Meet your awesome MCAT Mastery Mentors
We’re more than just your tutors; we’re your friends that lift you up when you’re discouraged, we’re your coaches that hold you accountable and give you unfiltered feedback, we’re your strategy-focused mentors that show you the MCAT CAN be mastered and your score CAN improve quickly with a focus on strategy, mindset, practice, and learning exactly how to think through this exam like a future doctor.
MCAT Score: 515
Having to manage a full course load, work, extracurriculars and more during her MCAT prep, Ariana went from scoring in the 490s to a 515 on the MCAT in just 3 months, with a 98th percentile CARS score.
"As a somewhat nontraditional student, I decided to go to medical school during my senior year. I realized the MCAT was the biggest hurdle standing between me and applying to medical school, but I also knew I had other commitments that I needed to keep up with. I juggled MCAT studying, a full course load, work, extracurricular activities, and being a caretaker for my father who had been recently diagnosed with advanced stage cancer. During my MCAT journey I learned some important lessons, like how to capitalize on the sections you're good at; how to increase your weaker areas; and how to create a schedule around your other activities, so that you can improve your score. I know what it is like to have obligations other than the MCAT and had to find the best way to manage a schedule, so that I could achieve a good score even when I couldn’t commit 8 hours a day. I would love to share what I have learned with you to help you raise your score, while still balancing your life. Scoring well on the MCAT is possible and I look forward to working with you!"
MCAT Score: 524
Despite receiving poor practice scores and feeling lack of motivation to study, Mehul made the commitment to focused strategic studying. In 3.5 months, took launched his score from the low 500s to a 524 (100th percentile) on test day!
"Hi! My name is Mehul and I’m a currently studying neuroscience in Canada. I wrote the MCAT in summer 2020 and would love to help you achieve the MCAT score you’re aiming for! I know that the MCAT prep process can sometimes feel incredibly long and tedious, and that it’s hard at times to find the motivation to continue. I’ve also faced problems remaining positive in light of a poor practice test score or after continuing to make the same mistakes again and again for weeks on end. But I managed to overcome these hurdles, and totally believe that you can too! I’ve been tutoring in some form or another for about 7 years, and absolutely love teaching. I’m going to focus on strategies, tips, and tricks that I used during my MCAT experience as well as ways I learned to approach AAMC-style questions so that you can learn how to actually write the exam, not just study forward.
MCAT Score: 519
2.5 months before his test date, Joe was scoring in the 500-505 range. In less than 10 weeks, he ended up increasing his score by more than 14 points to a 519 on the MCAT! The most amazing part? As a firm believer in the importance of positivity and strategic improvement, while studying himself, Joe also helped his peer achieve a 15+ point increase in that same time frame!
"Hello! My name is Joseph and I am excited to be your tutor! I am from Phoenix, Arizona, and just recently graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Microbiology. I love to play the cello and am passionate about music and both scientific and artistic aspects of life. I studied for the MCAT the summer after graduation and took it after 3 months of studying. I received a 97th percentile score, and have helped some of my friends with their studying too. I believe I have a good grasp of visualizing concepts and obtaining a higher level of understanding that will help you with your MCAT. I am always looking to help and encourage struggling students. To help you increase your score, I will teach you how to effectively eliminate wrong answer choices, and then demonstrate effective reasoning strategies that will lead you to a confident answer. I will ask you questions throughout that will hopefully guide you along the way. I’m looking forward to helping you raise your score!”
MCAT Score: 519
When Serena took the MCAT for the first time in January, she scored a 505 which was nowhere near her score goal. She knew she had to retake but with difficult classes in her last semester and applications, she had to reschedule her test date for July (after getting a 499 diagnostic score in May). She began focused strategic studying in June and in about 6 weeks she managed to skyrocket her score to a 519 by test day!
"Hi! I’m Serena and first off, I want you to know that I’m an experienced tutor. I was an ESL tutor for adult immigrants, so I have that teaching experience under my belt. When it comes to the MCAT, I completely understand the struggle that many students go through, and how discouraging it can feel at times because I was in that same boat! As a tutor, I want to help you find your strengths and weaknesses and from there, help you develop habits to kill the MCAT. As your MCAT tutor, I not only want to help you succeed on your test, but I also want to be there for you as a mentor and a friend. I will share with you all the tips and tricks that helped me get my dream score, and listen to your concerns so that I can help you develop new strategies that will suit your specific needs on the exam! I’m looking forward to helping you with your prep- and getting you to your score goal by your test date!”
MCAT Score: 522
Ana’s MCAT journey was not smooth-sailing. She knew starting her prep that she would encounter many issues with content and motivation. In fact, 60 days before her test, Ana scored a 490. In that short amount of time, she figured out and implemented smarter strategies specifically for the MCAT and ended up skyrocketing her score by 30+ points to an amazing 522 (99th percentile) on test day!
"Hello! I decided to study engineering in college because I always excelled in math and the hard sciences (physics, chemistry). However, I knew that memorization was a major weak point of mine. I began studying 10 weeks before my test date and my first score was in the 490s. In the next month, I focused on reviewing and took over 6+ FLs in the next 6 weeks. I ultimately scored at 522 on the test, a higher score than I ever dreamed of achieving. With my engineering background, I offer a systematic approach to help students approach the Physics and Chemistry sections- often thought of as one of the "scarier" sections. I am currently a fourth year medical student applying to general surgery residencies at top programs around the country. I also offer a strong knowledge of anatomy and basic science, and can help students hone in on the most important topics in Biology and Biochemistry. Most of all, I hope that my journey can serve as an inspiration to others who hope to give the MCAT their very best shot. I look forward to encouraging you in your journey to stay motivated, work hard, and truly believe in your abilities.”
