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NBME scores not improving?  Struggling with mastering the intricacies of First Aid?  Don’t have a clear schedule?  Losing your personal life and feeling like you have nothing to show for it?  Aiming for 260+?  Just aiming to pass?

About Alec:

Alec is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, and is a graduate of the anesthesia residency program at Massachussetts General Hospital.  His success in taking and teaching standardized exams speaks for itself.  He has years of experience tutoring medical students, residents, and even attending physicians in the USMLE, shelf, and COMLEX exams.

Highlights include:

– 270 on the USMLE Step 1 and honors on all 3rd year shelf exams
– Named Stanford’s “Outstanding TA” as a biochemistry TA
– Pioneered lectures that were featured in a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine

The Pudding:

52.7 increase in USMLE Step 1 Score

*Average increase in score for first-time students after I began working with them, from 2016-2018; baseline from 1st NBME taken before student began working with me

What others are saying:

At the beginning of my study period, I went through a video review course for about 5 weeks, along with intermittent UWorld random timed sets that I’d annotate inefficiently into First Aid. After this, I took an NBME and got a 228. I knew at that point that I wasn’t reaching my goals and was clueless as to how to boost my score quickly, so I searched online looking for advice when I came across the site. Within 9 days, my next NBME score was a 249. I continued this process for another 5 weeks until all of Uworld was turned into pathophys-to-presentation cards.

Final score: 265
– Johns Hopkins student

I wish I could have gone to the Alec School of Medicine. As my husband says, “Alec is the best. He’s really your guy.”  He’s the best teacher I have ever had. I ended up raising my step 1 score by 29 points and plan to work with him on some of my third year shelf exams.

– University of Washington student

Finally! Specific information about learning and studying for the USMLE! Everything I had heard about preparing for STEP was the “What?” but could never find a source nor a person that told me the “How?” Alec does this and more. Instead of just saying what to use (UWorld & First Aid), he tells you *how* to use them…he also shows you the most important thing in my view, how to take notes, by giving specific instructions on using Anki as a note taking device. Then, once you have the fundamentals down and know everything via spaced repetition, he gives another key, *how* to interpret the vignette. Each line is there for a reason, let Alec show you how the vignette ties in with the answer to the question, and by knowing your notes (another specific technique Alec will teach you) you will be able to apply core concepts to any and every question!

– U of Mississippi Student

Not only is Alec extremely knowledgable, but he also has tremendous insight as to the study strategies and skills necessary to succeed on USMLE Step 1. With the demands of medical school, Alec understands the importance of studying efficiently and effectively and has truly transformed my approach to my coursework in the second year.

– Stanford University student, jumped from 175 to 247 in less than 2 months*

Yousmle is an awesome website for preparing Step 1, especially when you have reached a plateau. The method is to switch from passive studying- low-efficient and painful memorizing to active studying- integrating, understanding and applying knowledge into clinical situations (AKA most Step 1 questions). When you know what you are studying for, you study well. Also it teaches you how to make the best use of the powerful tool Anki (I like the idea of reverse cards a lot). I would strongly recommend this!

Final score: 252
– University of Nebraksa student

Still have questions?

Visit the “Tutoring FAQ” page here.

To Inquire about Tutoring:

The requests for tutoring I get are numerous, and unfortunately, I cannot accommodate all of them. If you are interested in one-on-one tutoring for Step 1, Step 2, or Step 3 (or any other exam), I require all one-on-one tutoring students to also participate in group tutoring, which is focused on helping you to study smarter, not harder – so that even on a busy surgical rotation, you are still able to improve your score, without sacrificing any more sleep to do it.

Group tutoring participation drastically reduces (and in some cases eliminates) the need for individual tutoring.

If you are still interested in one-on-one tutoring, to help find the students who would benefit most from tutoring, please fill out the following form, and I will get back to you re: the next steps.

*Results not typical. Students doing at least 10 hours of tutoring typically improve scores by roughly 49.7 points on average

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