Preparing for a January test date?
If you answered yes, you're not alone - it's one of the most popular MCAT test dates but there's one problem...
It's also one of the tricker dates to prepare for
But that's why we want to introduce you to Siraj!
Siraj studied for the MCAT from Oct to Jan and scored in the 99th percentile...
WHILE he was a full-time student and working a full-time job around 30-40 hours per week!
If you're studying for a January or early 2024 MCAT, this video by Siraj is a must-watch.
We'll let Siraj take things over from here!
In this video post, I want to show you how I created my 3 month MCAT study plan for my January test date, which led me to score in the 99th percentile (523 MCAT Score), all while working 30-40 hours and being a full-time student!
My name is Siraj and I am one of the tutors here at MedLife Mastery
I know how challenging MCAT prep can be. Personally, I felt really overwhelmed with all the content and resources available.
If you're feeling similarly, know that you can get through this.
I hope this video helps you and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!
How I Created My MCAT Study Schedule
Managing your time and creating a schedule at the beginning of MCAT studying is very important. One strategy that helped me stay on top of my studying was keeping myself accountable.
I created a physical calendar and wrote down all my midterms, work commitments, and school commitments. Then I made an excel sheet giving myself specific MCAT related tasks to do every day. It’d be even more helpful if you add time slots you want to study for the MCAT, for example, using the breaks in between classes, etc.
Make sure to create a reasonable schedule, don’t assign yourself too much. If you are planning to take the MCAT in January try to take advantage of breaks around thanksgiving and winter.
I was a third-year in college when I took the MCAT test. School took around 10-15 hours every week and I was at work from 3 PM onward for two days every week. I had to schedule my MCAT studying in between classes. I started with content review and spend 2.5 months on it (September to mid-November) then I focused on practice questions.
Creating an MCAT schedule can take some time to plan but it's a worthwhile upfront investment. In fact, you can always work with one of us at MedLife Mastery to help you create the most efficient schedule for you and your unique situation, and adjust it for you as your score progresses. This will also keep you accountable.
Some students are nontraditional, some students are retakers, whatever your situation is, we'll come up with an efficient study schedule for you!
The MCAT Study Materials I Used
As for study materials for content review, I used Khan Academy videos the most. I watched the videos early in the morning around 6:30 AM until whenever I had a class or other commitments (around 9 AM).
At night, I would review my notes from the videos and do the Khan Academy questions that check for mastery. I would intersperse Khan Academy videos by reading the 300 Page Document from Reddit which has transcribed all the Khan Academy P/S videos.
On the days I didn’t work or the weeks I didn’t have midterms, I would try and do a few videos in the middle of the day. Essentially, whenever I had free time.
My goal was to do UWorld and all AAMC material before the test. I focused my mornings doing practice questions and at night I’d review.
School started to slow down a little in mid-December, I took some time off from work and had a winter break, so I took advantage of that to do a lot more questions.
How to Avoid MCAT Studying Burnout
I made sure to always have a break day - "no MCAT studying" days. These break days helped keep me refreshed while studying.
I would do something fun/interesting. I am based in Southern California; for example, one day I took a day trip to Joshua Tree.
I also always took days off here and there to study for midterms.
I highly suggest taking a break between the content review and practice questions. You need to be mentally focused when doing practice questions.
How I Stayed On Track With My 3-Month MCAT Study Plan
In order to keep myself on track, I’d look at my study plan every two weeks and adjust if necessary. Sometimes, I’d just need a day off to remain focused so I just adjusted the rest of my schedule accordingly.
I really tried to make sure I had everything completed that I wanted to get done in a 2-week block.
Key Lessons From My Overall MCAT Journey
Creating a schedule, taking into account school and work commitments, and sticking to it as best as I could help me succeed.
As a student different things came up and I had to adjust my study plan. I figured out what resources I want to use early and stuck to them.
The study material is not an issue as long as you are consistently studying and keeping yourself motivated. I promise if you chose Examkrackers instead of Kaplan, that won’t be the reason you don’t do well. It will only make studying harder if you’re constantly switching between stuff.
When you are studying, you need to be mentally focused. The MCAT requires your full attention. That’s why it’s important to take breaks, at least once every week.
