How to Create a Master C/P Study Map
How to Create a Master C/P Study Map
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If you don't make a map, you will likely get lost.
The Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section covers different material than what most people study.
A day spent mapping what the AAMC prioritizes may save you months of wasted study time.
Map every Chemistry/Physics topic; and equations will no longer fall through the cracks. The key to C/P is understanding all the formulas: building a pocketknife, where reading a question and skimming a passage instantly recalls the necessary equations to achieve success.
How does this work?
Keywords are better introduced as a network, then as Anki flashcards.
After all...that's how your brain works.
Thick Colored Tape
Get your sharpies pens - used for FC subtopics - here.
The hierarchy of pen thicknesses below is on full display in this tutorial:
Get your sharpies - used for Foundational Concepts - here.
Colored Fine Sharpie Markers
Get your thin sharpies - used for FC topics - here. The hierarchy of pen thicknesses below is on full display in this tutorial:
Scotch Laminator Sleeves
Thin Concept Tape
The main ingredient!
Necessary for connecting all concepts in a linear, simple fashion.
Colored tape is oddly life-changing: used frequently in research settings - it can be an amazing study tool, as seen in this tutorial. Not only is it sticky - it's relatively cheap for the amount you get.
Get it here.
Using containers - like these recycled yogurt glasses - are helpful for creating concept mapping stations.
Though we recommend a variety of products: we don't want you to waste your money!
The Staedtler pens you ought to buy with your test tablet can also be used on glass surfaces and white erase boards. This not only gets you used to using them - since they'll be on the exam - but also allow your notes to last longer: still easily erasable with water.
Get your set here.
Chemistry/Physics Study Map
This is the fruit of this journey:
An actionable study tool - altering your environment to invite you to engage the content. Take the Pre-School attitude of humility: engage with and use your knowledge rather than assuming ownership of it.
The end product takes less than a few hours to make, granting you:
- A Hierarchy of Concepts, and - thus - Study Attacks: allowing you to prioritize what the AAMC values most and is more likely to test on.
- Space to "tether" newly learned topics to the AAMC 10 Foundational Concepts. Write this in with an inexpensive Staedtler Pen.
- Detachable labels that invite you to prioritize context over memorization; so when you are tested, you can triumphantly strike through non-contextual answer options.
- A daily reminder you are, indeed, on top of concepts covering 25% of the MCAT.
Psychology/Sociology Study Map
A different - but equally rewarding - journey.
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*Overlook the forest for the trees.
*Examine the material the way the AAMC does.
*Print this out in fine ink,
or make a shortcut on your phone.
② WRITE fcs, topics, and subtopics
*Rush and write messily.
*Ensure there is adequate space to cut out these labels.
*Take your time: this is foundational.
③ LAMINATE concept labels
⑤ SCOPE c/p study map location
⑥ TAPE concept lines
Just as neurons link together,
thin concept tape will tie together
all, seemingly Chemistry/Physics equations into the two Foundational Concepts
you already have on your fingertips.
Hand constructing the C/P study map may
seem like a waste of time.
It. Is. Not.
It forces you to spend time with each topic, and will encourage you to use your creation.
Taping the spots rather than
labels allows you to practice sorting each concept.
⑧ ORGANIZE concept hierarchy
*Rush through this step.
*Ponder what each concept is…Google it.
*Treat this as “getting to know” each concept.
*Take a picture at the end as an
⑨ WRITE IN notes
The ability to write in recently-learned material
nearby context allows you
to group concepts:
VITAL practice for the
multiple choice presentation of the MCAT.
⑩ TEST yourself
In the actual MCAT,
you will be bombarded with answers.
The best means to the correct answer
is to eliminate on the basis of contextual topic relevance.
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