Who should sign up for your online course?
Pre-medical students who want to approach the MCAT strategically — specifically the CARS section.
How is the CARS Strategy Course structured?
I provide students with six lectures each with corresponding homework (roughly 5-9 mandatory passages). Lectures are where you learn very step by step, specific strategies to understand CARS. The homework passages are from AAMC CARS Question Packs Volume 1 and 2. I cover all of these passages in workshops using the strategies you have learned throughout the lectures.
Each lecture and homework must be done every two weeks. You can do them in as little as 5 days from each other but I recommend closer to 7-8 days. That means you must finish the course by 12 weeks (6 lectures X 2 weeks per lecture). I have this deadline so that my students remain accountable. I want them to understand MCAT CARS ASAP. Two weeks per lecture is more than enough time to really get this. Once they finish the course properly they will acquire the skills necessary to succeed on the entire MCAT. If they fall behind with the two week deadlines per lecture they will fall behind with the course.
I do not plan to help you for as long as you like. That is not how this course works. I plan to help you finish this course and truly understand CARS as soon as possible. Once this has happened, my job is done. Now if you work hard and try to finish all of the lectures/homeworks within the time allotted but still have issues, I will continue to help you at no charge and provide access to the course, offer one on one sessions, phone calls, email check ins, etc. until I know you are ready.
This is entirely within my discretion. I am fair about this. I want my students to do well and nothing makes me happier than to see students work hard to accomplish their goals. But extra time is not necessary for most students who really try.
I'm sure you are thinking about possibly taking the course later so that you have access to me in case you need it. I do not recommend this, take the class as soon as you can within a year. Students who take the course closer to their exam date tend to stress a little more. They don't feel as comfortable making mistakes (you absolutely need to in order to grow and learn).
Upon completion of the course, you will confidently know what to do with this section of the exam. Independence is a very important aspect of the course and my philosophy as an instructor. I will not be there on test day. You have to take the exam on your own and you have to figure it out. You will easily figure out your mistakes if you complete the course.
Alumni students are free to always contact me for general questions, support, etc.
The only time student will need to pay to extend the course is if they did not work hard to complete a lecture and homework every two weeks. You will not need to use this option if you work hard during the course. I monitor all of your work (when you watched lectures, which live sessions you attended, which workshops you watched, which daily passages you completed and when, etc). I know the difference between someone who "gets it" and someone who has no idea what they are doing. It's a very clear line. Those who are working hard and still don't "get it" will never have to pay more to finally "get it"- that's my commitment to all of my students provided that they are working hard.
If you finish the course successfully you will know what to do until exam day. You'll only get more proficient with time (like any skill you have ever acquired, mastery comes with time and practice). You will know how to identify and resolve your own mistakes, how to read every type of passage, how to find the right ideas from the passages, how to find the the main idea, how to answer every single question type, and how to approach the science sections — all without needing my help. You will undoubtedly mature in your ability to rationalize information quickly.
I am a slow learner and I'm concerned the course will be too fast-paced for me.
The course is structured in a way to allow students to finish each lecture and homework within a two week window. That means if a student is struggling, they can spend up to two weeks working on the strategies learned within that lecture and finishing the homework. Additionally, I have office hours after each live session in case someone needs further clarification.
My teaching style accommodate all learning needs. I have all kinds of students with different characteristics in my class each month: science oriented, first time studying, retaking after two attempts, ESL, learning disabilities, non-traditional, etc. I go at a pace that is just right for every student. Everything I teach is really easy to understand but I still repeat myself over and over again throughout the course. (Many of my students tell me that my voice is in their heads on test day).
My exam is in a couple of weeks and I don't have at least four weeks to complete your course, should I sign up anyways and complete what I can?
