Module 10

Main Progression - Intermission

Review & Preview - Finish studying for your first practice test.

Knowledge Mapping - Comprehensive review.

Testing - Take a simulated MCAT.

 

Review & Preview

Assignments


Imagine that the real MCAT is this week. Try to make the best of it. You need to cram. Practice taking responsibility for the entire body of knowledge. One thing you might do is study the Examkrackers conceptual discussions from beginning to end in Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biology. You read these discussions from start to finish in the last module. Now try to get as many overview cycles through the material as you can. Read the headings. Browse the text. Look at the figures.
Skim all the cards of the physics flashcards from start to finish online or using your printed set. You can access all the cards online HERE.
Read the Organic Mechanisms Pocketbook again from start to finish or make another cycle through the online Mechanisms HERE.
Test yourself for complete mastery of the Level 2 vocabulary in the MCAT Primer (except for Photosynthesis, Plants and Animals). Use your question slider. Keep the Concept Map nearby. Go from the beginning to the end and take the time to look over the figures in each section. Work especially hard on the conceptual vocabulary of the areas of Biology where there is a great deal of factual information. A big reason to do this at this stage in the course is to get a handle on the memory challenge for Biology early enough in the course.

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Goals


Be prepared for your first practice MCAT by ensuring that you have at least a reasonable familiarity of the entire body of knowledge required for the exam.
Be able to picture the four disciplines at the topic level from the bird's eye view.
Begin to experience a comfortable cover to cover recognition of the individual pages of your study materials.
Upon encountering an unfamiliar scientific phenomena, be able to place them within the proper field reference within the scientific disciplines.

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Knowledge Mapping

Assignments


Start HERE and re-read the Coaching Discussions in the course up through the topics of Module 9, the Organic Mechanisms. Proceed by clicking 'Next Discussion'.

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Goals


Deepen your understanding of the design of the course and the order of topics in the Main Progression.
Consolidate Physics as the conceptual basis of General Chemistry.

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Testing

Assignments


It is time for your first practice test. Hurray! By far the best practice MCATs are located at the AAMC site www.e-mcat.com. These are real computer-based MCATs created by the test-writers themselves with explanations and detailed score reports available. Although one test is free, the service is kind of expensive (boo!) but you really should use the facility for at least two or three of the practice MCATs scheduled in this course.

The MCAT is a five and a half hour test with ten minute breaks between sections: physical sciences (70 min), verbal reasoning (60 min), writing sample (60 min), and biological sciences (70 min). Set aside six or seven hours when you can guarantee you will be undisturbed. Secure pencils, scratch paper, and a clean desk with only your computer. If you have a WikiPremed study group, try to arrange for everyone to take the same practice tests in the same order so that you can discuss them together. Good luck!
As you begin reading each passage in the science sections, practice orienting the subject matter within the outlines of the sciences you have internalized. No matter how dense or difficult a passage seems, the questions will be about fundamental principles. It is a rule that the harder the passage the easier the questions.

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Goals


The score you make on your first practice test is NOT the score you will make on the MCAT. It's good to do well, of course, but the main purpose of cramming for this practice test has been to make you get through the material at least one time. Your learning goal is to begin to take comprehensive responsibility for the knowledge.
When you go through the solutions and score report, try to gain as much insight into your strengths and weaknesses. However, take this with a grain of salt. There aren't enough question instances on an MCAT for fine-grained diagnostics.
Understand the MCAT pace and the nature of MCAT passages and questions. The MCAT is a good test. The more you understand the point of view of its authors the better you will do.

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MECHANICS & WAVES
MCAT course 
syllabus module 1
Kinematics
Newton's Laws
Work, Energy, & Power
Momentum & Impulse
MCAT course syllabus module 2
Rotation  
Harmonic Motion
Elastic Properties of Solids
Fluid Mechanics
Waves
FUNDAMENTAL FORCES
MCAT course syllabus module 3
Gravitation
Electricity
THE STRUCTURE OF MATTER
MCAT course 
syllabus module 4
Atomic Theory
Periodic Properties
The Chemical Bond
Intermolecular Forces
MCAT course syllabus module 5
Functional Groups
Stereochemistry
THERMODYNAMICS & KINETICS
MCAT course syllabus module 6
Temperature & Heat Flow
Ideal Gas & Kinetic Theory
1st Law of Thermodynamics
Stoichiometry
Thermochemistry
MCAT course syllabus module 7
2nd Law & Heat Engines
Chemical Thermodynamics
The States of Matter
Orgo Physical Properties
Chemical Kinetics
AQUEOUS SYSTEMS
MCAT course syllabus module 8
Water
Solutions
Acids & Bases
Organic Acids & Bases
ORGANIC REACTION CHEMISTRY
MCAT course syllabus module 9
Nucleophiles & Electrophiles
Rearrangements
Radical Intermediates
Conjugation & Aromaticity
Alkanes
Alkenes  optional
Alkynes  optional
Alkyl Halides
Allylic Conjugation
Aromatic Compounds  optional
Alcohols & Ethers
Aldehydes & Ketones
Carboxylic Acids
Amines
Phosphorus Compounds
Sulfur Compounds
MCAT course 
syllabus module 10Overall Review
BIOMOLECULES
MCAT course syllabus module 11
Proteins
Carbohydrates
Nucleic Acids
Lipids
THE CELL
Biological Membranes
The Prokaryotic Cell
The Eukaryotic Cell
BIOENERGETICS & BIOSYNTHESIS
MCAT course syllabus module 12
Coordination Chemistry
Oxidation/Reduction
Redox in Organic Chemistry
Electrochemistry
Cellular Respiration
Photosynthesis  optional
Integration of Metabolism
GENETICS & REPRODUCTION
MCAT course syllabus module 13
Gene Expression
Cellular Reproduction
Mendelian Genetics
Recombination & Mutation
Molecular Biology Lab
Human Genetics
DIVERSITY OF LIFE
MCAT course syllabus module 14
Viruses
Bacteria & Archaea
Protista  taxonomy optional
Fungi
Plants  optional
Animals  taxonomy optional
Embryology
MCAT course 
syllabus module 15
Tissues & Histology
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
Nervous System
Sensory Systems
Endocrine System
Musculoskeletal System
Cardiovascular System
Blood
Respiratory System
Lymphatic System & Immunity
Urinary System
Digestive System
Reproductive System
POPULATION BIOLOGY
MCAT course syllabus module 16
Evolution
Ecology
ELECTROMAGNETISM, LIGHT, & MODERN PHYSICS
MCAT course syllabus module 17
Electricity
DC Current
Magnetism
Electomagnetic Induction
AC Current
MCAT course syllabus module 18
Properties of Light
Geometric Optics
Wave Optics
MCAT course syllabus module 19
Modern Physics  relativity optional
Molecular Spectroscopy
Nuclear Physics
MCAT course 
syllabus module 20Overall Review
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