MCAT Score: 520
Starting his MCAT prep, Hanes knew he was going to be challenged. Keeping himself motivated was an obstacle and time management was complicated when he had a full schedule. As he continued his prep, he found himself scoring lower than he wanted because he was overthinking the passages. Once he started to approach with better strategies, he increased his score from a 500 to a 520 (98th percentile) in 3 months!
"I have a heart for helping students who are seeking a combination of motivation, confidence, and content-review in their MCAT journey. I focus on supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of my students as these areas were vital to my own MCAT success. Initially, the idea of doing well on the MCAT was an anxiety-provoking and unattainable goal. It took my own three-month journey of failing, learning, practicing, growing, and failing some more to turn that goal into a reality. I can’t wait to help you conquer the MCAT!"
MCAT Score: 517
Sarah found herself scoring in the low 500s for a large portion of her MCAT prep journey. In fact, just a little over a week before test day, she scored a 507 on a practice exam, which was nowhere near her score goa. Instead of giving up, Sarah used the little time she had left to revamp her study strategies, and her mindset, to end up increasing her score by 10 points and achieving a 517 (97th percentile) MCAT score!
"I'm also familiar with how comparing yourself to others, especially on the MCAT/medical school journey, can be really difficult and damaging. This is something I struggled with and I hope to use my story to inspire you so you can achieve success and reach your goals even if it feels unattainable in the face of perceived failure like a bad practice exam score, or unsuccessful med school admissions cycle as I have experienced both of those things. I'm really looking forward to learning about your study style and helping you through a plan that works for you individually and feeling empowered in your personal plan and experiences :)"
MCAT Score: 516
Just a month before her test date, Aurian found herself scoring a 506, which was far from her score goal. In those last 4 weeks however, she improved her strategy, began to see patterns and how she needed to change her approach, and within 30 days her score had jumped 14 points to a 520 on practice tests! On exam day, she achieved an awesome 516!
"Hi, I’m Aurian! From my own experience, I was initially overwhelmed with the sheer amount of content I was expected to know. It took many weeks for me to figure out a system that worked for me. I found a system that allowed me to increase my practice test scores very quickly. In order to do well on this test, one must be able to determine where their gaps lie. Are there gaps in content, in interpreting the passage information/data, or are there gaps in logic and test-taking skills? Or more commonly, are there gaps in motivation or confidence in your own abilities? It was important to diagnose where my issues were coming from and shift my mindset into a more positive and confident one. With enough proper practice, you begin to build an intuition for high yield concepts and how the AAMC structures questions. You become more efficient at picking out relevant information and finding techniques and shortcuts that can greatly improve your score. People learn differently and what works for one student might not work for another. I look forward to helping you figure out strategies that work for you!
Why Choose To Work With Us If You Need MCAT Help: Reason 1
We all ACTUALLY struggled in our MCAT journey
NONE of us were "naturals" who scored 90+ percentile with ease and barely any prep. No one becomes a mentor with us just because of their score. If they can't relate to your experience, how can they truly help you? We all have memories of scary MCAT prep moments where scores were stuck or had gone down, or when we actually took the MCAT and scored much lower than expected. Many of us have memories of literally breaking down after getting the results of a practice (or real) MCAT test, wondering if we were cut out to be doctors. We had to push through it all. Alone.
We had to figure out the most efficient methods for EVERYTHING from creating schedules/study plans, to memorizing content, understanding it all deeply, thinking critically when it comes to passages, improving our timing/stamina, to how preparing mentally for exam day, and SO much more. We spent way too much time figuring out how to study effectively, as we struggled through this journey alone. You don't have to.
MCAT Score: 518
When she first started, Emily was extremely frustrated that her scores didn’t increase, even though she’d spent 4 months studying. However, once she decided to focus on strategy instead of content, she saw massive increases, even citing an 8 point increase in one week just weeks before her test date. Shortly afterwards, she went on to score a 518 (97th percentile) on her actual exam!
"Hi! I’m Emily and when I first began studying for the MCAT, I was extremely overwhelmed. I had no idea where to start- and the sheer amount of content seemed daunting. So out of anxiety about all the information, I spent 4 months straight reviewing content. In that time, my practice exam scores plateaued. I wasn’t improving, which was very frustrating, considering all the time I’d put in. But then I began to realize that I needed to focus less on content and more on strategy to increase my score. Finally, my scores went up. Sometimes, it’s that simple. I was focusing on the wrong thing, and now that I know that, I want to make sure no other students fall into the same trap! I know how much of a challenge studying for this exam can be, so I want to help you maximize your time- and show you what strategies actually work- so that you can increase your score fast. You can reach your score goal! And I’m excited to help you get there!”
MCAT Score: 521
Grace’s MCAT journey was not easy. She especially struggled with juggling her time as a student, along with the rest of her responsibilities while studying for the MCAT. But even with her busy schedule, within the first two months of her prep, she figured out the right strategies to increase her score from 500 to 513-515! And in the next eight weeks, her score jumped to 521(99th percentile) on test day!
Hi I'm Grace! When I first began my MCAT journey, I knew I was not a naturally strong test taker, so I worked hard to find strategies that resonated with me. I think that studying is not a one-size-fits-all sort of thing, and it is important to identify what works for you and what doesn't. As a tutor, I want to help students find the ideal approach to their studying, building off of my previous teaching experiences. While I can help with content, practice problems, and building schedules, I also hope to help you realize the importance of mental well-being and healthy studying practices for the MCAT.
