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Hey everyone, has anyone purchased any of Dr. Pinesett's pre-med courses? I've been a long time subscriber of his youtube channel and blog, and have benefitted from his input/information he's provided thus far. From the free material he posts online, I believe he's not a gimmick and provides quality information and advice. That being said, I would really be interested in purchasing his "5 Pillars of Studying Less & Getting Better Grades" course. I know he has a large following in the west coast, but being on the east coast, I have to settle for his online course :( For those who have purchased one his video courses, do you believe it's worth the amount spent? No offense to him, but $449.00 is stretch for me....

I also saw that he has a coupon code section. Can someone help a sister out, and share a coupon code if you have one!

P.S. Dr. Pinesett, if you see this, you should come to the east coast and give a lecture! We would love to have you out here!
 
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Hey everyone, has anyone purchased any of Dr. Pinesett's pre-med courses? I've been a long time subscriber of his youtube channel and blog, and have benefitted from his input/information he's provided thus far. From the free material he posts online, I believe he's not a gimmick and provides quality information and advice. That being said, I would really be interested in purchasing his "5 Pillars of Studying Less & Getting Better Grades" course. I know he has a large following in the west coast, but being on the east coast, I have to settle for his online course :( For those who have purchased one his video courses, do you believe it's worth the amount spent? No offense to him, but $449.00 is stretch for me....

I also saw that he has a coupon code section. Can someone help a sister out, and share a coupon code if you have one!

P.S. Dr. Pinesett, if you see this, you should come to the east coast and give a lecture! We would love to have you out here!
I don't think you should pay 450 to learn how to study better. There are an immense amount of free resources that tell you how to do this online.
 
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I don't think you should pay 450 to learn how to study better. There are an immense amount of free resources that tell you how to do this online.
While I agree, I've heard his videos are invaluable, like some next level ****. Apparently he isn't like any other pre-med coach and really goes out of his way to produce effective content to help students out. But hey, if can help me get a 4.0, what's $450 to future acceptances and a lifetime career in medicine?
 
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While I agree, I've heard his videos are invaluable, like some next level ****. Apparently he isn't like any other pre-med coach and really goes out of his way to produce effective content to help students out. But hey, if can help me get a 4.0, what's $450 to future acceptances and a lifetime career in medicine?
Paying $450 isn't going to get you a 4.0. I truly don't think there is going to be anything in his videos that "next level" enough to warrant paying that much. But if you want to waste your money go ahead. As someone with a near perfect GPA I can tell you there isn't really any sort of magical secret in his video that's going to get you that GPA. The most universally given advice and the advice that is already out there is all you need to get that GPA.
 

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I paid for his AMCAS primary/secondary application class. It was incredible. Like next level incredible. It's worth the money. The content he's giving should not be as cheap as he prices them tbh.
 
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I paid for his interview course. Absolutely phenomenal. He spits hard truths which a lot us need.

Also something to note, I've noticed that a lot of what he says coincides with Lizzym and the other adcom's advice on this website.


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I've noticed that a lot of what he says coincides with Lizzym and the other adcom's advice on this website.
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So moral of the story is that you can get the exact same information here for free :p
 

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So moral of the story is that you can get the exact same information here for free :p
You can but you'll have to do a lot of digging to get that information. In addition there's countless amount of useless and even detrimental advice on here that you'll have to sift through to find the really useful advice.

Dr. Pinsett packages all that advice into nicely organized courses so you don't have to find the needle in the haystack. If you want to dig thru the trash on these forums to find good advice be my guest, but I personally would rather just pay a little to get the advice in a neat little package.


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We have very different definitions of what "pay a little" means!
Think about how much time you spend on here looking for information when you could have a job.

How about the thousands of dollars that go out the door for tuition, tutoring, MCAT prep etc.

If you're proactive, Dr. Pinsett always releases his courses at a massively discounted price. I was able to get his MCAT course for $49.99. That's nothing compared to what I'll get out of it investment wise.

Again it's your choice. If you can't afford $50-$200 course for your future then I don't see how you're going to get through paying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of undergrad + medical school tuition.




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Think about how much time you spend on here looking for information when you could have a job.

How about the thousands of dollars that go out the door for tuition, tutoring, MCAT prep etc.

If you're proactive, Dr. Pinsett always releases his courses at a massively discounted price. I was able to get his MCAT course for $49.99. That's nothing compared to what I'll get out of it investment wise.

Again it's your choice. If you can't afford $50-$200 course for your future then I don't see how you're going to get through paying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of undergrad + medical school tuition.
Wow, you certainly took offense to what was a perfectly innocent comment.

I do have a job, actually. The time I spent looking on here for advice has not cut into my time for work, school, sports, or my social life. If you're spending so much time on SDN that you can't hold down a job, I might suggest that you try to work on time management! I certainly did not spend thousands of dollars on tutoring or MCAT prep... not by a long shot.

And let's be clear, the "course" in question here is not $50-200, it's $500 for advice that's readily available from spending about 5 hours looking at free resources (high estimate, if you choose to ignore the stickies in the pre-med forum that have all the helpful info already compiled and just waiting to be read).

I paid almost nothing for my undergrad by choosing a very low-cost school. As for medical school, paying medical school tuition is slightly different than paying $500 for information that's available for free from other sources. But thanks for all of your concern about how I'll possibly deal with having to pay for an education if I can't handle shelling out $500 for what already is free advice :rolleyes:
 
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Wow, you certainly took offense to what was a perfectly innocent comment.

