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How Driving Lyft Helped Me Lift my MCAT Score

Erkeda DeRouen talks to Corey Andrews, a two-time alumnus from Georgia State University with a Bachelors in Neuroscience and a Masters in Chemistry, specializing in Biochemistry. He decided during his Masters that he wanted to pursue medicine and he shares his tips on how we was able to pass the MCAT with flying colors.

  • [00:22] Introducing Corey Andrews
  • [02:34] MCAT Tips
  • [06:29] Balancing Work with Study
  • [11:20] Things to Avoid When Studying for the MCAT
  • [16:09] Best Piece of Advice
  • [21:24] Closing Notes

Corey’s MCAT Tips

Aside from using study resources with content review and practice questions, he went on Reddit to seek more information and learning styles that would suit him. He also practiced everyday to retain and keep knowledge fresh in his mind compared to blocking off 2-8 hours a day just to study. Anything that can keep your mind going in terms of remembering content is important. Even if you have a part-time job, and for his case, that was being a Lyft driver, practicing and passively studying for 30 minutes to 1 hour a day is better than not practicing at all.

When studying for the MCAT, Corey advises to avoid is not taking breaks and having the mentality of just wanting to get the test over and done with. Since you’ll be switching from different topics and thinking styles when answering questions, you need to give yourself a break and time to reset your mind.

Got questions, feedback, or suggestions? Send a message to Dr. Erkeda DeRouen’s Instagram or MedSchoolCoach’s Instagram.

Erkeda DeRouen

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, followed by completing medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine. She then completed residency at The University of Maryland Family and Community Medicine Program. After that, she worked at an underserved community health center, and currently is an Associate Medical Director of a telemedicine company. She recently became one of the first 1,000 lifestyle medicine certified physicians in the world! Her areas of interest include: health equity and eliminating health disparities, service of underserved populations, HIV management, transgender care, mentorship, and lifestyle medicine.

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