MCAT Problem-Based Learning
MCAT Problem-based learning (PBL) is an active student-directed learning process guided by tutors. Students meet in small groups for 3 hours three times per week for 6 weeks to process MCAT-like passages and solve MCAT-like questions using PBL principles. Most of the tutors have completed at least the first of the medical curriculum at Indiana University School of Medicine and have experience in PBL techniques.
The goals of the MCAT PBL are as follows:
- Use MCAT-like passages to promote student understanding of the MCAT
- Enhance student confidence through mastery of test-taking skills
- Promote students' reasoning and problem solving skills through analysis of MCAT passages to identify significant facts, identify learning issues, make appropriate answer choices.
- Provide a learning environment in which students collaboratively direct their own learning.
- Enhance student's knowledge base and life-long learning skills through self-directed inquiry on learning issues.