Tutor profile: Jayvon N.
The MCAT is one of the most important exams in my life, and there's so much content involved. I don't even know where to begin!
Looking at everything for the MCAT all at once can be overwhelming, which is why the approach to studying for the MCAT is like practicing for music: little by little with consistency. You want to take studying one step at a time, focusing on really grasping topics that you aren't as strong in and doing a little review of the topics you do know. You also have to stay consistent- making a workable schedule for yourself will work wonders for making sure you can get a lot done without getting stressed. Of course, making a schedule is the first step in a long process, but it's such a crucial and fundamental step that you'll be thankful that you completed.
Subject: Study Skills
I don't get it. I read my class notes for hours on end, but when the exam comes, I still feel like I don't know anything. What gives?
This is a common problem that many students face. It's not because you are "dumb"- it's because even though teachers emphasize studying, they never taught you HOW to study (they would say do your homework and call it a day). For example, reading notes is an example of passive learning. You improve your recognition of a topic, which helps for multiple choice tests, but if you ever need to recall a topic (with little to no context), then passive learning won't get you far. Instead, switch to active learning. This includes using flash cards, making outlines, explaining a concept to others, and anything that forces you to engage with the information beyond reading or highlighting. This will improve your memory while also allowing you to spend less time studying in the long run.
What exactly is the human body made of?
All of the different organs, tissues, and any "stuff" in the human body (besides water, electrolytes, and some organic molecules) are composed from 4 fundamental groups of molecules: 1. Proteins- These molecules do almost everything in the body. In every process in the body, you can bet that a protein is either directly involved in it, or is affected by a protein. 2. Nucleic Acids- The main role of these molecules is to act as the blueprints of the body- they hold the instructions for creating all the proteins. Importantly, this is what is passed down throughout generations to act as the blueprints for new bodies. 3. Carbohydrates- The main role of this molecule is energy . Whenever your body needs energy, this molecule is the go-to. It converts the carb into ATP- a controlled form of energy that the body can use. 4. Lipids- The main role of this molecule is structure. These molecules tend to form barriers that separate the inside of a cell from the outside (you can see this happen when you mix up oil and water- the little bubbles you see form similarly to cells). This is important in getting rid of waste and making sure reactions in the body are happening in the right spot.
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