​11 Mistakes That Can Fail You In MDCAT

If you're reading this, you might be in your 2nd year or taking a gap year and planning to take MDCAT in a few months. Before you proceed, wouldn't it be a good idea that you to know where you might be going wrong? Maybe going wrong in such things can cost you another year and another failure. Oops! 

Read on to know where you might be going wrong so that you can eliminate them from life and focus on what's important: Getting successful in MDCAT!

1. Comparison with Other Students 

Rule number one, you’re responsible for your own self! The worst thing you can do to yourself is to get into an unhealthy competition over a few marks with your class fellows. We are not discouraging a healthy competition, in which you get inspired by the hard work of others. 

However, comparing the score of every single test with someone else will only cause you depression. If you are taking a gap year and your old class fellows are in medical colleges right now, it’s all good. Don’t worry! They're in a different time zone. 

The only thing that matters is you, your MDCAT preparation, your efforts, and your goals. The score that actually matters is your MDCAT score.

2. Overestimating the Test

MDCAT is challenging, but remember impossible can’t be spelled without the word possible! 

You've to overcome your fear. Keep a firm belief that if you go through every nook and cranny of your textbooks, dedicate all of your energy and time on practicing rather than fearing, you can (and will!) definitely do well on your test. 

It's not something enigmatic! Don’t underestimate yourself!

3. Studying from all the other Books but your own Textbooks

Do NOT get distracted. Believe me; you don't need to study every single book on the market for your MDCAT exam. Your own textbooks plus a book for MCQs practice. That's it! 

The Nearpeer Online MDCAT course closely follows the textbooks. If you’re taking this online course, be confident that you’re studying exactly that which will be tested on the exam.

4. Shortlisting

If you want to shortlist your books, do it when you believe that you know your textbooks so well that there's no need of investing time in them anymore. And when is that exactly? Never! Yes, you read that right, NEVER! 

Remember that practice makes you perfect and Rome wasn’t built in a day!

5. Not giving yourself a Reality Check

Honestly, you can never rectify your mistake if you don't accept your fault in the first place. The first step towards improvement is realizing and accepting where you went wrong the last time. 

Imagine you wasted your time, you weren't that good in grammar and you didn’t do anything about it, instead, you were more into hanging out with friends than studying, whatever the reason was, give yourself a reality check, and start facing the facts!

Attempting Nearpeer's Online Quizzes will help you to identify your loopholes and provide you with an in-depth analysis of your strengths and weaknesses so you can learn from your mistakes and improve.  

6. Not Adapting to Changes

One common mistake that a lot of students make is that they do not learn to compromise and adapt, which is required for them to be amongst the winners! They do not compromise in shifting their time from participating in social activities, hanging out with friends, and/or watching seasons, to put that time into practicing for their MDCAT exam. 

Remember, the two most powerful warriors are patience and time (Leo Tolstoy). You know that these MDCAT preparation days won't come back therefore, make the most out of them!

7. Learning plays hand in hand with Memorizing.

If you don't 'understand' something in your 'textbook', this is something to be dealt with immediately. The longer you latch onto confusion, the worse. 

Seek help from your friends, teachers or even Nearpeer online courses and ask away all the questions you have in 24/7 Active Classroom groups and don't give up unless you understand that topic or chapter you're confused about. 

Memorizing stuff is extremely important in the long run, but if you don't understand something in the first place, memorizing won't do any good.

8. Not Testing Yourself Enough

MDCAT is a lot different than your FSc board exam. You learned your textbooks in FSc just to write all that stuff down on your exam sheet. Now, you need to learn how to apply that knowledge. For that, you need practice, the maximum practice of multiple-choice questions. Dedicate more time to MCQs practice than cramming the textbooks. 

You should not only randomly practice these MCQs but also take full-length paper tests on the daily basis in order to learn time and pressure management skills. There are thousands of MCQs you can practice from on Nearpeer MDCAT Online course.

Also, do join our MDCAT facebook group to stay updated with most authentic developments related to MDCAT and to take part in Question of day contest conducted daily and make sure learning never stops. 

9. Not knowing your Strengths and Weaknesses

Whenever a student is asked about his/her strengths and weaknesses, almost all the time he/she is blank and that’s not what you want to be. You know whenever you take a practice test and mark it, look for why you got the questions wrong. 

You aim to get full marks. But how do you do that if you don’t have any idea of what concepts you are weak at? And how you can work on them and get even those tiny amount of MCQs right that matter when it comes to tough competition.

On Nearpeer MDCAT course, whenever you take a quiz, our system actually tells you your strengths and weaknesses because each and every mark in MDCAT matters. 

10. Not taking Multiple Tests of other Universities

Students normally have this plan that they’ll prepare for MDCAT straight for 3 months after FSC (or one year in case of the gap year) and they’ll be all set for MDCAT. However, that’s not the case. In order to ace MDCAT, you not only need to prepare for certain subjects but also need to master test-taking skills

You acquire test-taking skills by appearing in multiple tests like SAT, Agha Khan University’s test, NTS, NUST admission test etc. My advice is that you MUST take such tests so that you are confident on the MDCAT day.

11. Not Asking for Help

You're a human being and you're not supposed to be perfect at everything. It's totally normal for a student to seek help and one should ask for it as many times as possible. 

If you need help with English, Bio or chemistry, talk to your teachers about it, your friends or your family. But please never feel shy while talking to others about your problems and requesting help. It's the right of every student! 

At Nearpeer, we connect our students with instructors via specialized Facebook classroom groups so that students can ask a question anytime they want and get a quick reply.

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