Frequently Asked Questions

Tutoring FAQs

What can I expect from a tutoring session?

Tutoring sessions at Medlearnity are impact-focused. We start by understanding the core issues for our students - test-taking, content, study strategy, organization, and we tackle these issues head-on. Many students have multiple problems, for example, a student might not know how to approach physiology cases, and they also struggle with controlling their time during a question block. Because Medlearnity is physician-run, our tutors are all mentored by senior physician educators, so sessions have very high quality across the board.

After a session, you will receive an email with a summary of the topics you covered, a recording of the video, and a place where you can note issues and subjects you want to cover for the next session!

When's the best time to start tutoring with Medlearnity?

The earlier your start working with our team, the better. Early on, you will be focusing on building strong foundational knowledge. Medicine is cumulative, and learning how to tackle questions and the vast breadth of content during your pre-clinical years will serve you well during your clinical years and residency.

Many of our students, though, do find Medlearnity during residency or afterward when preparing for board exams. Knowledge mastery and test-taking expectations increase as exams become much more difficult at this stage.

At Medlearnity, we focus our teaching and guidance on your current situation - so if you have an exam in two weeks, we'll have a different approach than for a student with an exam in two months. 

How do I get started?

The easiest way to get started is by booking a trial session. These sessions are free as if you decide not to move forward, the trial discount is refunded. We use a minimal trial-reservation fee as this helps us confirm trials are booked by real students and eliminates spam-bookings which are a problem for any online service. You can always email (support@medlearnity.com) if you have any questions, but we answer study-specific questions during your trial over Zoom. Overall, our organization prefers email and Zoom meetings as our primary communication channels, which allows our staff and tutors to work with students very effectively.

After a session, you will receive an email with a summary of the topics you covered, a recording of the video, and a place where you can note issues and subjects you want to cover for the next session!

Who are your tutors?

Our tutors are the top educators in their respective fields. Becoming a tutor at Medlearnity requires a passion for education, a deep interest in helping other physicians-in-training, and an exceptional track record of exam performance. Every tutor brings their unique talents to Medlearnity, but as an organization, we also have established best practices to maintain a very high-quality educational experience. Meet our tutors!

 

What is the length and frequency of sessions?

Our sessions are usually weekly or bi-weekly, but this is at the discretion of what you decide with your tutor. If you are taking a critical exam in a few weeks, meeting more frequently is advised, and alternatively, if the assessment is in a few months, meeting once a week maybe most appropriate. Fundamentally, more educational feedback from your tutor is always beneficial, assuming you have the time to self-study and prepare in between sessions.

A simple rule of thumb is: For every 2-hours of tutoring, you should perform at least 16-hours of dedicated self-studying.

Will you help me create a study schedule and choose resources?

Yes! During your first session, we will share an interactive template in Google Docs to document your progress. This template dynamically allows you to track your progress and provides a channel for easy feedback from your tutor during subsequent sessions. We have noticed that students who use our planner more consistently benefit from more significant improvements in their performance.

What are my payment options?

Medlearnity offers flexible payment options between credit card (Stripe), PayPal, and payment plans over time through Affirm.

Do you offer a trial?

Yes! Every student is offered a discount trial for their first session.

What are your tutoring methods?

We focus on a variety of techniques to help students improve. There is a strong emphasis on question-based learning, where we simulate an exam question but then hone in salient points that the student missed. It's not always about getting the question correct, but instead getting the question correct efficiently and with the proper emphasis on salient clinical details.

Do students ever not improve?

On rare occasions, students may have severe personal circumstances outside of their exam or assessment. These students usually cannot commit to studying regularly, which comes up in conversations with them from the first or second session. In these circumstances, we advise the student to reschedule their exam until their situation is resolved. Otherwise, students who can study and meet with us regularly show consistent, substantial improvements in performance!

 

How many hours of tutoring do I need?

