Hello, my friends!
Here is another MCAT-related blog post for all of you asking about my studying experience! I have had many people ask me about how I managed to stay sane while studying for three months, so here are some of the things I did to reduce my stress levels.
One of the most important things I did while studying was consistently exercising. Exercise is something that is very important to me, and I always try to go to the gym or get moving outside as much as I can. I did not want to abandon my exercise regime while studying for the MCAT, so every night after my prep course, I would go for a long walk. Walks are very therapeutic for me, and really do calm me down after a long day of studying. Also, on my days off I would go for runs or hit the gym!
Speaking of days off, while studying I gave myself two days off a week. I chose to take Fridays and Saturdays off to see friends and family, and do things for myself. I would not look at anything MCAT related on these days, and just simply give myself a mental break. I would hang out with my friends, spend time with my family, and do anything that would make me happy! This is so important because you do not want to burn out from all the studying you are doing.
Another thing I did to reduce stress was follow a schedule. I kept myself on a pretty consistent schedule that mirrored that of my test day. I knew that my MCAT started at 8am, and it would be a long day of writing. In order to be prepared and used to that schedule, I would get up early every day, and also go to bed at a reasonable time. I was so happy I did this because I always felt refreshed, and I was up and aware for the day of my test!
Finally, the last thing I loved to do was study outside. There was something calming and therapeutic about studying in the summer sun. I would do all of my readings outside, where I could experience nature, instead of being locked up in a stuffy house or library. It was so nice to be outside and in a different environment!
So, there you have it. Those were some of the things that really kept me calm and collected while studying. They really did work for me, and I also hope they work for you. Remember it is so important to cut yourself some slack and take study breaks. Don’t push yourself too hard. Make goals and a schedule that is reasonable, and stick to it!
Let me know what you guys think, and feel free to share with me any tips you have!
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