If you’re a pre-med student, we completely understand how every penny you have is a penny you need to save for medical school applications. That’s why we love free resources.
Here we’ve compiled our favorite free lectures, practice questions, games, and flashcard sites for science, biology, and pre-med students.
Khan Academy is the resource everyone should use in college-level science and/or pre-med courses. This site has health and medicine related classes and even an MCAT prep course, but our favorite subject remains Organic Chemistry. It’s the class that destroys the self esteem of pre-med students everywhere, and Khan Academy makes it so much easier to understand. Their videos are simple and structured as if a tutor is sitting in the room with you explaining a concept. Plus, interspersed between the videos, they now have practice questions and written recaps to help solidify information. Here you can find resources for almost every science and math class you encounter before going on to higher ed.
If you’re taking a class in biology, anatomy, physiology, or preparing for the MCAT – this is your guy. He explains concepts just long enough to make you actually understand it (not just memorize it), but without boring you to death. You can either watch his videos for free on YouTube or on his website.
These videos are not going to replace your lectures. However, we found that for most physical science and biology classes, you can find something on his playlist that fits into your syllabus. Plus, everyone binge-watches videos occasionally. When you do, these are the videos you should binge. He makes complicated concepts extremely entertaining and the imagery in the videos will guarantee you never forget what he said. If you like his stuff, we suggest checking out his Immunology book as well. It’s way better than a standard textbook.
If you’re taking a biochemistry course, you should check this site out. It has a decent selection of drag-and-drop games that help you memorize impossibly long reactions and pathways.
This is an extremely deep set of YouTube videos originally made by a guy named Hank (and we still prefer the videos he makes to those his employees create). These are incredible at explaining concepts from the ground up. We highly recommend choosing a playlist and watching a video from it daily after your corresponding lectures in school. Typically the playlists have videos in sequential order that build on each other, so you don’t want to skip around. Overall, it’s an excellent way to refresh your memory on a topic and clarify any confusing points.
This free flashcard site lets you search pre-made flashcard decks, or create your own. We love it because you can do standard flashcards, set it to “learn” mode, or play games with the cards. It’s easy to use and a good way to study.
Once you’re nearing the end of your pre-med years, we’ve also compiled a list of free resources for MCAT prep and will be posting them here soon!
-The ChartFlow Team