I do have a job, actually. The time I spent looking on here for advice has not cut into my time for work, school, sports, or my social life. If you're spending so much time on SDN that you can't hold down a job, I might suggest that you try to work on time management! I certainly did not spend thousands of dollars on tutoring or MCAT prep... not by a long shot.

And let's be clear, the "course" in question here is not $50-200, it's $500 for advice that's readily available from spending about 5 hours looking at free resources (high estimate, if you choose to ignore the stickies in the pre-med forum that have all the helpful info already compiled and just waiting to be read).

I paid almost nothing for my undergrad by choosing a very low-cost school. As for medical school, paying medical school tuition is slightly different than paying $500 for information that's available for free from other sources. But thanks for all of your concern about how I'll possibly deal with having to pay for an education if I can't handle shelling out $500 for what already is free advice :rolleyes:
How would you know the $500 course contains information that is readily available online as free resources? Did you purchase the course? If not I wouldn't propagate any false rumors.

I could easily use your logic in terms of MCAT prep. Why do $2000-$6000 MCAT prep courses and expensive review books exist when all the information can be easily accessed online through free sources and Khan Academy? It's because these courses package the material into a format that makes the information easily digestible. The same can be said for Dr. Pinsett's courses; sure the information may be floating around somewhere on the web, but it's certainly not very easily accessible amidst the infinite amount of garbage online.


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He's been my mentor for over 3 years and one of the reasons i know i will be in Medical school next year. As expensive as it may seem, it's sometimes worth it so you don't have to search for the stuff yourself and waste weeks or months of your time implementing a strategy only for it to not work. $450 for something that will influence the rest of your academic career is a small price to pay, and the earlier you buy it the more time you can put it to use.


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How would you know the $500 course contains information that is readily available online as free resources? Did you purchase the course? If not I wouldn't propagate any false rumors.

I could easily use your logic in terms of MCAT prep. Why do $2000-$6000 MCAT prep courses and expensive review books exist when all the information can be easily accessed online through free sources and Khan Academy? It's because these courses package the material into a format that makes the information easily digestible. The same can be said for Dr. Pinsett's courses; sure the information may be floating around somewhere on the web, but it's certainly not very easily accessible amidst the infinite amount of garbage online.


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You're the one who stated it's the same info available online from free resources, just packaged up nice and neatly.

Also I certainly didn't spend $2000-$6000 on a prep course.... I didn't spend $1 on a prep course. (Fun fact, neither did 43% of matriculating students last year - a number that's been steadily growing). Your entire argument seems to hinge around the (incorrect) idea that you need to spend money out the wazoo to have any shot whatsoever at being successful. This simply isn't true. There are tens of thousands of students who have been quite successful without paying large sums of money for videos on how to study well, I'm confident that trend will continue.
 
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You're the one who stated it's the same info available online from free resources, just packaged up nice and neatly.

Also I certainly didn't spend $2000-$6000 on a prep course.... I didn't spend $1 on a prep course. (Fun fact, neither did 43% of matriculating students last year - a number that's been steadily growing). Your entire argument seems to hinge around the (incorrect) idea that you need to spend money out the wazoo to have any shot whatsoever at being successful. This simply isn't true. There are tens of thousands of students who have been quite successful without paying large sums of money for videos on how to study well, I'm confident that trend will continue.
I said it was free information that's floating around somewhere on the web. I never said it could be easily found in 5 hours or less. All information (even everything you learn in med school!) can be found online or in textbooks without having to pay $200,000+ in tuition. We pay for the information to be better packaged and easier to access. Dr. Pinsett's courses are no different than college courses/med school classes in this regard.


So 43% of matriculating students didn't spend money on prep materials, which means 57% of students did! Looks like 57% of students needed to spend money to be successful.

Look...I haven't spent a single dollar on MCAT prep or tutoring (besides Dr. Pinsett's cheap $50 course which I only purchased because I found his free YouTube videos to be highly insightful and entertaining). I've been highly successful as a premed without any external support yet I still understand that many people aren't like that. Many successful premeds became successful because they spent money on external courses and videos. Just because you learn better independently doesn't mean everyone else can too.

Stop being so close-minded, what works for you doesn't work for everyone else. For people who work best by spending money on courses and outside classes, Dr. Pinsett's videos does wonders.


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This thread and several posts in it read like an advertisement.



MCAT prep courses are oversold, and a massive rip-off even for what value they do provide. So I guess, the comparison is apt?

Edit: And I agree that a lot of people do better with more structured prep and external support, and I don't think they should be judged for it. At the same time, people should be encouraged to look into other options that aren't exorbitantly expensive, because often these things are manipulative, taking advantage of premeds' anxiety by billing themselves as a magic bullet.
^This. Posts in this thread are suspiciously looking like an advertisement. Also, how many "secrets" are there about the primary and secondary applications. For 500, I expect Dr. P to personally look at my essays for that type of money
 
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There is no advice that he can give you that is not available publicly on SDN or YouTube. You will have to sift through a lot of BS to find the golden nuggets of advice, but it is out there and you should not pay $450 for it. Talk to your school's academic advising center to see if they can set you up with resources or a study plan that is right for you before you shell out $450 for this unproven guide.
 
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