Do not sign up unless you have at least four weeks (30 days) before your exam date. I cannot help you at a level I am satisfied with if you do sign up. You will start understanding the true methodologies within the first lecture but to implement them will require practice and a little bit of time. I highly suggest that you postpone your exam if you think your MCAT score is not where you want it to be 2-3 weeks prior to your exam date. Take this exam seriously and commit yourself to the approach I have organized and you will undoubtedly change your ability to rationalize new information.
What makes your services different from MCAT preparation companies?
I only teach the strategy portion of the exam- not the content portion. The MCAT is a critical thinking exam. Content makes up roughly 30% of the exam while critical thinking accounts for around 70%. While knowing content is necessary to succeed, without a proper method of approaching passages, you will not be efficient and most likely not finish the exam on time. Every section of this exam has passages to read and corresponding questions. I teach passage-based deduction. This means how to analyze an MCAT passage the way AAMC (the MCAT developers) want you to. You will learn how to finish the exam right on time without sacrificing accuracy. You will also learn to control your frustration and anxiety. Overall, the exam will become simpler and more do-able.
How did you learn how to teach this way?
I have been teaching only the MCAT Verbal / CARS section for over 10 years. In this time, I completed thousands of hours of teaching time and I have taught thousands of students. This experience has taught me how to best guide students into understanding basic principles and reinforcing the foundations necessary to think like a top-scorer. In addition to this, I also studied for this exam when I was a pre-medical student. I understand first-hand how difficult and daunting this exam can be. My number one goal is to show you how simple the MCAT really is and to show you common pitfalls the MCAT presents. I believe this will help improve your confidence and your overall score on the exam.
Do you have any SDN Reviews or reviews from prior students that I can read?
Yes, if you click on the Reviews
tab at the bottom of the page you will see reviews from my prior and current students. Students can leave their honest reviews on SDN (StudentDoctor.net), the most popular pre-medical website on the internet. I have no control or access to what my students write on this site. I cannot edit or delete the reviews since it's ran by a non-profit organization- not me. Anyone with an SDN Login can post on this thread.
What is a Free Trial Session?
I offer a free session to pre-medical students who are interested to see how I teach. There are no obligations to sign up after the session. In this session you will see the structure of my course and the fundamentals of what I teach. You can sign up for a free trial session on the home or course page.
Do I have to take the Free Trial Session in order to enroll in the course?
No, it is not necessary. A majority of students enroll without attending a trial session.
You don't have a trial session date that works with my schedule. When are your other trial session times?
I post new trial session times weekly on the trial page. Please check the trial session page again to find my next available times.
Do you guarantee a high score or major improvement after taking your course?
I cannot guarantee a high score or major improvement. There are many factors that contribute to a good score (independent study time, the correct way to study, sleep, exercise, controlling personal stresses, test day anxiety, and other personal matters). I can never fully control these factors. I can guarantee that if you take this course seriously you will completely understand what you need to do in order to succeed. You will know exactly how to read to find the important information in the passage. You will also learn how to answer any question they throw at you with 100% accuracy. However, doing this under testing conditions is very challenging and only you can accomplish this. I will serve as your guide / coach /mentor and give you the reinforcement and knowledge that is necessary to achieve a 127+ on the exam.
Typical improvement on CARS upon completion of the course and all homework assignments is 4 points and 1-3 points on each science section. Many of my students contact us letting us know they improved upwards of 6 points (123 to 129 or 122 to 128). But I also have students who do not improve at all. The difference really comes down to how hard you work, how willing you are make mistakes and learn from them, how careful you are with the methods are describe, and so on. Good students do very well. I believe that any student who gives me a chance and keeps an open mind has an opportunity to make a significant improvement on this exam. I know this exam like the back of my hand and I know how to teach it. But if you are not willing to listen you will be wasting your time and money. If you listen and work hard you will be very satisfied with your investment.
I know your course focuses on AAMC passages but I have already gone through them many times before or they seem familiar to me. Will I be at a disadvantage?