For a student taking an exam in 3-4 weeks, 10 or 20 hours of tutoring provides a substantial amount of practice and feedback. For students with a longer study duration, we recommend 30 or more hours. An important metric is how much time a student invests in self-study between tutoring sessions. If a student is studying full-time (8+ hours a day), meeting 2-3 times per week is a worthwhile investment given the amount of content covered. We like to think of tutoring + self-studying as synergistic forces that complement each other.

What exams/subjects do you tutor?

Medlearnity tutors for all US medical exams, from MCAT, USMLE, COMLEX, to advanced board examinations. We also help students with admissions to medical school and residency.

 

Where does tutoring take place?

All tutoring takes place on Medlearnity's Zoom platform, recorded and shared after the session.

What are the typical results from your tutoring?

Improvements for our students are substantial. Students who complete >20-hours of tutoring often improve their scores by 20-30 percentile points. We've even had students who have previously failed a high-stakes exam like USMLE Step 1 work with us for Step 2 CK to score in the high 90th percentile with >260 scores. One of the essential factors in tutoring results is a student's diligence to self-study and our organization methods. 

What training do your tutors receive?

All tutors at Medlearnity have a series of interviews and training sessions before tutoring students. They also shadow other senior tutors to learn from their techniques and methods. We also closely review tutoring sessions as an organization to identify improvement areas and ask students for feedback after every session. The result is a very high-quality educational experience! 

Can I change my tutor?

Yes, if a student would like to try a different tutor at Medlearnity, we are more than happy to facilitate this. Sometimes we even suggest a student try a session with a particular tutor given some specialized expertise – i.e., a student is interested in pediatrics, and one of our tutors is an advanced resident in pediatrics. Tutors are always in sync through session recordings and session notes.

Do you offer any guarantees?

Yes. Medlearnity offers to add 20% additional hours to any package if your score doesn't improve on an official exam compared to a prior official practice exam. For example, if a student completes a 40-hour package and does not improve from their official practice exam, we will add 8 additional hours for free. (Please email your tutor your official practice exam at the start of tutoring - we ask for this when you schedule your trial). We strongly recommend students prepare rigorously before any scheduled exam to prevent the chances of failure. Retaking an exam after a failed attempt is always much more challenging, so our team works towards preventing this situation at all costs.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

Medlearnity has a 24-hour cancelation policy for all scheduled sessions. If there is any emergency preventing a student from attending a session, they must email their tutor as soon as possible. Students receive email notifications for all sessions, so session timings are always crystal clear.

For Medlearnity packages, if a student decides they no longer need all the hours in their current tutoring package, the tutoring package can be prorated to the number of hours completed. For example, if a student purchases a 20-hour package and completes 12-hours of tutoring, they have the option to switch their package to a 10-hour-package hourly rate.

Can I add hours to my package once it's completed?

Yes! Once you have a package you can continue to add additional hours at your current package's hourly rate. For example, if you purchase a 10-hour package, you can add an additional 5-10 hours at the 10-hour-package hourly rate. (We share a coupon for you to access your package's hourly rate.)

Are there any discounts available?

Medlearnity keeps its prices up-to-date and transparent. If there are any discounts available, we will email our students and reflect any prices changes in our store.

Admissions FAQs

What does admissions consulting include with the personal statement?

Medlearnity admissions consulting is flexible and we do our best to help you sharpen, edit and refine your personal statement so it best supports your application. We do this meeting with you over Zoom or through edits and feedback, based on where you are with your statement and the amount of work required. We document all-time through Google Calendar and Zoom.

Is there a limit on the number of personal statements drafts of secondary applications that an advisor will look at?

No limits! Our admissions consulting is flexible and based on the hours used. We can usually support several drafts, and if more feedback is needed after your hours are complete, a few additional hours can be added as needed.

How many mock interview sessions would be possible to schedule?

No limits! Our admissions consulting is flexible and based on the hours used. We recommend practicing with two mock interviews before your first interview.