MCAT Score: 521
When Mollie started her prep for the MCAT, she scored a 492 on her first practice test. It took some patience and time to get her score up to 506 - and that's where she plateaued hard. However she figured out how to revamp her approach and strategy, and in less than 60 days, she skyrocketed her score by 15 points to a 521 on test day!
Hi I'm Mollie!I graduated from UPenn in 2020. As a Division 1 athlete and Neuroscience major, I needed to manage my time wisely. When I was studying for the MCAT, I needed to balance my studying time with full-time work at a doctor’s office. After struggling to see any increases in scores from practice tests, I was very discouraged. I needed to learn how to change my strategies in order to improve, and my scores subsequently increased from there on out. Building my confidence was not easy, but through hard work, I was able to do so. Throughout my studying, I increased my score almost 30 points from my diagnostic test. I have previously worked as a tutor for High School and College students in the sciences, and have coached swimming for those of all ages. I pride myself on my ability to find the communication style that best fits those I work with.
MCAT Score: 520
As a non-traditional test taker, studying multiple hours per day while juggling a full-time job was no easy task, but her experience as a full-time teacher proved to be especially useful in analyzing her own weaknesses and strengths. Implementing focused study strategies allowed her to increase her score from a 507 to a 515 in under 60 days. Jennifer's hard work would eventually pay off when scored an amazing 520 on her test day!
"Hello, I’m Jennifer! After spending my first two years out of undergrad as a middle school science teacher, I felt ready to begin the process of applying to medical school by taking the MCAT. It hit me that it had been over two years since I had finished my science coursework and I began to fear that I had forgotten too much content knowledge. On top of that, the daunting scope of the MCAT left me feeling directionless and isolated as I began studying. I decided to put on my teacher cap and approach the content as I would a middle school lesson I was preparing to teach. Over time, I realized how applicable the strategies I used in the classroom were to the MCAT. My confidence grew as my score of 507 rose to 515 after 2 months of content review and a 523 after an additional month of test prep, before settling at a 520 on test day. I look forward to helping you!"
MCAT Score: 518
Julia scored a 518 on the MCAT, but like all of us, she faced a lot of initial struggles with the exam. For her, the most important thing to reaching her score goal was learning how to use better test-taking strategies, rather than content review - so she’ll be able to offer great advice for how to approach the passages/questions. Also her specialties are in CARS and B/B- so she’ll definitely be able to help you increase your score in those areas as well!
"Hi! I’m Julia, and I’m looking forward to tutoring you! Like most MCAT writers, my journey with the MCAT was not a smooth one. At the beginning of my process, I had a hard time seeing that the MCAT was so much more than a content-based exam, but rather a test of strategy and pacing as well! I felt like I was burning out, and didn’t know if I could do it, but once I realized both that I needed better testing strategies and that I had to be more positive in my approach, I started seeing the improvements. A 518, which seemed inaccessible before, became a reality! I’m looking forward to coaching you towards a positive frame of mind, where you can view the MCAT as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. You don’t know how capable you are. Anyone can master the MCAT! Your score goal is possible, and I’m looking forward to working with you so that you can get there!”
MCAT Score: 517
Sherry started her MCAT journey feeling lost. The combination of stress and confusion on content led her to not see any score improvement. About 6 weeks before test date, Sherry was scoring a 507. At this point, she realized that strategies and improving her mindset would be the key to increasing her score. After changing her approach, her score shot up to a 516-520 just weeks later on her practice tests, before ultimately scoring a 517 on her official MCAT!
"Hi! My name is Sherry. When I first started preparing for the MCAT, I was really overwhelmed with the amount of information. As a result, I wasted several months of time just trying to memorize everything. After several burnouts and seeing a downward trend in the low 500s on my practice tests , I became so discouraged that studying felt like torture to me. It wasn't until several more tests that I realized that test strategies and having a positive mindset is equally important. As a fellow MCAT test taker, I know how important mental health is in this process and I hope to also help cultivate a growth mindset in my tutees. I have confidence that each one of you reading this is capable of reaching whatever goal you have, and I look forward to helping you reach that target score!”
MCAT Score: 518
Going into her MCAT prep, Emmajane knew that she wouldn't be able to dedicate a lot of time to the MCAT. Between sports, academics, and work she only gave herself 3 and half weeks to prepare for her exam! Taking a more strategic approach to the prep meant that in less than 30 days, her score went from a 500 on practice to an amazing 518 on exam day!! (Even citing a 520 on a practice exam shortly before test day!)
"Hi! I'm Emmajane! I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before going to Brown University. I had to be strategic and efficient in this time crunch, because every day was a huge opportunity for raising my score. I like to plan and think strategically, so I will be able to help students figure out how to triage, organize, and approach their studying. For example, figuring out the highest priority items to memorize vs. items that just need to be recognizable. I also have a lot of experience tutoring the topics that are on the MCAT, so I've practiced different ways of explaining and drawing out concepts so that they can be digestible and intuitive. I look forward to helping you reach your goal score!”
MCAT Score: 515
In Jan 2020 Kayla found herself scoring a 500 and knew she had a long way to go. Additionally her March MCAT exam ended up canceled due to the pandemic! Unsure of what’s to come, she took advantage of this extra time to rethink her approach and utilized more effective studying strategies. At that point, she had already improved her score to a 512. By April, she scored a consecutive 518 and 521 on practice exams. On exam day, she scored a 515! This July (2022), she’ll be starting Medical School at the University of Michigan!
