On average, the vast majority of our students begin 2-3 months or more in advance of their test dates and our most successful students work with their tutors over a period of 3-6 months or more. Regardless, the sooner we start, the more you’ll get out of the tutoring and the higher you’ll be able to raise your score. Email or call us today to schedule your comprehensive consult so we can help determine your best course of action.
We have tried and tested all of the existing resources for these exams, so our goal throughout your tutoring is to help you be as efficient and effective as possible without getting overwhelmed by too many resources. We do this by tailoring your schedule and resources specifically to your needs and learning style. Additionally for Step 1, for example, you already know that UWorld and First Aid are the two best resources to use, but we'll also show you how to maximize the return from your NBMEs and how to boost your retention overall. We look forward to discussing what would work best for you in your complimentary consult.
Yes. Your tailored study schedule is paramount to your success as it will help you work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Your tutor will craft your schedule in such a way that it evolves over the course of your work together and adapts to your progress and needs. We will also help you identify the best resources for you and schedule them in the most specific and structured way possible.
With more than a decade of proven results under our belts, and closing in on 100,000 tutoring hours, we are truly the leaders in this field — and our prices directly reflect the quality of our service, the track record of our success, and the expertise of our tutors.
What's more, we started 1:1 USMLE tutoring at a time when no other companies were offering it. We also pay our tutors extremely competitively so we can consistently provide our students with the most effective, holistic and individualized preparation available to ensure our students open doors in their medical careers.
We are deeply committed to your success, and are certain that if you're ready to do the necessary work, we can help you reach your best performance and scores.
Lastly, if you think your peers and school would benefit from our services, we also provide consulting, small group tutoring and seminars on an institutional basis: www.mstconsulting.com.
Because we set out to help our students achieve their best scores so they can be as competitive as possible in the pursuit of their medical career goals and dreams.
We have always prided ourselves on being unbiased. When we make a recommendation to you—regarding which books, Qbank, self-assessments, etc. to use—you can trust that we've based that recommendation on what we truly think is best for you, your unique learning style and circumstances (not for our bottom line). What's more, we even have a dedicated Resource Review Committee whose task it is to ensure we're staying abreast of any new resources, and that we intimately know the plusses and minuses of any potential resource.
Lastly, an MST first, because our Resource Review Committee identified a need for top quality flashcards, we delved into content creation for the Internal Medicine Shelf Exam and (soon to be released!) the USMLE Step 2 CK by partnering with Memorang. We're all about helping you work smarter, not harder!
We absolutely can pair you with that tutor if we’re certain (s)he is the best possible match for your needs and your schedule. When matching you with your tutor, we're considering who will be the best fit for your timeline, goals, strengths and weaknesses. Regardless of who you work with, we're certain your tutor will be a tremendous ally to you in achieving your best score.
We’re constantly monitoring changes and test prep resources (i.e. USMLE World, First Aid, NBMEs, AAMCs, etc.) for all the exams we teach. We also gather feedback from our students and from our newly hired tutors who have recently excelled. Across the board, we—as a company—are committed to staying on the cutting edge of these exams.
We welcome inquiries from you anytime, and we will gladly provide information to you about our services for you to share with your student. Beyond that, our experience shows that our relationships with students should not be interfered with by anyone else (unless the student is under the age of 18). We appreciate your cooperation in advance. This will contribute to the best possible outcome and experience for your student.
Let's face it: Studying for the USMLEs means months of exhaustive hard work and practically no social life. Since your time and financial resources are finite, we want to help you make the best investment for you.
When it comes to choosing a review course or 1-to-1 tutoring, years of experience have shown us that if you're scoring ≤ 160s on your assessments, it's best to begin with a review course. (This is especially true if you've been away from the basic sciences for more than 2 years.)
Diving into a good Step 1 review course is like re-immersing yourself in your pre-clinical years of med school. There are set resources, a routine and schedule to follow, lectures, and it's up to you to make the most of it.
In addition, review courses such as Kaplan, Doctors in Training, Falcon, PASS and WolfPACC are also specifically designed for IMGs and students who have been away from med school for some time.
Lastly, by starting with a review course and then working with us to take your passing or close-to-passing score to the next level, your overall financial investment will actually be smaller.
If you did well in your basic sciences, you could accomplish what a review course offers on your own time. However, you MUST put in the necessary hard work and study time, be consistent and hold yourself accountable.
Anything less than your best effort will not be enough.
If you're going to tackle Step 1 on your own, make sure you use the best possible resources and keep it simple. Here's how:
• Stick with the best: UWorld, First Aid, Pathoma and BRS Physiology
• Use spaced repetition to master memorization-heavy concepts
• Be honest with yourself and TAKE SELF ASSESSMENTS
• NBMEs are best. On the UWorld assessments, for example, when you're scoring below a 230, your score can be inflated by ~20 points.
• Don't waste your time with other Qbanks or sub-optimal resources (unless you have a lot of time on your side—in which case, read this Qbank post and this First Aid post)