for the tests is a lot like the MCAT prep I do
2)  the stress I encounter is managed by tips and tricks that I have worked on over the past summer
3)  I have learned a s@#$-ton this semester

So, let's start in how I study for genetics and how that is similar to the MCAT

The AAMC has an official guide that is about 65 pages long.  Within the guide, is every single topic listing of what COULD be on the MCAT in some form.

That guide is here:  MCAT Topics Listing

I downloaded the document, printed it out, 3-hole punched it, put it into my binder called MCAT Prep.  In one section, I have it.  In another section, I have my Kaplan online course screen shots (things like the kidney, liver, parasympathetic, sympathetic systems, nerves, optics, electrostatics, etc).

In the final section, I have my notes from each practice test or section I take.

With each question that I get wrong, I write it down.  What did I get wrong?  Why?  Then after the entire section or test is done, I go back to review those areas.  Doing this, I shore up where I'm weak and only review my strengths every few weeks.

My hope is that come 1/23 I will be more than prepared.

With Genetics, I do the same thing.  Our lectures are .ppt based so the fill in the blank on the decks, is done in class.  After class, I rewrite the notes that are salient, leaving out the easier topics and details.

Then, I do the homework problems to see if I can answer without the answer guide.  If I can, nothing gets written down.  If I can't, or my details are not enough, then I write what the guide has.

Finally, I take the quizzes and do them the same way.

It's only an A- at this time.  (Dad's heart attack, death in the family, contract ending the first time, + lawsuit loss - another story = did not care about 1st two exams).

However, I do believe by the time the end of the semester rolls around that minus sign will be gone.  And by the time, the MCAT test rolls around, I will do well.

Very well.

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