"Hi! My name is Kayla; I graduated from Harvard College in 2019 with a degree in psychology/neuroscience and took the MCAT in May of 2020. I did not decide to become pre-med until my junior year of college; after taking all of my requirements in two and a half years, I started preparing for my MCAT. After about a month doing content review, I saw little improvement in my score. It wasn't until I started doing practice questions and really thinking through my test taking strategies that I started seeing improvements, and I look forward to sharing the strategies that brought me up 16 points in just a few short months with you!
MCAT Score: 515
For months, while juggling a full course load and her personal life, Maya would passively study without making any significant improvements. Confused and defeated, she would end up pushing her test back a total of 7 times. Knowing that she couldn’t continue this way, she changed up her strategies and mindset.
Three months of vigorous, efficient practice led her to an awesome balanced 515 MCAT score! This year, she’ll be joining the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Medicine!
"Hi! My name is Maya, and I'm an experienced tutor with a B.S. in Biology. I know how daunting and unapproachable the MCAT can seem, but I'm here to tell you that
When I first started studying for the MCAT, I was surprised at how much I struggled to pass the 500 mark. Traditional study strategies didn't feel like they were working for me, and I pushed back my test numerous times until I finally decided to start from scratch and develop my own study plan based on anecdotal advice from hundreds of top scorers. I've spent months researching and personally testing out every strategy in the book, and I want to help you identify and apply those strategies to your own studying to help you kill the MCAT!”
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MCAT Score: 522
Pooja initially struggled with practice exams, spending so much time focused on content review and feeling defeated by a lack of improvement. She quickly improved her strategy and confidence for the MCAT and increased her score from a 499 to 508/509 in her first 4 weeks of full time studying! That's where she hit a hard plateau but once again, revamped her strategy and with less than 30 days left before her MCAT date, she once again skyrocketed her score to 522!
"Before the MCAT, during my first and second years in college, I was a chemistry tutor. I watched people get frustrated because they had learned the concepts years ago and were out of practice, or got frustrated because they understood the ideas and just couldn't get it right. When it was my turn to then study for my MCAT, I was expecting the journey to be easier, but I'm so grateful it wasn't. At the start, I thought it was just content coverage, but when I started writing practice exams, it was clearly more about rewiring my brain not only to think in the ways the MCAT asks, but also to train it to believe in myself, even when I wasn't performing up to my standards. I thought I was failing for the longest time, looking at my scores. It was then that I truly understood the feelings of my past students. Ultimately, once I started having faith in my ability to improve, I finally started seeing results. I know what it's like to feel exhausted with studying, and to doubt yourself. When I found my faith, I realized that the dedication, hard work, and confidence required to take this exam are the qualities necessary to be a successful physician. I can't give up on my future patients, no matter how difficult their cases are, so should I give up on the MCAT, or my ability to become a better test-taker? No. I got into the mindset that this journey was preparing me to become a better physician to my patients, and the gratitude I felt helped me in my darkest moments. I refuse to give up on them, and if I'm your tutor, I won't give up on you either!”
MCAT Score: 516
Self-teaching content he didn't learn from pre-reqs and working a full-time job to support his family made Henry's MCAT prep journey very challenging. With only 5 weeks left until his test date, Henry was stuck at a 500. However, in those last 35 days, Henry implemented new and focused strategies which helped boost his score by 16 points and let him score a 516 on his actual MCAT!
"Hi! My name is Henry and unlike most premeds, I actually took the MCAT during the summer of my sophomore year, yet I was still able to achieve a great score without taking pre-reqs like Biochemistry and Sociology. Since I self-taught and relearned many subjects from scratch, I know exactly what topics to focus on for the MCAT and how they’re commonly tested. During my prep, I also continued to work full time to support my family and I know exactly what it’s like to be on a major time crunch while preparing for the MCAT. I attribute my successful self-teaching to my past teaching experiences as a supplemental instructor in upper level classes (like Genetics and Anatomy and Physiology), so I will provide the same level of tutoring to our sessions. I maintain a very busy schedule, but am always ready to go above and beyond for my students! I’m so excited to help you reach your score goal!”
MCAT Score: 519
At the start of her prep, Nivi was extremely overwhelmed and intimidated by the exam- so like many of us. After a lot of frustration and scoring below her score goal on practice tests (490s), she knew she needed to change her study habits. Beginning to take into account her mental and physical well-being, along with shifting from focusing on content to strategy, Nivi was able to raise her score to a 517 on test date! In fact, in 8 weeks she increased her score by 20 points from 499 to a 519 (highest score on practice test!).
"Hi! I’m Nivi and when I first started studying for the MCAT, I was absolutely overwhelmed! I spent a lot of time trying to force myself to take notes/make flashcards for content review and I would use not being done with content as a reason to push back practice tests. When I finally started taking full-length practice tests, I freaked out on every section. Adding to that, even after months of studying, I got my lowest score yet on a FL, which was extremely discouraging. I took a break and came back determined to study in a way that worked for me. For example, I’m a visual learner so I began relying on diagrams and started watching a lot more videos for content review. Additionally, I also realized the importance of mental/physical well-being so I started exercising more regularly and meditating before my practice exams, which helped a lot. In our sessions, I’ll work with you to make sure you can be confident while studying and are focusing on techniques and methods that will actually get you the score that you want. I’m looking forward to helping you with your prep- and getting you to your score goal by your test date!”
