Growing up, I was always one of the top students. I worked extremely hard. If an assignment asked for one page, I’d write two. If the teacher said we didn’t need to memorize something, I’d do it anyway. I always knew what the best resources were, and my notes were meticulous.
People said I was going places.
In college, I used the same plan I used in high school. There was more to learn, and the material was demanding. I worked even harder, took more notes, and discovered espresso. I still did well. My plan wasn’t perfect, but it worked.
In medical school, everything started to change. I couldn’t find that one resource that had all the answers. No matter how many all-nighters I pulled, I couldn’t keep up with my notes.
It was a never-ending cycle of not knowing what to focus on because we had 70 different professors on each block who didn’t talk to each other.
I ended up doing what everyone else did – memorizing every word on every slide. Everything was “high yield” – UWorld, First Aid, Online Med Ed, Sketchy Micro. The work was never complete.
My friends did the same thing. We never really talked about it, it was just what med students do.
I stayed up later and later until my parents started to ask if I was doing ok. But who has time to sleep? There was always another Pathoma video to watch, another QBank to do.
Now, I keep wondering what kind of doctor I’m going to be. What will happen when I’m the one running the trauma code? Will low scores shut the door on my dream residency? What if I fall in love, and need to match to a competitive city?
I just want a plan that works.
Are you tired of watching a Pathoma or Online Med Ed video…then forgetting it a day later? Learn the exact formula for studying smarter, not harder, so you can score higher while doing more of what you want.
Learning should be as seamless as watching a video, then having an effortless system to remember it forever. Now there is. For each of the more than 50+ videos, there are “integration and application” questions afterwards. By only reviewing a handful of questions via spaced repetition, you can remember the content forever. And because I’ve done all the grueling work to integrate the information for you, you can spend less time making tedious flashcards, and more time on the things that will actually improve your score.
When you do a QBank question, do you get to the end and wonder what you just read? Effective question interpretation means you can approach ANY question, and know EXACTLY what every sentence means, allowing you to get through questions faster with higher scores. It also is the key to scoring high on Step 1, Shelf Exams, Step 2 CK, and even Step 3. Use these sessions, led by students who have scored 250 and 260+ on their board exams, to learn question interpretation faster, so you can get more questions right.
How many students are involved in any one group session?
Typically the number of students in any given group session is around 5-15 students. If the group grows to become too large, the price will rise and/or the doors will be closed to new students, so as to keep the experience personalized.
What does a typical group tutoring session look like?
Sessions typically focus on 2 major themes:
You can view a previous content session here to get a better idea: click to view the recording here.
Will the price ever be raised in the future?
Most likely! As the video portion of the course grows, the prices have already been raised (they will ALWAYS be the same price as when you enter, however). However, if you purchase now, you are guaranteed to keep the rate you joined at for as long as you are a member, so you can save money!
Is there a separate group for Step 1 students? How about Step 2 students or Step 3?
There is a single group for all students. The principles of doing well are the same at all level – you need a strong foundation, and you need an approach to interpreting questions. There are some modules that are very clearly only Step 1 related (biochemistry, genetics, immuno), but the vast majority apply to both. I’ve also found it to be very helpful to have students preparing for Step 1 be able to interact with Step 2 students (and vice-versa), as Step 2 students can provide necessary perspective, while Step 1 students can help their older peers remember some of the mechanisms that are still so important.
What if I only want to work with you one-on-one? Can I opt out of group tutoring?
Most tutoring services have a perverse incentive to try and sell you more tutoring hours, because the more they tutor, the more money they make. Frankly, for many years I’ve had way more tutoring requests than I could accommodate just by myself. I could have hired a legion of “tutors” (i.e. people with high USMLE scores who may or may not be committed educators) and “trained” them in my methods, but the experience for you the student can be too hit-or-miss.
Group tutoring turns what would have been at least 50 hours of individual tutoring into a guide to the most efficient way to improve your score. Because of the many pre-recorded modules, you can watch them when you want to watch them – you don’t have to wait to go over it with your tutor. And because I’m not wasting time by giving the same biochemistry/cardiology/ventilator lectures to 50 people, each hour of one-on-one tutoring time can then maximally help you improve your exams. Things like tailoring a plan to your specific situation so you can waste less time on tedium and spend more time on the things that matter. Or giving you individualized feedback on your question interpretation so you can do questions faster and get more right.
Because of the huge time-saving benefits of group tutoring, not only do you save money and have each individual tutoring hour be more effective in helping you, but I am also able to serve more students. As such, I require all students doing individual tutoring with me to also be in group tutoring.
What if I can't make a session?
All of my group sessions are recorded and can be viewed by those who are unable to make a particular session. Additionally, I regularly create/update videos on topics we have already covered, to create an ever-growing compendium of the most difficult-to-master USMLE topics.
Could you please explain to mean what the charges are towards for the $800 + $597 package? Am I paying $800 only once and $597 every month? And what exactly is the $800 towards, since the $597 is for the group tutoring?
As you mention, group tutoring is $597/month – it is a monthly charge, and it’s super easy to cancel at any time. So where does the $800 charge come from? The $800 is one-time, and is for the (optional) 2-hour one-on-one session. It is discounted from the full rate of $485/hour, to tailor a plan to your specific needs so you can move even faster towards saving time and scoring higher. After the first session, there are a number of discounted pre-paid packages for individual tutoring, if you choose to continue with one-on-one tutoring. Or you can opt to stick with Group Tutoring alone – it’s designed to be flexible, in order to fit your individual needs.
Is it a single cohort? Or are there multiple "groups"?
There is a single “group” in Yousmle Group Tutoring. Just like having Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 students mix together allows for fruitful exchange, having senior students in the group helps tremendously with helping newer students transition into a new way of learning. When seniors teach new students, they solidify the principles for themselves, while the new students can progress from crawling to running so they can do more to improve their scores faster.