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Algebra for Dummies - My textbook

I spent the weekend trying to figure out exactly how I’m going to attack my MCAT preparation. If you recall from the previous post, my biggest concern is trying to catch up to the point where I can actually jump in to the actual test material.

I looked through some introductory texts on physics, chemistry, and biology, and quickly realized that I had to do some backtracking into a different subject before I could make much headway:

Algebra. Yes, I spent much of the last 48 hours working algebra problems that I  engaged with as a sophomore in High School. I also had to do a very slight amount in one college course, but it didn’t stick.

For the physics, I was able to just grasp the edges of the material, but I could quickly tell that without thinking confidently in algebraic terms I was going to be swimming upstream much too soon.

So that’s the plan for this week and possibly next week as well. As far as getting ready for the MCAT I’ll be getting back my foundational algebra skills.

Also, a reader suggested that I forgo some of the introductory stuff in favor of some actual Kaplan study guides, so I’ll be looking at that this week as well.

I’m also writing down everything–terms, concepts, acrononyms–I don’t know in a notebook. It’s filling up quickly.


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  • Scott April 25, 2011, 8:13 am

    Also, check out the the videos at Khan Academy if you get stuck. Free and he’s a really great teacher… Goes all the way up through Calculus III and Linear Algebra.

    And I think they’ve done a lot more than math now. There are videos on Chemistry and Physics as well…

  • Iain D April 25, 2011, 8:37 am

    Beat me to it Scott.

    Khan Academy is a fantastic source. I use it with my kid for basic math (he’s almost 7) and use it myself when I can.

  • Spencer April 27, 2011, 3:45 pm

    Kaplan-type materials are a good place to start. Very concise and consolidated. It is basically a profession created around getting people to pass these tests. It could take you years to develop actual working knowledge in each of these areas. Kaplan narrows it right down. This is an awesome undertaking!

  • Jimmy June 6, 2011, 11:37 pm

    Did you give up Josh? How come you have not posted anything on your progress?