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Study Plan

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:28 pm
by bbiebelberg
Hello! I have a couple questions about the study plan tool and how to get as much done as I can in the amount of time I have. (For reference, my test date is April 24th, and I am planning to begin studying now.)

My goal is to study approx. 20 hours/week, or roughly 4 hours per day, give or take an hour, in addition to full-length tests on the weekend.

When creating the study plan, the "on-the-side" option was for 5-20 hrs/wk, and the "part-time" option was for 20-40 hrs/wk, so I'm somewhere in between :).

Which option should I choose to get the most amount of studying for 20 hours per week? Do you recommend choosing the part-time option that includes optional assignments, and then I can skip any optional assignments I don't have time for? Or is the on-the-side option closer to 20 hours?

Likewise, in the case of the part-time option, how can I tell on the study plan which assignments are the core assignments and which are the optional assignments?

Thank you.

Re: Study Plan

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:13 pm
by NS_Tutor_Mathias
Hi there!

Regarding optional assignments, the appearance of the study planner has recently been revamped a bit and I am not sure there is a visual distinction right now. I will forward this to our tech and design folks and get back to you.

In the meantime, consider any AAMC materials mandatory, as well as any FLs (AAMC or not). Personally, I would recommend usually preferring practice over content review, but your personal situation or how far along you are in preparation may make this an inappropriate choice - so use your best judgement, and do what you feel has been returning you good results and opportunities for improvement.

Going along with that, I feel like the part-time option may better suit your needs. You seem driven, flexible and on somewhat of a time constraint (of about 3 months) - with that in mind, having lots of options to choose from and experiment with is definitely a benefit to you.

Re: Study Plan

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:25 pm
by bbiebelberg
Thank you, Mathias! It would be helpful to see which assignments are the optional ones.

If I can follow up with two more quick questions:

1) A study plan question: all of my assignments labeled "Complete 2 passages from the 108 CARS book" throughout the entire planner have the description "Complete any 2 passages from sections 7-12..."  
That's a total of 6 sections x 9 passages each = 54 total passages.  If I do 2 passages every time, 54/2 = 27 times.  However, "Complete 2 passages from the 108 CARS book" (from sections 7-12) appears far more than 27 times in my study planner— it’s assigned for every day.  Am I missing something?

2) When I received my MCAT books a couple weeks ago, the Coursebook, Verbal Practice Book, and Science QBook all say "2018 version." Is this the latest version of those books?

Re: Study Plan

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:38 pm
by NS_Tutor_Mathias
1) I don't think you're missing anything. That seems like a coding and design oversight in our planner. I will reach out and see if anybody knows about this. On the bright side, this kind of attention to detail will serve you will when analyzing MCAT passages ;)

2) Somebody should be in touch with you. To the best of my knowledge, the books you receive depend on when you started your course. Let me know here or preferably through a private message if you haven't heard from someone by tomorrow.