How You Can Keep Improving Your MCAT Score
If you're already in the middle of MCAT prep, it's not too late to adjust your MCAT prep schedule. Never get down on yourself, you can always improve.
This isn't an easy journey and I know there are a lot of frustrating moments, but you can make it through this. You just need to take some time on doing things like what this video is about; focusing on the strategy behind how you approach the journey; which includes how you plan your prep, how you go through practice exams, how you develop the right way to think for this exam, and so much more.
This is why I and the rest of the team at MedLife Mastery are constantly creating MCAT strategy resources to show you how to make it through this in the smartest, most efficient way possible.
And again if you need an MCAT mentor to work with you, you can sign up to work with me or anyone of us!
Thanks for reading and remember, you can do this!
Siraj from MedLife Mastery
Your MCAT Success Mentor
Additional Reading -- MCAT Success Stories:
- How Jennifer Increased Her MCAT Score By 10 Points In Less Than 30 Days
- A 17-Point MCAT Score Increase: 496 to 513! (ft. Stephanie Hayes)
- From 490 To 511 On The MCAT: His 21 Point Score Increase
- From 485-495 Plateau + 4 MCAT Attempts To 514 (1.5 Years Later!)
- 41-Year-Old Accountant and Father Dominates The MCAT With a 520!
- Noah’s MCAT Success Story: From 496 To 510 On The MCAT In Less Than 30 Days!
- 19 Point MCAT Score Increase In 6 Weeks While Working Full Time
- From 500 Plateau to 516 in Less than 30 Days (ft. Abbi Shrontz)
- How I Went From 500 To 513 on the MCAT In 4 Weeks
- From 501 Plateau To 513 On The MCAT
- From 499 to 512 on the MCAT in 24 Days
- Melissa's MCAT Scores Kept Going Down, But She Didn’t Give Up
- How Tanmay Scored 514 On The MCAT In Just 3 Months!
- How Peter Went From 499 To 513 On The MCAT In 8 Weeks
- From 494 (2015) to 502 (2019) to 513 on the MCAT (ft. Jennifer Nagel)
- From 498 To 514 WITH A Busy Schedule!
- From 499 To 511 In 4 Weeks On MCAT Retake!
- From 500 To 512 (Exact Goal Score) In 30 Days!
- From 500 To 514 On The MCAT (2.5 Years Later)
- From 501 To 514 In The LAST 2 WEEKS Before The MCAT!
- From 64th Percentile To 98th Percentile On The MCAT In Less Than 30 Days
- How Kayla Scored 131 In Psych/Soc on the MCAT
- How He Increased His MCAT Score From 499 To 512 In 3 Weeks
- From 489 To 509: How She Improved Her MCAT Score By 20 Points
- 6 Point Score Increase In the Last Week Before the MCAT
- How Melanie Increased Her MCAT Score By 12 Points (From 505 to 517)
- Interview with a 519 Scorer, Re-Taker, and MS1: Julia Meguro
- MCAT Master Interview With A 100th Percentile Scorer: Priya Swaminathan
- Best MCAT Bio/Biochem Strategies – Top Tips From A 131 Scorer
- From 499 To 515 On The MCAT In 7 Weeks!
- Hope’s MCAT Retake Story: I Went From 500 to 514 In 6 Weeks!
- How Oleksandra Retook The MCAT and Scored 510
- How Suman Scored Over 510 The Second Time
- From 503/505 To 511 In The FINAL 2 Weeks!
- How Sara Scored 522 On The MCAT
- Taylor's Secret To Scoring 131 On CARS and 511 on the MCAT
- Tara’s MCAT Study Advice Based On Her 510 MCAT Score
- Jenny's Motivational MCAT Success Story: From 499 To 511 In 3 Weeks?!
- A Non-Traditional Applicant’s 514 (91st Percentile)
- How Lindsay Scored 513 On The MCAT While Working Two Jobs
- How Morgan Improved Her MCAT Score From 498 To 511 While Working Full Time
- 10-Point MCAT Score Jump in 2 Weeks: From 503 to 513!
- Can You Have A Social Life During MCAT Prep? (ft. two 515+ scorers!)