The tips begin at a different place in each module. The advice moves along with the stages of the course.

MCAT preparation tests your knowledge of science, but it also functions to test your capacity for resilience. It's better to think of MCAT preparation as a a chance to practice the art of resilience before medical school. Many premeds, medical students, and doctors think of resilience as a kind of indifference to their own suffering, but resilience is better understood as the ability to sense your own suffering as a sign that you are out of balance and to respond with positive strategies to regain balance, such as more sleep, more exercise, more social interaction, and less attachment to worry.

Suggested Assignments

Science Focus

Study the conceptual materials in your book-set (TBR or Kaplan) covering glycogen metabolism, gluconeogenesis, the pentose phosphate pathway, and the urea cycle.

Perform the odd numbered (phase 1 ) practice items in your book-set.

Watch the videos for Module 12 - Glycogen Metabolism, Gluconeogenesis, Pentose Phosphate Pathway, and Urea Cycle.

Read Ch. 10 - Gluconeogenesis, Ch. 11 - Glycogen Metabolism, Ch. 12 - Metabolism of Monosaccharides and Disaccharides, and Ch. 13 - Pentose Phosphate Pathway and NADPH in Biochemistry (Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews). Perform the practice items at the end of each chapter.

Choose from the resources available within the Topic Pages to reinforce and supplement learning.

Conceptual Integration

Read the Interdisciplinary Notes for Module 12.

Play Catch Blue.

Biology Cycle

Comprehensive review/skim of Lippincott - Cell & Molecular Biology from start to finish. 

Make a good start on an in-depth study cycle in your book-set (TBR or Kaplan) of the sections pertaining to human physiology. Study the conceptual materials and perform the odd numbered practice items (or passages in TBR). Aim to complete this cycle before module 15. 


Study the conceptual treatment of Psychological Treatment in your MCAT book-set and complete the odd numbered problems.

Continue review of the conceptual vocabulary for Psychological Treatment using the illustrated conceptual primer on this site.

Extend practice using the Essential Concepts ANKI Deck to include the Psychological Treatment cards. 

Integrated Course practice items:

Carry out a comprehensive skim of the conceptual vocabulary of Psy-Soc from start to finish, the entire subject, using the illustrated conceptual primer


Module 12 CARS Lesson Focus and flow.

Continue working through Step 2 and Step 3 of the CARS Diagnostic Tool. Pace yourself to complete this resource before module 14.

MCAT Practice

Module 12 MCAT Strategies Introduction to science passages.

Begin working through the Section Bank at AAMC. Perform passages from each of the divisions - Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Psy-Soc. Work at a pace to complete the Section Bank before module 15. 

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