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Examkrackers MCAT Audio Osmosis with Jordan and Jon 1st Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1893858237
ISBN-10: 1893858235
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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Examkrackers
  • Audio CD: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Ruveneco Inc; 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Voelker on January 24, 2010
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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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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By A Customer on April 23, 2002
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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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These cds are great. I spent $1300 on a MCAT prep course and these cds are much more useful then the prep class material. I have actually stopped going to the prep class and just use this material and I feel like I am making more progress than I was while I was going to class. If I had known about examkrackers before I signed up for the course I would have just bought these cds and saved [a lot of money].
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AudioLearn and Audio Osmosis seem to get to the same place in their own ways. Neither is perfect. Both are helpful. Both CDs were created by highly credentialed people. They cover the same information, which bolsters the faith you can have that you're studying the proper material.

I bought AudioLearn a year after the jokes on these CDs became unbearable. Audiolearn lacks these distractions, however suffers from a problem that I hadn't anticipated: AudioLearn is as stiff as AudioLearn is corny.

AudioLearn:
-- Lectures are quite long (up to 18 minutes)
-- -- One track discusses several topics, thus making it difficult to locate specific information
-- No track listing is enclosed
-- Stiff (No contractions, no pronouns, repetitive word use)
-- -- For instance, when discussing the naming of alkanes:
-- -- -- "If the number of carbons is one, you say meth, if it is two you say eth, three you say prop, four you say but, five you say pent, six you say hex, seven you say hept, eight you say oct, nine you say non, ten you say dec."
-- Narrator sounds like Mr Sulu
-- No jokes, no sound effects
-- Mnemonics...sort of
-- -- To remember the signal that causes heart contraction: "just think of the letters SABP"... 'cause that's catchy.

AudioOsmosis:
-- Short lectures make it easy to find a particular topic
-- The jokes, gongs, applause, & laughtrack distract
-- -- They account for 20% of the lecutres
-- -- I can't stress enough how distracting they are
-- Jordan & John's co-narration makes listening more intersting
-- MAMA: Mnemonics Are Memory Aids
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