MCAT Score: 526
When Varun first started his MCAT prep, he was struggling to balance studying with his university class schedule, which ultimately led him to score a 498 on a practice exam only 2 months before his test date. Feeling extremely discouraged, he made a conscious effort to stay positive and focus more on strategy. In just those 2 months, Varun catapulted his score by 28 points and completely dominated the MCAT on test day with a 526 (100th percentile) MCAT score!
"Hello I’m Varun and I took the MCAT this past summer while spending full-time studying. Even though I ended up succeeding, I am not a smart person, rather, I work hard. I started at a score below 500 and ended up with a score that will make me competitive at every medical school. The way I did this is simply through practice, and I can help you figure out what to practice, and how to utilize the best strategies I used to improve my timing, reading comprehension, etc. What worked for me may or may not work for other students, but I believe that I have a good grasp on multiple strategies and tips for students struggling with all different types of the MCAT. I look forward to helping you master the strategies that will bring you success on the exam!”
MCAT Score: 517
For months, Savannah felt extremely discouraged due to constantly getting the same MCAT practice score of 505. With only 21 days left left, Savannah decided she really needed to reevaluate her strategies and get past her self-doubt... And that shift in strategy and mindset payed off because Savannah increased her score by 12 points to a 517 by test date!
"Hi! My name is Savannah, and I’m looking forward to working with you! I am a recent graduate of Northwestern University, and I took the MCAT this past August. I come from a theatre/communication background and absolutely love tutoring/mentoring, so I am extremely excited to help you raise your score! Working together, I will meet you where you are, and if something doesn’t make sense via one method of explanation, I will strive to find another one that works better with your brain. My MCAT journey was not a walk in the park. I hit a major score plateau at 505- I am talking months of 505s- up to three weeks before my exam. Not only was it frustrating to feel the lack of progress, but it sent my mental health down the toilet. I was depressed, devastated, and truly had NO faith in myself or my intelligence. Even when I started seeing scores increase, my self-esteem was still so low that I couldn’t believe it. I want to help you avoid falling for the imposter syndrome, like I did, and reach your score goal without programmed self-doubt keeping you down! Looking forward to working together!”
MCAT Score: 521
From the start, Courtney knew that preparing for the MCAT was going to be challenging. Aside from learning new content, she had to also juggle a full time job, leaving her with little time to study. Despite constant frustration, she figured out the right strategies that helped her improve from scoring in the low 500s to getting a 514 on her first attempt a few months later. Only a month after then Courtney was able to skyrocket her score to a 521 (98th percentile)!
“Hello! My name is Courtney and I am very excited to use my MCAT experience to help you succeed. I recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in bioengineering and a minor in chemistry. I am currently doing a gap year as a postbac at the National Institutes of Health, where I am conducting research at the Clinical Center and applying to medical school. In my free time, I love to work out, hang out with friends, and work on projects. My MCAT journey was a long one, but so rewarding in the end. I took the test twice. The first time, I had a 6 month study plan, but did not receive the score I knew I was capable of. I decided to take a few months off and retake it again. The second time I prepped for 5 weeks and achieved a 7 point score increase (including a 5 point increase on CARS). After my first exam, I diagnosed what strategies worked and what did not for me, as well as what specific areas I needed to focus on. I believe anyone is capable of achieving the score they set their mind to, with the right strategies and preparation. I cannot wait to help you get there!”
MCAT Score: 520
Soon after Peyton first started studying for the MCAT, she saw her scores drop and was immediately discouraged, feeling like studying had been for nothing. Juggling her studying with college course made it hard to stay positive as she was stagnating in improvements. But she revamped her studying approach and strategy, and in a matter of three months she increased her score from the low 500s to a 520 (98th percentile) on the MCAT!
“Hi I’m Peyton! My approach to studying has always been super personalized, so I would love to help support you to figure out ways that work best for you! I started out my MCAT journey doing content review, and after a month of studying, my score went down. That was really discouraging, and I relate to the feeling like you're not making any progress. I want to help you figure out the ways you can be maximally efficient and effective to achieve the score you want. We can brainstorm new study strategies, going over changes I made that drastically improved my performance, and helping you understand concepts. I was involved in many things outside of studying, so learning how to manage stress and time were huge lessons for me. I prioritize helping students create a study and testing plan that suits their schedule and goals. I will be your tutor, friend, and support system throughout your journey, and hope to add some fun and excitement into a process that can be really stressful!”
Why Choose To Work With Us If You Need MCAT Help: Reason 2
We are determined and specialize in getting you to your score goal FAST
We don't want to work with you any more than you need us. We want to help as many students as possible, not the same students as much as possible. Which means the faster we can get you to your score goal, the faster we can help someone else. We don't try to get you to keep paying us. Which is also why we like to get straight to STRATEGY (and only focus on content if you really need it). You can learn content on your own through many free videos available. Your time spent with us will be most valuable when we 1) diagnose your current MCAT prep habits, your mindset, how you reason through passages, find your highest leverage areas for improvement that will give you the biggest score jumps and 2) SHOW you exactly how to improve, even if that means giving you an inside-look into our thought process for how we approach specific sections, so you can literally just copy that and absorb the correct way of thinking.
MCAT Score: 523
When Rishi started his MCAT prep, he struggled a lot with absorbing the content . He started to build a strong conceptual foundation and maximized his strategy. However, he was still only scoring at 510 just over a month before his test date. Wanting to improve by 10+ points, Rishi further refined his strategies and mindset, and was able to increase his score to a 518 in just 4 weeks following that, before achieving a 523 (13 point score increase) on his actual exam!