It makes no difference to your improvement. You could have done each passage a many times before the course and it still wouldn't affect your improvement. This is because you will be learning a skill. I will be asking you to show me how you reached the right answer to questions. You cannot memorize that even if you wanted to. Doing the AAMC passages prior to my course is advantageous. This is because you will be shocked and amazed at how easy and simple the exam truly is once you learn how to break it down. In fact, nearly all of my students have gone through this material prior to enrolling in the course.
I previously took or am currently taking another prep course that have their own CARS lessons, how do I go about studying?
I strongly advise you to come into my course with a blank slate. Don't try to "mix" strategies or try to use what other companies have told you with what I tell you. You have to completely trust me and pretend you are starting from scratch. If you are currently in a test-prep course, I highly advise you to not listen or show up to their CARS lessons, I'm sure whatever company you are enrolled with is a great company but I truly believe in sticking to one strategy. I am positive the strategy I show you for CARS is the exact way the AAMC expects you to approach it. But feel free to use whatever strategy you are comfortable with and stick to it.
I'm on a tight budget / I have already signed up for another test prep company- do you offer a discount?
We do not offer discounts. We keep the course at a fair price that we believe justifies our time and energy. If you value us you will pay the full amount. We go 100% for our students.
My friends and I have decided to enroll your course. Can you give us a discount?
We do not have discounts.
Do you offer installment payment planning?
Yes. You can either pay the entire tuition at once or you can pay a one tenth of the payment once a week for 10 weeks. For example, you will pay $145 per week for 10 weeks. First installment is charged at enrollment. Students who enroll via installment planning are required to pay for the entire course even if they do not take advantage of the entire course.
Do I have to make it to every live session?
The live sessions are geared towards support and feedback. All live sessions are recorded in case you cannot attend. You can watch them at any time during your course. I have 2-4 live sessions each week where the live session schedule varies each week to accomodate all students in the course. They can occur on any weeknight at 7 or 8 PM EST or on weekends at 12, 7 or 8 PM EST. For example, I could have one live session on Monday at 7 PM EST, Thursday at 8 PM EST, Saturday at 12 PM EST, and Sunday at 7 PM EST. Or on another week I could have Tuesday at 7 PM EST, Wednesday at 8 PM EST, Friday at 7 PM EST, and Sunday at 12 PM EST. I love teaching so I try to have as many live sessions I possibly can.
Do I need to speak with you in order to enroll?
No. Once you enroll, you will be given a syllabus on how to proceed.
Do you offer one-on-one assistance or an hourly rate instead of a course?
I do not offer hourly rates because students need at least 30 hours of teaching time/ reinforcement to master CARS. The course provides all the resources and teaching in a structured manner that is far superior to one on one lessons. Acquiring the skills necessary to tackle the MCAT cannot be taught in one or two lessons or within a week. It takes at least 4 weeks. I offer a program to help students understand this exam as soon as possible. If a student in my class is having difficulty with the lessons and I see that they are working hard, I will offer to meet with them individually at no charge to pinpoint the issue. This is not going to be necessary if you commit yourself to exactly what I say but I really want to make sure students do not fall behind. Also, having a group of like-minded peers who have the same goals is a very fun and encouraging way to learn.
I am working, taking college courses, or studying the other sections of the exam while I am taking your course. I'm worried I won't have time to dedicate to your course.
Don't sign up if you cannot make my course one of your priorities. That doesn't mean it's the only priority, but it must be a priority. You cannot reach your ultimate potential if you do not take my course as seriously as other students plan to.
What kind of strategy do you teach?
I teach students how to analyze MCAT passages the correct way. This includes exactly how to read the passages and answer the questions in a step by step approach.
Is your method different from other methods?
I cannot speak for test-prep companies but I am confident that I can teach you the right way to take the exam. I don't even like calling it a "strategy" because what I am going to show you is how to naturally think through the exam like a top-scorer. In the beginning it will seem like a step by step process - because it is. But you will find yourself naturally thinking the right way without being aware of the steps involved.
