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Hi potential student (or parent)!
So first, a bit of background. I graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and started working in medical administration. After a year of that I'd had my fill of the cubicle life, so started working as an MCAT instructor with Kaplan. In the years since then (April 2012), I've spent hundreds of hours teaching classes and tutoring students.
What differentiates my teaching from some others' is my focus on the strategies and efficient problem-solving instead of just rote memorization of content. When I took the MCAT in 2010, I scored a 36 (equivalent in percentile to a 517-518) after studying just 3 days: 1 AAMC Test/day on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday leading up to my Saturday exam. Understanding content is only a minor component to doing well on the MCAT, though of course it does help. In April 2014 I retook the MCAT and scored a 42 (~525), improving as a result of my improved understanding of concepts as well as a more refined testing strategy. I've since continued to teach the 2015 version of the MCAT, so I'm familiar with the modern exam format and updated practice materials.
If you study with me I'll 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 I don't neglect content entirely either; 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 want to master difficult topics or to perform up to your potential on standardized tests like the MCAT, learning how to apply your knowledge under stress is essential. I individually tailor my teaching approach for each of my students to work on their specific areas of opportunity and maximize their performance. Also, I actually enjoy teaching so I'll always show up energetic and smiling! 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!
David C. Hi potential student (or parent)!
So first, a bit of background. I graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and started working in medical administration. After a year of that I'd had my fill of the cubicle life, so started working as an MCAT instructor with Kaplan. In
Before being tutored by David, I had taken the MCAT multiple times. I tried everything (classes, self-studying,...) and nothing worked. I was always scoring in the 50th percentile and not improving. I get good grades at school, so I knew my problem was not being able to understanding the strategy behind the exam. After my first session with David, I already saw an improvement. With each session I improve more and more, and I couldn't be happier! David is also really nice and very easy to get along with. I highly recommend him!!
David explains things to my daughter in such a way that she feels more confident in her learning - and has fun with it!
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.
David was able to go through hard MCAT verbal passages with me. He guided me through a systematic approach towards reading the passage and being able to identify claims of the passage, relate claims in the passage and delineate the purpose and outline of the passage. For answering the questions, he would prompt me to mentally review the important points of the passage before answering questions.
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I've taught the MCAT for a major test prep company since 2012 for all sections (now C/P, CARS, B/B, & P/S). Having taken the MCAT myself, I specialize in teaching MCAT-specific strategies and problem-solving methodology, though of course I can also teach the underlying content. Unlike the college exams you're probably familiar with, memorizing content is an inefficient approach to preparing for the MCAT and many students quickly hit a ceiling where continued brute force studying becomes ineffectual. The easiest way to score well on the MCAT is to learn how to conceptualize and procedurally solve questions in the specific context of this exam, and this is what I try to teach each and every one of my MCAT students!
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.