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Bulk Cooking Spreadsheet

Recently I’ve decided I wanted to get into bulk cooking, and have also been trying to teach myself how to use new commands in excel.  To make bulk cooking on the weekends easier I put together a spreadsheet that will compare user added ingredient lists against another user added list of ingredients that they have in their kitchen to generate a shopping list.  It’s nothing spectacular, but if you’re good at keeping track of what you have and don’t have in your kitchen it should make shopping a little easier if you know what you want to make during the week.

Quick run down on how to use the spreadsheet.  List all the ingredients in Column A of the Master Ingredient List Sheet.  Recipes can be added in pages R1-R10.  The formatting is important for these pages, row A is only for the names of ingredients you want the spreadsheet to search for in the Master Ingredient List page (word of warning when manipulating these cells, they seem a little finicky so I would recommend not trying to move cells around in the recipe pages). After adding the ingredients in pages R1-R10, a shopping list will be generated in the Shopping List page.  All the recipes pages are currently filled as examples of how to use the spreadsheet.

Hope someone finds this helpful!

Shopping List Spreadsheet

Mcat Flashcards

I was hesitant to do this before I got my Mcat scores back, but after receiving them I feel comfortable doing this.  I’ve attached my Anki decks from when I was studying for the Mcat this summer.  One is fairly personalized so some of the answers might not be immediately intuitive, but I hope someone somewhere might one day find them useful.  At this time I would rather not publicly release my score but using these two decks I was comfortably over 90th percentile.  Also, the first linked deck is courtesy of the Reddit user  sc4s2cg, while the second deck was made by me.

The method I used to generate my deck was to take practice tests to identify my weaknesses and to guide my studying.  Every Saturday I would take a full test following the AAMC testing guidelines.  After taking the test I would review every question on the practice test (right and wrong) and make flashcards out of every distinct fact that I was not 100% confident that I knew.  So even for questions I answered correctly I would make a flashcard for if I even felt like I was not certain I knew that fact.

I also used the practice tests to identify topics I didn’t know.  After identifying topics I would read up on whatever topic I had identified and took notes from the Princeton Review study books I was using, and then made flashcards out of my notes.

By the end of the summer and about three weeks out from the test I had accumulated a large number of flashcards and began to worry that I had forgotten some of my earlier ones, so I changed the Anki setting such that I would review each card every three days minimum so that I was constantly seeing every card I had made.  This helped me feel more confident, but such a drastic way of studying might not be necessary for others.

Anyway, I hope this helps!  If anyone finds this -and further finds it helpful-and has any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

Dropbox download links:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/43352119/MCAT%20-%20Check%20Dropbox%20on%20Saturday.apkg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/43352119/MCAT.apkg