Wisebridge Learning Systems has been helping people prepare for the MCAT for twenty five years. Our previous MCAT course, WikiPremed, was well-regarded as the interdisciplinary approach to the old MCAT. We were uniquely prepared to begin teaching the new MCAT as soon as AAMC released it in 2015. Since that time, our company has been working as a teaching incubator. In a teaching incubator, you guide many students through MCAT prep. This provides you with a developmental framework. You build your course for a wider audience by learning what works to help students from all walks of life get through the beginning, middle and end of MCAT review. That was how we built WikiPremed in the two thousand oughts, and this is how we have built the Integrated MCAT Course. We are passionate about our work, and we are proud of our new MCAT Course!
The students who participated as one-on-one students in the development of this MCAT course averaged a full standard deviation above the general test population on the new MCAT. Almost all our students during the years of development of this MCAT course are now in medical school or residency. One of the most gratifying things to hear is that they credit us with helping them to be ready for medical school. Six years into this project, our company is now making a complete course for the new MCAT available as a low-cost online subscription. We believe we have the only proper content review for the MCAT. People in the field of MCAT prep will understand the humor that creating our content review only took us six years because we had a head start on everybody else. Our old MCAT course was likeminded towards the new MCAT before there was a new MCAT. Wisebridge Learning Systems invented interdisciplinary MCAT review twenty years ago. We are proud to introduce the Integrated MCAT Course, a complete learning program for all sections of the MCAT.
A leit motif is a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition. Leit motifs throughout the early modules of the course place underpinnings for more advanced ideas through priming and distributed repetition. Oxidation-reduction and electrochemistry, for example, is an important subject at the intersection of physical and life science. With electrochemistry, students graduate from college chemistry with a grab-bag of empty signifiers where there should be oxidation-reduction and electrochemistry ideas. The problem happens because physics ideas were not present in chemistry lecture when electrochemistry ideas were first learned. To fix the structural problems in the knowledge-base left behind after the disconnected undergraduate curriculum, this course works like language acquisition. When the scientific ideas underlying a topic are present at the moment of learning, your sense of the supervening idea becomes clearer. There is a structural aspect to this MCAT course from the very beginning which will become more apparent the further you progress. We are building the underpinnings of the understanding of energy flow in metabolism. The course videos in the Integrated MCAT Course are not topical review videos. They build on themselves. As the course structure unfolds, a structured, integrated scientific knowledge base will take shape and become present at hand for you.
The figure below might help a person understand our course better. The figure is a memory palace of science. Building a memory palace is a mnemonic technique using spatial environments to enhance the recall of information. You can zoom in and try different paths and points of view with the figure as a kind a play. You can fly above it. We use this figure occasionally for a fun kind of memory building exercise. Symbolism can be defined as the practice or art of using an object to represent an idea. Buildings from the history of architecture symbolize the scientific ideas. The design relationships between the buildings convey the relationships among the scientific concepts. Their placement and perspective is trying to show you about how scientific ideas depend on each other, something like the systems levels unity of scientific understanding as a whole. It is useful for grand cycle review as a walking tour through memory recall. Within this introduction to our MCAT course, this memory palace provides us with a figurative way to communicate how content review is structured within the spiraling curriculum of our learning program.
Let us take an imaginary walking tour beginning in the mechanics neighborhood of physics as a way to visualize something that otherwise becomes apparent within a month or so of video tutorial, discussion, and practice items, the content and assignments of the first four modules. There are twenty modules in the course. Each module has about fifteen hours of work in components called Science Focus, Conceptual Integration and Biology Cycle and about ten hours of work for CARS, Psychology, Test Strategy and other types of activity. We are intent here to try to articulate an idea of something that happens within Science Focus and Conceptual Integration within the first four modules. Using our memory palace, we might be able to build a sense of your point of view after the work in these modules regarding one important theme we are building towards, which is electrochemistry.
