Earth Day 2014 is here and billions of people around the world take action to commemorate the annual event. The theme this year is “Green Cities.” The idea is that through collective action, cities can be transformed to build a sustainable future.

“As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever,” according to the Earth Day Network’s website.

Online MCAT preparation can be one of your green acts this year.

Seriously. Here’s why:

  1. A study by the Open University, “Towards Sustainable Higher Education: Environmental Impacts of Campus-Based and Distance Higher Education Systems,” found that on average, the production and provision of distance learning courses consumed less energy and produced fewer CO2 emissions than traditional on-campus courses. Specifically, nearly 90 percent less energy and produced 85 percent fewer CO2 emissions per student than conventional campus-based university courses. The one main factor contributing to the significant results was the reduction in the amount of student travel. When everything was all said and done, it was more energy efficient to study from home!
  2. Taking online courses save trees by saving paper. Period.
  3. Online courses help to conserve energy by burning less gas to get to the class location. What if the thousands of pre-meds who take the MCAT eachyear (last year 94,907 MCATs were administered) decided to study online?

It’s something to think about. Online classes may require more discipline; and you may have less interactions with your instructor and other students. There are pros and cons to whichever MCAT preparation option you choose (in-person, online, self-study).

“Earth Day” MCAT Prep Discount (PreMedLife Readers Receive 10% Discount)

Lucky for you, M Prep, a website designed to encouraged students to practice for the MCAT every day, is offering a sample eCourse and info session today (4/22)! Learn some helpful strategies for test day and see how this eco-friendly MCAT prep company 😉 helps their students average a 30 on the MCAT. Sign for the FREE event here.

And if you like what you see, M Prep is also teaming up with PreMedLife to offer a 10% discount with code PREMEDLIFE. Enter the discount code when signing up for the eCourse to receive a 10% discount off the price of the course!

As you research your options for MCAT prep, check out and use the code PREMEDLIFE for the 10% off discount, a special treat for PreMedLife readers!