Meet your awesome MedLife Mastery Mentors

We’re more than just your tutors; we’re your friends that lift you up when you’re discouraged, we’re your coaches that hold you accountable and give you unfiltered feedback, we’re your strategy-focused mentors that show you CAN get accepted to med-school with a focus on strategy, mindset, practice, and learning exactly how to think through this journey like a future doctor.

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Sydney Thomas

Sydney’s application process was extremely organized. She kept track of every experience and every possible contact she had for a reference letter during her time in college. Sydney applied to 15 schools, a mix of top-tier and lower-tier schools. Her organization paid off, and she received an interview and acceptance to her top school, Brody School of Medicine!

Meet Sydney

"Hi, I am Sydney and I am an M2 student at ECU's Brody School of Medicine. I can remember the anxiety and frustration I felt while trying to navigate the application process alone--they sure don't make it easy! As someone who has successfully walked through the application process, I hope to guide you and provide the advice and insight I wish I had access to when I applied. I strongly believe if you've made it this far in the pre-med journey that you truly belong here. Together we can weave together all the parts of your application to present your unique story in a compelling way. I have experience with editing personal statements, secondary essays, and activities writeups. Additionally, I can help you prepare for traditional interviews and the CASPer. Best of luck on your application journey!”

Sydney Thomas

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Hanes Grafe

Hanes was a driven applicant. He did his 4 applications early in order to increase his chances of acceptance. He received two interviews and was accepted in the first group of students for each! He proceeded to pull his other two applications as he had already gained acceptance to the School of Medicine Greenville, his top choice!

Meet Hanes

“Hey my name is Hanes Grafe and I am excited for the opportunity to work with you on preparing the best medical school application with the background that you have. I personally was accepted to all the in-state medical schools I applied to and I believe that my strengths lie in my background in writing and interpersonal skills for my interviews. During my undergraduate years I was a writing center tutor and specialized in helping students craft graduate school essays. I am well versed in the minutiae of style, voice, and grammar and hope to help you craft essays that best present who you are as an applicant and future physician. As for interviewing I have experienced the different types of interviews including one-on-one, group, and MMI’s. I hope to help students grow in their self-confidence and comfort in their interviews as this is often the last hurdle to jump over before being accepted.”

Mentor Hanes

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Alisha Agarwal

Alisha decided not to take a gap year and applied to 30 medical schools across the country in her final year at the University of Pennsylvania. Alisha did 6 interviews and gained acceptance from 5 of these medical schools! Alisha is now a student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College!

Meet Alisha

“Hello! My name is Alisha I decided to go into medical school near the end of my freshman year of college when I started volunteering in various hospitals and clinics and shadowing different specialties. After exploring more about what a field in medicine entails, I became very committed to applying as soon as I could. I fulfilled all my pre-med requirements as well as a fulfilling list of extracurricular activities and research experiences that I believed would make me a strong candidate for medical school. I think my candidacy was made further unique by the various remote and virtual opportunities I pursued in light of the pandemic rather than the more traditional experiences applicants usually have. I studied for and took the MCAT in the summer of my sophomore year. Throughout my junior year I started to get my application materials ready including securing letters of recommendations, writing short paragraphs for each of my extracurriculars, and drafting my personal statement. By spending time during the school year, I was able to have multiple of my peers and medical students read over my work. I was able to submit my primary application on the first day it opened at the end of May. I also studied for and took the CASPr in May. After submitting my Primary application, I started pre-writing my secondary essays for the schools I applied to. By mid-August I had completed all my secondaries and remaining application materials. Throughout my senior year, I completed my interviews! I ultimately matriculated into the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.”

Alisha Agarwal

Med-School Admissions Coach 

Emily Reeson

Emily made a last-minute decision in her senior year to become a physician and applied to 7 medical schools. Despite her late switch, she applied to and was accepted to 2 right out of college. Emily is now a student at Creighton University School of Medicine!

Meet Emily

"Hi! I’m Emily, and I’m looking forward to tutoring you! I have been mentoring pre-med students of diverse backgrounds and experiences for over a year. With over 4 years of past experience as a grammar and writing instructor, I am well-equipped to edit the many essays involved in preparing a strong and concise medical school application. As a medical student, I have worked closely with my school’s admissions committee. Thus, I know exactly what the admissions teams are looking for in an ideal applicant and what will set your application apart. I make sure to take time uncovering every student’s unique strengths to help compose a strong application that is true to each personal journey. I successfully matriculated to medical school after my first time applying, and I hope to help you do the same.”

Emily Reeson

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Austin Lent

Starting his application process, Austin was concerned. He knew that he lacked clinical experience which is an essential element to a successful medical school application. Regardless, he applied to 15 schools. From his 15 applications, he has received one acceptance from Florida Atlantic University!

Meet Austin

“Hi, my name is Austin Lent, and I am so excited to be working with MedLife Mastery! I am currently applying to medical school during this cycle (2022-2023) after graduating from the University of Miami in May of 2022. I have so far interviewed with and been accepted to Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt College of Medicine as an in-state student. In high school and college, I was an editor for my school newspapers, so I am very familiar with editing essays and other writing pieces for grammar, flow, and content. If you are considering or taking a gap year (or multiple), I can help you make the most of this time and explain your reasons in your application. I look forward to helping my fellow pre-med students achieve their goals and get accepted into medical school!”


Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Julia Wickman

Julia had a untraditional application cycle. Julia applied to 16 schools during COVID-19, which meant that the process was delayed and she was overwhelmed selecting schools as she wasn’t able to tour them. Julia ended up receiving 5 interviews and acceptances and now attends the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine!

Meet Julia

"“Hello, my name is Julia Wickman! I'm a medical student at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine in Nutley, NJ. Before medical school, I attended Washington & Lee University where I majored in biology and minored in English. My undergraduate activities included researching obesity, working for the office of student affairs, tutoring, and volunteering as a crisis counselor. Applying for medical school can be an overwhelming process between selecting schools, writing essays, taking the MCAT, figuring out deadlines, and acing interviews. With a background in English and lots of experience interviewing in both the standard and MMI format, I am looking forward to helping students with all aspects of the application process, including essays and interview preparation regardless of their stage in the application process.”

Julia Wickman

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Grace Olson

In the final year of her undergraduate degree, Grace applied to 25 US medical schools. She interviewed at 9 of these schools including Boston University and University of Pennsylvania. Grace struggled with finding a cohesive way to present her personal journey to the admissions team. Nevertheless, she succeeded in her interviews and landed 7 acceptances and 2 waitlists. Grace is now attending the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine!

Meet Grace

"Hello! My name is Grace Olson and I am a current M1 at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. I applied to medical school throughout my senior year as an undergraduate student and have learned a lot throughout my journey that I would love to pass on to future applicants. I believe that one of the most important aspects of the medical school application is finding a cohesive way to present your personal journey to medicine and to deliver that in a way that is both articulate and genuine. This comes up again and again throughout your primary, secondaries, and interview and it is something that I can help you with every step of the way. As your mentor, I can help you set up schedules and personal deadlines, reflect on personal experiences, edit primaries/secondaries, prepare for interviews, and be your MedLife cheerleader!"

Grace Olsen

Med-School Admissions Coach 

Ryan Anderson

During Ryan’s medical school application journey, he applied to 10 medical schools, 7 MD and 3 DO. From these medical schools, ryan was invited to 7 interviews. These interviews were a mix of MMI, group and traditional style interviews, so he can definitely help you with those! Ryan eventually received 4 MD, and 3 DO acceptances. He is now a student at the University of Louisville School of Medicine!

Meet Ryan

" Hi, I’m Ryan. I’m a 4th-year medical student from rural Kentucky who grew up without access to a major healthcare system or healthcare careers mentor. After performing well on my MCAT, I went on to receive 5 MD and 2 DO acceptances to medical school. I have worked with MCAT Mastery as an MCAT Tutor since my senior year of college in 2019. I am currently enrolled at the University of Louisville School of Medicine where I serve as class president and intend to pursue a career in Diagnostic Radiology.

I’m a compassionate, driven mentor who seeks the same success for my peers that I hope for in myself. Due to my experiences in medical school, I am able to provide unique insight into what makes an applicant competitive for medical school admissions boards and what you can do (from the first day of freshman year) to build an application that will be competitive any medical school in the country.”

Ryan Anderson

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Pooja Kadakia

Pooja’s application process was not a walk in the park. She questioned her position in medicine and her self-confidence took a hit. Nevertheless, she landed 6 interviews. Pooja has experience with both MMI and traditional style interviewing. She spent months practicing and her hard work paid off as she was accepted into 4 schools! She is currently enrolled at the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Medicine!

Meet Pooja

“Hi I’m Pooja and I’m excited to be your mentor! After my second year, I applied to UofT, McMaster, Queens, UOttawa, Dalhousie, Memorial, Manitoba, and UBC. The applications were tough and different from each other. I worked to not tell medical schools what I did but show them, even in 150 characters. It took me months to perfect the art of showing them my personality so my reviewers could connect with me on the page.

