As a fellow non-trad, I feel your excitement at this new chapter in your life!
I took the MCAT in April and got 130/130/132/130 (522)
The most helpful resources that I used at each stage of prep were (in order of WHEN I used them most during my prep):
- Khan Academy
- Anki flashcards (mostly built from taking screenshots of KA vids and then covering sections)
- MCAT Podcast
- ExamKrackers Books
- NextStep Tutoring (I did NOT find the NextStep books helpful)
- Kaplan books
- NextStep Practice Tests (I took 8 out of 10 in the pack)
- AAMC Practice tests (I took every one that was available)
Note: I built most of my Anki flashcard deck relatively early on, and then continued to study/review it throughout my prep…
A few final thoughts… orgo is difficult, but is NOT heavily featured on the current MCAT (it is only a subsection of a subsection in Phys/Chem) - so def DON’T delay your studying in lieu of having orgo under your belt. Everything you need to know about orgo for the MCAT you can learn in just a few weeks of deliberate study - assuming you understand the underlying intro chemistry.
One of the most helpful things that I did was take an A&P course during the year that I was prepping for the MCAT. SO much of the MCAT focuses on body systems and the underlying basic sciences within the body, that having a solid A&P background is invaluable for doing your best on the MCAT.
Another one of the most helpful things I did was take a course on reading journal articles. In one semester I read (and was quizzed over) 150 scientific journal articles. The first week of class it took me about 40 hours to read 10 articles; by the last week of class, I was breezing through 10 articles (with improved comprehension) in about 4 hours - a 10x improvement that certainly helped me stay calm, cool and collected during the MCAT (which features a lot of passage/article-based questions). Make scientific journal article reading a deliberate part of your MCAT prep.
Good luck and let me know if there’s any other help/insight I could be of service!