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MCAT HYC

Gearing up for the MCAT?

Consider joining us this spring at Tutoring Services as we pilot a new MCAT support program, MCAT High-Yield Concepts: Biochemistry.

About MCAT High-Yield Concepts: Biochemistry (MCAT HYC) 

MCAT High-Yield Concepts: Biochemistry (MCAT HYC) is a weekly opportunity for you to gather with a small group of your peers to collaboratively review high-yield biochemistry concepts according to a schedule created by senior biochemistry tutors on our staff. 

In our pilot phase, MCAT HYC will involve two weekly groups each capped at 10 participants. Each group will be facilitated by a senior biochemistry tutor eager to support others in their review and to use their own experience with high-yield concepts to keep discussion and activities productive and focused. 

As a Tutoring Services program, MCAT HYC is free and open to all currently enrolled Vanderbilt undergraduates as long as space remains. Students interested in participating in an MCAT HYC group should have taken or should be currently enrolled in biochemistry AND should be planning to take the MCAT within the next 9 months. No purchased materials are needed--participants will make use of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Biochemistry Road Map, Vanderbilt-assigned biology and biochemistry textbooks, and open-access web resources along with participants' own notes from relevant Vanderbilt courses. 

As this is a small pilot, space is limited in Spring 2020 to the first 10 participants to register for each of the two groups. Participants will be notified of their group assignment by Friday, March 6. If you register but do not receive a group assignment by Friday, March 6, you were not among the first 10 registrants per group, and we unfortunately cannot accommodate your request to join a group at this time.

Group Meetings

Group meetings are weekly: they begin Monday, March 9 and run for 8 weeks (through the end of the Spring 2020 semester). Attendance at all meetings is expected.

Mondays from 4-5p

Facilitated by Colin Slaymaker

Wednesdays from 6-7p

Facilitated by Allie Yan

Spring 2020 Topic Schedule

Week 1: Amino Acids, Proteins

Week 2: Enzyme Kinetics, Protein Separation

Week 3: Metabolism 1

Week 4: Metabolism 2

Week 5: Metabolism in the Big Picture

Week 6: Recombinant DNA Technologies

Week 7: Organ System Review 1

Week 8: Organ System Review 2

Guidelines and Expectations for Participants in the MCAT High-Yield Concepts: Biochemistry (MCAT HYC) Program

  • Keep in mind that MCAT HYC groups are opportunities for students preparing for the MCAT to review high-yield biochemistry concepts in a collaborative group setting.
  • Students interested in participating in an MCAT HYC group should have taken or should be currently enrolled in biochemistry AND should be planning to take the MCAT within the next 9 months.
  • Keep in mind that MCAT HYC tutors are peer undergraduate tutors drawing on their own studies and coursework within a peer learning support model. As such, your groups tutor is there as a facilitator to help as you review and to help the group focus on concepts they have identified as high yield in preparing for the MCAT.
  • MCAT HYC uses only the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Biochemistry Road Map, Vanderbilt-assigned biology and biochemistry textbooks, and open-access web resources. Participants may also use their notes from relevant Vanderbilt courses.
  • Prior to each group meeting, participants are expected to preview/review the week’s topics independently so as to be prepared to talk through problems and questions about that material, and participants may have the opportunity to prepare to lead certain portions of the review to solidify their grasp of the material.
  • At the beginning of each group meeting, participants are expected to fill out an intake form to identify study priorities.
  • Participants are expected to attend all 8 weekly MCAT HYC meetings.
  • Like all Tutoring Services programs and offerings, MCAT HYC is free and confidential. 
  • Participants will be asked to provide feedback on their experience with the pilot MCAT HYC groups at the end of the semester.

Participants should be aware of the intentionally limited scope of MCAT High-Yield Concepts: Biochemistry (MCAT HYC) as detailed below.

  • MCAT HYC is a group learning support opportunity offered by Tutoring Services. It is neither a class nor a credit-bearing Vanderbilt course.
  • Facilitated by peer undergraduate biochemistry tutors, MCAT HYC does not attempt to recreate the services of commercial, for-profit test prep companies and is in no way affiliated with commercial, for-profit test prep companies.
  • To maintain this distinction, both participants and facilitating tutors are asked not to bring materials produced by commercial, for-profit test prep companies to MCAT HYC group meetings.
  • With its explicit focus on a selection of “high-yield concepts,” MCAT HYC does not aim to provide comprehensive subject review of all possible MCAT subjects.
  • Likewise, MCAT HYC is not designed to guide students through MCAT-specific test-taking strategies.
  • MCAT HYC tutors will be prepared to support review of each meeting’s designated subject matter, but they will not lecture.
  • MCAT HYC seeks to support each participant in meeting their study and review goals; however, MCAT HYC does not guarantee a minimum score on the MCAT.

Registration

To register for a group, please fill out the REDCap form linked here. Again, please be aware that each group is limited to 10 participants during this pilot phase, and registrants will be assigned to a group on a first-come basis until all spots are filled. 

Questions? Contact Dr. Megan Minarich, Assistant Director of the Writing Studio and Tutoring Services, at megan.l.minarich@vanderbilt.edu.