My strategy landed me interviews in my third year at McMaster, Queens, UOttawa, Memoria, Manitoba, and UBC. My interview prep started in October and didn’t end until March. I prepared an hour every day and more on the weekends to prepare for all the different interviews. Some were MMI, some were traditional, some were synchronous, and some were asynchronous. I was using different timing, different styles of questions, and different styles of answers. It was hard work to do this while studying, volunteering, and working. I practised by myself, practised with friends, and practised with strangers. Eventually, I learned my style of interviewing. On the other hand, I also questioned my self-esteem, my place in medicine, and whether they would accept me over all the other incredible applicants. In the end, my hard work and self-reflection paid off - I was accepted to Manitoba, UBC, McMaster, and Memorial.”

Pooja Kadakia

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Jack Galla

Jack was barely hitting a 500 just a month before his MCAT, struggling with plateauing scores, but by exam date, he walked out with a 512! He increased his score by 12 points in just weeks. Also, Jack has mastery over every section of the MCAT, especially CARS in which he scored in the 99th percentile. Today, he’s a third year medical school student and continues to pursue his dream!

Meet Jack

"Hey there! My name is Jack and I’m a biology major. While I was studying for the MCAT, I really struggled with finding time to set aside from my numerous other activities and regular school work to dedicate to the MCAT. At the time, I was juggling being an NCAA college athlete, my hardest course load yet, as well as other smaller time commitments that made it very hard to dedicate any real amount of time to such an important test. When I finished the semester, I took a practice test to see how far I had come from the diagnostic I took before studying; however, I was nowhere near where I wanted to be, and my test date was only a month and a half away. In that time, I dedicated myself to my MCAT studies and was able to improve my score 10 points above the practice test I had taken at the end of the semester. I’d love to work with you to get your score to where you’d like it to be (or even higher)!"

Jack Galla

Med-School Admissions Coach 

Kamal Randhawa

Kamal had a challenging MCAT journey. He scored a 515 after 4 months of studying, but he knew he was capable of a better score. He gave himself some well-needed time off to maintain a good headspace and improved his study schedule. He found the right strategies and sought to retake the MCAT again a year later. On his second try, he scored an awesome 521 on his MCAT (ranking in the 90th percentile in all 4 sections)!

Meet Kamal

"My name is Kamal Randhawa and I am a first-year MSc. Candidate in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa. I am passionate about my studies and love to help those around me. I wrote the MCAT two times and learned a lot each time. What drove me towards retaking the exam was that I was 1) confident in my abilities to learn challenging concepts 2) synthesize relevant information in a clear and concise way for my brain to develop strong semantic networks and 3) score better than my first attempt! Now as a tutor, I hope to impart all my skills, knowledge, and notes to anyone who might need a little help!"


MCAT Mentor

Luke Passannante

Luke started his career in finance and eventually realized that it’s not for him. He decided to pursue a career change to medicine and began the hard road to prep for the MCAT. Knowing he had an uphill battle, he enrolled in a postbac program to help him on his content. He took his first MCAT exam in May 2022 and got a 514. However, he wanted something higher to really solidify his chance of achieving his dream. He continued to persevere to find the right strategies for him. Luke wrote the MCAT again on August 2022 and his hard work paid off when he scored a fantastic 520!

Meet Luke

"As a career-changer post bacc, I took an unusual path to medicine. At Williams College, I studied Economics and English. After working in investment banking and private equity for a few years in New York City, I realized that my career lacked sufficient service to others. I took the MCfAT for the first time in May 2022 at the end of my post bacc and was unsatisfied with my results in Bio/Biochem and Chem/Phys. I retook the exam later than summer and improved both sections tremendously, resulting in a 520. I have personal experience making huge strides in my MCAT score in a short period of time and look forward to working with people looking to do the same!"


Why Choose To Work With Us If You Need Help On Your MedLife Journey: Reason 1
We all ACTUALLY struggled in our journey

NONE of us were "naturals" who have gone through this journey with ease and barely any prep. No one becomes a mentor with us just because of they score well on the MCAT or get accepted into medical school. If they can't relate to your experience, how can they truly help you? We all have memories of scary MCAT prep and med-school application moments where scores were lower than we expected and had to deal with rejection. Many of us have memories of literally breaking down during moments of failure and rejection, wondering if we were cut out to be doctors. We had to push through it all. Alone.

We had to figure out the most efficient methods for EVERYTHING from creating schedules/study plans, to memorizing content, understanding it all deeply, thinking critically when it comes to passages, improving our timing/stamina and SO much more. We spent way too much time figuring out how to study effectively, as we struggled through this journey alone.  You don't have to.

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Peyton Groves

Peyton applied to 26 medical schools in her senior year. Peyton unfortunately struggled with self-confidence throughout her application process. She received 3 interviews and was waitlisted at all of them and never came off. Peyton felt defeated, nevertheless, she persevered and improved her application with the help of a professional counsellor. As a result she was accepted to 2 schools, one of which was University of Pittsburgh, where she currently studies!

Meet Peyton

“I first applied to medical school in 2020 at the end of my senior year. I applied and felt confident in my application, as I had pretty high stats and a good mix of extracurricular activities. I completed my application with help from friends and other pre-meds but did not use any counseling service. In my gap year, I moved home and worked in one-on-one behavioral therapy with kids with autism. The emotional toll of applying definitely affected me, and it started affecting me a lot more when I hadn't heard back from any schools by November, even though I had submitted all of my secondaries by the end of July. I wish I had had a mentor or someone to talk to that understood, because I was watching all of my friends get amazing interviews and I felt like a failure. I also needed someone to tell me to stay OFF Reddit! I eventually ended up getting three interviews at Tulane, Cornel, and UCSD. Two of those were traditional style interviews and one was the multiple-mini-interview format, so I have experience preparing for both of those! I was unfortunately placed on the waitlist for all three schools, which I never got off of. This was really hard for me because it felt impossible to plan for my future, and the emotional toll that the year had taken on me left me defeated and believing I would never make it to medical school. In spite of that, I found the courage to reapply and sought help from a professional counselor. We worked on every aspect of my application together and reviewed what went wrong on my last application. My second cycle wasn't extraordinarily more successful. However, I felt my application was dramatically more genuine, my interview skills drastically improved, and my overall mental health was so much better. I think this was all due to the help of my counselor, and is the reason that I want to help others on this long, stressful, but achievable journey!”

Peyton Groves

Med-School Admissions Coach 

Kartik Goswami

Kartik has experience applying to both DO and MD programs. He has plenty of experience as he has interviewed at over 10 schools with group, traditional, and MMI-style interviews. Kartik gained 8 acceptances to DO schools and 1 to MD school. Kartik ultimately selected California Northstate University!

Meet Kartik

“Hey I’m Kartik Goswami, a second year medical student in California. My journey to med school began in 2018 when I started undergrad and have since gained lots of experience in med school applications and acceptances. My previous experiences consist of shadowing multiple doctors, writing MANY applications (the secondaries were tough), interviewing at over 10 schools, taking AAMC vita, taking CASPer and performing research. I applied to both DO and MD schools where I was accepted to 8 schools consisting of both training types. And currently I sit on my school’s interview panel for applying students as an interviewer.

Now after going through the process myself I want to make it easier on the next batch of medical students. The process is so long and grueling, and for me it would have be great to have a helping hand along the way. That’s what I'm here for! I have helped many many students with their applications whether it be primaries, secondaries, or tailoring them for specific interviews. And now with MedLife Mastery I want to help even more students achieve their dreams!”


MCAT mentor

Ashley Battenberg

Ashley has a great background in research and used this to her advantage in her applications. Ashley applied to 8 top-tier medical schools and gained acceptance to 3 of them, including Johns Hopkins. Ashley ultimately decided on Mayo Clinic!

Meet Ashley

“My name is Ashley and I'm originally from Wisconsin! I graduated from Brown University in 2021 and then spent a year doing research in Boston while applying to medical school. I decided I wanted to go to medical school a bit late in the game, but luckily I had great mentorship from peers to make sure that I was checking all of the boxes and also creating a unique story and application. Creating a stand-out medical school application is a mix of a lot of things -- checking the correct boxes (the MCAT, clinical experience, pre-med courses, etc), exploring things you love, and also writing and talking about your passions in a compelling way! Applying to medical school is a long tricky process, and I'm excited to make it more manageable - whether that means helping you to design an MCAT study schedule, form a logical list of schools to apply to, practicing how to talk about your clinical experiences during interviews, or anything else that will help you succeed.”

Ashley Battenberg

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Olivia Paraschos

Olivia is currently in the application cycle for 2023 and has been extremely successful in receiving interviews and acceptances from her top schools! Olivia originally applied to 50 schools and has interviewed at 15 and been accepted to 2. Olivia hopes to matriculate to a T30 research program as research funding, and opportunities are very important to her!

