We understand how challenging the MCAT can be. For many pre-med students with great GPA’s, research, and activities, it’s all that stands between you and medical school admissions.
Learn about tutoring for the new 2015 MCAT exam. If you are taking the current format through January 2015, please continue reading.
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 instructor to help you earn your best possible score. We work with students who:
- Are just starting out on the MCAT
- Have taken a prep course with little progress
- Have already taken the MCAT and need to raise their score
“Your company is the best!! Sud was professional, bright and an awesome mentor. Josh scores 34…11 verbal, 11 bio and 12 physics. Thank you!!!”
- Ellen, mother of a Next Step MCAT student
Click here if you would like to see a sample MCAT tutoring plan (but note that 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 their current score level and to understand initial strengths and weaknesses. Typically, students will be much weaker in one of the sciences – and most students need at least some help with verbal. Students meet with their instructor once or twice per week, usually for two hours at a time.
At the beginning of your program, your MCAT tutor will put together a draft schedule for your program. For beginning students, this will have significant review of the substantive science content as well as test-taking strategy. For students who have already been studying, we will focus in on areas of weakness.
At each session:
- Students have the opportunity to discuss questions on their homework and re-assess their overall progress
- New topics are covered in-depth or weaker areas are reviewed
- Specific homework and practice exams are assigned for completion between study sessions
Ideally, students prepare for the MCAT for 3-6 months. However, we have also helped students successfully optimize a shorter timeframe for maximum gain.
Next Step also specializes in helping two special MCAT cases:
Students who have already completed a MCAT prep class. Many students complete a MCAT prep course, only to feel they haven’t yet 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 transition that knowledge onto the actual exam. In other words, students haven’t yet learned to think like the MCAT.
Students who have already taken the MCAT and were unhappy with their score. 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 30, they are rightfully disappointed We can help. By focusing in on areas of particular challenge, we’re able to help students turn around problem sections and polish strengths — with the goal of straight 10+ scores.
A Focus On Strategy
Scoring 30+ 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 does so within the test’s strict time limits.
And, of course, the Verbal Reasoning section is based entirely on your strategic approach. Thus Verbal is where the one-on-one format really shines. 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.
Materials and Methodologies
Since so many of our students have already done some studying on their own, we consult students individually on what materials they already have and what additional resources would be helpful. (You aren’t the only MCAT student with a milk crate full of second-hand MCAT prep books!)
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.
I turned to Next Step after getting average MCAT results after using a traditional test prep course. This time around, I decided I needed more specific help. I needed structure, and in the first session, we set up a schedule that I could work with and stick to. I just got back my score, and am happy to report I jumped from a 28 to a 36. Lauren, Next Step MCAT Tutoring Student
Flexible Start Dates and Scheduling
Since our programs are completely customized, our students can start any time. We will put together the right 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.
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