Physics is my weakest subject (highest grade was a C+). I am so TERRIFIED to take physics, but I bought the course book and have been self studying on my own.
You CAN get an "A" in Physics. You may have to work harder at it than some but you can ace it. Respect the material, don't be afraid of it. When you respect a subject, you take it alone or with a lighter load so you can give it more time.
A suggested plan of action:
1. Check out Khan Academy for every subject you're taking. You can rewind the lectures [THIS IS BIG], ask for help on the commenting system and, in general, pay attention to the concepts you are not getting as each concept builds on the other.
2. Practice questions. There are only so many ways a Physics question can be asked at this level.
3. Be confident. Don't panic. Be Business about it.
UPDATED Post-Bacc Program AGAIN,
General Chemistry I
Physics I & Biology
Physics II & Microbiology
MCAT Review (Physics/Biology)
Organic Chemistry I
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Organic Chemistry II
MCAT Review (Chemistry/Physics)
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MCAT Prep (Kaplan/Princeton Review)
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The MCAT review during the summer is mainly just looking at Kaplan subject review books. I think I am a poor test taker and I need to really apply the material I've learned to the exam. I remember taking a diagnostic exam years ago and scoring a 15O, but I did not study had not finished my pre-reqs. I need to at least get a 30 if not higher to balance out the low gpa.
Any suggestions on improving test taking skills or study habits is greatly appreciated. :-)
May I also suggest (and some may disagree with me), to not study the MCAT until you're going to be taking it. The summer reviews for the MCAT are not going to help you that much and may just waste your time. The reason is that you may forget some of the specific techniques/concepts etc months or even a year before you actually take the exam. The maximum amount of time you should study for the MCAT is, IMHO, 4 months (if you're employed full time like I was) and probably less if you're not. Any more and you're going to start forgetting things.
In place of the summer reviews, I would suggest taking some of your easier courses (all the biology related ones) during the summer... AND ONLY ONE. This will allow you to just take Physics or Orgo alone without other classes cramping your time. I think that this will be a better use of your time since you are apprehensive about courses like Physics.
The best thing you can do for your MCAT prep is to take the practice tests at regular intervals ****under timed conditions****
. Take them all if you can afford it. One a week until your exam with a couple hours given to review WHY you got an answer wrong so you can practice to your weaknesses.
Smart Phone + Flash Card App + Quizlet.com = Success. This worked so well for me that I'm going to take it into medical school too. The wonderful thing about the app I used is that it allowed me to focus on the things I have trouble remembering as it groups the questions into 3 bins (the ones you got right, the ones you get wrong sometimes and the ones you never get right... which ones do you think I studied?). Also, with a smart phone, you can study anywhere.
Take the MCAT in April. You will get your results by the end of May which still gives you a little time to re take if you have any issues before you apply.
. People with our stats (and I have similar stats) are asking for failure with late applications.
The Secondary Prompts are on SDN. If you know where you're going to apply, start filling out all the secondary prompts in 2015 so that as soon as the secondary comes you can send it right back. Good secondaries sent in early are key. Apply the 1st day the application opens up. Line up your recommendations early so they don't hold up the show.
Ok... I think that's enough. Please discard anything you think is baloney. You know yourself more than anyone on this board.
oops... one more thing. UMB respects Science in the evenings. I think Dr Foxwell visits the program each year. You're not too far from the campus. Try calling them and asking to speak with the admissions folks. Keep in touch with them if you can. The worse thing they can say is "no".
Ok. I'm done.