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Steve D.

MD student with extensive MCAT and USMLE Step 1 tutoring experience

MD student with extensive MCAT and USMLE Step 1 tutoring experience

$65/hour

  • 174 hours tutoring

  • Minneapolis, MN 55414

"The Best In MCAT Prep"

James, 18 lessons with Steve

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About Steve


Bio

I scored a 522 (131 Chemical/Physical, 130 CARS, 131 Biology/Biochemistry, 130 Pyschology/Sociology) on the MCAT exam, and have extensive experience tutoring and teaching the MCAT for the past three years. I have deep classroom teaching experience working for the major test prep companies (Princeton Review and Kaplan), and have also conducted private tutoring for both companies. I also have lengthy experience working for Next Step Test Prep, tutoring the MCAT exam to students both local and...

I scored a 522 (131 Chemical/Physical, 130 CARS, 131 Biology/Biochemistry, 130 Pyschology/Sociology) on the MCAT exam, and have extensive experience tutoring and teaching the MCAT for the past three years. I have deep classroom teaching experience working for the major test prep companies (Princeton Review and Kaplan), and have also conducted private tutoring for both companies. I also have lengthy experience working for Next Step Test Prep, tutoring the MCAT exam to students both local and remote (using Skype and a virtual whiteboard). Finally, I have in the last year branched out to conducting private tutoring on my own. In total, I have nearly 2,500 hours of experience either teaching or tutoring the MCAT to future doctors, and it has become a great joy of mine!

Students are always asking me for the "secret sauce" needed to score highly on the MCAT, and it's actually not that complicated. First, we need to make sure that you have a study plan designed for your schedule and your needs, which may mean focusing on, for example, general chemistry and biochemistry if they are your weak points, and it also means ensuring you have enough time to truly be ready for the exam. Second, we need to ensure that you have a strategy as you take the exam and are comfortable with the exam; that means having a reasonably strict strategy as it relates to your timing on the exam, and knowing where to focus to optimize your bang (points) for the buck (time). Third, we will guarantee that you have a solid footing in terms of the content. Clearly, if you don't know the fundamental principles, concepts and equations for the exam, it will be exceedingly difficult for you to excel; this is where an experienced tutor and instructor of MCAT-specific content comes in to play to test your content weaknesses and ensure that you do not have any glaring gaps in your comprehension of the material. Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, is sufficient practice. Practice may not make you actually perfect, but it's essential to raising your MCAT score. I do not advise my students to actually take the MCAT until they hit their goal score range on their last three practice exams. I can help you navigate the complicated array of practice materials that are available to you online (full-length exams, section banks, question packs), and I also have a plethora of material that I can provide.

Further, I have helped many of my students not just succeed on the MCAT exam, but carefully craft their medical school applications and prepare for the interview process. I am happy to offer my services in reviewing application essays and conducting mock interviews (both the traditional interviews and the multiple mini interview format that is becoming more common at medical schools, including the University of Minnesota).

I graduated from the University of Michigan where I majored in integrated sciences. I also hold a master's degree in engineering, and am currently pursuing my MD at the University of Minnesota, having taken the USMLE Step 1 boards exam and scored a 249. I also have extensive experience tutoring the Step 1 exam – having now tutored over a dozen MD and DO students for the Step 1 exam – and am happy to take on new students needing assistance in Step 1 prep.

I believe that a physician must feel a calling to help people, and I similarly apply this to my work as a tutor. I am extremely passionate about, and take great pride in, helping people get over the hump and fulfill their dream of becoming a doctor. It's incredibly rewarding to help a student take, for example, a previous MCAT score of 487 and raise it to a 514 on test day, or an initial Step 1 practice exam score of 183 and raise it to 239 on test day. I am driven to help each of my students achieve such excellence! I also have a track record of consistently helping my students attain such scores on the MCAT and the USMLE Step 1 exam. I consider myself equal parts tutor (which means teaching content and strategy) and coach (which means keeping my students on task and up-to-date, and helping them through any rough patches). I look forward to helping you reach your goal MCAT or Step 1 score on test day!


Education

University of Michigan
Integrated Sciences
University of Minnesota
MD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $65
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Test Preparation

MCAT,

MCAT

I scored a 522 (131 Chemical/Physical, 130 CARS, 131 Biology/Biochemistry, 130 Pyschology/Sociology) on the MCAT exam, and have extensive experience tutoring and teaching the MCAT for the past three years. I have a long track record of helping students raise sub-par scores to excellent ones. In my entire time tutoring for the MCAT, all of my students have scored within the top 30% of test-takers and have gained acceptance to medical school or are currently applying.
USMLE

USMLE

I am currently pursuing my MD at the University of Minnesota, having taken the USMLE Step 1 boards exam and scored a 249. I also have extensive experience tutoring this exam, having tutored over a dozen students total (their scores ranging from 229-247). I am happy to take on students needing assistance in Step 1 prep, and look forward to helping you attain your goal Step 1 score!

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Clear and helpful

Steve was an engaging, helpful MCAT tutor. He set up a rigorous but fair study schedule that kept me on task but did not overburden me. His help with challenging passages and concepts prepared me well for the exam. With his help, my score of 506 on original practice tests increased to 520 on the actual exam over just three months of study. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of an MCAT tutor.

Ben, 7 lessons with Steve

Very helpful throughout the application process

Steve has been a fantastic resource for MCAT preparation and the application process. He is able to answer a wide range of MCAT questions with specific examples, which helped raise my score to the 511-513 range. Steve has also assisted with proofreading my application essays. He has provided valuable insight at each stage in the process.

Anne, 10 lessons with Steve

Steve is Phenomenal!

I have been working with Steve since January on the MCAT and I couldn't have found a better tutor to work with. He has excellent knowledge of concepts from all of the different sciences tested on the MCAT as well as the CARS section. Whenever I do not understand something he is able to explain the concept very easily so that I can grasp it. Steve engages me in the sessions as well which is something that I enjoy and he has helped me to develop more critical thinking skills in my preparation for the MCAT. I highly recommend Steve as a tutor for the MCAT he is a great person that wants to see his students succeed!

Sanyog, 10 lessons with Steve

An amazing tutor!

Steve has been my USMLE step 1 tutor and I am so lucky to have his guidance! He is really patient and makes sure to explain the subject in a way that's easy to understand. The sessions have helped me enormously in gaining knowledge and confidence in topics that I struggled with before. He is definitely a great teacher and you can tell he is committed to helping his students succeed!

Pooja, 6 lessons with Steve

Always helpful

We covered several topics including Hgb-O2 affinity and kinetics/thermodynamics. He was able to explain varying conditions and factors that would influence different results that textbooks could not

Griffen, 42 lessons with Steve

$65/hour

Steve D.

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