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The CARS section of the MCAT gives thousands of premeds nightmares every night. Whether you're an ESL student, lack confidence while reading, or are a slow reader like me, Jack Westin and the Medical School Headquarters are here to help you score higher in every section so that you can be confident you are ready to get the MCAT score of your dreams.
 
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Tone provides a deeper sense of one's attitude. Understanding tones and structures in a CARS passage will help you get a better sense of the passage and author. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://reallifemag.com/more-than-a-feeling/By Ryan Gray, MD with Jack Westin
 
If you want more free practice for MCAT CARS, visit jackwestin.com. Today, Jack and I focus on learning as we read this passage about hypnosis. Listen now! Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hypnosis-experts-cast-doubt-on-famous-psychological-experiments/…
 
Today, we talked about the difference between facts and opinions/assumptions that sounds factual. Understanding the differences can help you score high in CARS. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/28/first-winged-reptiles-were-clumsy-flyers-research-suggests…
 
The recent landing of the Mars Perseverance rover reminds us that our universe is vast, as are opinions on the MCAT. What are my thoughts? Listen to find out! Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/10/rogue-planets-milky-way/616897/…
 
Experiment-based passages are found all over the MCAT. Today, we focused on following the details of the passage, and keeping track of the different ideas. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/media-multitasking-disrupts-memory-even-in-young-adults/…
 
We all think of the world in specific ways. However, success in CARS requires you to keep an open mind. Leave your biases at the door and question everything. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-social-media-makes-us-more-polarized-and-how-to-fix-it/…
 
This week, we look at the consequences of using apps that exploit user data. We discuss how to determine the author's tone from keywords throughout the passage. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://reallifemag.com/subscriber-city/By Ryan Gray, MD with Jack Westin
 
Today, we discuss how to approach questions within MCAT CARS passages. Don't insert your own answers! Let the author convince you with evidence and examples. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/10/gas-stoves-are-bad-you-and-environment/616700/…
 
Today we look at trends in the author's voice and context specifics. Join us as we dive into this passage on elections and voting outcome predictions. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://reallifemag.com/what-the-chart-wants/By Ryan Gray, MD with Jack Westin
 
Does charity crowdfunding create similar choices to "Would You Rather?" That's what Jack and I discuss in today's thought-provoking MCAT CARS practice passage. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://reallifemag.com/mercy-markets/By Ryan Gray, MD with Jack Westin
 
Today, we examine an MCAT CARS practice passage about Google Earth and discuss the importance of reading a passage and paying attention to the details. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://reallifemag.com/springtime-everywhere/By Ryan Gray, MD with Jack Westin
 
What should you pay attention to when you come across straight-forward passage on the MCAT? Jack gives us tips for how to tackle deceptively-easy passages Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2046694228515/pleasant-dreamsBy Ryan Gray, MD with Jack Westin
 
Today we talk about assumptions and the connections we make as we tackle this MCAT CARS passage about adaptability and evolution. Join us! Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://theconversation.com/chimpanzees-in-volatile-habitats-evolved-to-behave-more-flexibly-it-could-help-them-weather-climate-change-1…
 
Today's passage is all about brain training. Maybe it will help you with your MCAT CARS prep! Don't forget to read the text first and then come back and listen. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Email jack@jackwestin.com Link to the article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-brain-training-actually-work/…
 
We read a passage about how language and culture are commonly conflated. And we discuss what to do when you're confronted with words you don't know! Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Link to the article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/were-french-people-born-to-speak-frenchBy Ryan Gray, MD with Jack Westin
 
Today we read a passage about England that exemplifies the importance of contrast words like "yet," "but," and "however" in MCAT CARS passages. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200724-colonial-countryside-facing-up-to-britains-murky-past…
 
In the CARS Practice Passage, Dr. Gray and Jack Westin unfold this passage about Ellen Degeneres and always having to be a "nice person." Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/ellen-degeneress-relatability-crisisBy Ryan Gray, MD with Jack Westin
 
What do you do when you get to a passage that you have no clue what it is talking about? We dive into how to break it down and defeat the passage. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/08/accidental-creation-hybrid-fish/614974/…
 
Are you just beginning CARS prep? We take a look at a fundamental passage to understanding tone in CARS passages. The deed is done and what that means. https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/cancelling-flannery-oconnor Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/cancelling-flannery-oconn…
 
In this CARS practice passage, Jack and I take a look at a great article about the robots taking over the world. Come learn how to better our MCAT CARS score! Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://reallifemag.com/automatic-for-the-bosses/By Ryan Gray, MD with Jack Westin
 
The movie Clueless is a classic. In our passage today, we learn about the makeover storyline and how Clueless was also a makeover movie. Read and follow along! Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Jack Westin’s CASPER strategy course Link to the article: https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200716-how-clueless-transformed-the-movi…
 
Science and society are captivated by the inexplicable synchrony of the natural world, but are we missing the evolutionary significance of the outliers? Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to the article: https://www.quantamagazine.org/out-of-sync-loners-may-secretly-protect-orderly-swarms-20200521/…
 
Some of the smartest machines on earth can't tell you what would happen if you dropped a match on a stack of logs—so, are they really that smart? Let's discuss! Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Jack Westin’s Chrome extension Link to the article: https://www.quantamagazine.org/common-sense-comes-to-computers-20200430/…
 
How should you approach MCAT CARS passages about random topics? We analyze a passage about rebel botanists to show you how to uncover the point of the passage. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/01/not-just-weeds-how-rebel-botanists-are-using-graffiti-to-name-forgotten-flora-aoe Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin…
 
Easy CARS passages are often accompanied by tough questions. We'll show you how to interpret the author's message and what types of questions you might expect. Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to article: http://nautil.us/issue/46/balance/why-power-brings-out-your-true-selfBy Ryan Gray
 
Using our CARS skills, Jack Westin and I tackle this TOUGH practice passage and learn about how social physics can be used to predict human behavior. Join us! Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Check out our YouTube channel on Premed.tv Jack Westin Jack Westin’s YouTube videos Link to article: https://www.realclearscience.com/2019/07/10/can_…
 
What kinds of emotions do animals feel? Are they similar to human emotions? How should we address personal biases when answering CARS questions? Let's discuss! Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media JackWestin Link to article: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_kind_of_emotions_do_animals_feel…
 
Using our CARS skills, we'll look at the cultural significance and history of first words. What types of questions might students see from this passage? Links: Full Episode Blog Post Meded Media Jack Westin Link to article: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/07/26/a-cultural-history-of-first-words/…
 
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