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I am a creative, passionate, and patient tutor who for some bizarre reason cannot get enough of the MCAT, and hope my enthusiasm can bring success to others. I am exceptionally good at reading people's problem solving abilities and adapting my methods accordingly. As a bit of a perfectionist, I will not settle with a topic until both you and I are satisfied with the results.
In case you're thinking, where does this girl get off calling herself an extraordinaire? Here's a bit about my work: I graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a thesis in honors political science. As much as I loved a good Obamacare debate, I quickly realized politics was not written into my future and decided to apply to medical school. Currently, I'm in the post-submission gap year of waiting and anticipating that many premeds know too well. I have a 4.0 science GPA (including Calc I and II), and received a score of 38 (12 physical/12 verbal/14 biological) on the MCAT. Tutoring-wise, I have privately coached many friends and friends' friends in the required premed courses alongside MCAT prep. Need to find a mechanism in base or determine the magnetic field direction? No problem. My cost is on the low end due to the quantity of official experience, not the quality of my ninja methods.
More than testing your knowledge bank, the MCAT tests your preparation skills. Studying for this thing isn't a race to the finish line, it isn't seeing if you can cram four years of material into two months, it isn't about all-nighters. It's partly about sacrifice, because you have to come to terms with the fact that your life just will not be the same for a few months. (Please do not sacrifice everything you do for fun and relaxation! Know that there will be days spent entirely in your room/library/wherever, with brief moments of stepping out into the light for some grub before returning to your cave). It's partly about discipline - forcing yourself to stick to your schedule and recognizing when doing so is no longer possible, and being okay with taking an impromptu break. It's about practicing the ability to always step back and look at the big picture when inevitably caught up in little details. Most importantly, it's about not giving up when you're pulling your hair out at two in the morning - all these skills are preparing you for the institution you're desperately trying to attend, and that's what the MCAT really wants to test. Along with scientific expertise, these skills are what I want to teach you.
Don't hesitate to send me comments, criticism, or cookies, pre- or post-lesson. We will make a study plan based on your problematic areas that will be time-efficient and get you real results. Send a message my way if I sound like the right tutor for you.
I received a 5 on the AP Bio exam and an A in both semesters of NYU's biology course. After this, I scored 14 (99th percentile) in the biological sciences portion of the MCAT, which is comprised of biology and organic chemistry. There is an overwhelming amount of information in this subject matter, so method of teaching biology is rooted in organization - tables, pictures, diagrams, and flowcharts. The content becomes easier to memorize once it is categorized in this manner.
When this is sorted, and depending on your desired level of depth, we will work on deducing answers to hypothetical scenarios that are all too common in upper-level bio courses. A simple example is "what would happen to the tonicity if the membrane is perforated?" This will give you a deeper understanding of the principles guiding the physiology of living things, and eventually allow you to see patterns and relationships that hold true in any field of biology.
I have a mathematically oriented mind and have always felt strongest in the physical sciences. Along with receiving As in all semesters of high school and university chemistry, both general and organic, I have tutored chemistry extensively to my friends and classmates during my college years. My favorite subsection is buffers, a topic which most students in my experience have had trouble with.
Once I break down the wealth of content down into easily digestible portions, I will highlight key formulas and concepts so that the student may develop an intuitive understanding of various relationships. This understanding will be substantiated with shortcuts and simple diagrams for quick recall during an exam, or when presented with new but related information.
I scored 38 (12 physical sciences, 12 verbal reasoning, 14 biological sciences) on the MCAT on 01/23/14. I used a self-study method by purchasing books from The Berkeley Review, The Princeton Review, and Examkrackers, and taking detailed notes on each subject. Since then, I have tutored friends and fellow premeds using my notes to organize a schedule and the books for practice passages. I plan to continue using these books and my notes with future students.
I received an A both semesters in the Majors Organic Chemistry & Lab course at New York University, which is an honors class usually only available to chemistry majors. As a political science major, I had to demonstrate proficiency in chemistry and receive As in the general chemistry courses in order to join this class. Moreover, I received a 14 on the biological sciences portion of the MCAT, which includes biology and organic chemistry. Success with mechanisms in Orgo lies in seeing inventive ways to push electrons and learning to "speak" the organic chemistry language, which would be the skills I hope to teach in tutoring this subject.
Russian is my native tongue, as I was born in Moscow and lived there until I was 10. Upon coming to America, I spent 6-7 years taking private lessons in Russian grammar and literature. As such, I remain fluent in speaking, reading, and writing. I can teach Russian grammar based on the books and outlines set up by my own tutors, as well as read Russian literature with my students.
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