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Nicholas S.

Burbank, CA

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Can't get past a 500 on the MCAT? I can help in 2 hours flat.

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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chemistry

Education

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chemistry)

About Nicholas

I retook the MCAT - twice. The first time I took it, my heart wasn't in it. I didn't know why I was taking it. I felt like I was taking it because it was expected of me. My frustration with the exam bled into my relationships, resulting in a stressful loop of discouragement. As a result, my first scored exam back in August 2014 was pretty bad. Below 50th percentile. Below average. I don't know anyone who could give me a straight face and say "Great job, Nicholas! That's a great score!" I was NOT satisfied.

Fast-forward a year, I finished my undergraduate studies, claimed my degree in Chemistry and certificate in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and went back home to Phoenix, AZ. My father took me out to lunch the next day that summer, where I expressed to him my doubts about medical school. He calmly looked at me and asked "Would we be having this conversation if you got a perfect score on the MCAT?" I didn't know how to answer him. In my heart, I felt "yes," but there was only one way to know for sure - I had to retake it. This time, I needed to give the effort I knew I could give - not for my father or anyone else, but purely for the freedom that comes with knowing I did my best. I wanted options. If I didn't go to medical school, I didn't want it to be because of some test. I felt imprisoned by the exam, and, more than anything, I wanted the freedom to choose my path, not have it chosen for me.

I worked as an analytical chemist during my first year out of college, so I signed up to take the MCAT in the winter of 2016. I thought I could balance a full-time work schedule with MCAT studying and other relationships and activities. Again, I was making the same prideful mistake. I was chasing some idealized path instead of walking the path based upon my own capability. So, the second time I took the test, I still wasn't ready. I took it anyways, didn't feel good about it at all, and ended up voiding the scores. I was humbled, frustrated, but determined.

Test #3 - August 2016 - two years after the first MCAT. I quit my job in June and studied 10 weeks straight. I knew I was free the morning I walked into the testing center for the third time. I knew I put in the work. I knew I did my best, but that day was where I proved myself. I ended up improving my score so much that my percentile group increased by roughly 50 percentile points. As an example, my CARS score increased from 52% to 98%. Now I was satisfied.

What changed? I got out of my own way. I stopped rationalizing. I stopped biting off more than I could chew. I started enjoying the process of learning and growing as an independent thinker.

I found the edge I needed to get over the hump of 495-505. And now, I intend to share it with you.

I founded my own company SecondChance MCAT Prep back in September 2016, and since then I've already had the privilege of tutoring several amazing students. I have been recruited by MCAT preparation companies such as NextStep TestPrep, but because they wanted me to file a non-compete agreement I had to turn down their offers. If I didn't, that would mean losing my students.

I felt like being a private tutor was such a privilege that I had to run my own tutoring service. I love being able to work 1-on-1 with students or in the context of local Meetup groups. This allows me to listen to students' stories in order to get a gauge of where they've been, where they're at, and where they want to go.

This is where my tutoring shines: individually tailored, creative strategies and study skills for both the MCAT and lifelong learning.

The two years I spent facing the MCAT was difficult, but it was not without reward. Looking back, those last 10 weeks during the summer of 2016 were among the most enjoyable, life-changing moments of my life.

Whether you're a parent wishing to set your child up for success or a Master's degree student looking to retake the MCAT and boost your shot of getting into medical school, I know I can help. One lesson is all I need - just pay for 2 hours of my time, and I'll teach you exactly the process I used to improve my score. Send me a brief message with your wants and needs, and I'll be sure to respond within 24 hours. Good luck!
I retook the MCAT - twice. The first time I took it, my heart wasn't in it. I didn't know why I was taking it. I felt like I was taking it because it was expected of me. My frustration with the exam bled into my relationships, resulting in a stressful loop of discouragement. As a result, my first scored exam back in August 2014 was pretty bad. Read more

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MCAT

I've trained dozens of students with improvements as radical as 22 point increases. I've been teaching MCAT strategy for 1 year and have learned and grown along the way. I've conducted deep interviews with most of the student's that I have worked with - and even more that I have not. From these interviews, I have gained insight into the motivations, fears, anxieties and struggles that MCAT students and parents face. From this knowledge, I've developed my business around getting the job done best - this means less time spent wondering what to study and more time making progress.

I run a live online MCAT class every weekend. If you'd like a more personalized approach, I'm the only MCAT company who has the ability to keep you ACCOUNTABLE. I do this with 4 accountability checkpoints: time management, gap analysis, content drilling and passage performance.

You'll never feel lost. You'll never feel like you're wasting time.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chemistry

Education

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chemistry)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $49.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

***ATTENTION*** If you can commit to 20 hours of tutoring, I'm willing to reduce my rate!!:-) Contact me for details!!

Travel policy

Nicholas will travel within 40 miles of Burbank, CA 91501.