Romantic Valentine’s Day MCAT plans?

February 11, 2013
Emily Hause

It’s that time of year again- when people daydream of valentines, candy hearts, roses and romantic gestures. While you, intrepid pre-med student, are preoccupied with daydreams about physics equations, the intricacies of mitosis vs. meiosis and the trends on the periodic table. As the commercials say, “every kiss begins with Kay” and you begin to wonder which K? Ksp? Keq? Temperature in Kelvin? As February 14th rolls around, you think- How can I possibly have time for a hot date on Valentine’s Day? Surely I must spend this day of romance alone and wallowing in MCAT-studying induced self-pity.

That’s where you are wrong.  You DO have a hot date! It’s with your books and online study resources. Think about it. You’re in a long-term, invested, committed relationship with these resources that will last at least few months. In a romantic relationship with a significant other, Valentine’s Day can help spur you out of a romantic rut. So, the real question for spending Valentine’s Day with your MCAT resources is: how do you keep the studying magic alive and stay engaged in the resource relationship?

Here are a few studying tips to help keep your relationship with your resources feeling fresh and new:

  1. Study in a different location- Sure your corner in the library or your table at the coffee shop is familiar, but to ensure that you don’t become the mayor of the library’s fourth floor on Foursquare, try a new location! A fresh location can create a new perspective on some tired material. For bonus romance and excitement points, try studying next to a window.
  2. Spice up your routine- Instead of starting with Kinematics review, then moving on to Work and Energy, start by quizzing yourself on electrostatics with flashcards or creating an exciting quiz about gases for yourself using Q-Bank. The MCAT will not organize the passages based on your desired order for content, so mimic that in your studies and make sure that you are not always practicing your content in the same order.
  3. Ask a friend for study advice- An MCAT study buddy will have a fresh perspective on how to approach the material and will provide some much-needed human conversation. Checking in with fellow MCAT studiers is also great for helping build mnemonics, memorizing formulas and helping you stay focused while you’re studying. Yes, Facebook does count as losing focus while you study and you’re less likely to creep on everyone else’s Valentine’s Day plans when you’re checking in with another person who can hold you accountable. Besides, who knows? Your platonic study buddy may eventually develop into an actual romantic relationship.

Happy Studying!

Emily Hause Emily has been a teacher for Kaplan for over eight years; she's taught MCAT, ACT, SAT, SAT2 and tutored pretty much every subject under the sun in both the classroom and live online (aka Classroom Anywhere) settings. She's also worked for Kaplan in content development and teacher mentorship roles. Emily is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Colorado and is hoping to go into Pediatrics. She's involved in many campus opportunities such as being a Prospective Student Representative, admissions committee member, CU-UNITE member, and co-president of the Education and Teaching Interest Group. Prior to medical school, Emily got a BA in Biochemistry and Spanish from Lawrence University and a Masters in Public Health- Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing, baking, playing tennis and exploring her new Colorado home.

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