Meet Olivia

"Before entering my medical school application cycle, I was extremely overwhelmed by differing advice I found online on writing the application essays, creating a reasonable school list, and tackling impending deadlines. I spent most of the year before applying comparing myself to others and worrying that I hadn't done enough to stand out to those who would be reviewing my application. However, I realized that at the end of the day the most important goal for me was to authentically share who I was and my passion for medicine with the admissions committees. This meant months of difficult self-reflecting on the experiences that had led me toward a career in medicine and how they shaped the person I am. Since most pre-medical students tend to do very similar activities to one another, I believe one key to a successful cycle - and what I hope to work on with you - is finding your narrative and helping you write about your experiences and goals in a unique way that is both personally compelling and professionally oriented to the missions of the schools you have an interest in. The other key aspect of successful admission is creating a well-balanced school list, and I can help you ensure you are targeting schools that align well with the various parts of your application. By focusing on these tips I have received 2 acceptances thus far this cycle and can help tailor the lessons I've learned throughout writing application essays and interviewing to your upcoming application process, working to ensure your character shines through and you feel confident and proud of the work you've done so far on your pre-med journey!"


Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Zachary Parduhn

Zach did not get accepted during his first cycle of applications. Zach was interviewed and waitlisted at 3 medical schools. Feeling defeated, he decided to take a gap year as a research assistant. With this new experience under his belt, he reapplied and was accepted into the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University!

Meet Zachary

"Hello I’m Zach! My journey to Med School began in 2018 when I enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Technology as a Biology major. I was the first in my family to pursue a career in the medical field and had no idea what I was getting myself into. Thankfully I met many wonderful mentors along the way including Advisors, Doctors, Professors, and most importantly older students who had been through the same struggles as me. I was able to handle the course load in college and even the MCAT, but my biggest obstacle was the application process. I applied directly out of undergrad, which looking back may have been unwise. It was a struggle to find inspiration for my personal statement, and secondary essays were no better. Ultimately I was offered several interviews and waitlisted at a few schools, but did not receive any acceptances.

While I was very disappointed, I learned a lot from the experience. The following cycle I reapplied and was much better prepared to sell myself to medical schools through my personal statement, AMCAS application, secondary essays, and interviews. I was eventually accepted to the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University where I plan to attend in the fall.

I hope to help other students through the application process, and believe my experience as a successful reapplicant will be invaluable. For those who are applying for the first time I can help to avoid the mistakes I made to ensure you are successful. For reapplicants I can advise you on the adjustments that may be necessary to ensure a med school acceptance in the future. My philosophy is that you must sell yourself to be a successful applicant. Simply checking the boxes of a good MCAT score, solid GPA, and lots of extracurriculars is not always enough. You must recognize your unique strengths, skills, and experiences and present them in your application. This is often easier said than done, but I would be happy to help you along the way!”

Zach - MCAT Tutor

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Merrina Lan

When applying, Merrina had many self-doubts. She worried that she didn’t have what it takes to be a physician and that she wouldn’t stand out compared to other applicants. Because of this, she worked extremely hard on her application even with her full-time job! Her work ethic paid off, as Merrina was accepted into 4 medical schools!

Meet Merrina

“Before the start of my application cycle, I was very stressed out. I internalized the voices of other people who told me that I won’t get in or I needed to take extra gap years. But I knew that I had what it takes to get accepted, I just had to believe in myself, keep pushing forward, and see what happens.

Writing my application essays was a huge challenge for me as English is my second language so grammar was not my strong suit. As a result, I procrastinated a lot and had writer's block constantly. Fortunately, I found online resources and editors who helped me overcome these obstacles. With 19 schools on my list, the secondaries were overwhelming, but I managed to stay organized, stick to my timelines, and submitted well-polished essays as quickly as I could. When I got my first interview invite in July, it was such a great feeling knowing that my efforts have amounted to something!

As of November of this cycle, I have received acceptances to US MD schools with multiple scholarship offers. I still have many more schools to hear back from so I haven't decided where to attend yet. I'm so excited that my dream has come true, with so many options and opportunities to graduate with significantly reduced student loans. If you are struggling with your application or constantly doubting yourself, I know how that feels and I’m here for you.

Applying EARLY and being authentic greatly contributed to my success. I will help you overcome your fears and submit the best version of your application. Once you have all the necessary experiences, all we have to do is figure out which stories to write about to make you shine. It’s not about “standing out” but about being true to who you are. If you are worried about your upcoming interviews, I’m glad to guide you on how to answer common questions as I have been accepted to every school I interviewed at.

We will work on connecting with the readers using your personalities and experiences, which will convince them that you are the applicant they need to pick and they will give you scholarships to make you go there! I can’t wait to help you realize your dream to become a doctor!”

Merrina Lan

MCAT mentor

Natasha Gengler

When applying, Natasha was set on gaining acceptance to only top-tier schools and took a gap year to make sure her application stood out to the various admissions teams. Natasha applied to 15 schools and received 6 interviews. Natasha’s hard work paid off, she got accepted into UT Southwestern!

Meet Natasha

“Hi! My name is Natasha, after graduating college in 2022, I applied to allopathic medical schools through both TMDSAS and AMCAS for the 2023 entry year. During my gap year, I've been working as a high school math teacher while juggling interviews and finishing my secondary applications. Because of this, I can relate well to traditional applicants as well as those with day-to-day jobs. Prior to applying, I felt one weakness in my application was my lack of clinical hours (>200 and just one activity). I worked hard to explain just how significant my limited experiences were to me, even through I didn’t have nearly as many hours as those who had worked clinically for years. I also related several of my non-clinical experiences to my desire to be a physician. As someone with a background in creative writing, I felt I excelled at writing and editing essays during the secondaries process and received similar feedback from interviewers. I’d love to help your personal statements and secondary essays represent you as best as possible, and account for perceived weaknesses in your application. I’ve also participated in traditional, group, and MMI-style interviews, so I’d love to help you prepare for all three styles of interview. In addition, I scored in the 4th quartile for my Casper exam and want to help you do the same. So far, I have received 1 acceptance (a pre-match offer from a TX school), 6 interview invites, and 1 pre-interview rejection, but I am still waiting to hear back from 8 schools! I am so excited to help you on your journal to becoming a physician!”

Natasha Gengler

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Diana Hla

Diana started her MCAT prep only engaging in content review, which led to her score a 502 on an early practice exam. With only 1 month left before her exam, Diana really shifted gears to maximum improvement. In that final month, Diana did in-depth content review and dedicated herself to working on test-taking strategies. Fortunately, her hard work really payed off when her score skyrocketed by 20 full points to an incredible 522 on test day!

Meet Diana

"Hi! My name is Diana, and I’m looking forward to working with you! As a first year medical student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (after graduating from Johns Hopkins with a BA in Biophysics and Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Entrepreneurship & Management), I have gained an in-depth understanding of physics, biology, and chemistry. I also have seven years of tutoring experience, three years of teaching experience in college physics, and a year of tutoring for the MCAT's CARS section. This experience has honed my ability to help students on the MCAT, as I have seen a wide variety of questions, passages, common errors, and the strategies that have led to the most improvement even after long plateaus. After performing well on the MCAT as well as during the medical admissions process, I decided I wanted to help others be successful in academically achieving well so they can also pursue their dreams! I can’t wait to help you on your journey!”

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Giselle De La Rua

After a month of content review, Giselle found herself extremely overwhelmed by all there is to know for success on the MCAT. Like so many of us, reacting to this struggle, Giselle pushed her test date back to allow herself more time for prep. From month two onward, she began maximizing practice and strategy as well as content, which helped her push past her plateauing scores. It took her just over a month to go from a 506 to her highest practice test score: a 521. Then on exam day, she ended up with a 517!

Meet Giselle

"Hi! My name is Giselle, and I’m looking forward to working with you! I just recently took my MCAT so I know what it’s like to be in the process of studying for this exam because I was there not too long ago. My MCAT journey had its ups and downs just like any other but at the end of the day, I got the score I wanted and I can help you do the same. There’s a lot of varied advice about how to study for the MCAT so I’m here to help you navigate that and aid you in improving your section scores! Overall, I’m looking forward to tutoring you and helping you reach your score goal!”

Giselle - MCAT Tutor

Med-School Admissions Coach 

MCAT Mentor

Bill Young

Bill started his application prep in June of 2022. Bill applied to over 30 medical schools and has interviewed at 6 and been accepted to 4! Bill has plenty of experience with traditional, group, and MMI style interviews. From his 4 acceptances, Bill has selected the University of Washington School of Medicine!

