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David C.

Los Angeles, CA

$50/hr

MCAT (Physics, Chem, Verbal, Orgo, & Bio) Tutor

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Background check passed as of 3/10/13

MCAT (Physics, Chem, Verbal, Orgo, & Bio) Tutor

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Hi!

So first, a bit of background. I graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and started working up the administrative ladder of a surgical clinic in Beverly Hills. After a year though I'd had my fill of the cubicle life, so I started working as an MCAT instructor with Kaplan. I'd tutored regularly ever since high school (SAT, sciences, and the like) and I'd also already taken the MCAT to keep my parents happy, so it seemed like a promising vocation switch. In the years since then (April 2012), I've spent hundreds of hours teaching classes and tutoring students.

What differentiates my teaching from others' is that I focus on the strategies that most efficiently help you succeed on the MCAT instead of teaching rote memorization of content. When I took the test in 2010, I scored 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, I take 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 a 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 concepts as well as a more refined testing strategy.

Update 1/1/2015 - Planning on applying for a Master's program, I took the GRE in December scoring 170/170/4.5

Best,
David C.

"Simplifies Complicated Subject Matters and Professional"

- Ram, Los Angeles, CA on 8/18/13

"Great tutor. He is very informative and helpful"

- JEFFREY, San Marino, CA on 3/21/13
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
English, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Science:
Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry,
Physics, Psychology
Elementary Education:
Reading
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
GED, LSAT, MCAT,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

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MCAT

I've been trained by a major Test Prep company to teach each of the 3 sections of the MCAT; the Physical Sciences (Physics & Gen Chem), Verbal, and Biological Sciences (Biology & Organic Chem). I also have a background in these scientific arenas from obtaining my Bachelors in Neuroscience. My specialty pertaining to the MCAT is teaching the strategies for conquering the test - strategies designed specifically to improve one's MCAT performance. Trying to improve your score on the MCAT by merely memorizing content is inefficient and many times ineffectual; first learn to take the test, otherwise you'll be unable to put to optimal use all your hard-earned knowledge!

Organic Chemistry

In obtaining my Bachelor's in Neuroscience from UCLA, I took courses in organic chemistry as well as biochemistry. While an undergraduate, I also informally tutored fellow UCLA students in the o/bio-chem courses (14C, 14D, & 153A) and since graduating I continued to teach organic chemistry since it is a tested subject on the MCAT.

UCLA

Education

UCLA

Simplifies Complicated Subject Matters and Professional — David has been an excellent source in helping to prepare for the MCAT exam. He has this way to simplify complicated subject matters in a professional manner. I would recommend in a heartbeat. ...

— Ram, Los Angeles, CA on 8/18/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Group Rate Policy (per student): 2 students: 40$/hour 3 students: 35$/hour

Travel policy

David will travel within 4 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90034.


About David

Hi!

So first, a bit of background. I graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and started working up the administrative ladder of a surgical clinic in Beverly Hills. After a year though I'd had my fill of the cubicle life, so I started working as an MCAT instructor with Kaplan. I'd tutored regularly ever since high school (SAT, sciences, and the like) and I'd also already taken the MCAT to keep my parents happy, so it seemed like a promising vocation switch. In the years since then (April 2012), I've spent hundreds of hours teaching classes and tutoring students.

What differentiates my teaching from others' is that I focus on the strategies that most efficiently help you succeed on the MCAT instead of teaching rote memorization of content. When I took the test in 2010, I scored 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, I take 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 a 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 concepts as well as a more refined testing strategy.

Update 1/1/2015 - Planning on applying for a Master's program, I took the GRE in December scoring 170/170/4.5

Best,
David C.

Testimonials

"Simplifies Complicated Subject Matters and Professional"

- Ram, Los Angeles, CA on 8/18/13

"Great tutor. He is very informative and helpful"

- JEFFREY, San Marino, CA on 3/21/13

Education

UCLA

Education

UCLA


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required

Group Rate Policy (per student): 2 students: 40$/hour 3 students: 35$/hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 4 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90034

David’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
English, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Science:
Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry,
Physics, Psychology
Elementary Education:
Reading
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
GED, LSAT, MCAT,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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