"Hello my name is Rishi! I graduated from UC Berkeley in December 2019 and started medical school in Fall 2021. I scored in the top one percent of MCAT students when I took the exam. I have several hundreds of hours of experience that I can leverage to help you improve upon your weak sections and achieve your score goals. As an MCAT tutor, I can help you with content mastery, test-taking strategies, and motivating yourself to study. Beyond helping you get a great MCAT score that can get you into the medical school of your dreams, I hope to help you learn concepts and test-taking strategies that will help you throughout the rest of your life. I cannot wait to start working with you to help you get the best score possible on this exam!”
MCAT Score: 517
After struggling in prep and rescheduling her MCAT twice, Ayesha told herself that she needed to make changes in her study approach... And when she scored a 503 on a practice exam only 45 days before her test date, she knew that she needed to increase her score fast. By doubling down on strategies, prioritizing practice, and adopting a positive mindset, Ayesha was able to increase her score by 14 points to a 517 in just a month and a half!
"Hi! My name is Ayesha, and I was a bio major in college, but I still didn’t necessarily know all the subjects that would be on the MCAT when I started studying. Organic chemistry was hard for me, physics was confusing and I never even took physiology and psychology. So I was overwhelmed with all the material I knew I would have to study. Plus, I had to study full-time after finishing school. I started with a 503, but in 1.5 months, I managed to achieve a 517 through the quickest content review ever, a much greater focus on practice questions and practice tests, developing a positive and confident attitude, and taking care of my physical health! If you’re strapped for time, just know that it’s going to be okay. I’ve been there, so I know that with strategy, you can still conquer this exam!"
MCAT Score: 520
Zach scored a 520 on the MCAT and just two months before that he was scoring a 506! He found MCAT prep to be extremely frustrating and taxing, but he still didn’t give up. By focusing on strategies and learning to trust himself, he was able to increase his score by 14 points in just 8 weeks! (The last 11 points he increased in 3 weeks!).
"Hello I’m Zach! I took my MCAT the summer after my sophomore year in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. It was very difficult for me to focus on my studies during quarantine, but I was able to come up with a study plan that helped me to mitigate this by improving my test-taking strategies! While knowledge of content is crucial for the MCAT, I felt like strategy is extremely important as well. Studying for the MCAT was very frustrating but by sticking to my strategy I was able to drastically increase my test score in a very short period of time. I believe my strategy can be adapted to any student's study habits to help them maximize their score on the MCAT.
While I have always been a well prepared student and excellent studier I had very little guidance when I began studying for the MCAT. I did extensive research to create a study plan that would prepare me for exam day and then some. My study plan consisted of a strategic mixture of content review and practice questions. As little as a month before my exam I was still struggling to score competitively, but I stuck to my study strategy and saw it pay off on test day. By test day I was comfortable with the content, structure and timing of the test, and actually enjoyed taking the real exam, and this is my ultimate goal for you! I look forward to helping you solidify your knowledge of the necessary content while also devising a personal strategy that will help you to ace the MCAT!”
MCAT Score: 518
Starting her prep, Merrina realized immediately that she would have some work ahead of her. Under pressure from the avalanche of content and struggling to process all the information in a timed environment, Merrina worked hard to overcome her fear and push past the limits she set for herself. She started working on strategies and she saw improvements once she started applying them. She eventually scored an amazing 518 (95th percentile) on her test day!
“As a first-generation American, English is my second language and I struggle with reading complex tests in short amounts of time. CARS felt like an insurmountable challenge as I always ran out of time. I was preoccupied with classes, extracurricular activities, and health problems before my test date. At times, I was so overwhelmed and I just didn't have any hope that my score would increase. I wanted to give up. Then I figured out ways to read more efficiently and maximize improvements in science sections, which got me to 518, a higher score than all of my practice exams! I want you to know that you don't have to pour in 8 hours everyday or stick to a rigorous schedule to do well. Having a growth mindset and confidence in yourself are more crucial than you think! I look forward to working with you to realize your potential!”
MCAT Score: 519
A month before his test date, Jack was scoring a 497. He knew that he needed a higher score to be more competitive. Anxious about his score, he reworked his strategies and practiced more effective studying methods. Putting in long hours, he implemented these new techniques and in those 30 days, his score shot up by 22 points to a 519 by test day!
"Hi! I am originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, but I moved to Tennessee to attend Vanderbilt University for my undergraduate degree. I graduated a semester early from Vanderbilt in December, 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Medicine, Health & Society and a minor in Business.
I scored a 519 on the MCAT and my splits for the four sections of Chem/Phys, CARS, Bio/Biochem, Psych/Soc were 130, 128, 130, 131 respectively. I followed a self-guided method of studying without taking any courses to ensure that I really learned the content and strategy behind answering all types of questions across the different sections of the MCAT. My content review went from January to April. I then took some time off for finals and to watch some of my good friends graduate. I returned home and on the 17th of May scored a 497 (42nd percentile). Needless to say, I was extremely worried about my score. Three weeks later, I began a full time internship in a hospital for the summer and adapted my MCAT studying to the evenings after work. I had saved the AAMC tests to be done last and scored 518, 523, and 520 on the three that I completed. Test day (June 19th) came more quickly than I had expected and I was able to score a 519! An improvement of 22 points in approximately a month, which hopefully shows you my understanding of the focus and dedication necessary for success on the MCAT. I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way in increasing my MCAT score, which I’m really looking forward to sharing with you! Let’s get you to your MCAT score goal :)"
MCAT Score: 517
When Natasha started studying for the MCAT she was working 40 hrs/week. With only 8 weeks left before the MCAT and not having scored above a 503, she knew had an incredible challenge ahead of her. However, in just under two months, she developed the right strategies to take her score from a 503 to a 517 (97th percentile) on the MCAT!