Meet Bill

“I applied to 30+ schools over AMCAS, which I had selected based on mission fit, location, price, and stats. I completed secondaries in July and August after being verified in late July. I also applied to TMDSAS, which I'm happy to help with! I began interviewing in late September up until now, and have been accepted to multiple schools! I am happy to help with personal statement and secondary editing to ensure that you can best represent yourself to your schools! I am also happy to help with interview prep, having done 10+ interviews thus far, including MMI format!”


MCAT mentor

Ariana Campbell

Having to manage a full course load, work, extracurriculars and more during her MCAT prep, Ariana went from scoring in the 490s to a 515 on the MCAT in just 3 months, with a 98th percentile CARS score. 

Meet Ariana

"As a somewhat nontraditional student, I decided to go to medical school during my senior year. I realized the MCAT was the biggest hurdle standing between me and applying to medical school, but I also knew I had other commitments that I needed to keep up with. I juggled MCAT studying, a full course load, work, extracurricular activities, and being a caretaker for my father who had been recently diagnosed with advanced stage cancer. During my MCAT journey I learned some important lessons, like how to capitalize on the sections you're good at; how to increase your weaker areas; and how to create a schedule around your other activities, so that you can improve your score. I know what it is like to have obligations other than the MCAT and had to find the best way to manage a schedule, so that I could achieve a good score even when I couldn’t commit 8 hours a day. I would love to share what I have learned with you to help you raise your score, while still balancing your life. Scoring well on the MCAT is possible and I look forward to working with you!"

Ariana - MCAT Tutor

MCAT mentor

Mehul Nimpal

Despite receiving poor practice scores and feeling lack of motivation to study, Mehul made the commitment to focused strategic studying. In 3.5 months, took launched his score from the low 500s to a 524 (100th percentile) on test day!

Meet Mehul

"Hi! My name is Mehul and I’m a currently studying neuroscience in Canada. I wrote the MCAT in summer 2020 and would love to help you achieve the MCAT score you’re aiming for! I know that the MCAT prep process can sometimes feel incredibly long and tedious, and that it’s hard at times to find the motivation to continue. I’ve also faced problems remaining positive in light of a poor practice test score or after continuing to make the same mistakes again and again for weeks on end. But I managed to overcome these hurdles, and totally believe that you can too! I’ve been tutoring in some form or another for about 7 years, and absolutely love teaching. I’m going to focus on strategies, tips, and tricks that I used during my MCAT experience as well as ways I learned to approach AAMC-style questions so that you can learn how to actually write the exam, not just study forward.

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Joseph (Joe) Cornella

2.5 months before his test date, Joe was scoring in the 500-505 range. In less than 10 weeks, he ended up increasing his score by more than 14 points to a 519 on the MCAT! The most amazing part? As a firm believer in the importance of positivity and strategic improvement, while studying himself, Joe also helped his peer achieve a 15+ point increase in that same time frame!

Meet Joseph

"Hello! My name is Joseph and I am excited to be your tutor! I am from Phoenix, Arizona, and just recently graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Microbiology. I love to play the cello and am passionate about music and both scientific and artistic aspects of life. I studied for the MCAT the summer after graduation and took it after 3 months of studying. I received a 97th percentile score, and have helped some of my friends with their studying too. I believe I have a good grasp of visualizing concepts and obtaining a higher level of understanding that will help you with your MCAT. I am always looking to help and encourage struggling students. To help you increase your score, I will teach you how to effectively eliminate wrong answer choices, and then demonstrate effective reasoning strategies that will lead you to a confident answer. I will ask you questions throughout that will hopefully guide you along the way. I’m looking forward to helping you raise your score!”

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Sarah McDonald

Sarah found herself scoring in the low 500s for a large portion of her MCAT prep journey. In fact, just a little over a week before test day, she scored a 507 on a practice exam, which was nowhere near her score goa. Instead of giving up, Sarah used the little time she had left to revamp her study strategies, and her mindset, to end up increasing her score by 10 points and achieving a 517 (97th percentile) MCAT score!

Meet Sarah

"I'm also familiar with how comparing yourself to others, especially on the MCAT/medical school journey, can be really difficult and damaging. This is something I struggled with and I hope to use my story to inspire you so you can achieve success and reach your goals even if it feels unattainable in the face of perceived failure like a bad practice exam score, or unsuccessful med school admissions cycle as I have experienced both of those things. I'm really looking forward to learning about your study style and helping you through a plan that works for you individually and feeling empowered in your personal plan and experiences :)"

MCAT mentor

Aurian Saleh

Just a month before her test date, Aurian found herself scoring a 506, which was far from her score goal. In those last 4 weeks however, she improved her strategy, began to see patterns and how she needed to change her approach, and within 30 days her score had jumped 14 points to a 520 on practice tests! On exam day, she achieved an awesome 516!

Meet Aurian

"Hi, I’m Aurian! From my own experience, I was initially overwhelmed with the sheer amount of content I was expected to know. It took many weeks for me to figure out a system that worked for me. I found a system that allowed me to increase my practice test scores very quickly. In order to do well on this test, one must be able to determine where their gaps lie. Are there gaps in content, in interpreting the passage information/data, or are there gaps in logic and test-taking skills? Or more commonly, are there gaps in motivation or confidence in your own abilities? It was important to diagnose where my issues were coming from and shift my mindset into a more positive and confident one. With enough proper practice, you begin to build an intuition for high yield concepts and how the AAMC structures questions. You become more efficient at picking out relevant information and finding techniques and shortcuts that can greatly improve your score. People learn differently and what works for one student might not work for another. I look forward to helping you figure out strategies that work for you!

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Nate Trumble

When Nate embarked on his MCAT journey, like many, he didn’t anticipate how much of a psychological battle it would be. The MCAT became a major source of stress, becoming a barrier to his future goal of becoming a physician. When Nate began studying, he was overwhelmed and this was reflected in his first diagnostic score - a 496. After figuring out how to put his mental health first and learning how to break the MCAT down to be more manageable, his score slowly increased. After 5 months of studying, he made his way to a 510. On test day, Nate scored an impressive 523! Nate is now living out his dream of becoming a doctor studying at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Meet Nate

"My journey to success with the MCAT required a transformation that involved more than merely learning the content on the test. I had to build my confidence by celebrating my wins when I came across them, and also by being gentle with myself when I failed. I had to train myself how to sit still for 7-8 hours, and have the discipline to do that several times a week over 4 months. Because I have realized these psychological components of my own MCAT journey, I want to pass these along by being a tutor who emphasizes a holistic approach to studying. It is easy to focus simply on understanding passages and questions, which is obviously important. However, just as important are factors like sleep, exercise, and sense of well-being. I also want to focus on integrating studying for the MCAT into the student's entire application process, so that we can keep in mind the ultimate goal for why we are doing this."


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Joon Sung

With a lower GPA, Joon knew he needed to achieve a higher MCAT score to keep his dream of becoming a doctor possible. He started studying every day with no clear study plan until he began a full-time job, and everything suddenly became a lot more overwhelming! That's when Joon took a much more strategic approach, and his score improved from 498 to a 514 in just 3 months, where he plateaued, but on test day less than four weeks later, he scored an excellent 522 (129/132/129/132)!

Meet Joon

"Hi! My name is Joon, and I grew up in Los Angeles, California. I went to Brown University and swam on the varsity team, so I can definitely relate to the hectic student-athlete lifestyle. While studying for the MCAT, I had just started working as a full-time research assistant. I spent most of my day in the lab, and I was definitely worried about whether or not I would have enough energy, let alone time, to do well on the MCAT. If you're having a hard time committing to a schedule or feeling unsure whether or not you have all the resources and tools you need, I am more than happy to work with you to figure out a feasible study schedule. With a solid foundation in the study plan and the resources you'll use, you can improve your score and feel more confident going into your exam, which I believe is the key to reaching your goal MCAT score. I look forward to helping you get there!"

MCAT mentor

Mollie Westrick

When Mollie started her prep for the MCAT, she scored a 492 on her first practice test. It took some patience and time to get her score up to 506 - and that's where she plateaued hard. However she figured out how to revamp her approach and strategy, and in less than 60 days, she skyrocketed her score by 15 points to a 521 on test day!

Meet Mollie

Hi I'm Mollie!I graduated from UPenn in 2020. As a Division 1 athlete and Neuroscience major, I needed to manage my time wisely. When I was studying for the MCAT, I needed to balance my studying time with full-time work at a doctor’s office. After struggling to see any increases in scores from practice tests, I was very discouraged. I needed to learn how to change my strategies in order to improve, and my scores subsequently increased from there on out. Building my confidence was not easy, but through hard work, I was able to do so. Throughout my studying, I increased my score almost 30 points from my diagnostic test. I have previously worked as a tutor for High School and College students in the sciences, and have coached swimming for those of all ages. I pride myself on my ability to find the communication style that best fits those I work with.

MCAT mentor

Jennifer Murphy

As a non-traditional test taker, studying multiple hours per day while juggling a full-time job was no easy task, but her experience as a full-time teacher proved to be especially useful in analyzing her own weaknesses and strengths. Implementing focused study strategies allowed her to increase her score from a 507 to a 515 in under 60 days. Jennifer's hard work would eventually pay off when scored an amazing 520 on her test day!

