Taking the DAT While While Working Full Time

Meet Emma Schafer, a happy DAT Bootcamp customer who recently conquered her DAT even while working a full time job. I’ve asked Emma to share her DAT experience with us.

As a student working full-time, what were some challenges you faced preparing for the DAT and how did you overcome them?

I think the biggest challenge I needed to overcome was to be flexible. I printed out the 10-week study plan, and expected to follow it exactly. However, some days I would get out of work late, take a really long time on certain sections, or just be exhausted. On days that I found myself behind and would push myself to stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning to finish, I realized that my productivity the next day was extremely low. I realized that I just needed to do what I could each day, and allotted extra time on the weekends to catch up, instead of freaking out each day about falling behind.

What advice would you have to other students working full-time while studying for the DAT?

To other students working full time, I would recommend doing small things to prepare yourself before your real ‘study season’ arrives. During the semester before I started studying, I watched chemistry lecture videos for GC and OC, and made sure to take extremely detailed notes (though I did start memorizing anything). So, when I began actually studying, I didn’t lose time having to sit and watch videos, but instead went straight into my notes and the material.

What is something you would have changed to help your study schedule go more smoothly?

I tended to neglect certain areas of Biology that I found overwhelming, such as Anatomy and Biological Diversity, and focused on areas I was more comfortable with. So, when test time approached I was left cramming for those sections. Not only did this make me nervous, but it took away from time I could have spent reviewing everything. So, making sure to focus on everything, even if it was out of my comfort zone, would have helped my schedule at the end go more smoothly.

If you have any questions, please contact me at emmalis@clemson.edu.

  • Biology24
  • General Chemistry22
  • Organic Chemistry24
  • Reading Comprehension22
  • Perceptual Ability19
  • Quantitative Reasoning22
  • Academic Average23

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