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USMLE Step 1 Tutoring

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One-on-One USMLE Step 1 Tutoring

preparing for the usmle step 1 examStep 1 or “the Boards” assesses whether you understand and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine, with special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of not only the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine in the present, but also the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning. Step 1 is constructed according to an integrated content outline that organizes basic science material along two dimensions: system and process.

Step 1 is classically taken at the end of 2nd year of medical school, right before a medical student starts his or her wards time. The material tested is a reflection of 2 years of basic classroom science. Although some schools now encourage their students to take the test after spending at least some time on clinical services, the majority of students still take it prior to starting clinical rotations. Your score on Step 1 is extremely important.Residencies place a large emphasis on the score when evaluating an applicant for their programs. Studying hard and possibly getting Step 1 tutoring is extremely important in scoring well

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MedSchoolCoach tutors are hired only after a rigorous screening process that involves not just test scores, but teaching aptitude.

core components of step 1 tutoring

Our USMLE Step 1 Tutoring packages allow you to maximize your score. Here are some benefits:

  • Recording: All sessions with your tutor can be recorded
  • Insider Knowledge: Our tutors have taken the test and aced it
  • A Completely Tailored Study Plan: No generic rubrics here. We tailor a study plan to your individual needs
  • Use the Material You Already Have: While we may recommend a good resource or two, for the most part we are committed to utilizing the resources you have already purchased

f.a.q. about our usmle tutoring

Your Step 1 score is extremely important for the residency application process. It allows program directors to sort through thousands of applicants in some cohesive way. While many other factors play into where, and what, residency you can get, Step 1 is the most important. The most competitive residencies are those with the highest average Step 1 scores.

Once! Unless you fail, in which case you can take it again. Unlike the MCAT, which you can take over and over, your first USMLE score is what you have to live with. Therefore, USMLE tutoring is exceptionally important so you can maximize your score the first time.

Step 1 scores plays a large role in residency selections and although the majority of students pass the test, the aim should be to put your best foot forward. It is important to perform at your best and maximize your score in order to achieve the residency of your choice.

As an IMG, your USMLE Step 1 score plays an even bigger role than for a US graduate. You must obtain a great score to be considered in the same conversation as US graduates. Without a stellar score, you will have trouble matching into the United States for residency. However, Step 1 is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate that you are capable of performing at a high level and that you should be considered amongst all other applicants. Several of our tutors have extensive experience working with international students.

Yes! We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalized learning experience to all of our students. We do this by dedicating ourselves to intense, one-on-one private tutoring sessions that are tailored directly to your needs.

Yes, you can spend your first session with your tutor creating a comprehensive study plan that is tailored towards your needs.

Yes, our tutors are very familiar with Step 1 resources and will be able to advise you on the strengths and weakness of different study materials.

All of our tutors scored in the top percentiles on their Step 1 exam, have extensive teaching and tutoring experience, and undergo a rigorous selection process. Moreover, we select tutors who are passionate and committed to helping you succeed!

No, we do not offer in person class because we do not believe that it is an effective use of your time. Instead, your tutoring sessions can be done anywhere in the world with our video conferencing software and each session and lesson is tailored directly to your individual needs.

We pair students with tutors who have similar availability and interests. Students are welcome to switch to a different tutor if they desire, but this very rarely occurs. If there is a particular tutor that you would like to work with then we will make an effort to pair you with him or her when availability allows.

All of the tutors at MedSchoolCoach are exceptional and have been rigorously selected among many applicants. Our Master Tutors have worked with MedSchoolCoach for an extended period of time and their students have had an impeccable record of success. Our Master Tutors have extensive experience working with students who are in challenging situations or have specific needs.

We recognize that not passing Step 1 can be a very challenging and disheartening experience. However, many of our tutors have worked with students who have failed the exam before. These students have gone on to pass their exam and continue pursuing their medical careers.

One of the benefits of personalized tutoring is that you will be able to directly coordinate with your tutor to schedule sessions. That means that these sessions may be during the day or at night, depending on what works best for you and your tutor.

Since every student is different and begins tutoring at different starting points, predicting score increases are challenging. However, all of our students see significant improvement after tutoring and our feedback, evaluations, and Trustpilot rating all support this. It doesn’t matter when you come to us, we’ll help you get a better score. In fact, we believe in this so strongly that we have a score increase guaranteed (see below).

We offer free 15-minute phone consultations with our Director of USMLE Tutoring, who can answer any additional questions that you may have about MedSchoolCoach USMLE Tutoring. You can schedule one by clicking here. For students who would still like to trial a few hours prior to purchasing a package, we also offer “per hour” tutoring.

Each student is different and we have a variety of options in order to best meet your needs. We offer three packages (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) and can arrange larger packages as well. Most students opt for a Silver or Gold package but we also offer “per hour” tutoring if desired. If you would like some advising on what package best fits your needs you can contact us here.

Yes, we have a score increase guarantee! You can find out a little bit more about our USMLE score increase guarantee at by clicking here.

getting started

Getting started with our USMLE tutoring is easy! See the steps below:

  1. Sign Up Online – you can sign up below
  2. Submit Your Information Sheet – you’ll receive instructions on how to submit a detailed questionarre where we gauge your strenghs and weaknesses
  3. Be Matched with a Tutor – depending on your needs, we will match you with the tutor who is best qualified to help you (you can always request additional tutors, if needed)
  4. Get Started! – once matched, you are ready to get started with our virtual tutoring sessions

how important is usmle step 1?

What are the key factors in matching at a residency you want?

  • USMLE Step 1
  • USMLE Step 2
  • Research
  • Connections

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