Oxidation-reduction isn't in these first four modules, but thinking about the beginning of the science course as a walking tour in the figure, there would be a moment walking in the direction of electricity on the way from mechanics, where you would see oxidation-reduction up on the hill above the city. This is a figurative representation of a leit motif or theme of the first four modules. Oxidation-reduction is not a topic in these early modules, but it reaches out to electricity in the course just like it does figuratively in our memory palace. If you look up from electricity towards oxidation-reduction in the figure, a line of sight runs through periodic properties and chemical bonding. This represents a conceptual bridge we build from the beginning of the course. Electricity, chemical bonding, oxidation-reduction and metabolism all share the same vanishing point in the figure. We are working to have these ideas inter-operating in your tacit understanding of energy flow in living systems. We are about a month into the learning program by the fourth module, and you have self-efficacy for dawning superpowers towards important interdisciplinary learning goals for the exam. The course provides a path for your natural talent for integrative complexity to accommodate integrated scientific understanding as a way of everyday projection. Electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics reveal themselves in energy metabolism and throughout the biology of living systems. AAMC is bent on these connections forming in your mind through MCAT review, because they need you to be seeing things this way when you get to medical school.
There has been no content review curriculum that could prepare a student for the hard side of the new MCAT, no content review properly structured for the interdisciplinary nature of the exam since it was released in 2015. Content review methods produced by addition and subtraction upon old MCAT courses led to ship-wreck for many students. AAMC Prep Hub, question-bank and full-length practice have been the only workable solution to get the aha! moments to get fully prepared for the hard side of MCAT science. You are naturally wired for integrative complexity and this is not a bad strategy. We have over six thousand questions on our site, but that is us being generous to ourselves because three thousand are fill-in-the-blank questions for making the hardest level of a learning game fun, and a thousand are true-false for our diagnostic quizzes which begin in module 6. True-false gives you enough instances to say things that are statistically useful at the topic level. There are one thousand science and psychology multiple choice questions, many following MCAT style passages. These are teaching questions, so there are a thousand explanations with a great deal of teaching in them. These are available as downloadable PDFs in the course modules and topic resource pages.
We are not a question-bank. We don't make full-length MCATs. Although we have not constructed a full MCAT book-set like Kaplan or TBR, we have a long history of producing innovative publications for MCAT review. We are an MCAT course. You can choose whichever 3rd party book-set you like for our course for the basic conceptual foothold and the bird's eye view. Question bank, full-lengths and bookset are all very useful. There are other teams of designers and teachers making excellent learning tools, but nobody can match our science course. We are an idiosyncratic, unique MCAT course with decades of work invested in building what we have made. Communicate with us. Our teaching service will help guide you through the beginning, middle and end of MCAT preparation and help you make the experience a one time journey. The MCAT was created by your future instructors in medical school to get you ready for medical education. We have worked hard for our expertise through decades serving excellent people like you who want to become a doctor, helping them become stronger in their sciences. We will help you stay on track during this stage of your journey.
This MCAT course has been taught as a GAMSAT course several times. One of our GAMSAT students came into our course from a background in accounting, with no college science background to speak of. (This is possible with GAMSAT because there are no strict prerequisites to apply through this admissions track in UK and Australia). After completing our learning program in one-on-one tutoring, this particular student scored in the 99% percentile on the GAMSAT Science Section. He was very brilliant, and our MCAT course helped him reach a place in his scientific understanding more sophisticated than the GAMSAT. If you can get yourself on the board for the new MCAT, you will ace the GAMSAT. Although the GAMSAT is not our primary focus, this MCAT course does appear to work well for GAMSAT.
In addition to science content review, this website can help students preparing for GAMSAT with the GAMSAT ESSAY and with the REASONING IN HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES SECTION. Instead of GAMSAT review books, in all cases we have utilized either the Berkeley Review MCAT Bookset with our GAMSAT students or Kaplan for additional topical practice. For those who may be unsatisfied with the world of GAMSAT booksets, we can confirm that both the Berkeley Review and Kaplan MCAT booksets are good matches for GAMSAT science. It is nothing against these two great companies to say you will receive a more complete content review from these booksets for the GAMSAT than these booksets can provide North American students for the MCAT.