So first, a quick bit of background: In 2011 I graduated from UCLA with my Bachelor's in Neuroscience and started working up the administrative ladder of a surgical clinic in Beverly Hills. About a year in though, I'd had enough of the cubicle life, so I gave my two weeks' notice and started looking for a different vocation. I already knew I liked teaching because I'd tutored regularly ever since high school (SAT, sciences, and the like) and I'd also already taken the MCAT at my parents behest so I applied to teach the MCAT for Kaplan. A few months later I graduated from their instructor training program and since then I've spent hundreds of hours teaching classes, tutoring students, and even giving MCAT presentations!
What differentiates my teaching style from others' is that I focus on the strategies that most efficiently help you succeed on the MCAT instead of teaching rote memorization of mountains of content. (I got a 36 off of 3 days of "studying": 1 AAMC Practice Test a day for the 3 days leading up to my test. Content understanding is not the key to doing well on the MCAT) Also, because I'm a small operation I spare the time to talk you through the purposes of each facet of strategy instead of just giving you a laundry list of techniques to memorize without explaining why they're useful. This allows each of my students to figure out what works best for them and what strategy might work best for them individually. Of course this doesn't mean I neglect content entirely; solid understanding of fundamental concepts is the foundation for the reasoning you will be expected to perform on the exam. In short, I'll help you not only in memorizing the formulas, reactions, and nomenclature, but also in reasoning through problems and passages as efficiently as possible so that you'll be able to apply that knowledge.
If you really want to master difficult topics or perform up to your potential on standardized tests like the MCAT, learning how to apply your knowledge under stress is essential. Also, I actually like teaching so I'll always show up with a smile on my face though I of course individually tailor my teaching approach for each of my students. Whether you just need a little help mastering a subject for a class, or are looking for someone to help you boost your MCAT score up to med school competitiveness, just drop me a line and I'll be happy to talk with you at greater length!
Update 5/13/2014 - I retook the MCAT this April and scored a 42 this time around, improving as a result of my improved understanding of fundamental concepts and a more refined testing strategy. You can do it too!
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