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riddikulus

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Hi all, I'm stuck on where I should work next year, my sophomore year. I am already a writing tutor in our academic development center and I was also offered a job as a science tutor. I really was happy because I feel that being a science tutor would keep my skills sharp in Gen Bio and Gen Chem/OChem for the MCAT. However, I was ALSO offered a position to be a General Psychology lab instructor. Psych is my major so I always knew that I really wanted that position. It's kind of cool because you're teaching the entire lab component of the Gen Psych class on your own--I'm pretty excited about it. AND, I'm one of the only sophomores to ever be offered the position.

So, I was all set to accept all three jobs, until I talked to the supervisors in the tutoring center. The science and writing centers require monthly in-services on the first and second Thursdays of the month, respectively. And the psych position requires weekly meetings on--you guessed it--Thursdays, at the same exact time! So my boss said I have to choose: I can only be one type of tutor if I want to be a LI.

Based on my goals as a pre-med, with the MCAT ahead (though not for a couple of years), what would you do? Would you keep the writing tutor job or switch to be a science tutor? Or completely drop the LI thing? And does any position hold more weight with adcoms (I don't think so, but I thought I'd ask). Thanks for any advice you may have!!
 

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science tutor > writing tutor

Tutoring these intro classes will help refine your understanding of the basics of biology and general/organic chemistry and as you were thinking, keep your skills sharp... it'll be a tremendous help for the MCAT.

Being a writing tutor doesn't offer any special advantages in this way.

If you have time with the science tutoring commitment, then do the lab instructor position as well.
 

riddikulus

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That's what I'm thinking. It's just that I'd feel kind of bad for ditching my writing job...my boss took a risk in hiring a freshman (she had never done that before) and she is really nice. Plus, I love writing--it's definitely one of my main hobbies and it's been kind of nice to balance all my science classes with helping people with their writing.

But I think you're right, especially if I'm only considering my med school goals. Thanks for your input.
 

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I'm a science tutor at my school and I can tell you for a fact that this job has definitely kept my gchem,bio,physics, and ochem skills really sharp. if your ultimate goal is med school then i'd recommend being a science tutor. In my opinion it feels like someone is paying me to prep for the MCAT; not exactly but you get what i mean :laugh:
 

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If you would really feel bad about leaving, ask her if theres a different time that you can come in to make up the material covered in the In-service. This would show her that you still really care about the job and don't just want to ditch it for the next better offer.
 

riddikulus

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Ha, that's a funny way to think about it! I do think it would really help my science skills too. She has offered to keep me on the list to be a science tutor next year, which is really awesome, so if I can't do it all this year I could re-evaluate for next year (my junior year).
If you would really feel bad about leaving, ask her if theres a different time that you can come in to make up the material covered in the In-service. This would show her that you still really care about the job and don't just want to ditch it for the next better offer.

Good idea, I will try that too. I wish it weren't so difficult!
 
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