Meet Jennifer

"Hello, I’m Jennifer! After spending my first two years out of undergrad as a middle school science teacher, I felt ready to begin the process of applying to medical school by taking the MCAT. It hit me that it had been over two years since I had finished my science coursework and I began to fear that I had forgotten too much content knowledge. On top of that, the daunting scope of the MCAT left me feeling directionless and isolated as I began studying. I decided to put on my teacher cap and approach the content as I would a middle school lesson I was preparing to teach. Over time, I realized how applicable the strategies I used in the classroom were to the MCAT. My confidence grew as my score of 507 rose to 515 after 2 months of content review and a 523 after an additional month of test prep, before settling at a 520 on test day. I look forward to helping you!"

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MCAT mentor

Sherry Gu

Sherry started her MCAT journey feeling lost. The combination of stress and confusion on content led her to not see any score improvement. About 6 weeks before test date, Sherry was scoring a 507. At this point, she realized that strategies and improving her mindset would be the key to increasing her score. After changing her approach, her score shot up to a 516-520 just weeks later on her practice tests, before ultimately scoring a 517 on her official MCAT!

Meet Sherry

"Hi! My name is Sherry. When I first started preparing for the MCAT, I was really overwhelmed with the amount of information. As a result, I wasted several months of time just trying to memorize everything. After several burnouts and seeing a downward trend in the low 500s on my practice tests , I became so discouraged that studying felt like torture to me. It wasn't until several more tests that I realized that test strategies and having a positive mindset is equally important. As a fellow MCAT test taker, I know how important mental health is in this process and I hope to also help cultivate a growth mindset in my tutees. I have confidence that each one of you reading this is capable of reaching whatever goal you have, and I look forward to helping you reach that target score!”

MCAT mentor

Emmajane Rhodenhiser

Going into her MCAT prep, Emmajane knew that she wouldn't be able to dedicate a lot of time to the MCAT. Between sports, academics, and work she only gave herself 3 and half weeks to prepare for her exam! Taking a more strategic approach to the prep meant that in less than 30 days, her score went from a 500 on practice to an amazing 518 on exam day!! (Even citing a 520 on a practice exam shortly before test day!)

Meet Emmajane

"Hi! I'm Emmajane! I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before going to Brown University. I had to be strategic and efficient in this time crunch, because every day was a huge opportunity for raising my score. I like to plan and think strategically, so I will be able to help students figure out how to triage, organize, and approach their studying. For example, figuring out the highest priority items to memorize vs. items that just need to be recognizable. I also have a lot of experience tutoring the topics that are on the MCAT, so I've practiced different ways of explaining and drawing out concepts so that they can be digestible and intuitive. I look forward to helping you reach your goal score!”

MCAT mentor

Saanya Lingineni

While juggling her university course load, she was also dealing with the stress of having to learn all the MCAT material and getting over numerous mental blocks in such a short time. With perseverance and having found more efficient and effective strategies, she ended up making a 22 points increase in a 90 days! - to score an amazing 522 on her test day!

Meet Saanya

"Hi, I am Saanya! Learning content and testing out strategies are important, but what is often overlooked is overcoming the mental block that many students have that prevent them from performing their best in this often anxiety-inducing test. It's something I had to learn to recognize and work around, along with the time crunch I had of studying within only 1.5 months, I often found myself telling myself that I couldn't achieve the score I wanted. Once I realized that this was detrimental to my progress, I learned to use the time crunch I had to my advantage, and I want to help you do the same. I know what it's like to feel unprepared for this test and only have a small amount of time left- I would love to help you strategize your time for what works for you! At the end of the day, I'm here to cheer you on through your ups and downs until you're confident about your studying process!"

MCAT mentor

Maya Duffy

For months, while juggling a full course load and her personal life, Maya would passively study without making any significant improvements. Confused and defeated, she would end up pushing her test back a total of 7 times. Knowing that she couldn’t continue this way, she changed up her strategies and mindset. Three months of vigorous, efficient practice led her to an awesome balanced 515 MCAT score! This year, she’ll be joining the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Medicine!

Meet Maya

"Hi! My name is Maya, and I'm an experienced tutor with a B.S. in Biology. I know how daunting and unapproachable the MCAT can seem, but I'm here to tell you that
When I first started studying for the MCAT, I was surprised at how much I struggled to pass the 500 mark. Traditional study strategies didn't feel like they were working for me, and I pushed back my test numerous times until I finally decided to start from scratch and develop my own study plan based on anecdotal advice from hundreds of top scorers. I've spent months researching and personally testing out every strategy in the book, and I want to help you identify and apply those strategies to your own studying to help you kill the MCAT!”

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MCAT mentor

Henry Nguyen

Self-teaching content he didn't learn from pre-reqs and working a full-time job to support his family made Henry's MCAT prep journey very challenging. With only 5 weeks left until his test date, Henry was stuck at a 500. However, in those last 35 days, Henry implemented new and focused strategies which  helped boost his score by 16 points and let him score a 516 on his actual MCAT!

Meet Henry

"Hi! My name is Henry and unlike most premeds, I actually took the MCAT during the summer of my sophomore year, yet I was still able to achieve a great score without taking pre-reqs like Biochemistry and Sociology. Since I self-taught and relearned many subjects from scratch, I know exactly what topics to focus on for the MCAT and how they’re commonly tested. During my prep, I also continued to work full time to support my family and I know exactly what it’s like to be on a major time crunch while preparing for the MCAT. I attribute my successful self-teaching to my past teaching experiences as a supplemental instructor in upper level classes (like Genetics and Anatomy and Physiology), so I will provide the same level of tutoring to our sessions. I maintain a very busy schedule, but am always ready to go above and beyond for my students! I’m so excited to help you reach your score goal!”

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MCAT mentor

Hieu Nguyen

In between research positions and university courses, Hieu quickly found that having a full schedule meant that he needed more efficient and effective studying techniques. With this in mind, he reworked his approach and ended up scoring a 506 two weeks from his exam date. On his actual exam, he would end up with a 516 (a 10 points increase in 14 days!)!

Meet Hieu

"Hello! I’m Hieu! I attended Washington and Lee University, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Film. My MCAT journey was very long and tedious. It was a lot of trial and error, but I eventually figured out how to best study for it. I had to balance studying for the MCAT with classes, working, and summer internships. At first, I thought I was prepared after studying for the MCAT during the summer. However, I still wasn’t prepared. After delaying my first exam date for another semester, I used that time to practice and hone my learning skills. I figured out the best method to study to increase my score. I look forward to helping you with your journey!"

MCAT mentor

Nivi Arunkumar

At the start of her prep, Nivi was extremely overwhelmed and intimidated by the exam- so like many of us. After a lot of frustration and scoring below her score goal on practice tests (490s), she knew she needed to change her study habits. Beginning to take into account her mental and physical well-being, along with shifting from focusing on content to strategy, Nivi was able to raise her score to a 517 on test date! In fact, in 8 weeks she increased her score by 20 points from 499 to a 519 (highest score on practice test!).

Meet Nivi

"Hi! I’m Nivi and when I first started studying for the MCAT, I was absolutely overwhelmed! I spent a lot of time trying to force myself to take notes/make flashcards for content review and I would use not being done with content as a reason to push back practice tests. When I finally started taking full-length practice tests, I freaked out on every section. Adding to that, even after months of studying, I got my lowest score yet on a FL, which was extremely discouraging. I took a break and came back determined to study in a way that worked for me. For example, I’m a visual learner so I began relying on diagrams and started watching a lot more videos for content review. Additionally, I also realized the importance of mental/physical well-being so I started exercising more regularly and meditating before my practice exams, which helped a lot. In our sessions, I’ll work with you to make sure you can be confident while studying and are focusing on techniques and methods that will actually get you the score that you want. I’m looking forward to helping you with your prep- and getting you to your score goal by your test date!”

Nivi - MCAT Tutor

MCAT mentor

Deven Singh

Deven spent the beginning of his MCAT prep journey hyperfocusing on the content, until his plateauing scores made him realize his approach was not working. In the following weeks leading up to his exam, Deven had to completely start from scratch and revamped his study strategies. In just 6 weeks, Deven increased his practice score from the mid-500s to an awesome 521 on actual exam day!

Meet Deven

"Two months prior to my test date, I took my first practice test and quickly realized I was inadequately prepared. I had to rework my entire study approach over the following weeks. I also had to prioritize and address multiple areas of improvement while maintaining my mental composure throughout the process. I understand that studying for the MCAT is a nerve-wracking process because the end result is hundreds of hours of work distilled into a single score. By helping you build resilience and execute a well-designed plan, I want to assure you are using your time efficiently while preparing for the MCAT. I look forward to helping you!”

