121 episodes

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.

The MCAT CARS Podcast Ryan Gray, MD with Jack Westin

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 72 Ratings

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.

    121: Understanding Passage Structures and Interpreting Tone

    121: Understanding Passage Structures and Interpreting Tone

    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:https://medicalschoolhq.net/cars-121-understanding-passage-structures-and-interpreting-tone/ (Full Episode Blog Post)
    https://medicalschoolhq.net/meded-media/ (Meded Media)
    http://www.medicalschoolhq.net/jackwestin (Jack Westin)
    Link to the article:
    https://reallifemag.com/more-than-a-feeling/ (https://reallifemag.com/more-than-a-feeling/)

    • 22 min
    120: Exploring Hypnosis in Comparison to Psych Experiments

    120: Exploring Hypnosis in Comparison to Psych Experiments

    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:https://medicalschoolhq.net/cars-120-exploring-hypnosis-in-comparison-to-psych-experiments/ (Full Episode Blog Post)
    https://medicalschoolhq.net/meded-media/ (Meded Media)
    http://www.medicalschoolhq.net/jackwestin (Jack Westin)
    Link to the article:
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hypnosis-experts-cast-doubt-on-famous-psychological-experiments/ (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hypnosis-experts-cast-doubt-on-famous-psychological-experiments/)

    • 20 min
    119: How to Discern Facts, Assumptions, and Opinions in CARS

    119: How to Discern Facts, Assumptions, and Opinions in CARS

    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:https://medicalschoolhq.net/cars-119-how-to-discern-facts-assumptions-and-opinions-in-cars/ (Full Episode Blog Post)
    https://medicalschoolhq.net/meded-media/ (Meded Media)
    http://www.medicalschoolhq.net/jackwestin (Jack Westin)
    Link to the article:
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/28/first-winged-reptiles-were-clumsy-flyers-research-suggests (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/28/first-winged-reptiles-were-clumsy-flyers-research-suggests)

    • 20 min
    118: Practicing Empathy With MCAT CARS Passages

    118: Practicing Empathy With MCAT CARS Passages

    In this episode, Jack and I discuss how to find article passages that are similar to MCAT CARS passages.
    Links:https://medicalschoolhq.net/cars-118-practicing-empathy-with-mcat-cars-passages/ (Full Episode Blog Post)
    https://medicalschoolhq.net/meded-media/ (Meded Media)
    http://www.medicalschoolhq.net/jackwestin (Jack Westin)
    https://aldaily.com/ (aldaily.com)
    Link to the article:
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2020/oct/28/the-worlds-banks-must-start-to-value-nature-and-stop-paying-for-its-destruction-aoe (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2020/oct/28)

    • 23 min
    117: How to Critically Think When Reading Deep Passages

    117: How to Critically Think When Reading Deep Passages

    MCAT passages are all about giving a message. You don't have to understand everything, but you can't make just assume or predict things that aren't there.
    Links:https://medicalschoolhq.net/cars-117-how-to-critically-think-when-reading-deep-passages/ (Full Episode Blog Post)
    https://medicalschoolhq.net/meded-media/ (Meded Media)
    http://www.medicalschoolhq.net/jackwestin (Jack Westin)
    Link to the article:
    https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/roots-reality (https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/roots-reality)

    • 27 min
    116: Taking MCAT CARS to Outer Space and Beyond

    116: Taking MCAT CARS to Outer Space and Beyond

    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:https://medicalschoolhq.net/cars-116-taking-mcat-cars-to-outer-space-and-beyond/ (Full Episode Blog Post)
    https://medicalschoolhq.net/meded-media/ (Meded Media)
    http://www.medicalschoolhq.net/jackwestin (Jack Westin)
    Link to the article:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/10/rogue-planets-milky-way/616897/ (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/10/rogue-planets-milky-way/616897/)

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Mikzeroni ,

121 --> 125

This show and JW's practice passages/course trial session helped me raise my official CARS score from a 121 to a 125! There is hope! Thanks Dr. Ryan Gray for this podcast

Puhtreecuh ,

Great Advice

I listened to 3 episode and already I’m understand HOW TO read these passages. My accuracy on questions has increased but I need to work on my timing!! I am faithful this will come in time!! Thank you Jack Westin and MedEdMedia for all your free material! I really appreciate it! The QUALITY from you guys is unmatched. I thank God for you guys!!

From CT with love/appreciation

Jack's #1 Fans (JK and AA) ,

Podcast Review

Jack Westin is revolutionary - Before we discovered Jack, we spent a tremendous amount of time and energy struggling to get through a single MCAT CARS passage. Over time, we had built bad habits including going back to the passage for each question and failing to grasp the main idea. After speaking with Jack, we not only learned to break negative habits, but we began to build a positive mindset to our approach to MCAT CARS. Believe it or not, we began to put ourselves in the authors' shoes and genuinely began enjoying reading, what others may consider, extremely dull, boring passages. We would highly recommend listening to this podcast, and similar to us, you too will learn to enjoy doing passages just like we did!

P.S. Jack, you are a blast!

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