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Examkrackers MCAT Audio Osmosis with Jordan and Jon [Audiobook, Unknown format] [Audio CD]

by Jonathan Orsay
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

November 5, 2001 1893858235 978-1893858237 1
Audio Osmosis is the most comprehensive audio MCAT product on the market. Two of the most experienced MCAT professionals in the country discuss everything tested on the MCAT. Explanations are conceptual, thorough, and include formulas. Audio Osmosis can be used alone or in conjunction with the ExamKrackers MCAT study Manuals to study for the MCAT. 12 audio CDs with convenient reference tracks so you can skip backwards or forwards to review weak areas over and over until they become strengths. Over 13 hours of discussion in a format that will keep you awake.

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Convenient & Effective, April 23, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from Virginia USA I used the Audio Osmosis CDs, my textbooks, and AAMC practice tests for self-directed MCAT prep. In my opinion, A.O. is a great bargain; I am very glad I "took a chance" on it rather than blowing $1K+ on a prep class. All I wanted, and what I got from A.O., was a clear, concise refresher of the science covered on the MCAT (as a post-bacc premed, my general chem and physics are about 7 years old). To boot, they also give a useful "strategy" for the verbal reasoning section - worked for me.

In short, I found Jon's description hits its mark: the CDs condense many major concepts into a series of compact, conversational lectures (and they're portable and repeatable). Dense topics are frequently leavened with humor and goofy sound effects - these also generally make factoids and rules-of-thumb stick in your head. Please note that a few errors slipped through, you'll probably catch them, but you can also check their website for the short list of errata. Finally, the authors support their product(s) personally via a bulletin board system on their website.
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From the Author

When I heard about an all-audio product for MCAT, I was skeptical. I knew that all the information tested by the MCAT couldn't be crammed into a couple of hours of cassette tapes, and with no visual cues it would be very difficult to command attention. In addition, the slow cassette rewind button nullifies the easy playback advantage of audio. But with a CD product, I began to see that audio had certain advantages. And with two people discussing MCAT, as opposed to just one person reading from a book, audio allowed science concepts to be explored in depth. Still, 13+ hours of straight science is tough to swallow, so we added humor and sound effects, which we quickly discovered could act as excellent memory aids and increased attention spans and retention of material. I am proud to have been a part of the production of Audio Osmosis, which I consider to be pioneering work in the area of audio learning. I hope that you find it useful in the pursuit of your! medical career.

Product Details

  • Series: Examkrackers
  • Audio CD: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Osote Publishing; 1 edition (November 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893858235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893858237
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 10.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
198 of 203 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
(Update 2011/06/07 - I increased the star rating to three, as I think, in hindsight, one was a bit harsh)

I bought these CDs for my wife, who is studying for the MCAT exam. This, along with hundreds of dollars worth of other assorted books and materials to help her prepare for it. We do not have a lot of money to spend on these materials as we are both university students (well, I just graduated) but we are willing to pay a high price for these items because we consider the benefit that my wife receives from them - a higher MCAT score - very important to our family's future success and a good investment. We feel the high price can be justified.

What I cannot tolerate is having recently discovered a list of numerous factual errors on these CDs, which I have verified myself by listening to them. This would not bother me so much if ExamKrackers had bothered to press a second edition of the CDs to correct these errors (I understand that people make mistakes, which is one of the main reasons for continuing editions of educational materials) or put a paper insert into the current CD set detailing these mistakes. The best they can do is admit to the errors on their website forums as "errata".

Maybe I'm still a little grumpy from spending so much money on numerous studying materials, but I felt the need to write this low-star review and get this information out to others so that intelligent buying decisions can be made by all.

Below is the list of errors. Note that I did not compile this list, but am simply sharing it for the benefit of others.

CD #3 Track 17: The terms 'cohesive' and 'adhesive' are reversed when Jordan says:
"The cohesive forces of water to glass are greater than the adhesive forces of water to water.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good way to organize/pace your review... October 2, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm satisfied with my 35, and I give these CDs a fair bit of the credit. I'd recommend, as another reviewer has, taking notes the first time through. It is a bit time consuming to do that, but you'll engage another learning modality. I think such an approach really helps drive home concepts later while listening over and over...and porta-lecture is the true beauty/benefit of AO CDs.
Yes, the humor and sound effects are goofy and sometimes get carried away, but generally they are welcome breathers. I'd second the call for a revision that maybe shortens some of the longer comedy bits. But after a few listens, you'll know when to hit the ">>" button.

