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>When should I start with Med School Tutors?

The vast majority of our students begin tutoring 2-3 months or more in advance of their test dates, and some get started right when dedicated begins. The sooner we start, the more you’ll get out of the tutoring and the higher you’ll be able to raise your score. If you’re not sure what timing is best for you, get in touch to talk through the options and we'll give you our objective advice to help you determine your best course of action.

>How do I get started?

To get matched with your expert tutor, schedule your free phone consult and we'll send you our tutor recommendation either the same day of your consult or within 1 business day!

Our short video below tells you everything you need to know about how we'll get started together! If you have general questions that are not answered here or want to schedule your complimentary phone consult,
contact us or give us a call at 212-327-0098. 

>What is the complimentary phone consult?

Your complimentary phone consult is a 20-30 minute phone call that allows your dedicated student coordinator to get to know you, answer any questions you may have, and match you with the best tutor for your circumstances, timeline and goals. 

>I have a question about the tutoring. Should I schedule my complimentary consult now?

You should schedule your complimentary phone consult when you know you're ready to move forward; it's how we'll get to know you and match you with your tutor! If you’re uncertain, you can always give us a call at 212-327-0098 or contact us to discuss your preliminary questions and determine whether we will be the best fit for your needs..

>Who are your tutors?

Our tutors are medical students, resident and attendings who are passionate and experienced educators, mentors and guides, with top percentile scores, high scholastic achievements and awards. Many of our tutors are AOA members and holders of advanced medical degrees, such as MD/PhD, MD/MBA and MD/MPH degrees. All of our tutors are backed by proven Med School Tutors methodologies, and the shared MST passion and drive for helping our students succeed.

MST tutors undergo in-depth training to ensure they meet our high quality standards. This process includes multiple interviews with HR specialists and doctors alike. They even meet with a standardized student to ensure they can convey these skills in a session. We place every one of our tutors in the care of a mentor — someone who has done hundreds (or even thousands!) of hours of tutoring with MST, has an established track record of success, served at their medical school, lab or residency as a leadership figure, and takes pride in shaping the next generation of medical practitioners.

Your tutor will not only be there to answer your questions, they will take the lead in planning your schedule and identifying opportunities for improvement. Throughout your work together, they will also act as your number one ally, motivating you to achieve your best through optimal preparation.  

>What's the difference between T1 and T2 tutors?

Though all of our tutors successfully complete the same rigorous training process, we do distinguish based on experience and tenure. Our T2 tutors have completed hundreds — and, in some cases, thousands — of hours of tutoring and have worked with students in a wide variety of circumstances. When available, we also have a T3 option to work with one of our Chief Medical Tutors. All tier levels are subject to availability.

>How does the online 1:1 tutoring work?

Our students work with their tutors via GoToMeeting or Zoom, our professional web conferencing systems. We leverage video conferencing, screen sharing and drawing tools to create a remarkably effective test preparation experience. This allows us to pair you with the tutor best suited to your needs, regardless of location, and minimizes valuable time lost to commuting. All you need is a solid internet connection, a webcam and your computer.

>What is the length and frequency of sessions?

Depending on your timeline and goals, you and your tutor will meet 1-3 times per week. Sessions are generally 2 hours long — with the exception of Shelf Exam and some medical coursework tutoring. To ensure your optimal results, we do require a minimum of one 1-hour session per week regardless of exam.

>Will you help me choose my resources and/or create a study schedule for me?

Yes. Your highly-personalized study schedule is paramount to your success. 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 to use and tailor your schedule to ensure that you are using your resources efficiently.

>Your services are not cheap. How can it be worth it?

We started 1:1 USMLE tutoring at a time when no other companies were offering it. Today, 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. 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 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 achieve your best results.

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.

>What are my payment options? Do you offer a trial?

The first session a student has with a tutor is what we call a trial session, which is traditionally 2 hours for the price of 1 hour (50% discounted).

If you would like to continue working with your tutor beyond your trial session, we will touch base with the tutor, who will suggest roughly how much tutoring they think you’ll need to reach your best score.

Based on that estimate, your Student Relations Coordinator will put together a package proposal for you to review. This proposal will state how many hours we see you completing, the discount you would receive based on the number of hours in your package, and how the total cost of your tutoring could be divided into smaller monthly installments spread out over the course of your work with us.

>I am a parent/spouse/sponsor researching options for someone else. How involved can I be in the process?

We welcome inquiries from you anytime and we will gladly provide information to you about our services for you to share with your student. That said, the complimentary phone consult must be conducted 1:1 with the student and a member of our Student Relations Team. Per our policies, our tutors cannot discuss a student’s circumstances with anyone other than the student. We appreciate your cooperation in advance. .

>How is this different from a review course? What's right for me?

Diving into a good review course is like re-immersing yourself in your pre-clinical years of med school. There are set resources, a schedule to follow, and lectures to attend. Using a pre-set curriculum, a review course is designed to guide you through a comprehensive review of the high-yield material essential for your exam.

In working with one of our tutors, you will receive a highly-personalized study plan, tailored to your unique circumstances, learning style, timeline, and goals. Unlike a pre-set review course, your tutor will adapt your study plan according to your progress throughout your work together. In your 1:1 tutoring sessions, you and your tutor will identify and address your individual strengths and weaknesses.

When it comes to choosing between a review course or 1:1 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.)