In college, I majored in biology and fulfilled all of the pre-medical requirements with the goal of taking the MCAT and applying to medical schools. I realized that, in order to be successful, I would have to devise an approach to studying that would yield the best results possible.
Many years have passed since I made the transition from high school to college. Since then, I have achieved a high GPA (3.99) and a high MCAT score (37) and I am now applying to medical schools. How was I able to achieve my goals?
I dedicated most of my study time to developing an understanding of the scientific concepts covered in all of my classes. Put simply, I took the time to actually learn the material.
Although this may not sound like a groundbreaking approach to studying, my experiences indicate otherwise; so many of my peers took a much less effective stance on their academic achievements. This, of course, would soon come back to haunt them when taking the MCAT, which made the errors of their ways very clear to them; a reliance on blunt memorization will not get you substantial results.
I spent a lot of my time helping my friends during our journey through the pre-med curriculum, and eventually I decided to put my teaching ability to the test by applying for a job in the biology lab of my school. For one year, I worked as a peer tutor in general biology - this consisted of helping students with dissections, answering questions relating to the lab and lecture materials, and quizzing students on their mastery of the material and assigning them grades.
Based on my students' responses, it seemed as though my teaching style was effective. For this reason, I am looking to help others in their efforts to truly understand scientific concepts. If you would like to learn the material with which you are struggling, I am sure that I can help.
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