I am currently a resident in Internal Medicine at Stanford Hospital and have an MD from Columbia University, as well as a PhD in organic/organometallic chemistry from Georgetown University. I have taught classes and tutored several chemistry subjects for many years during my time as a researcher and graduate student.
I believe that I have a unique style as a tutor as I have always made it a point to try to understand what are the unique roadblocks particular to each student. With that information, I tailor my teaching style and pace. In addition, I believe that tutoring must go beyond merely spoon-feeding material from a book. Although I have a passion for simplifying the complicated, I believe it is especially important to pursue a deep understanding of the material and to avoid superficial explanations. Understanding material on a deeper level provides the necessary foundation for the mental gymnastics needed to be successful in subjects such as organic chemistry or for superior performance on the MCAT.
For those of you preparing to take the MCAT:
The MCAT is unlike any test an undergraduate has encountered before. Although most undergraduate's have excellent mental "horsepower" by the time they start preparing for the MCAT, they often fail to realize that mental efficiency, endurance, and agility, are also required to perform well on this exam. The exam covers a vast amount of material across diverse subjects and takes months of preparation. Merely recalling this information is not enough, as MCAT questions usually require you to manipulate the recalled material in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts. This combination of learning AND mentally manipulating a massive amount of challenging material is what makes the MCAT arguably the most difficult of all the graduate school entrance examinations.
The MCAT may seem unnecessarily challenging and over-weighted in the medical school application process, however, it is important to realize that the exam is structured this way for a reason. Rapid learning, retention, and manipulation of large volumes of information are "standards of practice" during medical school, on the USMLE licensing exams, during residency, in day to day practice, and beyond. The MCAT was made to measure your performance with respect to these skills because they are predictive of an applicant's future success as learning physician; this is the reason why the MCAT carries a disproportionate amount of weight in the medical school application evaluation process.
If hearing all this makes you excited rather than scares you away, let me tell you that I have first hand experience on how to breakdown this behemoth of an exam into a manageable task as well as how to develop the skills necessary to perform exceptionally well. Kaplan and other review companies make excellent study guides, but their courses do little more than provide a structured reminder to stay on track with your studying. If you want one-on-one personalized advice on how to amplify your strengths, strategies and tutoring to help you to tackle your weaknesses, and a comprehensive plan to perform at your absolute best on the MCAT then I might be the right tutor for you.
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