This schedule is for those who have a full five months to prepare for the Mcat. If you have less time, you should consider making a shorter study plan. I recommend that your study should be at least four months.
Mcat 5 Month Study Schedule
Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes that occur in living organisms. It’s important to understand the basics of biochemistry in order to gain a better understanding of how your body functions and why it reacts differently when you eat different foods, for example.
Biochemical pathways are metabolic reactions that occur within your body. For example: sugar molecules can be broken down into smaller sugars and then recombined into more complex molecules such as fats or proteins. In this way, biochemical pathways allow cells to perform complex functions like storing energy or reproducing themselves via cell division (mitosis).
Chemistry is an important subject. It is used in many fields such as the medical field, food industry, chemical industry and petroleum industry. The Mcat Chemistry 5 month study schedule will make sure you have enough time to prepare for your MCAT Chemistry section.
The chemistry section contains 60 questions that you need to complete within 90 minutes. The test is divided into two main sections; Chemical Bonding and Chemical Reactions/Structure/Synthesis/Behavior which comprises of 40% of your total score and Separation Processes/Separations Techniques & Instrumentation which covers 60% of your total score.
Biology – Cell Biology
In this section, you will study cell biology. It is the study of cells and their function. Cells are the basic unit of life and make up all organisms from humans to plants to bacteria. They contain genetic material (DNA) encased in a plasma membrane that separates them from their surroundings. The nucleus contains DNA, which regulates cell functions including metabolism, growth and reproduction.
Biology – Genetics
The following section covers the basics of genetic inheritance and variation:
- Genetic inheritance: The transmission of genetic information from one generation to another.
- Variation: The differences in form, color, or other characteristics among individuals within a population. This can be caused by mutations (mutation).
- Mutation: A change in an organism’s DNA that occurs during reproduction; sometimes these changes can cause health problems or new traits to appear in offspring generations later. Mutation is also referred to as genetic mutation or mutation rate.
Biology – Evolution and Diversity
Evolution and diversity are the key themes of biology. Evolution is the change in inherited characteristics of organisms over successive generations, through genetic changes and natural selection. Diversity refers to the variety of life on Earth, including the many species that make up the planet’s biosphere, as well as their ecological systems, which are themselves made up of numerous interdependent communities. The major concepts of evolution and diversity can be summarized as follows:
- Evolution: Changes in traits due to variation within a population over multiple generations or generations
- Species: A group or population of organisms capable of interbreeding
- Speciation: The formation of new species from existing ones; occurs when populations become geographically isolated from one another
Biology – Ecology and Behavior
For the Ecology and Behavior section, you will be tested on your knowledge of topics including:
• Animal behavior
• Behavioral ecology
• Population dynamics and demography
• Species interactions
Physics – Mechanics and Modern Physics
This section is dedicated to Mechanics and Modern Physics. You will learn topics such as:
- Newton’s Laws of Motion
- Work and Energy
- Forces and Fields (including Coulomb’s Law)
- Momentum, Impulse, and Momentum Conservation
The main goal is for you to understand what physics means in the real world. You must be able to apply concepts from classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics and quantum mechanics when solving problems.
Physics – E & M, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Waves and Optics
In this section, you will learn the basics of each topic and how to solve them. You will also learn how to apply these principles in real-world situations. Finally, you will know the formulas for each topic so that you can solve problems efficiently when the time comes.
Physics – Kinematics
In this section, we will cover kinematics, the study of motion without regard to mass (m), force (F) or energy. Kinematics is one of the four branches of classical mechanics. The other three branches are dynamics, kinetics and statics.
- Motion: It has been defined as change in position with respect to time
- Velocity(v): It is a vector quantity which represents speed or rate at which an object moves from one point to another point during any given time interval.
- Acceleration(a): A Newtonian acceleration is a change in velocity over some time interval divided by that same time interval; it can be calculated by dividing the net force on an object by its mass
Psychology – Psychological Disorders and Treatment
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It is an academic discipline and a social science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases. In this way, psychology seeks to improve the understanding of people’s behaviors through empirical observation and experimentation.
