Doctor MCAT - Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have provided the answers to many of the most frequently asked questions regarding private tutoring and MCAT prep with Dr. Donnelly.
If you are unable to find the answer to your question, please feel free to contact Dr. Donnelly directly.Contact Dr. Donnelly
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- Do you offer a free initial consultation or assessment?
- How many sessions will I need?
- What materials do you use?
- What kind of score improvement can I expect?
- Can you provide references?
- How does online tutoring work?
- What makes your MCAT tutoring method so successful?
- What is your cancellation and refund policy?
Yes we do. If you are new to private tutoring or test prep - don't worry. During your free initial consultation, Dr. Donnelly will administer a short assessment to determine if there are any gaps in your background knowledge of the basic concepts that appear on the MCAT. The assessment usually takes about 30 minutes. You will also get to see Dr. Donnelly's tutoring skills in action and by the end of the initial consultation, you should feel confident that Dr. Donnelly is the right MCAT tutor for you.
Based on the initial assessment, Dr. Donnelly will be able to advise you on the correct number of hours of tutoring that you will probably need in order to reach your target MCAT score. If you decide that Dr. Donnelly is the right tutor for you, he will then work with you to help you to plan your entire MCAT prep time-table and set up a regular tutoring schedule.Contact Dr. Donnelly
Without knowing the specifics of your situation, it’s tough to give a specific answer. This will really depend upon several factors, including how much test prep you have already done and how much homework you can handle. If you’ve already done some prep and wish to focus on particular topics or learn the correct strategy for the MCAT to fine-tune your test-taking skills, then a few sessions might be sufficient.
Knowing the most efficient approach, that allows one to extract the important information from each passage, is the key to improving one’s MCAT score. Dr. Donnelly's students are often amazed at how quickly their MCAT scores start to improve significantly (often after just a few hours of tutoring). Contact Dr. Donnelly to set up a free initial consultation to determine the best tutoring option for you.Contact Dr. Donnelly
All students also receive free proprietary teaching materials including equation summary sheets, test-taking tips, and access to 1000's of officially-published MCAT questions and practice exam. Students also have access to other teaching materials including:
- AAMC practice exams
- The Official Guide to The MCAT Exam - AAMC
- Berkeley Review - complete set of books
- ExamKrackers - complete set of books
- Next Step - complete set of books
- Kaplan MCAT - complete set of books
- Next Step practice tests
- Kaplan practice tests
- Barrons MCAT
- Princeton Review MCAT
The score improvement a typical student sees is often a function of the student’s prior preparation, initial score, and the amount of time he or she can devote to MCAT prep. I’ve had students achieve improvements ranging from 10-30 points over their previous MCAT scores. Other students, who focused more on one particular section of the MCAT during our sessions have achieved double-digit improvements in that section alone.
But it bears mentioning that achieving these kinds of gains will require hard work. The MCAT is an extremely nuanced exam, and only by dedicating yourself to your preparation can you expect to make the kinds of gains we both want to see.Contact Dr. Donnelly
Since Dr. Donnelly's schedule tends to fill up rather quickly and he often has students wait-listed for open time slots, he asks that 24 hours notice be given if a student wishes to reschedule or cancel a previously scheduled lesson. Any lessons that are cancelled by the student without notice are charged at the usual rate.
When a student purchases a discounted package of lessons, Dr. Donnelly makes a commitment to that student to ensure availability in his schedule to accommodate the number of lessons within that package. Since Dr. Donnelly's expertise is highly source after, this means that he often needs to turn away other potential new students in order to fulfill this commitment. For this reason, no refunds are available for packages of lessons. However, in exchange for this reciprocal commitment on the student's part, each lesson within the package is discounted from Dr. Donnelly's usual rate.Contact Dr. Donnelly
Yes. References are available upon request. Also check out our student's testimonial page.Student's Testimonials