Can I apply the strategy you teach me to the other sections of the MCAT?
Yes. The MCAT changed in 2015 to become an even more critical thinking exam. Content has become less and less important over the past ten years. The entire exam is passage-based which means you can apply what you learn for CARS to the other sections. Students who learn to use the strategy the right way have reported higher scores in the other sections of the exam. Although my course is classified as a CARS course, my goal is to teach you how to approach the entire exam. I devote time throughout the course and especially the last lecture (lecture #6) to applying what you have learned to the other sections of the exam (Physical, Biological, and Behavioral).
I get anxious when I study or practice. Will you help me on a psychological level as well?
The MCAT is a very easy exam. What makes it difficult is the intimidation factor. If you get anxious it's because the MCAT is designed to make you doubt yourself. My course is all about understanding how the MCAT asks questions. Once you realize what their motives are and you see a pattern to their questions, you will feel a lot better about this exam. I also give you advice on how to approach this test without getting emotional.
If I take your course and I don't do well, can I get a refund of any kind?
I have a no refund policy for all of my services. If you do not perform to a level you are satisfied with, please email me and I can help you understand what went wrong and how to proceed. I am willing to help you until you are completely done with this exam. As long as you don't give up on yourself, I will always be your coach and mentor. This means I will extend your course, provide one on one support (at no charge), or create a more specific study strategy. I'm here to help hard working students succeed. If you have a growth mindset you will do very well with my course.
When will you post future course dates?
We have at least one new course every month. Check back every month for new dates.
Do you recommend that I don't take a test-prep company course?
I don't think it's necessary. If you listen to what I have to say about studying for the other sections of the exam and if you understand what I teach in the CARS course, you will be totally prepared. Test-prep courses help in one major way: it gives you a structured schedule to follow. But their content is still readily available to purchase without enrollment in a course.
How soon do your courses get filled to capacity?
Our courses are usually filled up to a month before the start date. We recommend enrolling early to ensure a spot. Please look for the "Course Status" section of the course you're interested in. If the status is "OPEN" there are still spots available. If the status is "FULL" the course has been filled to capacity.
Can I leave a deposit to save my spot?
We do not accept deposits to save spots for students.
I'm worried Jack will "retire" by the time I'm ready to take your course. What do you recommend?
We plan to teach and guide students of all kinds for many years. Helping future doctors is a humbling experience and we're passionate about doing our best to help you.
I have just paid for the CARS Strategy course, are you going to email me with confirmation of my enrollment?
Once you enroll, you will gain access to the course, including the syllabus. Please read the syllabus as soon as you can for further directions.
Can I pay as I go or only for certain course sessions?
We do not offer pay as you go or a lower price for a select amount of sessions. But we do offer installment planning. With installment planning, you are required to pay for the entire course regardless of how much of the course students decide to use.
Can I contact you about questions about specific passages whenever they have any?
Write down your questions on a piece of paper and ask me during live sessions or office hours. I prefer answering any questions in-session rather than by email because I can better explain concepts this way. I can also ask you follow-up questions to your specific questions to make sure your questions are completely answered. You are always welcome to email me general questions about the course, concerns about your progress, or anything else related to the course itself.
I'm scoring very low on my practice CARS exams or I took the exam and scored low on the CARS section. Are you sure you can help me?
Some students may need more time to master CARS simply due to lacking reading comprehension ability. 95% of our students have the necessary reading comprehension ability to master CARS in upon completion of the course. But if you fall in the category that we believe needs additional time, we'll will let you know during the free trial session or throughout the course. If your reading comprehension level is low, you can still master CARS. You just need to give yourself more time to prepare. I will be teaching you how to improve your reading comprehension. I always recommend giving yourself ample amounts of time to do well on this exam.
What do you mean by the correct way of taking the exam? What does that mean?