Psychology includes different approaches to the study of mental processes such as psychometry, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology (including child development), abnormal psychology (including clinical psychology), personality theory, evolutionary psychology (also known as human ethology), social structure/social roles/society/culture/group dynamics/social networks etc., psychopathology (i.e., disorders) including criminal behavior; clinical practice; counseling; educational psychology; industrial-organizational psychology; forensic testing & assessment; health care settings; addiction treatment centers etc., social influences on human development e.g., family dynamics or peer relationships at school etc.; psychotherapy—all fields pertaining to understanding individual thoughts feelings actions so as to improve them or help with disorders
Psychology – Biological Bases of Behavior
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Biology is a science concerned with the origin and diversification of life on Earth, including how organisms function, how they interact with each other and their environment, how new species form, and how evolution works. Sociology is the academic field that studies human society. Health refers to the general condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; people enjoy good health when they are free from physical or mental disease or injury. Nutrition is the way we get food into our bodies. Fitness means being physically active enough to keep your body healthy; this includes eating right so that you have enough energy for exercise but not so much that you gain weight instead!
Psychology – Social Psychology, Sensation and Perception
Social psychology is the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, emotions and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied presence of others. As a discipline, social psychology is primarily concerned with the behavior of individuals. However, its subject matter has also been extended to groups (and to other organisms as well), thus it now covers (for example) intergroup conflict, conformity and obedience to authority. In contrast to most areas in psychology, social psychologists usually conduct experiments that are designed to test theories rather than just gather information about normal cognitive processes or personality traits. Social psychologists also study non-human animals in order to understand how they perceive their world and how they interact with each other in social groups such as flocks or packs.
The branch known as “social cognition” studies how humans represent physical events (such as actions) mentally; and then use these representations (mental models) to reason about our own actions as well as those of others (including people not present). This area also investigates what makes social interactions efficient or inefficient for individuals within them: when do people cooperate rather than compete? A number of different theories have been proposed by influential researchers in this area over time including Richard Nisbett & Lee Ross’ theory of attributional style which states that some people tend towards making internal attributions while others make external ones; David Heise’s theory on norm activation which states that we tend towards behaving according to whatever norms we perceive ourselves being held responsible; Stanley Milgram’s classic experiments on obedience using fake shocks which showed how easily ordinary people could harm others under pressure from an authority figure like an experimenter who told them it was part of another experiment–even though no actual harm took place due simply because subjects were told there would be!
Psychology – Learning and Cognition, Developmental Psychology
Learning and cognition is a core topic of the Mcat, so it’s important that you understand the basics. Learning and cognition refers to the process by which we acquire new knowledge or skills, as well as modify our behavior based on past experiences. This includes things like developing habits or learning how to use tools. It also includes more complex processes like decision-making and problem solving.
Developmental psychology studies how human beings change over time from birth through childhood into adulthood, including intellectual development in children as well as physical growth during puberty (the period when young people become sexually mature). Developmental psychologists are interested in how environmental factors affect these changes as well as genetic factors such as heredity (genetics).
Sociology – Social Groups, Stratification and Inequality, Culture
In sociology, social groups are groups of people who share a common identity, culture and/or interest. These groups can be based on many factors such as age, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. It is possible for individuals to belong to more than one group at a time.
Within society there are also other social groupings such as stratification and inequality which form part of the wider system that makes up a nation’s culture. Stratification refers to the hierarchical arrangement of people in society along with the division between those that have most power and authority while inequality refers to differences in income distribution or wealth between different types of people within society (Hills & Arber 1997).
Sociology – Community, Society and Social Change, Deviance and Crime
- The sociological perspective on crime and deviance
- The sociological perspective on community and society
- The sociological perspective on social change
- The sociological perspective on social groups and stratification
Stay on track with your schedule
- Use your calendar to keep track of what you have to do and when you need to do it.
- Try setting goals for yourself (ex: “Read two chapters a week”, or “Finish my practice questions”)
- Prioritize your time so that you can focus on these goals. For example, if there’s an assignment due in class but not until Friday, maybe you could do that assignment early on Wednesday instead of putting it off as late as possible? If your friend wants to hang out on Sunday afternoon, just tell them that you’re busy studying then offer an alternative time later in the day when they can come over.
If you are looking for a way to stay on track with your mcat study plan, then this 5 month schedule can help. This schedule is designed to give you a full year of studying if you want it. You can use it however works best for you!