Growing up in rural India, Dr. Samuel Kadavakollu, Ph.D., (aka Dr. K) was raised to believe that money should never be a barrier to education. Now, as an assistant professor at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM), he is sharing his knowledge with, not just future doctors, but also other high school and college students hoping to improve scores on some of the most important exams they will take in their academic careers: the American College Test (ACT) and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Pick up the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Las Cruces magazine for the full story on Dr. K and his testing camps and read on for his best tips for making the grade on your next exam.
Tips for Testing Success
- Dr. K’s recipe for success is simple: practice, practice, practice. “My students do lots and lots of practice examinations and quizzes. In my ACT course, they took 10 full-length examinations. Same thing with the MCAT. The real MCAT has passages with five or six questions. Every day, for homework, I assign them 10 passages. Imagine how many they practice by the end of the course.”
- On multiple choice questions, Dr. K. recommends learning not just the correct response, but the incorrect answers as well. “You’re not only learning the answer to that question, but also covering four other topics,” he explains.
- Dr. K. says he often employs a “flipped classroom” method of teaching. He pre-records his lectures and the students watch them beforehand, allowing him to spend classroom time engaging with students, answering questions, and developing real-life scenarios to help them learn. He also frequently pops in on study groups around campus to offer up his assistance.
- Think ahead. In his MCAT course, Dr. K. gets his questions from Learning Catalytics which helps students prepare for the COMLEX Level 1 board exams they’ll have to take to complete their second year of medical school. “We’re training them from day one to be successful on their board exams years down the road. We’re looking at getting them well prepared for the bigger picture.”
Ready to Learn From the Master?
For more information on the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine’s MCAT prep courses, visit the Academics section at bcomnm.org.
In addition to his MCAT courses, Dr. K. is planning a community ACT prep course next summer. Community donations are invaluable for keeping these courses affordable to all students. If you’d like to contribute to the continuing education of numerous high school and college students in the region, contact Dr. Fred Hueston at the Southwest Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.