If you don't know what you read or lose focus while you read, you are most likely not approaching the exam the right way. This causes panic and anxiety which decreases your confidence and thus lowers your scoring potential. I will show you, step by step, how to read and answer the questions for this exam. This means how to actively read for the big ideas of each paragraph - without getting lost, frustrated, or confused. This also includes understanding why certain answer choices are wrong and why the correct answer is the best answer.
I am a very mathematical/ methodological / systematic type of learner. Are you saying there are steps that can help me master CARS?
Yes. There are steps you need to learn in order to understand how simple this exam is. Many of our students are brilliant, highly motivated individuals but they struggle with this exam. They struggle because they are too smart and overthink the exam. If you follow the steps and advice Jack outlines in the course, the exam will become simpler.
My biggest concern is timing. I never finish on time. Do you help with this?
Yes. We help with every aspect of CARS and the strategy portion of the entire exam. Our students who studied and took the time to prepare finish every section right on time or with up to five minutes to spare.
What software do you use to teach online? Is there something I need to download before my course starts? What kind of computer or mobile device do I need?
Throughout the past five years we have invested in developing our own classroom. You can use any device that connects to the internet (desktop, laptop, iPhone, or iPad) to enter the classroom. The voice quality is perfect and you will be able to communicate via your microphone. If you ever have any technical difficulties you are always welcome to contact us and we'll resolve the issue as soon as possible.
What material do we use in the course? Do I need to buy or have any material before my course begins?
I specifically use AAMC Official MCAT CARS Question Packs Volume 1 and Volume 2. As well as AAMC Official MCAT2015 Sample Test, Practice Exam 1, Practice Exam 2, and Practice Exam 3. You should purchase the MCAT CARS Question Packs Volume 1 and 2 before you begin the course. You will not need the practice exams until after the course or near the end of the course.
When should I take your course?
You may enroll up to a year before your exam date. At minimum you'll need four weeks but it's always much better to be closer to 12 weeks (3 months) or more. One year is highly recommended if you believe this section will be your most challenging section on the exam. The best time to take the course is right before you start studying for the MCAT or 2-3 months before you start studying. However, we have many students who enroll while they study for the exam and that is perfectly fine as well. What I'm going to teach you is a skill. It's just like driving a car or typing on your computer. The more time you give yourself to practice this skill the better you will be at it.
Do I have to be a citizen of the U.S. to enroll?
You do not have to be a U.S. citizen. Students from all around the world, especially from Canada, enroll every month.
When is the latest time I can enroll in a course?
Enrollment ends as soon as the course status reads "FULL".
If I miss a session can I make it up later in the week or could I join another course to make it up?
All sessions are recorded in case you miss a live session.
I'm a parent and I'm looking for someone to help my son / daughter. Can you help him / her? Can you update me on their progress?
Many of our students find us through their parents google searching for help. We're sure we can help your child as long as they listen to what we have to say. If your child gives us your email after they are enrolled, we can contact you if we believe they are struggling with the course.
I'm in high school or am a freshman in college. What should I do now before I enroll in your course?
To all of my future students: regardless of when you enroll, I recommend that you (1) read everyday and (2) notecard vocabulary words you do not know.
When you read everyday, try to read for at least an hour. Two hours is ideal but I realize that you may not have this luxury given your hectic schedule. If you can read for 1-2 hours daily for two years before taking the course, you will find the entire exam easier. But if you haven't been reading for a while, you can still do well.
When it comes to what you should read, I recommend changing it up every week or two. I don't consider textbooks or scientific research articles reading material. Reading material can include a novel you find interesting or anything written at a college level. Make sure it's not so dense where you don't understand a thing it's saying. But it should be on the challenging side.
Some of my recommendations:
- 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene (anything by Robert Greene)
- Game of Thrones books
- The Economist Magazine
- The Atlantic Journal
- ALDaily.com (essays and opinions section)