Pre-med students: Consider taking HPPLC’s MCAT Prep Workshop – it starts September 19!

If you are taking the MCAT next summer, you need to start preparing NOW!

Register for the Health Professions and Prelaw Center’s MCAT Prep Workshop to help you prepare to take the MCAT in spring or summer 2017.

HPPLC’s MCAT Prep Workshop has been re-designed to help prepare students to succeed on the new version of the MCAT Exam.  The instructors for the course have thoroughly analyzed the guidelines provided by the AAMC on the foundational concepts tested on the new version of the exam in order to determine what skills students will need.  Each instructor will design his/her section of the course to help students develop the tools needed for success on the exam.  Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and independent reasoning skills, as well as test-taking strategies.

The course will begin the week of September 19, 2016.  Registration has started and spaces are available.  If you would like to enroll in the course, please see the instructions below on how to register.

The course fee is $650 and will be charged to your bursar’s account.  Books are not included in the cost of the course, and must be purchased separately (available online).  Students in the workshop will receive computerized versions of two practice exams and access to the AAMC’s Official MCAT Section Bank, as well as class handouts free of charge.

The course is designed to help students prepare to take the revised MCAT in spring or summer 2017.  It will run from the week of September 19, 2016 to March 29, 2017. Students register for either a Monday night or Wednesday night session.  Unfortunately, this course will not work for students planning to take the MCAT in January 2017.

The teachers of our workshop are all experienced college instructors, with expertise in their respective areas of MCAT preparation. Please see the teacher biographies below for more information.

Please note that the MCAT Prep Workshop is not a substitute for completing college-level coursework in the content areas to be covered on the exam.  The approach of the course assumes that students have completed, or are in the process of completing, coursework that covers the basic concepts that appear on the MCAT exam.  The MCAT Prep Workshop focuses on further developing a student’s problem-solving and independent reasoning skills.

Not every student will need to enroll in a prep course in order to succeed on the MCAT.  Whether you are enrolled in our MCAT Prep Course or not, you are welcome to meet with a premed advisor to discuss strategies for MCAT preparation.  We want you to succeed!


WHEN:  Monday nights or Wednesday nights, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (students have the option of registering for either session and attend only one night per week).

FEE:  $650.00 (does not include cost of books).

TEXTS: Kaplan MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review (Third Edition) (Available at Amazon); MCAT 2015 – The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam (Fourth Edition) (Available at the AAMC website or from Amazon).

 (Books must be purchased separately, and the cost of the books is not included in the fee for the course.)

LOCATION:  Teter F258

HOW TO REGISTER:  If you would like to register, please drop by Maxwell Hall 010 or send email to




Please note: In order to continue to offer this course at low cost to IU students the withdrawal policy will be very strictly enforced.  If you decide to cancel your registration you must do so in a timely manner according to the withdrawal policy stated on the authorization form so that another student can be allowed to register.

About our instructors:

AISHA BURTON (Biology): Aisha received her B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a current Ph.D candidate in Microbiology at Indiana University. She has been an Associate Instructor (AI) for Microbiology Lab (M215/M315) for a few years and for Biology for Educators (Q201) for a semester. Additionally, Aisha has been a tutor in Introductory Science and Math for the Academic Support Centers (ASC) for several semesters. She is currently researching how a bacteriophage present on a plasmid in an ancestral strain of B. subtilis is activated and regulated.


LISA CONNOLLY (Psychology): Dr. Lisa L. Connolly is an Associate Professor at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Indiana. She completed a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis in 2010. Dr. Connolly completed a master’s degree in counseling and holds an LMHC (licensed mental health counselor) license in the State of Indiana and has over 20 years experience working with people with significant behavioral challenges. Moving into academia has allowed her to focus on her first love of teaching both in the classroom and at conferences at the local and national level. Her areas of research interest are in gerontology, youth work and marginalized populations of people.


KYLE HAGNER (Physics): Kyle has M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering (Purdue) and Physics (IU) with minors in Mathematics and Biology and is currently a Biophysics PhD student at IU. He has served as an associate instructor for the lab and discussion portions of General Physics II (P202) at IU and has served as a private tutor for various general physics and mathematics courses. His current research focuses on the evolution of the quaternary structure of highly conserved proteins.


SARAH LINDAHL (Chemistry): Sarah received her B.S. in chemistry from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for both her teaching and research. She has been an associate instructor for a variety of organic and inorganic chemistry courses as well as an individual tutor for undergraduate students taking general and inorganic chemistry. Presently, Sarah’s research focuses on the development of dual action metalloenediyne therapeutics.


BIANCA MANAGO (Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills and Sociology): Bianca Manago is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. She earned her BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Texas A&M in 2011. She went on to earn an MS in sociology from Texas A&M in 2013, and an MS in applied statistics from Indiana University in 2015. She has been an Associate Instructor for graduate-level statistics and sociology courses at Indiana University, and has served as a statistical consultant for the Karl Schuessler Institute for Social Research at Indiana University. She is also the Assistant Lab Director for IU’s Sociology Lab. Her current research uses multiple methods to investigate stigma and status processes associated with mental and physical illness.


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