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Hannah Kareff

Like many, Hannah decided to start her MCAT prep while finishing up her undergraduate degree. For her, juggling classes at Cornell and prep was tricky and frustrating, as she struggled with identifying her weaknesses. Instead of seeing clear improvements, she ended up wasting time on “low yield” areas, resulting in a low diagnostic score of 511. After tailoring her studying better to her needs, Hannah studied hard for 3 months. She saw steady increases with practice scores of 511 to 514 to 519. Her hard work would pay off when she scored a fantastic 521 on test day. Hannah has been accepted into multiple medical programs and is still trying to decide on the best one for her.

Meet Hannah

"I took the MCAT in April of 2022 after four months of studying. I was able to increase by 10 points from my first diagnostic test to my final test day, but not without a lot of hard work and anxiety. One of the most helpful things for me was having a friend taking it the same day, so that we could check in with each other and feel less alone. I want to be that person for other students, with the added bonus of having taken the exam before and being prepared with strategies/tools to help students improve. I have several years of tutoring and TA experience, and want to help you do and feel your best on your MCAT testing day. I look forward to getting you to your goal score!"


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MCAT mentor

Savannah Runge

For months, Savannah felt extremely discouraged due to constantly getting the same MCAT practice score of 505. With only 21 days left left, Savannah decided she really needed to reevaluate her strategies and get past her self-doubt... And that shift in strategy and mindset payed off because Savannah increased her score by 12 points to a 517 by test date!

Meet Savannah

"Hi! My name is Savannah, and I’m looking forward to working with you! I am a recent graduate of Northwestern University, and I took the MCAT this past August. I come from a theatre/communication background and absolutely love tutoring/mentoring, so I am extremely excited to help you raise your score! Working together, I will meet you where you are, and if something doesn’t make sense via one method of explanation, I will strive to find another one that works better with your brain. My MCAT journey was not a walk in the park. I hit a major score plateau at 505- I am talking months of 505s- up to three weeks before my exam. Not only was it frustrating to feel the lack of progress, but it sent my mental health down the toilet. I was depressed, devastated, and truly had NO faith in myself or my intelligence. Even when I started seeing scores increase, my self-esteem was still so low that I couldn’t believe it. I want to help you avoid falling for the imposter syndrome, like I did, and reach your score goal without programmed self-doubt keeping you down! Looking forward to working together!”

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Courtney Ketchum

From the start, Courtney knew that preparing for the MCAT was going to be challenging. Aside from learning new content, she had to also juggle a full time job, leaving her with little time to study. Despite constant frustration, she figured out the right strategies that helped her improve from scoring in the low 500s to getting a 514 on her first attempt a few months later. Only a month after then Courtney was able to skyrocket her score to a 521 (98th percentile)!

Meet Courtney

“Hello! My name is Courtney and I am very excited to use my MCAT experience to help you succeed. I recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in bioengineering and a minor in chemistry. I am currently doing a gap year as a postbac at the National Institutes of Health, where I am conducting research at the Clinical Center and applying to medical school. In my free time, I love to work out, hang out with friends, and work on projects. My MCAT journey was a long one, but so rewarding in the end. I took the test twice. The first time, I had a 6 month study plan, but did not receive the score I knew I was capable of. I decided to take a few months off and retake it again. The second time I prepped for 5 weeks and achieved a 7 point score increase (including a 5 point increase on CARS). After my first exam, I diagnosed what strategies worked and what did not for me, as well as what specific areas I needed to focus on. I believe anyone is capable of achieving the score they set their mind to, with the right strategies and preparation. I cannot wait to help you get there!”

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Melanie Barbini

She started practicing more efficient studying methods and utilizing more resources, along with finding methods to manage her test anxiety. On her retake, she would end up with a 10 points increase - scoring an awesome 516! Today, she’s a first year MD/PhD candidate at UMass Chan Medical School!

Meet Melanie

"Hi! My name is Melanie, and I am a current MD/PhD candidate. I graduated with a major in behavioral neuroscience and took the MCAT in June 2020. Having taken the MCAT twice, I know how stressful and tedious studying for the MCAT can be especially as you juggle other outside commitments like work and school. Having been able to improve my MCAT score and been admitted into my dream program, I want to help you find a flexible study schedule that helps you maximize your scoring potential on the MCAT. Whether this includes working on problem areas, talking through passages, or optimizing on test taking strategies, I look forward to adapting to your learning needs and helping you achieve your dream score. I am excited to work with you!"

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Rishi Patel

When Rishi started his MCAT prep, he struggled a lot with absorbing the content . He started to build a strong conceptual foundation and maximized his strategy. However, he was still only scoring at 510 just over a month before his test date. Wanting to improve by 10+ points, Rishi further refined his strategies and mindset, and was able to increase his score to a 518 in just 4 weeks following that, before achieving a 523 (13 point score increase) on his actual exam!

Meet Rishi

"Hello my name is Rishi! I graduated from UC Berkeley in December 2019 and started medical school in Fall 2021. I scored in the top one percent of MCAT students when I took the exam. I have several hundreds of hours of experience that I can leverage to help you improve upon your weak sections and achieve your score goals. As an MCAT tutor, I can help you with content mastery, test-taking strategies, and motivating yourself to study. Beyond helping you get a great MCAT score that can get you into the medical school of your dreams, I hope to help you learn concepts and test-taking strategies that will help you throughout the rest of your life. I cannot wait to start working with you to help you get the best score possible on this exam!”

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MCAT mentor

Ayesha Anwer

After struggling in prep and rescheduling her MCAT twice, Ayesha told herself that she needed to make changes in her study approach... And when she scored a 503 on a practice exam only 45 days before her test date, she knew that she needed to increase her score fast. By doubling down on strategies, prioritizing practice, and adopting a positive mindset, Ayesha was able to increase her score by 14 points to a 517 in just a month and a half!

Meet Ayesha

"Hi! My name is Ayesha, and I was a bio major in college, but I still didn’t necessarily know all the subjects that would be on the MCAT when I started studying. Organic chemistry was hard for me, physics was confusing and I never even took physiology and psychology. So I was overwhelmed with all the material I knew I would have to study. Plus, I had to study full-time after finishing school. I started with a 503, but in 1.5 months, I managed to achieve a 517 through the quickest content review ever, a much greater focus on practice questions and practice tests, developing a positive and confident attitude, and taking care of my physical health! If you’re strapped for time, just know that it’s going to be okay. I’ve been there, so I know that with strategy, you can still conquer this exam!"

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MCAT mentor

Jack Tracy

A month before his test date, Jack was scoring a 497. He knew that he needed a higher score to be more competitive. Anxious about his score, he reworked his strategies and practiced more effective studying methods. Putting in long hours, he implemented these new techniques and in those 30 days, his score shot up by 22 points to a 519 by test day!

Meet Jack

"Hi! I am originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, but I moved to Tennessee to attend Vanderbilt University for my undergraduate degree. I graduated a semester early from Vanderbilt in December, 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Medicine, Health & Society and a minor in Business.

I scored a 519 on the MCAT and my splits for the four sections of Chem/Phys, CARS, Bio/Biochem, Psych/Soc were 130, 128, 130, 131 respectively. I followed a self-guided method of studying without taking any courses to ensure that I really learned the content and strategy behind answering all types of questions across the different sections of the MCAT. My content review went from January to April. I then took some time off for finals and to watch some of my good friends graduate. I returned home and on the 17th of May scored a 497 (42nd percentile). Needless to say, I was extremely worried about my score. Three weeks later, I began a full time internship in a hospital for the summer and adapted my MCAT studying to the evenings after work. I had saved the AAMC tests to be done last and scored 518, 523, and 520 on the three that I completed. Test day (June 19th) came more quickly than I had expected and I was able to score a 519! An improvement of 22 points in approximately a month, which hopefully shows you my understanding of the focus and dedication necessary for success on the MCAT. I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way in increasing my MCAT score, which I’m really looking forward to sharing with you! Let’s get you to your MCAT score goal :)"

MCAT mentor

Zara Foroohar

As a MCAT re-taker, Zara realized she needed to change her studying and testing strategies. It also wasn’t easy for her to study, since she also had to balance working full-time and extracurricular activities. Two months before her test date, she was scoring in the low 500s, but that quickly jumped to 510-515 in one month, using her new approach! In her final month, Zara's score skyrocketed by another 10-15 points to a 525 (100th percentile) on test day itself!! 

Meet Zara

"Hi! I'm Zara and I'm originally from a small town in rural New Hampshire. After graduating from Harvard University, I began studying for the MCAT and took it for the first time in September of 2020. Unfortunately due to poor time management and test-day anxiety, however, I received a lower score than I had hoped for and ultimately decided to retake the exam in May of 2021.

It was incredibly daunting to imagine studying for an MCAT retake while balancing full time work and extracurriculars, and I initially struggled to find an effective study strategy. However, after incorporating a more active learning approach to the MCAT and learning to use an individualized study plan that played to my particular strengths, I was ultimately able to crush my goal score and achieve a 525!

