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Students' Reviews And Testimonials

Dr. Donnelly has helped numerous students to improve their MCAT scores and achieve their dream of going to medical school

Dr. Stuart Donnelly - MCAT Prep Specialist

Over the past 18 years, Dr. Stuart Donnelly has helped numerous aspiring medical students to improve their MCAT scores significantly and achieve their goal of attending medical school. He is considered to be one of the "most experienced and qualified private MCAT tutors in the country".

But don't just take our word for it. Below are some testimonials and reviews from a few of his recent MCAT students. Please note that each student's surname has been replaced by his or her initial for privacy reasons. However, each testimonial can be verified and references are available upon request.

Students' Testimonials And Reviews

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"Stuart's strategies were very helpful in tackling the MCAT passage based questions. After just a few meetings, I felt more confident approaching the exam. I just got my scores and I did very well!! I got a 518 overall/97th percentile - (130 on Chemistry/Physics, 130 on Bio, 127 on CARS, and 131 on Psychology/Sociology). Thanks for your help preparing!"

Emily S., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"Stuart is the kindest, most patient MCAT tutor I have ever encountered. No matter what your background is, whether you've had MCAT training in the past or none at all, Stuart's one-on-one approach is able cater to the learning speed at which you need. This also enables you to pick and choose your areas of weakness. He is also extremely good about scheduling a time that is fit for you. I worked full-time and was still able to meet Stuart for weekly lessons after I got off work. Lastly, Stuart has a very comprehensive selection of MCAT material (Kaplan, ExamKrackers, Princeton Review, Berkeley Review), thus allowing him to pick and choose certain passages that he believes would be the most helpful. Altogether, I'm very glad I found Stuart!"

K.S.F., Los Angeles, CA (online student)

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"My daughter has worked with Dr Donnelly for the last three months and it has been wonderful. She is a graduate from Holy Cross with a decent GPA but we realize the importance of preparing for the MCAT to gain med school admission. Dr. Donnelly has been able to focus on her weaknesses and provide enormous insight. In addition, his advice with regards to strategy for the test has been invaluable. Many times after graduating the student is detached from the process of applying. He is able to engage students and provide support well beyond the tutoring services stated in the contract. He is sincerely committed to student success and offers a personalized service with sound methodology. Within 3 months her scores improved significantly. In addition to all his talents ... he is just one of those really smart people that can teach."

Deborah W., Bergenfield, NJ

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"Dr. Donnelly is simply the best in his field. I came to him just three weeks before my exam in desperate need of a strategy to improve my score in the critical reading section. In just three lessons, I jumped 30 percentiles in my practice exams on that section and ultimately scored in the 95th percentile for critical reading on the MCAT. Dr. Donnelly is professional, kind, patient, and so willing to do everything he can to support his students in succeeding on the MCAT. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of strategizing their MCAT preparation.!"

J. F., Miami, FL

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"I started with Stuart at the beginning of the summer and didn't have any idea what to expect on the MCAT. Stuart was so incredibly helpful and was always understanding even when I had trouble understanding topics. His strategies were extremely helpful, and he has seemingly unending knowledge on every topic on the MCAT. The one-on-one attention made it possible to focus on areas in which I personally struggled, rather than being forced to follow a curriculum in a larger group setting. After working with Stuart for about 2.5-3 months I took the MCAT, and I'm thrilled with my score and won't be taking it again, which wouldn't have been possible without Stuart. I got a 514! (91st percentile!) Chem: 128 —> 86th percentile CARS: 129 —> 95th percentile —> Psych: 131—> 99th percentile! Thank you so much for all of your help"

Chloe K, Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"Dr. Donnelly is simply the best in his field. I came to him just three weeks before my exam in desperate need of a strategy to improve my score in the critical reading section. In just three lessons, I jumped 30 percentiles in my practice exams on that section and ultimately scored in the 95th percentile for critical reading on the MCAT. Dr. Donnelly is professional, kind, patient, and so willing to do everything he can to support his students in succeeding on the MCAT. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of strategizing their MCAT preparation.!"

J. F., Miami, FL

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"Though I felt confident in chemistry, I was struggling with studying for physics while preparing for the MCAT. This changed when I went to Dr. Donnelly to sharpen up my physics. He was very helpful, and I felt very confident going into test day. I ended up scoring in the 97th percentile for the chemical and physical foundations section! All of my tutoring took place over Skype--so where ever you live you should give Dr. Donnelly a try!"