"Hi! My name is Natasha, and I'm a senior math major and creative writing minor! Between working a full time job and being a non-science major, I struggled a lot with mastering all of the content on the MCAT science sections in time for my exam, but I was able to find strategies to help me maximize my study prep to score an even distribution across the exam. Through this strategic organization, I was able to increase my score from a 509 to a 517 in just 2 weeks! I also specialize in helping students with CARS passage analysis, since I find most people have the skills to do really well on CARS-- they just need a little extra test-taking strategy! I’m looking forward to helping you increase your MCAT score :)"
MCAT Score: 525
As a MCAT re-taker, Zara realized she needed to change her studying and testing strategies. It also wasn’t easy for her to study, since she also had to balance working full-time and extracurricular activities. Two months before her test date, she was scoring in the low 500s, but that quickly jumped to 510-515 in one month, using her new approach! In her final month, Zara's score skyrocketed by another 10-15 points to a 525 (100th percentile) on test day itself!!
"Hi! I'm Zara and I'm originally from a small town in rural New Hampshire. After graduating from Harvard University, I began studying for the MCAT and took it for the first time in September of 2020. Unfortunately due to poor time management and test-day anxiety, however, I received a lower score than I had hoped for and ultimately decided to retake the exam in May of 2021.
It was incredibly daunting to imagine studying for an MCAT retake while balancing full time work and extracurriculars, and I initially struggled to find an effective study strategy. However, after incorporating a more active learning approach to the MCAT and learning to use an individualized study plan that played to my particular strengths, I was ultimately able to crush my goal score and achieve a 525!
I am currently finishing my graduate degree in Classics at the University of Oxford, and look forward to pursuing my studies at medical school in the future. Having worked as a Faculty Aide and Teaching Assistant for over 2 years, I feel comfortable working with students of all backgrounds, and hope that my own experience as a successful MCAT re-taker will inspire you to believe that serious improvement is possible. I hope to be able to encourage and support you on your MCAT journey, no matter where you are in the process, and look forward to working with you!"
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MCAT Score: 520
Amna is an MCAT re-taker who was constantly scoring in the 490s for her first MCAT because she was focused on content rather than strategy. After changing her focus to strategy and studying for 6 weeks on her second attempt, Amna was able to raise her score to a 520 on the MCAT!
"Hi, I’m Amna! The first time I took the MCAT, I tried to learn everything (even the things I knew were unlikely to actually be on the exam). I went on to spend 3.5 months studying part-time trying to learn all of that content- but I still didn’t get the score I wanted. The second time, I decided to study smarter, rather than study MORE. The makers of the MCAT are primarily testing your ability to analyze information and make conclusions- which you only need “high-yield” content for. This time, I spent more time practicing passages, and developing a calm and logical approach to answering questions. Working on perfecting these strategies was the key to getting my 520, and I want to help you learn the “hacks” and strategies that can help you do the same. The MCAT is testing intelligence, not your ability to regurgitate information- and that’s why anyone can succeed on it with the right strategy and mindset! That’s what got me to my dream score, and I’m looking forward to helping you with these tactics so that you can reach your score goal too!”
MCAT Score: 526
At the beginning of his MCAT prep, Preetham struggled greatly with the pressure of this exam, with the amount of information tested, the time constraints of each section, and with not knowing how to approach them. As he shifted his approach towards strategy, he saw large score increases as a result and with 7 weeks left before test day, he found himself scoring a 511. Three weeks later, he scored a 519! By test day, he walked with out an impressive 526 (15 points in 7 weeks)!
"Hi! My name is Preetham. As someone who has been on the receiving end of some wonderful teachers and tutors, I have always sought to pay it forward and support others in their academic ventures. Additionally, I am well-versed with the subjects covered on the MCAT and can share the strategies for studying and test-taking that helped me score in the 100th percentile with a 526. Although I took the MCAT a couple years ago, I still remember how confused I felt when I first began thinking seriously about how to take this behemoth of an exam during my sophomore year winter break. Through proper planning, I was able to pace out my studying for the exam and used a variety of resources such as Khan Academy to supplement my understanding. However, my primary focus on content became redundant after a certain point; I needed to focus on the proper approach and logic required to apply the content I had learned to solve a given question. By focusing on effective strategies for taking the MCAT during the weeks leading up to my exam, I was able to perform well on my actual test. I would love to share my strategies for success and/or help you develop your own!”
MCAT Score: 517
Giselle De La Rua
After a month of content review, Giselle found herself extremely overwhelmed and decided to she pushed her test date back. From month two onward, she took a heavier focus on practice and strategy and pushed past her plateauing scores. It took her just over a month to go from a 506 to her highest practice test score: a 521. Then on exam day, she ended up with a 517!
"Hi! My name is Giselle, and I just recently took my MCAT so I know what it’s like to be in the process of studying for this exam because I was there not too long ago. My MCAT journey had its ups and downs just like any other but at the end of the day, I got the score I wanted and I can help you do the same. There’s a lot of varied advice about how to study for the MCAT so I’m here to help you navigate that and aid you in improving your section scores!
MCAT Score: 522
Diana started her MCAT prep only engaging in content review, which led to her score a 502 on an early practice exam. With only 1 month left before her exam, Diana really shifted gears to maximum improvement. In that final month, Diana did in-depth content review and dedicated herself to working on test-taking strategies. Fortunately, her hard work really payed off when her score skyrocketed by 20 full points to an incredible 522 on test day!
