In this article, we will tell you how you can prepare MDCAT Biology for the 2023 test. As we all know, biology is one of the main subjects. It is the major part of the syllabus and it carries a large chunk of marks in MDCAT. Out of 210 MCQs, there are a total of 68 MCQs from biology. This is almost 32% of the total marks in MDCAT.
In MCAT, every single mark counts. This is a big chunk and students need to prepare it thoroughly if they wish to score well in MDCAT 2023. Hence, you can consider this article as a guide for the preparation of Biology.
In this article, we will share a general strategy about how you can prepare for this subject. Of course, this is going to be different from the other subjects. We will tell you how you can memorize different things, there will be tips and tricks to do better in the test. These tips and tricks will have different things, ranging from time management to preparing smartly, and efficiently working your way through different concepts so that you can memorize this subject in a better way, as well as how you can tackle this subject in the examination hall.
So without any delay, lets’ get right into it.
How Do I start preparing for MDCAT Biology at home?
Preparing MDCAT from home is pretty easy. If you have a strong foundation from Fsc, then things are not going to be difficult for you in MDCAT as well. Because biology is the only subject that you can prepare for without much difficulty. You may notice that there are a few things that are new to you once you jump to the next level of MDCAT. Because let’s face it, MDCAT is a level above Fsc in terms of difficulty.
When you want to prepare at home, you just have to be careful about time management. Because you want to have sufficient time for all things such as revision, practice, and preparing short notes. So, time management is the key. We will discuss a more detailed strategy in the article below.
MDCAT Syllabus for Biology
You may think that it sounds cliché, but it’s true. When you are out on the battlefield. You must know your enemy. So, when you are preparing a subject, you must first know all the contents of the syllabus. PMC has given us a detailed syllabus for each subject. Using that, we can also tell the marks distribution among different subjects. So, in this way, you can also design a better strategy for Biology preparation. For example, you can prepare those chapters first which have the most number of questions or marks. But do not forget to cover all the topics in the syllabus. Otherwise, you will be losing precious marks in MDCAT.
How to prepare time table for Biology?
Just as we have told you before, you have to know details about the subject. The detail I am talking about here is the marks distribution. Now, it is not like the majority of questions will come from a small number of chapters. Some chapters have more questions and some chapters contain fewer marks. You also have to keep in mind that you want to have time for practice and revision. Students should also keep in mind that they should allocate time to learn those chapters that are their weak points.
Keeping all of this into consideration, you should pair up chapters. You should do this in such a way that small-sized chapters get paired up with big-sized chapters. This way, you can work efficiently in a lesser amount of time and have more time for other things.
Tips and Tricks to Prepare Efficiently
In this section of the blog, we will give you some tips and tricks about how you can prepare efficiently. Biology may look daunting because of the huge amount of syllabus. But, it is the simplest in terms of preparation. There are no tricky concepts, at least not as many as in other subjects. So, read this section carefully and grab all the biology marks.
Understand the concept
For the majority of the biology section, you just have to prepare the lines of the textbook. If you just read the textbook carefully, you can be confident about you 70% of the preparation. But even with this, you must have a clear understanding of all the concepts. Once you grab the main concept, then memorizing the information is not a big deal.
Correlate concepts that are related
When studying topics such as hormones, numerous concepts are interlinked. Students become confused when studying these kinds of topics. So, when you are studying these topics, you must correlate interlinked concepts. Because when you do that, studying becomes less confusing and more fun. Try to draw diagrams to understand these topics in a better way. The arrow diagrams will show how different concepts are correlated. How one hormone can affect the functioning of the other hormone. Sounds fun right?
Read the Textbooks carefully
I do not know how much I should emphasize this point. Reading your textbook is the most important thing that you do when preparing for Biology for MDCAT. And you should not just read it superficially. You must absorb all the contents and understand every line. Because it has been a trend that paper setters give you entire textbook lines in the tests.
Make a list of things you cannot remember – MNEMONICS may help!
Memorizing things such as hormones or the anatomy of different parts of the human body is a challenging and daunting task. But there is a solution for this too. You can simply prepare MNEMONICS to memorize these anatomical parts. You will see that it will become difficult to forget things even if you wanted to.
Practice, practice, practice
Practice makes a man perfect. This quote will do wonders for you if you understand it. Even if you follow all the tips that I discussed right now, it is completely useless if you do not practice your knowledge with the help of MCQs. You can buy our Book for National MDCAT preparation for this purpose. There are subject-wise and chapter-wise MCQs in it. This will be very helpful for you.
Prepare Short Notes
For the difficult chapters or difficult topics, you can prepare short notes. You can review these short notes in your free time. This activity will help you remember these concepts and sharpen your knowledge. Always try to understand things with examples. You will notice considerable differences in your preparation. These short notes will also help in last-minute revisions.
How to tackle MDCAT Biology during the test?
In this section of the blog, we will tell you how you can tackle the test during the exam. You can practice this while you are preparing. You should always practice with a stopwatch. Because without practicing in a limited time, you can never imitate the exam conditions and pressure.
Anyways, the following are some detailed tips on this matter.
Managing time is key in MDCAT. If you are not managing time, then you are wasting time on other questions. Biology has the most MCQs, but the paper is set in such a way that it helps you save the most amount of time. This is because it is the easiest part. You should go for the easy questions first and leave the difficult ones for later.
Read carefully – Beware of eye-catchers
Read the statement carefully. There are different keywords in statements. You may think that a question has a certain answer, but because you were in a hurry and didn’t notice that keyword, you will now answer the wrong question. For example, the examiner may ask you “All of the following are hormones that inhibit your growth EXCEPT?” Students may leave out the word EXCEPT in a hurry and mark the wrong answer. So, beware of it.