I am currently finishing my graduate degree in Classics at the University of Oxford, and look forward to pursuing my studies at medical school in the future. Having worked as a Faculty Aide and Teaching Assistant for over 2 years, I feel comfortable working with students of all backgrounds, and hope that my own experience as a successful MCAT re-taker will inspire you to believe that serious improvement is possible. I hope to be able to encourage and support you on your MCAT journey, no matter where you are in the process, and look forward to working with you!"

MCAT mentor

Jack Donahue

When starting his MCAT prep, Jack knew that it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. As an experienced tutor, he knew a lot of the content for the science sections but he had underestimated how rigorous the exam would be. With having to juggle undergraduate courses, he struggled with keeping a strict schedule and had to work around unforeseeable scheduling conflicts. On his first practice exam, he would score a 503. In rethinking his approach and trying more efficient strategies, he would jump 17 points in 3 months and score an awesome 520 on test day!

Meet Jack

"Hi! I’m Jack and I would love to help you refine your question-answering process, how you approach each section, and how you plan to prepare for each section. My study schedule and methods are very reproducible and can be extremely helpful for you given the right modifications. I feel strongly that a tailored approach to strengthening your weakest sections can help you achieve your MCAT goals. I look forward to helping you reach your goal score!"

MCAT mentor

JD Carter

JD started his prep while juggling a full course load and trying to balance his academic life with studying for the MCAT was not working for him. He ended up with a 495 on his first practice exam. With winter break on the horizon, he buckled down and reworked his studying habits. Changing his mindset and strategies, he ended up making leaps in progress. He finally broke through to the 500s, one month before his test date he scored a 502 on a practice exam. Eventually, he made a 16 points increase to score an awesome 518 on his actual exam day!

Meet JD

"Hey! I’m JD and I have had a diverse range of tutoring experiences: from high school geometry to teaching English in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. I know how daunting this test can be, especially since it stands between us and our dream of becoming a doctor. As your tutor, not only do I hope to help you reach your dream score, but also to guide you through these stressful times. I hope that I can be a source of support, encouragement, and a listening ear when you need it. When preparing for the MCAT, it is vital to take care of yourself in aspects of life outside of studying, and I would hope to provide guidance on how to balance these things as well! I look forward to helping you on this journey!"

MCAT mentor

Amna Saigal

Amna is an MCAT re-taker who was constantly scoring in the 490s for her first MCAT because she was focused on content rather than strategy. After changing her focus to strategy and studying for 6 weeks on her second attempt, Amna was able to raise her score to a 520 on the MCAT! 

Meet Amna 

"Hi, I’m Amna! The first time I took the MCAT, I tried to learn everything (even the things I knew were unlikely to actually be on the exam). I went on to spend 3.5 months studying part-time trying to learn all of that content- but I still didn’t get the score I wanted. The second time, I decided to study smarter, rather than study MORE. The makers of the MCAT are primarily testing your ability to analyze information and make conclusions- which you only need “high-yield” content for. This time, I spent more time practicing passages, and developing a calm and logical approach to answering questions. Working on perfecting these strategies was the key to getting my 520, and I want to help you learn the “hacks” and strategies that can help you do the same. The MCAT is testing intelligence, not your ability to regurgitate information- and that’s why anyone can succeed on it with the right strategy and mindset! That’s what got me to my dream score, and I’m looking forward to helping you with these tactics so that you can reach your score goal too!”

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MCAT mentor

Andrea Sandoval

Andrea’s biggest struggle when approaching the MCAT was time management. She struggled to balance her full-time research position and all the necessary studying required for the MCAT. Andrea began her journey scoring a 500. After three months of hard work and amazing support from her family and friends, she was able to score an impressive 522 on exam day! Her specialties are in Psych/Soc and CARS - so she’ll definitely be able to help you increase your score in those areas!

Meet Andrea

"Hi there! I'm a 4th year undergraduate at UC Berkeley who is about to graduate and apply to medical school. When I first started studying for the MCAT I was having a really difficult time, but after lots of practice and hard work I was able to achieve a score of 522! I tended to be a slow thinker and slow reader, so adapting to the timing of the test was a challenge for me, but I was able to develop strategies for overcoming this. I struggled on this long MCAT journey, but I was able to find the test methods and strategies that work best for me and I'd love students to do the same and achieve their goal score!"


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MCAT mentor

Michelle Adler

After two full months of studying, Michelle found herself scoring in the low 500s, and was particularly struggling on the CARS section (as many students do). Eventually, after prioritizing focused strategy, working her way through as many resources as she could (particularly for CARS), and strengthening her mindset, she was able to increase her score to a 523 on her test date!! (1 point higher than her ambitious score goal)!!

Meet Michelle

"Hi, my name is Michelle, and I’m so excited to work with you! As an MD/PhD applicant, I knew that I needed a high score on the MCAT, so I set my sights high. My MCAT prep did not go as smoothly as I hoped and I really struggled to hit my target score in practice. I stayed in the mindset that I would only be taking this exam once - forcing myself to study hard, every day, and practice, practice, practice - inching my way towards my target. In the end, I hit my target score! The MCAT did not come naturally to me and I doubt it comes naturally to anyone, but having struggled my own way through this exam, I have developed many study skills and strategies for addressing this beast; strategies I am happy to share! Although I have a most rigorous background in biology and physics, I have grown quite interested in many of the other topics of the MCAT and believe that there are ways to enjoy learning this content! Overall, I’m really looking forward to helping you raise your score!”

MCAT mentor

Joe McGrath

When Joe started his prep for the MCAT, he had no idea where to start. Initially, he put a lot of work into content without doing any practice. He didn’t take his first practice exam until 2 weeks before his test date. With the review he’d done beforehand, he ended up scoring a 514, but he knew he could do even better by focusing on his approach (rather than content). Moving forward in those final 2 weeks, by optimizing his test-taking strategies, he was able to increase his score by 9 points to a 523 on his actual exam!

Meet Joe

“Hi, I'm Joe and I’m looking forward to tutoring you! I began studying for the MCAT about three months before my exam, and it's safe to say, I barely knew where to start. Having never received any pre-med counseling, the sheer scope and importance of the MCAT were incredibly daunting. During the first couple months of my studying, I was not performing well on the MCAT practice passages. As a result, I was extremely concerned about how I was going to perform on the actual MCAT. However, after taking four AAMC practice tests (and improving my score by over 9 points in two weeks while taking these practice tests), I found the perfect MCAT strategy to maximize my success. When I finally went to take the real MCAT exam, I was even more nervous than I thought I'd be, despite the fact that I felt very prepared. Somehow, I was able to calm my nerves and put forth my best effort on the exam. I ended up getting a 523 while scoring 130 or above on every section. Even though I ended up scoring in the 99th percentile, I know what it's like to feel overwhelmed by MCAT studying and think that there's no possible way to score highly on the exam. By working with me, students will learn to overcome this self-doubt. My main focus in MCAT tutoring is helping students find the strategy that works best for them, as I don't think there is such a thing as a "one-size-fits-all strategy." By developing a personalized strategy, students can see large score increases in small amounts of time. I can’t wait to help you reach your score goal!”

MCAT mentor

Abbi Shrontz

Throughout her MCAT journey, Abbi faced a lot of anxiety and burnout in prepping for the exam. With just a month left before test day, her scores plateaued in the low 500s. Despite her struggles, she persevered and focused on her strategy, in those last 30 days she increased her score to a 516!  Abbi is particularly strong in C/P (97%), so she’ll definitely be able to help you increase your score in this area!

Meet Abbi

"Hi, I’m Abbi and I look forward to working with you! One of the biggest things I learned in studying for the MCAT was how important my mindset was. When I was studying, I didn't take the time to take care of my mind and body, and as a result got burnt out. I wasn't studying efficiently and due to this, I was getting tired much more quickly. I want to help you prioritize your time studying in order to maximize your score so that you’re able to work on your mindset. My goal is for you to feel extremely confident walking into the testing center!"

MCAT mentor

Nana Adenu-Mensah

As a nontraditional student, who had already been out of school for three years, Nana's initial scores on MCAT practice exams were stuck in the low 500s. In fact, just a month before test day, her score was near 506. In those final 30 days, by changing her approach and her mindset, Nana finally saw increases in her practice scores, and ended up skyrocketing her score by 14 points to a 520 by test day! Since then, Nana has been accepted to Yale Medical School and we’re so proud of her!

