in Less Time
45+ point average improvement for Step 1 tutoring*
*Students doing at least 10 hours of tutoring improved scores by 46 points on average from their most recent NBME prior to starting tutoring, from 2016-2018. In other words, if a student improved by 25 points on their own, and 45 points after starting tutoring, only the 45 point improvement was counted. Average tutoring time was less than 20 hours.
Unique Goals, Unique Solutions
Your USMLE goals aren’t the same as others. Neither is your background. So why would you follow the same plan as everyone else?
Learn how to master - not memorize. Apply your knowledge for impressive Boards scores for the all-important Match.
Alec Palmerton, MD - Creator of Yousmle
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"Working with Alec drastically altered the way in which I study - for the better. His method emphasizes the importance of spaced repetition to solidify concepts and building a concerted picture with which to make an appropriate diagnostic/therapeutic choice when answers questions - a strategy vital to one's success on USMLE exams and as a physician.
In two months I was able to raise my STEP 1 score 40 points, a feat that would not have been possible without his guidance and occasional tough love. I have such a renewed sense of confidence and know that my score will allow me to get into whatever field I fall in love with during my clinical clerkship rotations this year. His teaching services come highly recommended."
I met Alec about 3 months before I was scheduled to take Step 1. Like most other students, I was overwhelmed by all the resources out there and unsure of exactly how to start studying. He helped me create a plan and taught me how to approach each question by breaking down each sentence and analyzing the patterns.
This is what Alec teaches you – he helps you understand how question writers think and also is amazing at breaking down complicated concepts into simple and easy terms. I'm really glad I made the choice to get tutoring because no med school professor I had really explained how to connect pathophysiology to clinical presentation.
Alec pushed me think critically and showed me new strategies of how to study, learn, and understand why things occur. Honestly, I wish more professors taught like Alec and pushed students to understand the material rather than just memorize long lists and charts. Additionally, he was huge supporter throughout my study month and was always very encouraging and motivating.
"If I had a chance to go back, I would have started working with Alec from the beginning of MS2 year"
Melody - Step 1 226
Minills - First NBME 168
“Sleeps Soundly” - NBME 136
Step 2 CK 260
Step 2 CK 261
Step 1 247
95th percentile on IM, Peds and Neurology shelf exams
One week before my dedicated study period, I took my first NBME exam. I clicked on the results and saw a 168! I was in total panic mode. How could this have happened? I always scored average or above average on block exams in school. On top of that, I felt like I had already gone through all these different Step 1 resources. My confidence was totally shaken up and that’s when I started looking for help.
When I had my first individual session with Alec, I realized right away that I didn’t have a solid pathogenesis to presentation foundational understanding. Even though I did well in school, I was not equipped with the knowledge or skills necessary to do well on Step 1.
I immediately saw a steady improvement- every week my NBME scores would increase by at least 10 points! Once the actual Step 1 exam came around, I ended up improving by a total of 60 points.
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1-on-1 Tutoring + Online Course
2 Hour 1-on-1 Tutoring with Alec
Tailored, Individual Study Plan
$800 + $597/month
ONE-TIME, PLUS MONTHLY
**Note that due to high demand for 1-on-1 tutoring, sessions may book up at least 1-1.5 months in advance. If you have less than 2 months before your test, contact me directly at email@example.com.
How many students are involved in any one group session?
Typically the number of students in any given group session is around 5-15 students. If the group grows to become too large, the price will rise and/or the doors will be closed to new students, so as to keep the experience personalized.
What does a typical group tutoring session look like?
Sessions typically focus on 2 major themes:
1. Content questions that are difficult for most students to learn on their own (e.g. biochemistry), so you can spend less time trying to teach yourself, and more time doing the things that will improve your score
2. Practicing question interpretation, so you can get through your questions faster, with higher scores
Will the price ever be raised in the future?
Most likely! As the video portion of the course grows, the prices have already been raised (they will ALWAYS be the same price as when you enter, however). However, if you purchase now, you are guaranteed to keep the rate you joined at for as long as you are a member, so you can save money!
Is there a separate group for Step 1 students?
How about Step 2 or 3 students?
There is a single group for all students. The principles of doing well are the same at all level – you need a strong foundation, and you need an approach to interpreting questions. There are some modules that are very clearly only Step 1 related (biochemistry, genetics, immuno), but the vast majority apply to both. I’ve also found it to be very helpful to have students preparing for Step 1 be able to interact with Step 2 students (and vice-versa), as Step 2 students can provide necessary perspective, while Step 1 students can help their older peers remember some of the mechanisms that are still so important.
Most tutoring services have a perverse incentive to try and sell you more tutoring hours, because the more they tutor, the more money they make. Frankly, for many years I’ve had way more tutoring requests than I could accommodate just by myself. I could have hired a legion of “tutors” (i.e. people with high USMLE scores who may or may not be committed educators) and “trained” them in my methods, but the experience for you the student can be too hit-or-miss.
Group tutoring turns what would have been at least 50 hours of individual tutoring into a guide to the most efficient way to improve your score. Because of the many pre-recorded modules, you can watch them when you want to watch them – you don’t have to wait to go over it with your tutor. And because I’m not wasting time by giving the same biochemistry/cardiology/ventilator lectures to 50 people, each hour of one-on-one tutoring time can then maximally help you improve your exams. Things like tailoring a plan to your specific situation so you can waste less time on tedium and spend more time on the things that matter. Or giving you individualized feedback on your question interpretation so you can do questions faster and get more right.
Because of the huge time-saving benefits of group tutoring, not only do you save money and have each individual tutoring hour be more effective in helping you, but I am also able to serve more students. As such, I require all students doing individual tutoring with me to also be in group tutoring.
What if I only want to work with you one-on-one?
Can I opt out of group tutoring?
What if I can't make a session?
All of my group sessions are recorded and can be viewed by those who are unable to make a particular session. Additionally, I regularly create/update videos on topics we have already covered, to create an ever-growing compendium of the most difficult-to-master USMLE topics.
Is it a single cohort? Or are there multiple "groups"?
There is a single “group” in Yousmle Group Tutoring. Just like having Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 students mix together allows for fruitful exchange, having senior students in the group helps tremendously with helping newer students transition into a new way of learning. When seniors teach new students, they solidify the principles for themselves, while the new students can progress from crawling to running so they can do more to improve their scores faster.
What the charges are for towards for the $800 + $597 package?
Am I paying $800 only once and $597 every month?
What is the $800 towards, since the $597 is for the group tutoring?
As you mention, group tutoring is $597/month – it is a monthly charge, and it’s super easy to cancel at any time. So where does the $800 charge come from? The $800 is one-time, and is for the (optional) 2-hour one-on-one session. It is discounted from the full rate of $485/hour, to tailor a plan to your specific needs so you can move even faster towards saving time and scoring higher. After the first session, there are a number of discounted pre-paid packages for individual tutoring, if you choose to continue with one-on-one tutoring. Or you can opt to stick with Group Tutoring alone – it’s designed to be flexible, in order to fit your individual needs.
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