One-on-one MCAT Tutoring
We understand how challenging the MCAT can be. For many pre-med students with great GPAs, research experience, and activities, it’s all that stands between them and medical school admissions. We can help. So far in 2015, over 10,000 MCAT students worked through our tutoring program, practice exams, or MCAT books.
“After taking a course with another prep company I sat for the 2014 MCAT and was very disappointed when I received my scores back. In only 3 months with Jonathan I was able to cover the new material on the 2015 MCAT and improve my percentile score from a 61% to a 93%. I can confidently say that the service provided by Jonathan and the Next Step team is unique and will not be found in any other MCAT prep company.” – Don, Next Step MCAT Student
A Personalized MCAT Tutoring Program
Each Next Step student works through a completely custom program. From start date to MCAT test day, you’ll work one-on-one with a veteran MCAT tutor to help you earn your best possible score. We work with students who:
- Are just starting out on the new MCAT
- Have taken a prep course with little progress
- Have already taken the MCAT and need to raise their score
Click here if you would like to see a sample tutoring plan. (Note that these are samples only; each of our programs is highly customized based on student timeline and needs.) See the results of our program on our MCAT Reviews page.
One-on-one MCAT Tutoring Program Overview
Each of our students begins with a diagnostic exam to gauge his or her current score level and to understand initial strengths and weaknesses. Typically, students will be weaker in one of the sciences – and most students need at least some help with CARS.
At the beginning of your program, your MCAT tutor will put together a draft schedule for your program. For beginning students, this will include significant review of the substantive science content as well as test-taking strategy. For students who have already been studying, we will focus on areas of weakness. Students meet with their MCAT tutor once or twice per week, usually for two hours at a time. At each session:
- Students have the opportunity to discuss questions on their homework and re-assess their overall progress
- Each MCAT tutor covers new topics in-depth and review weaker areas with their students
- Each MCAT tutor assigns specific homework and practice exams for completion between study sessions
Ideally, students prepare for the MCAT over 3-6 months. However, we have also helped students successfully optimize shorter timeframes for maximum gain or prepare for a re-take on a compressed timeline. Next Step also specializes in helping three special MCAT cases:
Students who are shooting for a score in the top 10%. Students who are shooting for a top score generally don’t need basic help understanding or memorizing science concepts (which is why group classes tend to be less helpful). Instead, they need to focus on the strategic problem-solving and test-taking skills that separate average scores from the top 10 percentile.
Students who have already completed a MCAT prep class. Many students complete a MCAT prep course, only to feel they haven’t received the score they need to get into med school. In particular, we often hear that the course was very good at reviewing the sciences, but didn’t help students effectively apply that knowledge on the actual exam. In other words, students haven’t yet learned to think like the MCAT test makers.
Students who have already taken the MCAT and were unhappy with their scores. Re-taking the MCAT is never a positive experience. Most pre-med students put a ton of effort and focus into the test — and when the scores come back under 510, they are rightfully disappointed. We can help. By focusing on areas of particular concern, we’re able to help students turn around problem sections and polish strengths — with the goal of straight 128+ scores.
Preparation for the Revised MCAT
As you likely know, the format for the MCAT changed substantially in 2015. Since the launch of the new exam, thousands of students have used Next Step tutoring and materials to prepare for the revised exam. While the test is “new,” it’s no longer “new to us” — our tutors, materials, methodologies, and academic management staff have been working with the revised exam since well before the start of the 2015 season.
Before you select a MCAT tutoring provider, please discuss with them what they have done to prepare for the new exam.
A Focus On Strategy
Scoring 508+ on the MCAT requires a solid understanding of science content, but more importantly you’ve got to have a strategic approach to the MCAT itself. Our students often tell us that they have a good grasp on the sciences but just can’t turn that knowledge into the score they want. When we work with students one-on-one, we are able to focus on test-taking strategy as well as the sciences. Unlike a classroom course, in which the teacher will only have one set method for doing things, we are flexible in our approach. There are many different paths to success on an MCAT science question (process of elimination, outside knowledge, estimation, etc.) and we help our students find the one that works best for them – and do so within the test’s strict time limits.
Success on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section (the new Verbal Reasoning) is based entirely on your strategic approach. In a class, the teacher is likely to force all of the students in a single, artificial method (such as stopping to take notes on scratch paper while reading) whereas an individual tutor can adapt the Verbal strategy to your personalized needs. Finally, pre-med students often need introduction to the concepts and the strategies in the new Behavioral Sciences section alongside ample opportunities to practice those concepts.
Materials and Methodologies
Next Step has developed a proprietary set of 9 prep books, built from the ground up for the revised MCAT. This set, totaling over 3,500 pages, covers every aspect of the exam as well as providing well over 100 sample passages.
We are also the only major MCAT prep company that is happy to integrate outside materials and resources into student study plans, including books from our competitors. We have found that there are a number of ways to teach most aspects of the MCAT. Rather than choosing one method arbitrarily and mandating it for all of our students, we leave it up to our veteran instructors to chart the right course for the individual student based on an initial diagnostic or past MCAT scores. Students receive access to our proprietary full-length MCAT exams (and half-length diagnostic test). These exams accurately replicate the length and format of the MCAT, including full-length psychology/sociology sections.
Flexible Start Dates and Scheduling
Since our MCAT tutoring programs are completely customized, our students can start any time. We will put together the right MCAT tutor program to take you from your start date to the day of your test, making the best use of time available. We are able to guide your prep over the course of 6 months, or we can put together a plan to eke out those last few points 2 weeks before your test date.