Tutor profile: Gabriel W.
I feel like I always know the answer in the moment, but I end up getting it wrong because of a silly mistake. I can't seem to figure why I make these errors, so how do I stop this?
The MCAT is a stressful test! Your mind is racing, so it makes sense. My tip for this is quite simple: read the entire question to see what it's actually asking. They really try to trip you up with big sounding words that only a doctor would know, but the core of the question is often much more simple. If you slow down just a tad, these errors will stop happening. On top of that, if you know the topic well enough, you'll be able to eliminate at least one answer choice pretty quickly. Try to do that as often as you can, it only increases your chances of getting it right.
When I run on hot sand it hurts, but when I get to the cooler sand, it hurts even worse a few seconds after. Why do my feet need extra time to realize they have been burned?
This has to do with the nerves in our body! This same thing happens when you burn your hand, and it starts to throb a few seconds later. The nerves that detect pain are called "nociceptors" (no-sih-sep-ters), and they have 2 different types of axons (the thing that sends signals around the body and in the brain). The first one is surrounded by a layer of fat, called myelin. These myelinated axons, called A-delta fibers, transmit signal faster. This is the first sensation of pain: "ouch my feet are hot!" Then, the second nerve, called C fibers, are not myelinated. No fat = they transmit more slowly, so it takes more time for the signal to get to your brain. A few seconds later, this is the throbbing you feel.
How do I get better at the reading section of the ACT? I read too slow, and I always end up choosing the wrong answer if I have enough time anyway.
Well, I think that's the case with almost everyone. I consider myself to have above-average reading speed, and I never was able to read fast enough either. But I learned a tip that made the reading section so much easier that I felt like I was cheating: just read the first and last sentences of each paragraph, then go to answer everything you can. Only when you have answered everything you can should you go back and read the other sentences in between.
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