Allison H., online student

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"I got 514! Thank you for all your help! Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!"

Alexa L., online student, Florida

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"I received a 515 / 94th percentile! I cannot thank you enough for your help. I am so relieved to have conquered this exam. I never could have scored a 129 in CARS without your methods and expertise!"

Jess F., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"My overall was a 519 (98th percentile!) Thank you so much for all your help!"

Nuvid B., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"I was accepted into medical school!!! Thank you so much for all your help, time, and dedication. You’re truly the best!"

Katherine F., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"Before I found Stuart, I took the MCAT two separate times with less than optimal results. When I was preparing the first time, I paid thousands of dollars and studied for hundreds of hours with private tutors. The second time I took the exam, I did a private online course, studied for hundreds of hours and had no change in my score. I had done very will in my undergraduate studies and then scored horribly on the MCAT. I decided to take the exam one final time and found Stuart. Stuart sat down with me over Skype twice a week for five months. He explained technical concepts in amazing thoroughness and also taught me how to approach the exam and its individual questions. I had particularly struggled with verbal reasoning. After working with Stuart, I increased my verbal reason percentile by 60 points. I could ask Stuart any question and never had him not know the answer and he never made me feel dumb for asking the question in the first place. Because of Stuart's expertise and the drastic improvement in my MCAT score, I have gained admission into the University of Washington School of Medicine. I have tried many different MCAT study programs and have never found one as helpful or as enjoyable (as enjoyable as the MCAT can get) as working one on one with Stuart. I hold him and his expertise in the highest esteem and would recommend him to anyone. You won't be sorry for working with him"

Madeleine B., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"I worked with Dr. Donnelly over the summer to improve my MCAT. Dr. Donnelly has many tricks to simplify everything - from passages to math equations to detailed physics concepts. We met both in person and via Skype. He provided all of the study material, was incredibly patient, and overall just a great instructor. I definitely recommend anyone taking the MCAT work with Dr. Donnelly - you'll see results."

Samantha S., Hempstead, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“I just got back my MCAT scores and got a 39. I had a 14 in Physics, 13 in Biology and 12 in Verbal Reasoning. Thanks so much for all your help!”

Apoorva S., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC"Hi Stuart. Just wanted to share some great news with you - I received multiple offers to medical school this year and have narrowed it down to GW in DC and PCOM in Philly. I am thrilled to be headed to school in August. Thank you so much for all your help and support throughout this process."

Christina T., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Dr. Donnelly's private tutoring stands apart from other mainstream/commercial review programs because he isolates an individual's weaknesses and tailors a successful review and test-taking strategy that conforms to an individual's needs -- rather than those of the masses. Dr. Donnelly was able to quickly understand and dissect my thought process in order to help me break old habits and establish stronger test-taking skills so I could get that higher score I wanted!”

Jacqui S., Manhattan, NY

4 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC “Dr. Donnelly's rates are very reasonable, his location convenient and he was able to accommodate my varied schedule. After a handful of sessions, in which he patiently worked with me to target the specific areas I could improve in given the limited time, I was able to reach the needed score to start in September, thanks to Dr. Donnelly.”

Clare C., Manhattan, NY

“I have had several interviews and just got my first acceptance last week. Very happy to know I'm definitely going to med school - Thanks Dr. Donnelly!”

Alexa D., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Dr. Donnelly helped me build my confidence, which improved my test taking substantially. I'm no longer afraid of Physics because he taught me strategies to break down complicated problems into simple concepts. He also reviewed concepts I didn't know in depth, asking questions to make sure I understood. I strongly recommend Dr. Donnelly, he made test preparation enjoyable and fulfilling.”

Mora V., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Dr. Donnelly has a real knack for explaining topics in plain English and for making them come alive with real-life examples. I would encourage anyone who needs to get up to speed in their test preparation to give Dr. Donnelly a call. You won't regret it!”

Mike H., Greenwich, CT

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“I want to start with saying that you are an amazing tutor! You helped me achieve an 11 point jump in the two months you tutored me! Thank you so much, I will recommend you to all my friends. Thank you again.”

