10 Must-Do Tasks the First MCAT Study Week

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We know what it feels like: being inundated with the ocean of content the MCAT supposedly covers.

If you are reading this: rest assured - you finally have a straight and narrow path to your 528.


The only way to traverse a map is a straight line: which happens one step at a time.

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MCAT Adventure: 10 Must-Do Tasks the First Week of Studying for the MCAT
D-Day Day 2: Supply Day Day 3: Environment Destination Day Day 4-5: Scope the ENTIRE MCAT Day 6: Combat Training Ideal Study Laptop MCAT Study Environment Shared Study Calendar


Day 1 is incredibly important to place on your calendar. If you are reading this post: it should be within the next few weeks. Don't postpone your MCAT study D-Day. Or the war will already be over.

Day 2: Supply Day

On Day 2, you should accomplish step 1, step 2, and step 6.

This is your supply day: where you prioritize your first essentials - an AAMC account, AAMC official test prep supplies, and supplies we recommend from our website.

Regarding MCAT Adventure, journey-specific supplies will always be listed before the relevant journeys. Scout out your trails and order beforehand so you aren't left waiting.

Day 3: Environment Destination Day

On day 3, you scope MCAT testing window in step 3 and reconfigure your entire environment to get you there in step 4 and step 5.

Day 4-5: Scope the ENTIRE MCAT

Supplies? Check.
Destination? Check.
Environment? Check.

Now you need the map. Days 4-5 lay the foundation of your entire study plan. In step 7 you will eat the MCAT. In step 8, you will boil down every topic covered by the MCAT into 10 concepts.

Day 6: Combat Training

Without a taste of the battle - you'll likely NEVER be ready.

Today, you do a single passage of each of the four sections. Like a dive into a cold swimming pool - it may feel horrible. But you are now in.

After completing step 9, you can move onto step 10: where you schedule your first full-length practice exam less than or equal to three weeks away (step 10).

Ideal Study Laptop

Respectful of your budget, a laptop is not only an investment for MCAT prep: it is - more importantly - an investment for your future career as a physician.

Prioritize your AAMC expenses first: MCAT exam and official practice materials. After this; we highly recommend considering the laptop you use.


I used to hate Macbooks. After the death of my third Windows Laptop - I decided to cave into a Macbook Pro. It paid for itself in four months.

With the processing power - I was able to juggle a research job, MCAT prep, an artist side-career, and coding. Moreover, it runs Windows.

Get yours here. Consider our other recommended/wallet-friendly laptops here ($300 - $2,300).

MCAT Study Environment

This is precisely the study environment step 4 will teach you how to set up.

In case you were wondering, that book in the background is the Amino Acid Legend. It's a book we are quite proud of - because it is, as far as we know, the first ever mnemonic storybook for Biology's alphabet. You WILL be tested on amino acids in the MCAT.

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Shared Study Calendar

MCAT Adventure: Avoid MCAT Burnout

Part of creating your study environment is creating your study calendar: an invaluable tool not only for a reality-check, but for accountability.

While part of step 4, it absolutely doesn't hurt to skip to this journey step, and start with setting up a calendar using Google Calendar.