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Organize Your Prep into Multiple Study Plans

Designing your overall MCAT prep study schedule with multiple study plans helps to compartmentalize and improve progress tracking.

Parts of your MCAT prep

With the MCAT, there is a lot to cover. Staying organized will help you complete your prep in time for test day with the ability to make appropriate schedule adjustments along the way. Here are a few scenarios to consider for managing all the parts of your prep.

Staying on track with a prep course

When engaging with a pre-set schedule such as a prep course, you may find yourself needing to go at a different pace. Sometimes you'll move through a topic too quickly and need more time to review, or sometimes you will be already very familiar with a topic and don't need the extra time. Flexibly approaching your study schedule will help to smooth out these issues while staying on track.

One strategy for managing this scenario is to create two study plans: one to cover lecture material and one to cover extra study time to continue review and practice of specific material. Here you see one "Extra Review" session per lecture. While the lectures are set, you will be able to flexibly move, add, or remove extra study time associated with each lecture while maintaining an overall view that you will be able to meet your prep deadlines.

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Balancing review and practice

You will want to make sure you are completing significant review with plenty of practice while staying on track. Here is an example of pairing review and practice tests.

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Organizing a balanced weekly study schedule

You can also split your prep by section and assign each section to different or overlapping days of the week to make sure you are making progress across all topics. Each plan can then be separately redistributed if you find you need more or less time on one section.

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Incorporating specific study strategies

You'll likely want to follow a pattern of study exercises that work best for you. Assigning a schedule of these strategies to different study plans can help you keep up with their practice while not falling behind on other activities. For example, you may want to focus on review and note taking for a set of resources along with regular taking and review of practice tests.

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