"Hi! My name is Diana, and I’m looking forward to working with you! As a first year medical student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (after graduating from Johns Hopkins with a BA in Biophysics and Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Entrepreneurship & Management), I have gained an in-depth understanding of physics, biology, and chemistry. I also have seven years of tutoring experience, three years of teaching experience in college physics, and a year of tutoring for the MCAT's CARS section. This experience has honed my ability to help students on the MCAT, as I have seen a wide variety of questions, passages, common errors, and the strategies that have led to the most improvement even after long plateaus. After performing well on the MCAT as well as during the medical admissions process, I decided I wanted to help others be successful in academically achieving well so they can also pursue their dreams! I can’t wait to help you on your journey!”
MCAT Score: 523
After two full months of studying, Michelle found herself scoring in the low 500s, and was particularly struggling on the CARS section (as many students do). Eventually, after prioritizing focused strategy, working her way through as many resources as she could (particularly for CARS), and strengthening her mindset, she was able to increase her score to a 523 on her test date!! (1 point higher than her ambitious score goal)!!
"Hi, my name is Michelle, and I’m so excited to work with you! As an MD/PhD applicant, I knew that I needed a high score on the MCAT, so I set my sights high. My MCAT prep did not go as smoothly as I hoped and I really struggled to hit my target score in practice. I stayed in the mindset that I would only be taking this exam once - forcing myself to study hard, every day, and practice, practice, practice - inching my way towards my target. In the end, I hit my target score! The MCAT did not come naturally to me and I doubt it comes naturally to anyone, but having struggled my own way through this exam, I have developed many study skills and strategies for addressing this beast; strategies I am happy to share! Although I have a most rigorous background in biology and physics, I have grown quite interested in many of the other topics of the MCAT and believe that there are ways to enjoy learning this content! Overall, I’m really looking forward to helping you raise your score!”
MCAT Score: 523
When Joe started his prep for the MCAT, he had no idea where to start. Initially, he put a lot of work into content without doing any practice. He didn’t take his first practice exam until 2 weeks before his test date. With the review he’d done beforehand, he ended up scoring a 514, but he knew he could do even better by focusing on his approach (rather than content). Moving forward in those final 2 weeks, by optimizing his test-taking strategies, he was able to increase his score by 9 points to a 523 on his actual exam!
“Hi, I'm Joe and I’m looking forward to tutoring you! I began studying for the MCAT about three months before my exam, and it's safe to say, I barely knew where to start. Having never received any pre-med counseling, the sheer scope and importance of the MCAT were incredibly daunting. During the first couple months of my studying, I was not performing well on the MCAT practice passages. As a result, I was extremely concerned about how I was going to perform on the actual MCAT. However, after taking four AAMC practice tests (and improving my score by over 9 points in two weeks while taking these practice tests), I found the perfect MCAT strategy to maximize my success. When I finally went to take the real MCAT exam, I was even more nervous than I thought I'd be, despite the fact that I felt very prepared. Somehow, I was able to calm my nerves and put forth my best effort on the exam. I ended up getting a 523 while scoring 130 or above on every section. Even though I ended up scoring in the 99th percentile, I know what it's like to feel overwhelmed by MCAT studying and think that there's no possible way to score highly on the exam. By working with me, students will learn to overcome this self-doubt. My main focus in MCAT tutoring is helping students find the strategy that works best for them, as I don't think there is such a thing as a "one-size-fits-all strategy." By developing a personalized strategy, students can see large score increases in small amounts of time. I can’t wait to help you reach your score goal!”
MCAT Score: 516
Throughout her MCAT journey, Abbi faced a lot of anxiety and burnout in prepping for the exam. With just a month left before test day, her scores plateaued in the low 500s. Despite her struggles, she persevered and focused on her strategy, in those last 30 days she increased her score to a 516! Abbi is particularly strong in C/P (97%), so she’ll definitely be able to help you increase your score in this area!
"Hi, I’m Abbi and I look forward to working with you! One of the biggest things I learned in studying for the MCAT was how important my mindset was. When I was studying, I didn't take the time to take care of my mind and body, and as a result got burnt out. I wasn't studying efficiently and due to this, I was getting tired much more quickly. I want to help you prioritize your time studying in order to maximize your score so that you’re able to work on your mindset. My goal is for you to feel extremely confident walking into the testing center!"
MCAT Score: 520
As a nontraditional student, who had already been out of school for three years, Nana's initial scores on MCAT practice exams were stuck in the low 500s. In fact, just a month before test day, her score was near 506. In those final 30 days, by changing her approach and her mindset, Nana finally saw increases in her practice scores, and ended up skyrocketing her score by 14 points to a 520 by test day! Since then, Nana has been accepted to Yale Medical School and we’re so proud of her!
"Becoming a doctor had always been my dream but I put it off for a few years because I wasn't confident that I'd score well on the MCAT, which I knew was the biggest hurdle for me to climb. I braced my fears and took the plunge to start my prep about 5 months to my test date, three years out of undergrad and working a full-time job. While my scores were nowhere near great in the beginning, I persevered, cried a bit, worked hard, used all the resources I could afford like MCAT Mastery, and started to see a gradual increase in my scores, culminating in exceeding my target score and getting into medical school! If I could do it, then so can you- you're not alone! I have lots of experience teaching and tutoring undergraduate and graduate students, so I can meet you where you are in your MCAT prep. As we work together, I will share the strategies and resources that I found effective with you, and help you build confidence and skills to hit your target score as quickly as possible."
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