Students can choose from the following lesson durations: 1-hour lessons, one-and-a-half-hour lessons, or 2-hour lessons. Most students have one or two weekly lessons at their regularly scheduled time slots.
Private lessons with Dr. Donnelly are available Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM.
Over the years, Dr. Donnelly has developed many unique problem-solving techniques that help his students to master even the most difficult MCAT® topics. These proprietary methods (unavailable elsewhere) show students the most efficient approach to dealing with the passage-based questions in each exam section.
Dr. Donnelly's tutoring methodology focuses on quality over quantity. After the initial meeting, each lesson becomes increasingly individualized as Dr. Donnelly adapts the curriculum to your particular test-prep needs. Any weaknesses are quickly addressed to solidify your conceptual and methodological foundations. Dr. Donnelly will then focus on the concepts and question types most troubling you.
Either way, Dr. Donnelly's patient step-by-step teaching style will help build confidence in each topic and significantly improve your MCAT® test-taking skills.
When selecting a private MCAT® tutor, focusing on quality rather than just the price is important. A great tutor should possess excellent academic qualifications, have extensive teaching experience, be dedicated to the career of tutoring, and should have a patient and professional teaching style.
You would be amazed by how many tutors offer to teach subjects in which they are not fully qualified. A sub-standard tutor can do more harm than good and destroy your confidence. Hence, ensure the tutor has an advanced degree in their chosen field, preferably from a top-tier university. But just because a person is gifted in a particular subject does not mean they can actually teach. An excellent tutor should also have extensive teaching experience at different levels and be able to explain each concept clearly to the student in several different ways.
Many tutors treat tutoring as a second job done only to help pay the bills or tide them over between their actual careers. Hence, it is unsurprising that with so many other distractions, many of these tutors do not display the professionalism and focus that one would expect from a dedicated, full-time professional tutor.
The tutor must help each student to feel comfortable enough to ask questions and make mistakes without feeling self-conscious during the lesson. Hence, the tutor must be patient and pleasant-natured while at the same time encouraging the student to take an active part in each lesson.
With his Ph.D. from Oxford University, Dr. Donnelly could have pursued any career he desired. His love of teaching led Dr. Donnelly to become a full-time professional tutor. Many leading academics now consider Dr. Donnelly one of the country's finest MCAT® tutors and test prep specialists.
Dr. Donnelly only accepts a limited number of students each year, and his schedule tends to fill up quickly. Hence, reserving your time slot well in advance is often advisable to ensure availability. Places are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis..
One-on-one lessons are simply the most effective method for students to improve their subject knowledge and greatly increase their test scores. Many students, who have previously experienced problems in a group setting, tend to flourish under one-to-one tutoring. With private lessons, the student does not have to compete for the teacher's attention. In the traditional classroom setting, students must often wait while the teacher addresses the needs of the other class members. With private lessons, one can progress at one's own ideal pace.
Also, with one-on-one lessons, the tutor will customize the lesson plan around each student’s needs. This helps the student progress much more quickly than in a group environment since the tutor can easily adapt the lesson to concentrate on the individual's strengths or weaknesses. Many students are often amazed by how quickly they have picked up a new topic when they are free from the distractions of the classroom environment and the associated peer pressure.
Private lessons also give students more confidence to ask questions when they don't fully understand a topic. Many of my students tell me that in the past, they had felt very self-conscious of peer pressure in the classroom setting. This problem is avoided with individual private lessons.