Meet Nana

"Becoming a doctor had always been my dream but I put it off for a few years because I wasn't confident that I'd score well on the MCAT, which I knew was the biggest hurdle for me to climb. I braced my fears and took the plunge to start my prep about 5 months to my test date, three years out of undergrad and working a full-time job. While my scores were nowhere near great in the beginning, I persevered, cried a bit, worked hard, used all the resources I could afford like MCAT Mastery, and started to see a gradual increase in my scores, culminating in exceeding my target score and getting into medical school! If I could do it, then so can you- you're not alone! I have lots of experience teaching and tutoring undergraduate and graduate students, so I can meet you where you are in your MCAT prep. As we work together, I will share the strategies and resources that I found effective with you, and help you build confidence and skills to hit your target score as quickly as possible."

MCAT mentor

Kamal Randhawa

Kamal had a challenging MCAT journey. He had to take the exam twice to achieve his desired score. He did well on his first try, scoring a 515, but he knew he was capable of a better score. He gave himself some well-needed time off to maintain a good headspace and improved his study schedule. All his hard work paid off, as he scored an awesome 521 on his MCAT (ranking about the 90th percentile in all 4 sections)!

Meet Kamal

"My name is Kamal Randhawa and I am a first-year MSc. Candidate in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa. I am passionate about my studies and love to help those around me. I wrote the MCAT two times and learned a lot each time. What drove me towards retaking the exam was that I was 1) confident in my abilities to learn challenging concepts 2) synthesize relevant information in a clear and concise way for my brain to develop strong semantic networks and 3) score better than my first attempt! Now as a tutor, I hope to impart all my skills, knowledge, and notes to anyone who might need a little help!"


MCAT mentor

Adam Novak

Going into the MCAT, Adam had a strong foundation in content but he didn’t anticipate how much he would struggle to actually interpret the questions on the exam. While he had to juggle university and other responsibilities, he quickly realized that he had to tackle the MCAT using a different strategy. He rethought his approach to the exam, and ended up with a 509 on a practice exam. He would go on to make an 18 points increase in 2 months, to score an amazing 527 on his actual exam!

Meet Adam

"Combining my biochemistry degree with 2 co-ops (one in surgery and one in pharmaceutical research), I felt I had a strong foundation coming into the MCAT. I was accepted through an early assurance program, so I knew the mark I had to hit on the exam. I gave myself approximately 4 months for studying, and definitely was not where I thought I would be. I had a fair amount of the content down, but the exam style was so different I was really struggling with the question style. I started using a variety of qbanks to learn how to interpret the questions, as well as identify content gaps. I ultimately achieved a score better than I could've ever imagined. I look forward to helping you!"


MCAT mentor

Bilal Nadeem

Bilal started his prep with a bang. He was a STEM major at Harvard University and had a great grip on content; his first diagnostic was a 515. However, he had his mind set on specific programs and knew he needed to achieve a higher score to get an acceptance. Overwhelmed by the exam, Bilal really struggled with feeling confident in his preparation, especially since his practice exams scores kept fluctuating up and down. He eventually found methods that worked, and propelled him to an awesome 521 on his actual test day!

Meet Bilal

"Hi! My name is Bilal and I'm currently an MD-PhD student. When I was first studying for the MCAT, the enormity of the content I had to review, re-learn, or learn for the first time overwhelmed me, and I struggled to visualize an endpoint. I'm eager to share some methods that can help you get in control of your preparation and that can help cultivate a level of self-assurance that will get you to and through test day. I look forward to working with you!"


MCAT mentor

George Nageeb

George started studying 6 weeks before his test day and got a 505 on his practice exam. He knew that he wanted to aim for much higher and didn’t have a ton of time, since he was also juggling a full course load at Harvard. He started up doing content review and practice problems intermixed but his scores didn’t increase with every test. Instead, they would fluctuate up and down between the different practice exams. He kept working on his approach to the exam, and once he found strategies that worked for him, finally saw an upward trend in his score. He eventually ended up scoring an awesome 519 on his exam day (a 14 points increase within 6 weeks)!

Meet George

"Hi, I’m George! I graduated from Harvard with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and Comparative Studies of Religion. I studied for the MCAT for 6 weeks! My academic and practical experience has made me comfortable with MCAT material and I’ll be happy to help you with it. Staying with my study schedule ensured that I reached my goal score come test day, I look forward to helping you reach yours!"


MCAT mentor

Shahar Hartman

Shahar began studying with less than a month until his test date. Time was of the essence. Aside from preparing for this life changing exam, he also had to juggle his return from months abroad and figure out what to do with his life. He bet on himself and created a rigorous study schedule with specific score goals. His methods worked and he would see a steady increase from 504, 510, 514 to 520 on four of his practice tests. With the help of his consistent practice testing and self-confidence, Shahar was able to score a fantastic 516 on test day (a 12 point increase in less than a month!)

Meet Shahar

"Hi, I’m Shahar! I had the choice of either going abroad or applying to medical school in the upcoming cycle. My university said that it would be very difficult to do both, as it would not only leave me with under a month to study, but that I would be removed while abroad from the academics that the test requires of me. This sounded like a challenge, and I told myself that I would be okay with not succeeding, but I wanted to bet on myself that I could persevere. Five months later, I was on my flight home from Switzerland, and I had opened up an MCAT general guide I had downloaded for the flight. This was the beginning of my study journey. I found that the biggest advantage I could give myself was building confidence which in-turn would allow me to be more comfortable with the test itself. Content aside, the MCAT tests you on how you pick yourself up when you're down and I’m here to help you figure that out!"


MCAT mentor

Renee Gao

With stress and last minute changes with her work and her personal life, she ended up scoring a 506. However, she knew that she could do better and kept prepping. She wrote the MCAT again 2 months later, and scored a 514. While she was fairly satisfied with her score, she knew she could improve even more and decide to retake the MCAT again. She prepped for her 3rd and final exam, where she made an 8 point jump in 3 weeks to achieve an amazing 522.

Meet Renee

"Hi, I’m Renee! I graduated from Georgetown University with honors in Biochemistry and a minor in Japanese. As someone who had to balance a busy social and work life along with studying, I am a strong believer in studying smarter not harder. I hope to not only provide knowledge but also guidance, encouragement, mindset change, and most importantly a positive attitude for my students going through this tough time in their lives.

As someone whose first language isn't English, started at 493 (diagnostic), and was working full time while studying to gain clinical experience, I have come a long way in all 4 subjects. I hope to focus not only on content review but also on test-taking strategy and mindset to help students achieve their dream scores with the highest efficiency, and give back as much as possible within each tutoring session.I studied for my MCAT with a broken computer, pen and paper, and mostly the resources I found online. I truly believe that if I can do it, so can you as well. I look forward to helping you achieve your goal score!"


MCAT mentor

Veronica Bochenek

Veronica’s MCAT journey was not a walk in the park. She struggled with major test anxiety along with feeling overwhelmed with the amount of content to memorize. She took her first practice exam and got a 508. As she was aiming for a score much higher, this only scared her enough to hold off her exam for an entire year. However, she knew she couldn’t put off the MCAT (and her dream) forever and mustered up the courage to try again. With only one month left before her exam, Veronica powered through and focused her studying on what really matters. She increased her score to a 510 and kept up the momentum through to her test day, where she achieved an outstanding 522 (a 12 points increase in a month)!

Meet Veronica

"Hi, I’m Veronica! I’m a recent college graduate with years of experience tutoring and mentoring students. My 522 was the result of consistent efforts to familiarize myself with the exam's design and content. This means that I know the ins and outs of the test, and I'm very excited to help you learn them too!"


MCAT mentor

Emily Boland

Emily found herself in quite the time crunch when preparing for the MCAT. Although overwhelmed and stressed, she did not let this stop her from pursuing her dream. On her first practice test she scored a 510 and she knew she was capable of more. She started by creating a studying schedule that worked for her and began prepping step by step. She kept up the hard work for 7 weeks, and on test day she made an 11 point increase to score a fantastic 521 (including a 132 on CARS)!

Meet Emily

"Hi, I’m Emily! I entered The University of Virginia thinking I wanted to be a journalist, pivoted hard to biomedical engineering, and eventually found my way towards medicine. In my opinion, success on the MCAT is equally about two things. Firstly is the content, structure, and logic covered. Secondly is creating effective, sustainable habits surrounding your studying and test-day routine. You have to take care of your own wellness to do well. I have extensive experience as an instructor, coach, mentor, peer educator, and tutor and I am beyond excited to use it to help you succeed on the MCAT!"


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Soumya Gupta

Soumya had a very structured approach when it came to her MCAT prep. She strategically divided up her studying into three 7-week chunks. She began scoring a 504, and with 3 months of review, Soumya was starting to improve to a 510 and then to a 515. On exam day she was able to score an awesome 518! In fall 2023, she’ll starting her first year of medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Meet Soumya

"Hey, I’m Soumya! I started out with a pretty low diagnostic exam score and was able to increase my score by 15 points by the time I took my actual MCAT. I have experience as a TA or tutor for various chemistry and biology classes and I am good at explaining concepts in many different ways. While studying, I tried out many different MCAT strategies and I was able to determine which worked the best for me. I’m looking forward to help you find yours!"


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