My goal with this blog is to show you how you can get a top score on the MCAT without losing your sanity. If you read these articles you'll learn: how to shave time off your studying, how to remember more content, and exactly what materials to use.

These articles are packed with the same techniques I used to score a 526 and that I have personally taught to several hundred students.

Recent articles:

A simple guide to getting started with Anki

Anki is the best way to memorize information for the MCAT. Here's how to use it.

How Representative Are the AAMC CARS Question Packs?

The AAMC CARS Question Packs are one of the most commonly used resources. Here I detail how well they match up against the real MCAT.

What the research says about test anxiety

Struggling with anxiety around the MCAT? I looked through the psychological research on test anxiety to find the best solutions for it.

How good is UWorld CARS?

My review of UWorld CARS. I cover how representative it is of AAMC CARS, its difficulty, and how to best make use of it.

The real skill of CARS

Most students that I talk to have the wrong mindset for CARS. But there's a different way to look at it that will keep you from getting stuck.

Why your CARS score is dropping

If your CARS score has been dropping, this guide will help you figure out why.

How Sophia improved from 124 to 128 on CARS

This is a Q&A with a student, Sophia, who I worked with one-on-one for a few months before her MCAT. On her previous two attempts she had been stuck at a 124 on CARS, but after we finished tutoring she took the exam and improved to a 128.

How Vivienne went from a 127 to a 129 on CARS (with a 521 overall)

Vivienne took my CARS Mastery Course and improved her score from the 82nd percentile in CARS to the 95th. Learn how she studied, what her strategy was like, what resources she used, and her advice for other students.

The best reading speed for CARS

A lot of students try to read too fast or too slow. This article covers the right reading speed to aim for – and how to improve your reading speed if you're going too slow.

Three CARS strategies I don't recommend

After working on CARS with hundreds of students, I’ve found that there are some really common strategies that don’t work well. These are the top 3 strategies to avoid.

Improve your MCAT score by training your brain to focus

The ability to focus intensely is key to doing well on any test. This psychology study will help you learn a research-backed method for strengthening your focus.

Which old AAMC passages are still worth doing?

The old AAMC practice tests (from before 2015) are an underused resource for CARS. But they're not all equally good. In this article, I explain which ones are still worth doing.

Undervaluing content review can hurt your score

I see a lot of students missing out on points because they don't spend enough time learning science content. You might be scoring lower because you're undervaluing content.

Which books you should get to study for the MCAT

There's a lot of options for MCAT books. These are my personal favorites, with recommendations for different situations.

Maximize your exam day performance

Maybe you've heard horror stories about people's MCAT scores dropping lower than their practice tests. Maybe it happened to you. Here's how to prevent it.

Dealing with test anxiety

The MCAT is already difficult enough, and bad test anxiety just makes it worse. But you can learn to work through it so that anxiety doesn't affect your score.

How to use your practice tests so your score keeps improving

How you approach your practice tests matters just as much as which tests you use. Do it wrong and you'll leave points on the table.

When and how to use all the AAMC material (a complete guide)

The official AAMC material is the most important material available for the MCAT. This article covers my advice on how to make the best use of it so you get the highest possible score.

6 rules for making better flashcards

Flashcards are probably the single best way to learn all the content you need to know for the MCAT. Making better flashcards will help you remember everything more effectively.

What CARS passages you should use

I've been through all of the AAMC CARS passages more times than I can count, so I know their style very well. This article lays out which passages are the most similar to the AAMC.

How to study efficiently

You only have so much time to study for the MCAT, and there's always going to be more material than you can cover. These are the strategies I used to get the most out of my content review.

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