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Preparing for Medical School: Part 2

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The new MCAT is here to stay. How exciting! I’m here to give you a first-hand recount of how it went for me. This is part 2 of that story, here is part 1.

So I just took the MCAT first time over last weekend. Oh Boy, was it fun. Let me start from the beginning.

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My (Academic) New Year’s Resolutions

shutterstock_62795851Welcome to 2016! This post comes a bit tardy of January 1st, but better late than never. Similar to others, I like to make resolutions to myself in order to make each year as wonderful and full of potential as possible. As we are students here at McGill University, it is important that we make the most of our university career and ensure success so this should most certainly include academic resolutions! I want this semester to be my best and most productive yet, so here are a few of my academic New Year’s resolutions. (more…)

Prep-Course Review: GMAT

 

Beat-the-GMATNext in my review of prep-courses for various standardized tests is the Graduate Management Admission Test, more commonly referred to as the GMAT. Similarly to med schools and law schools that require MCAT and LSAT scores, most MBA programs also require a GMAT score. A lot of MBA programs require two years of post-graduate work experience, so preparing for the GMAT may see a little premature. But for those of you interested in pursuing joint JD/MBAs, it’s important to consider that both an LSAT and GMAT score are required. To be honest, I’m not at all familiar with the GMAT, nor do I have any friends who have experience with the GMAT or its prep-courses. But after conducting a little bit of research, it seems that the courses offered by Manhattan and Veritas are the most frequently recommended. Both companies offer a variety of different courses and study materials, but for the sake of comparison, I’ll be discussing their full-length prep-courses.

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Time Management Basics

tumblr_mklbg2Pc5O1qln7vao1_500Struggling with time management now that a flurry of activities and assignments seem to be on the way? It’s difficult, in school, to coordinate all your class work and create time for your own interests. These are my tried and true tips and tricks for keeping balanced and organized lifestyle.

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Let’s Talk Shop

college-classesReturning is always work. Settling in, doing laundry, restocking the fridge and figuring out which courses will help you get closer to the finish line. The reality is that you may end up going to more classes than ever right now and I encourage it. It’s time to hustle and utilize the Add/Drop.

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If You’re In Need of Inspiration

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 1.01.40 AM             Take ten minutes. I’ve probably read this book or watched this speech a hundred times. It always helps should I feel like I’m going out of my mind with essays and work and the idea of my life purpose. All of those wonderful, maddening things can make one feel lost and uncertain, but this speech has never let me down.

The inspiration, humour, and good advice never fail to get me back on track and in the midst of studying I find it only fitting to share my personal pick-me-up. It’s been useful in getting jobs, keeping jobs, discovering success and generally feeling more okay about my life than I did before.

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Change is Constant

Every semester, I go through an ‘epiphany’ where I have a sudden realization of where my true passion lies. For that semester, I strut around campus confidently and certain that I have finally decided on my career path, just to experience another change of heart the following semester! It is exhausting to say the least! The uncertainty of not knowing what I want to be or what I will be doing in the future is daunting! However, I am glad that at McGill, I am (almost) able to change majors as much and as often as I want until I find that path I am destined to be on.

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Staying on Top

studdyBecause of the comments I had gotten on my last post I decided to follow it up with some studying tips, or well the best way I find to study and prepare for exams. Even if you don’t have exams coming up, some of the tips will be useful for keeping up on your readings, therefore, when the exams do come you won’t have a pile left to do.

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Staying Organized and Ready for Opportunities

checklist1One of the greatest struggles I face as a busy student is keeping organized and up to date with all of my appointments, meetings, classes, and extracurricular activities. Sometimes keeping up with my calendar feels like a full-time job in itself! Over the past two years I have found a few methods that help me to be my best, well-organized self so that I am able to maximize my time to be able to participate in all of the important activities in my life! Here are some tips and pointers from yours truly. (more…)

All in Good Time

 

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Midterm season is upon us and many students are already drowning in the sea of endless papers, exams, projects and reports! Rather than tackle the overwhelming pile of responsibilities taunting us, many choose to take the irrational approach (according to Sigmund Freud’s Psychoanalytic theory), and find ways to distract ourselves from our priorities. I would say that procrastination is a student’s #1 adversary in this battlefield called University!

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