Chem/Phys- The section I personally dreaded the most!
This is the section where formulas came into play. Initially, I hated learning new formulas...it seemed like unnecessary memorization. But then I started to see them as a tool. Formulas show relationships between variables. If you can write out the formula, you can visualize the relationship and better understand the concept! So instead of just memorizing formulas, try to understand where they come from. Not only will this help clarify the larger concept, but it will also help in remembering it on test day!
While completing content review, I kept track of my formulas on sheet of paper. Every night, I’d rewrite the formulas I had already learned and add the new one(s) that I had just learned. Once I had been exposed to all the formulas, I’d spend 10-15 minutes every night writing out every formula in the exact same order. It started to become a pattern.
Why was this useful? When test day arrived, I used my time during the “orientation” part of the MCAT to write out these formulas. Since I had been doing it every night, it came very naturally to me!
Did I get a lot of calculation questions? No. I had so many formulas that I didn’t end up using!! But I was prepared. And it helped me truly understand the bigger picture. That’s what the MCAT focuses on - the bigger picture. I didn’t get bombarded with tiny details or intricate calculations for electromagnetism (🤯). I had questions on broad concepts and application of those concepts.
Final note: I liked learning formulas because it helped me understand the bigger picture.
I think the MCAT Khan Academy videos for this section are a little too detailed. You’re not learning it for a physics or chemistry class. You’re learning it for medicine. Learn it & practice applying it.