As a repeater, it’s really hard to maintain a proper schedule along with all the stress and anxiety. However, on the positive side, repeaters have a lot more time than those students who take the exam for the very first time.
They also have more experience regarding the test and its pattern than the newbies. But sometimes repeater needs to learn from the other repeater's experiences so they can perform better in their next attempt.
Hence, this article contains some tips for the repeaters regarding their study schedule and will see some of the stories of the repeaters who have successfully gotten into the Medical Colleges and see what they have to say, let's start by listening to the MDCAT repeater to get some initial motivation.
Name: Rimsha Mushtaq
"This year being a repeater I was too worried about preparing for MDCAT but then some of my friends told me about Nearpeer. As it was a covid situation, therefore I, not delaying it for a second, decided to get enrolled in Nearpeer entry test program. Now I can say confidently that it was a good decision. The program entirely was wonderfully managed. The Facebook groups, Nearpeer practice and preparation books, the lectures and teachers interaction with students and most importantly their QUIZZES; are the things that helped me a lot during my preparation.
It was a wonderful experience for me to join them. It is all because of my teachers that I was able to achieve this today. I've scored 194/200 in NATIONAL MDCAT.
Hey you all (specifically the repeaters) I'll suggest you BELIEVE IN ALLAH S.W.T AND YOURSELF, stay calm, gear up and start your preparation now!
And I suggest you guys join Nearpeer. All their teachers are highly experienced and the team has amazingly managed the entire program.
Thank You Nearpeer! I owe this to you guys!!"
Now let's see what you guys need to do if you are a repeater.
Yes, this is the most important rule for repeaters. You have to study in a way that whatever you’re learning remains in your memory for long enough. Since MDCAT will be conducted in September and you guys are starting your preparation now. So prefer quality over quantity.
Strategize and prioritize your schedule. Pick out those topics first, that gave you a tough time in your previous MDCAT exam. Do this with all your subjects, and even if these topics takes more time, don't worry. At least you are making your base stronger. In addition to that, easy topics will be covered in no time since you already performed well in those.
Here we have made a Study Schedule for you all, you can also tweak it according to your own needs.
Note: In order to edit the schedule, take this short tour and see how you can edit it and make a copy of your own.
In short, whatever you’re learning, learn it in the best possible way.
2. Consistency is the Key to Success
Doesn’t matter if you study a single page or three chapters, the only thing that matters is that you shouldn’t break the chain of consistency. You have to get used to the routine of studying daily.
Don’t be worried about how much progress you’re making, if you’re consistent and steady, you’re doing just fine. And you should definitely believe in yourself that this consistency will help you reach that top point.
Nearpeer MDCAT lectures will help you keep track of your progress and hence, consistent hard work.
Do not forget to take advantage of FREE DEMO LECTURES OF ALL SUBJECTS.
3. Do Yourself a Favor and get MDCAT Past Papers
Solving past papers is as important as book reading itself. It gives you a complete understanding of the type of questions generally given in MDCAT. So get yourself past papers right from day one.
Past papers give you a lot more understanding about what kind of questions to expect and how you should approach them. But only gathering past papers resources is not enough, you should make an active effort in solving them, with a timer on.
And most importantly, you should get them checked by your instructor. So you can get a thorough idea about your preparation and learn from your mistakes.
Nearpeer provides a wonderful opportunity where you can not only practice but you can also get to analyze your performance trend. In that performance trend, you can analyze your strengthens and weaknesses and you will be given a bar chart in which you can see where you stand in terms of different subject topics. Hence, in that way you can prioritize your schedule and work on weaker areas than wasting time on the relatively easier topics.
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So, start with Biology and give it a few hours on a daily basis. This way you’re investing your energy and time on the subject with the greatest number of MCQs and also the one in which most of the questions are simply book lines.
Make a synopsis of all the formulas of physics, which means just note down all the formulas of physics included in the syllabus so, that it’ll be easier to retain them.
After having the formulas noted down, solve at least 20 MCQs of physics from any MDCAT book. In physics, the key is knowing how to solve the questions instead of cramming the stuff.
Here, you just need to practice, practice and practice.
And I know practicing sucks, but it makes you perfect. Isn't it?
Like Physics, MDCAT vocabulary is also something that you need to do slowly, but steadily. However, here you mostly have to do cramming. So, include at least 20 vocabulary words in your daily schedule. Along with that, do at least 20 phrasal verbs (there is no syllabus of the phrasal verbs, it can come from anywhere so just do it randomly).
The best practice to learn vocabulary is, to make flashcards. Make flashcards and keep them in your pocket and look at them from time to time. Along with that, test yourself by giving a written vocabulary quiz.
A study has revealed that repetition strategies, mainly oral+written, positively affect vocabulary retention and those written practicing strategies brings forth superior results (Source: Short- and Long-term Effects of Repetition Strategies on Vocabulary Retention).
If you want to a list of vocabulary word according to PMC requirements, register for Nearpeer's MDCAT vocabulary book and get yours now.
After getting done with Biology, start learning MDCAT Chemistry. Chemistry is both concept building and cramming so it needs to be given proper time. And remember whenever you learn a concept, do write it down.
Penning it down, helps in retaining the information for longer time.
If you aren’t going to an academy or institute and preparing at home, which is true for most of the repeaters, it’ll be feasible for you to follow your own sleep cycle. Whether you are a morning person or a night owl, make your schedule accordingly.
Do not force yourself otherwise, because then you won’t have enough energy to study effectively.
Be your own BOSS here.
It is one of the biggest challenges for a modern-day student not to let social media get in the way of his/her studies. It’s not as simple as it sounds so here are a few tips for reducing social media usage:
- Join MDCAT groups and solve the MCQs posted there, whenever you see them in your newsfeed. You might learn something new while scrolling randomly.
- Watch study related videos. If you feel like you’re bored of these textbooks, you can watch a related video on Youtube or Nearpeer instead. Learn to study smart. Hard work does not always help.
- Install apps in your phone that help you minimize social media usage. Keep checking your phone usage hours and they should not be more than 3 hours.
You cannot expect yourself to get through the drill of MDCAT with unstable mental health. You have enough time to work on yourself along with your studies at this point so utilize this time in the best possible way.
-Go for a walk or run daily. Let it be just for 15 minutes but it does help.
-Read positive things on the internet. Feed your mind with positivity.
-Do not over expect from yourself. You’re a human being, not a supernatural creature who can magically cover the entire syllabus in 15 days or get 210 out of 210 in MDCAT. Set realistic goals for yourself and life will get easier.
-Be open about your stress and talk to your friends or family about it. They can help!
-Accept the idea of not always getting what you want. The day you’ll get rid of the fear of failure, things will start getting better.
These points are not just for the reading purposes they will definitely make a difference in your life if you follow them religiously.
Along with that, always remember that you can only ace your second attempt, if you learn from your past mistakes.
In short, give time to the harder subjects or for that matter, topics and then solve quizzes and full length papers.
Last but not the least, make sure you see the solutions of the wrong questions that you've attempt. Following this routine will definitely help you achieve your desired MDCAT score.
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