Vaishivi J., Manhattan, NY

4 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“The fundamentals I learned from Dr. Donnelly were very helpful. I received the one-on-one attention that I did not receive in the Kaplan prep test. I did not feel embarrassed to ask basic questions. Dr. Donnelly was very patient with explaining concepts in detail until I understood them. Additionally, he was always available via email or phone.”

Neelu G., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Dr. Donnelly was patient, kind and willing to work with me in various areas to help improve not just my score but my understanding of the questions. His schedule is flexible and he is willing to work with you to give you what you need. My score went up dramatically and I would recommend him to anyone.”

Jodi B., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Dr. Donnelly is a wonderful teacher. He is quick to pinpoint weaknesses and, in many cases, turn them into strengths. He always has a structured lesson plan and pertinent homework assignments and puts aside time in the lesson to go over "trouble problems" from the previous lesson. I highly recommend taking a prep course with him. His patience, humor, and kindheartedness makes an otherwise uncomfortable standardized test almost enjoyable.”

Mia P., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Dr. Donnelly is patient and supportive and is clear when explaining questions that were challenging to me.  He also urged me to work out questions on my own, which was extremely helpful.  He created an atmosphere in which I looked forward to the challenge of each section on the practice tests, and I definitely felt more confident taking the test.  If I need to prepare for another standardized test, I will definitely contact Dr. Donnelly.”

Pauline E., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Dr. Donnelly's way of teaching is very calm and effective. By teaching concepts in the simplest ways possible he managed to make it interesting and challenging at the same time.”

Maria M., Manhattan, NY

4 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Stuart taught me some tricks and short cuts that came in handy, but more than anything else, he helped me settle into a calm focus that helped me perform at my best in the exam.”

Roman V., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Thank you again for all your help.”

Monica Q., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Dr. Donnelly substantially improved my verbal score and confidence level on the test. Dr. Donnelly showed me many techniques that books and previous tutors did not. Thanks a lot Dr. Donnelly! I appreciate your help immensely and will refer anyone who asks to you.”

Amir B., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC“Thank you so much for your help. I think the biggest thing you did for me was instill confidence in my abilities.”

Cindy J., Manhattan, NY

5 star MCAT Tutor reviews - NYC “Great teacher! Great lessons! Dr. Donnelly loves to teach, is patient and motivates you to put the necessary work and attention to really improve your test scores. I don't think I would have succeeded without his help.”

Denisse A., Manhattan, NY

Academic References

'I rate Stuart as an excellent teacher. He inspires the brilliant students, but also encourages those who may find certain topics quite difficult. His lessons are well structured...and it is obvious that he thoroughly enjoys his work. In conclusion, Stuart is a talented and a dedicated teacher.' - Mary G. Lawton, Head Mistress of the French International School
I rate Stuart as an excellent teacher. He inspires the brilliant students, but also encourages those who may find certain topics quite difficult. His lessons are well structured...and it is obvious that he thoroughly enjoys his work. In conclusion, Stuart is a talented and a dedicated teacher.”

Mary G. Lawton, Head Mistress - French International School

Under the guidance of world-renowned scientist Professor W. K. Morton, Dr. Donnelly was awarded his Ph.D. from Oxford University at the age of 25, upon completion of his D. Phil. thesis
While at Oxford, Stuart undertook a good deal of teaching in tutorial situations; he clearly enjoyed this and was very successful at it. Stuart is strongly motivated to a teaching career and has demonstrated his capability of presenting lectures in a very clear and effective manner.”

Professor W. K. Morton, Director of Oxford University Computing Dept.

Online MCAT Tutoring

Online private tutoring with Dr. Donnelly is a effective and convenient option for those students who seek the highest quality MCAT test prep but live outside of the New York City area.

Online MCAT tutoring with Dr. Donnelly is an effective and convenient test prep option for those students who live outside of the New York City area but still seek the highest quality MCAT tutoring available.

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If you happen to live in the New York City area, why not take advantage of our private in-person lessons with Dr. Donnelly at his Midtown Manhattan office conveniently located at 1460 Broadway, only one block away from Metro stations for the A, B, C, D, E, F, M, N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3, and 7 trains.

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Is your exam date approaching quickly? Do you need to improve your MCAT scores significantly? Don't worry, Dr. Donnelly can customize a private intensive test prep course that will get you back on track.

Is your exam date approaching quickly? Don't worry. Dr. Donnelly can customize a private intensive test prep course that will get you back on the right track.

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