Ah, the MCAT. You just need to do well on this test before the rest of your life is pure gravy. Even college finals feel like they pale in comparison to the magnitude of this test. You put in the countless hours of studying on top of college coursework to succeed. Or maybe, like me, you get some review books from the library and look at Organic Chemistry for the first time in about 10 years. At that point, it will probably be the biggest test of your life.
You're in medical school and have been quarantined for weeks. When you first heard that your clinicals or classes were cancelled you made big plans to finish UWorld, memorize First Aid, crush boards, and cure disease. But the days blend together, and you spend two hours on Netflix for every one on your studies. It’s 2 p.m. and you’re in your pajamas about to eat breakfast. But quarantine isn’t over yet! There is still time to rescue your schedule and leave isolation with the satisfaction of a job well done.
If there are two things that scare medical students right out of their boots, it is board exams and not having enough information. Bad news for those who like good news in this case, as the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 have expanded questions about communication skills and ethics. Medical school curriculum does not typically spend a lot of time teaching and reviewing communication skills, so oftentimes it comes down to the individual student to fill in this hole.
Every once in a while a student will ask the following question: "I've been getting good scores throughout medical school. Do I need to use a tutor to prepare for Step 1?" Though students are generally hoping for a "yes" or "no" reply, the answer is a little more complicated and depends on your priorities and end goal. Based on 13 years of student successes, the simplest answer is: Having a tutor can exponentially increase how high you score on your exam — even if you already know your stuff — and save you precious time, resources and energy in the process. How? Below, we've compiled the five most common benefits of working with one of our tutors:
At some time during medical school every student wonders if they are learning what they need to know for the boards. Are professors covering all of the high-yield material? Do I really need to know all of the details covered in my lectures? As tutors, these are some of the most common questions we hear from students.
No one will argue that NBME self-assessment examinations are a crucial component of preparing for the USMLE exams. These assessments allow students to simulate test-taking conditions using the same interface that they will encounter on test day with the same style of questions. Therefore, these practice tests offer a great benchmark for how students are progressing by providing them a current step 1 score prediction. Most students expect to have a linear progression in their practice test scores throughout their study period, with the final practice test being their highest score ever. In reality, does not always happen. In fact, sometimes the final NBME score can drop leading up to test day. Read on to learn why this is and what you can do about it!