I just can't see paying $1,000 for such a class, given resources like the AO CDs, the plethora of study books (by various companies including Kaplan), your textbooks and notes, and cold AAMC exams (be sure you self-administer, timed, several of these!!). AO CDs are broken into topical lectures so you can create a very efficient schedule of study and there is website where questions can be posted to the lecturers. Just be sure to listen frequently and actively for 3 months; don't take "osmosis" literally, you need to think...Good luck!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convenient & Effective April 23, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I used the Audio Osmosis CDs, my textbooks, and AAMC practice tests for self-directed MCAT prep. In my opinion, A.O. is a great bargain; I am very glad I "took a chance" on it rather than blowing $1K+ on a prep class. All I wanted, and what I got from A.O., was a clear, concise refresher of the science covered on the MCAT (as a post-bacc premed, my general chem and physics are about 7 years old). To boot, they also give a useful "strategy" for the verbal reasoning section - worked for me.
In short, I found Jon's description hits its mark: the CDs condense many major concepts into a series of compact, conversational lectures (and they're portable and repeatable). Dense topics are frequently leavened with humor and goofy sound effects - these also generally make factoids and rules-of-thumb stick in your head. Please note that a few errors slipped through, you'll probably catch them, but you can also check their website for the short list of errata. Finally, the authors support their product(s) personally via a bulletin board system on their website.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to SUPPLEMENT your studying! September 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I would not recommend "studying" straight from these audio CD's, though it can be done. Instead, it is very helpful to REVIEW the topics you're uncomfortable with. I listened to them in the car, in my lab job, before bed. They offer great flexibility to one's studying and the jokes help you relax a bit and not be so tense. The topics are covered with depth and help you become more INTUITIVE with the science.
Because the audio CD's go closely with the Examcrackers books, it feels like you can supplement a "lecture" with the great books. These guys are the best hands down on MCAT materials and have an online message board to answer any questions (very quickly too).
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent of prep for MCAT February 20, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
These 12 CDs are excellent for prep for MCAT. Because of these CDs, my score went from a 22 (6v, 7ps, 9bs) to a 26 (7v,9ps,10bs). This may not seem like its that good of an improvement, but I did almost no other studying besides listening to these CDs. The physics and gem chem sections are the best because they explain the subjects conceptually, which helps enormously on the real mcat. Very highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Pre
Arrived one time, as expected. This is a great option to get some MCAT prep in while driving back and forth from work and school.
Published 5 days ago by jsense1937
4.0 out of 5 stars A good study along side with your book information
I work in a lab for ten hour shifts and I like that I can study while I work. I use these audios with my actual book material. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mia
5.0 out of 5 stars Study hard, study every minute
Listened over and over in spare time, it reinforces some topics and cleared up others. Worth the effort to use. Got a great MCAT and this helped.
Published 4 months ago by bettreads
2.0 out of 5 stars Too cheesy and expensive
I realize J&J are trying to make learning this stuff more fun, and tend to be a little on the cheesy side myself sometimes, but this was too much for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource!
Great purchase!!! I listen to this in the car and at night to review topics then read the material and follow up with questions. Sooooo much clearer and better than Kaplan... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study Aid
This series has helped me immensely in studying for the MCAT. Their concise presentation of the material made it easy to understand what will be tested and the best ways to study... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Christopher H.
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this if preparing for MCAT
A cleaver way of teaching and explaining that sticks in your head and they are right on with what you need to know. Read more
Published 13 months ago by alice900
5.0 out of 5 stars Best supplemental MCAT study tool
EK Audio Osmosis was by far the most helpful study tool I encountered while studying for the MCAT. Note that it is not designed to serve as your only means of studying, but is an... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for on the go studying
Great investment.
Audio Osmosis is great for reviewing what you have been studying. I would not encourage someone to only use this product for mcat prep, rather it is only... Read more
Published 14 months ago by lisa michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars The best for MCAT
forget about Kaplan- why pay 5,000 when you can get better instruction for way less? Examkrackers materials review the subject matter concisely and well, giving you a real strategy... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rabbit Ripperton
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