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Would you hire a private MCAT tutor?

Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by midwesterner, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. midwesterner

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    I'm thinking about whether I want to private tutor students for the MCAT. I've thought about doing it through a test prep company but have various reservations about that, and I've tutored on my own for younger students in the past and enjoyed it. I had a 36 on the MCAT and over a 3.8 GPA (higher if you only count MCAT-related science courses). Do you think you would hire someone with those stats to help you prep? Is there anything else you'd want to know about your tutor first? And if interested, what would be the best way to connect- maybe posting fliers in the science department? Just wanted to get some thoughts before I started anything. Thanks!
     
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    I would hire you, but if you were too expensive I would just take a prep course. Also, I would first look at your experience in teaching/tutoring.
     
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    Money talks and I can walk.

    If you are too high, I would go bye bye.

    Basically, you better be worth it and help my score!

    If I were you, I would offer some type of satisfaction guarantee.

    People love that stuff!!! :rolleyes:
     
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    I would not hire a private tutor without having some knowledge about the person. I would either need to personally know the tutor or my good friends would have to vouch for the tutor. Stats mean absolutely nothing to me. Having a solid MCAT and GPA does not mean someone is good at tutoring others for the MCAT.
     
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    Does $30 an hour sound reasonable for MCAT, SAT/ACT, and any other college and high school subjects, assuming that I met your requirements for experience/high scores/good references? That's about what I'm thinking of charging, realizing that I have to spend time outside of the tutoring sessions prepping what we're going to cover.
     
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    If I knew you were a great teacher, then I wouldn't mind paying that much though it seems a little high. If I thought you were a decent teacher, then I'd be looking more at the $20-25 range. It would really depend on my experience for those first few lessons. Maybe offer a free lesson or two to show the person you know what you're doing.
     
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    I agree $20-$25 sounds much better.

    You need to give them some assurance upfront like SN2 said or a money backed guarantee.
     
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    The last time I checked, private tutoring packages from Kaplan or PR cost over $100/hour and people have to sign up for 10 to 20-something total hours. They have clearly set the bar high in terms of price. If you charge only $30/hour, that seems like a good price.

    However, as people have said before, it comes down to whether or not it's helpful. The important thing when tutoring is to give such a high quality review, that people keep coming back. I used to tutor privately for final exams and MCAT. I charged $25-$30 an hour, depending on how much work it was to deal with a particular student. (I basically tutored until I discoved I could get paid more per hour by a prep course.)

    Two things I discoved that really helped is that (1) I'd always ask the tutee to send me an email with a list of what topics they needed, so I could go in fully prepared. (2) Before we'd meet, I'd write ten mulitple choice questions for each topic (usually two topics total) they wanted to review. Whenever the moment was right, I'd have them do some of the questions. While they were taking those questions, I'd write three or four more on the material we had just gone over, so that they'd have something to try later, to make sure it stuck. My tutees kept coming back on a regular basis, because they liked the fact that I had questions to work from. I used to keep a really good file of those questions, but once I started teaching for BR, I used their question bank instead.

    If you plan to tutor for a while, then keep your questions organized. So that you can modify them and use them again.
     
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    I think geographic location plays a part too.
     

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