DENISSE

TUTORING PROFILE

MCAT Score

526 (100th Percentile)

Undergraduate GPA

3.95

Undergraduate Studies

Neuroscience at the University of Chicago

Special Expertise

Chemistry/Physics (100th Percentile) Biology/Biochemistry (100th Percentile)

Medical Education

M1 at the UCSF MD/PhD Program

In-person Availability

Currently, all sessions conducted online via video call!

More About Denisse

Hello! My name is Denisse and I’m so excited to help you on your MCAT journey! I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2021, where I studied Neuroscience. After working in a neuroscience research lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai during my gap year, I began my MD/PhD studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

Studying for the MCAT was one of the most stressful times of my life. Not only was memorizing massive amounts of content and applying study strategies overwhelming, but I was also constantly worried that I wasn’t good enough. However, after learning how the MCAT works inside and out and achieving my dream score, I’d love to make the journey easier and help you accomplish your dreams of being a physician!

I’ve previously worked as a Teaching Assistant for neuroscience and biology courses and tutored organic chemistry through my university’s Core Tutor Program. In this time, I have loved connecting with students during office hours and helping them understand difficult concepts. I take an individualized approach, considering a student’s prior background knowledge and their unique academic strengths. I believe in asking questions to guide you through a question, rather than telling you an answer. By letting you reason through problems on your own, you gain a better handle on the material and how on AAMC questions are asked! I will also share my time-management tips, test day prep schedule, and how I managed testing anxiety during our sessions.

Outside of tutoring and working in the lab, I play the violin: orchestra, quartet, violin lessons, I love it all! You can also find me training for my next half-marathon, reading a Jane Austen novel, or rewatching the latest Great British Baking Show episode.

Studying for the MCAT can be a stressful experience, and I am here to support and help you in any way possible. I am ready to make this MCAT journey with you and work together to help you achieve the score you want.

I am so excited to help you turn a stressful MCAT experience into a confident, individualized study process where you can get the score you want! Looking forward to hearing from you!

Cheers,
Denisse

Hear What Denisse’s Students are Saying About Her

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Abby

“Denisse has been one of my favorite tutors I’ve ever had because of her ability to teach extremely difficult concepts in a very easy-to-understand manner. When explaining concepts, she naturally brings in different ways in which they can be applied or changed. Also, any time I’ve approached her with a question, she’s pushed me to discover the answer myself rather than simply telling me the answer for memorization. This has really helped my ability to take learned concepts and apply them to new scenarios! She also has an extremely intellectual yet approachable personality, making me not only trust her advice, but also feel comfortable enough to be honest about what I am and am not understanding. Because of these amazing qualities, I would recommend Denisse again and again to tutor people who need help understanding MCAT material more!”
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Sophie

“Tutoring online can be difficult, but Denisse was fantastic at this. She was always attentive to my questions and needs, and provided succinct and clear answers and strategies for problem solving. She was also very compassionate and often spent extra time helping students to better understand the material, and understood when students needed extra help or a push to participate more. Her patience with her students definitely made everyone feel more comfortable and confident. Overall Denisse was an excellent tutor and I would recommend her to anyone looking for help in the biological sciences.”
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Rebecca

“I’ve absolutely loved working with Denisse. She is incredibly knowledgable about all topics MCAT-related and explains concepts in a simple, but detailed way that makes things stick. I was aiming for a top score, but really struggling in a lot of content areas when I first started my tutoring. Denisse was wonderful at identifying gaps in my content knowledge and helping me to understand them better, while reminding me about important things that I should also be aware of when tackling questions and passages. These tutoring sessions really propelled my score greatly, going from a 507 sample test to 519 on FL3! I credit a lot of the improvement to what Denisse taught me during these sessions. She would also quiz me on topics like amino acid structures and metabolic processes, which really helped to reinforce those high-yield concepts. Denisse was really flexible with both scheduling and the way that I wanted to conduct tutoring sessions too – flipping between quizzing me, explaining content, and going over practice questions based on whatever I felt was the most helpful for that day. Overall, I’d recommend Denisse 100% to anyone looking to do well on this difficult exam!!”

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Jade

“Denisse is an excellent tutor and I would recommend her to anyone looking to improve their score on the MCAT! She came prepared to every session, knew the material inside and out, and provided excellent guidance for adjusting my study plan. Whenever I felt like I was falling behind in my study plan, Denisse would help me figure out how to best maximize the time I had left. With Denisse’s help, I improved my MCAT score seven points from my first attempt and felt more confident applying to medical school. I highly recommend both Denisse and the MCAT Self-Prep program for MCAT preparation.”

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Cassie

“Where I have struggled with other tutors is, even if they know the material, they do not have a deep enough understanding to effectively teach it in a way that I actually learn, or they are so esoteric that I am lost and embarrassed to say anything. I had no such problem with Denisse. Not only is her depth and breadth of knowledge immense, but she was able to guide me in a way that I not only learned the scientific material but developed ways of thinking to truly understand and build a foundation for further learning. She was adept at identifying what gaps in my knowledge were creating barriers to my understanding and helping me to amend them. I never felt ashamed to ask for further explanation from Denisse, which she always provided and adjusted to best suit the way I learned. Denisse’s kindness, intellect, enthusiasm for science made instruction from her fun and engaging and I always felt she was genuinely invested in my success. I highly recommend her for anyone looking to strengthen their scientific knowledge.”
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Jamie

“Denisse is incredibly patient and thorough when explaining specific science concepts and makes sure to synthesize newer information with concepts that I am already familiar with, which deepened my understanding of the material across different contexts. I always feel comfortable asking questions and sharing my learning/studying progress with Denisse, as she is very welcoming, professional, and takes extra effort to meet her students’ individual needs, whether it’s going over entire pathways/mechanisms over video chat, answering extremely specific review questions, or simply chatting about exciting updates in neuroscience. I am confident that Denisse would be a great MCAT tutor with her excellent skills in teaching science concepts and connecting with her students!”
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Ali

“Denisse has been a revelation. She has helped me so much in the last few months and I can’t thank her enough for that. One of the biggest things that I struggled with when I started this studying process for the retake of the MCAT was physics in general. Denisse has gone above and beyond in not only explaining concepts to me but making me explain them to her. One of the best things about Denisse is how patient she is while she is tutoring me. She doesn’t care how long it takes me to process or understand something as long as I walk out of the session understanding whatever we were studying. She has also helped me so much in CARS. She has helped me apply different strategies that have helped me in improving my scores. Through working with Denisse I feel more confident in my test taking strategies and answers than I did in the past and it is reflected in my scores.
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Phoebe

“I highly recommend Denisse as both a tutor and a mentor. Organized, smart, and patient, Denisse is everything I could have asked for as a science mentor. Denisse was very clear in her explanations of concepts to me. She is incredibly helpful with academics and research, and has been vital to my success with my studies. I would highly recommend her as an MCAT tutor because she is responsible, easy to work with, and a phenomenal role model.”
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Tayloe

“If I had to credit my MCAT success to one person, it would be Denisse! She not only knew every detail of content, but learning her strategies and thinking-process gave me the confidence and knowledge to tackle any MCAT passage or question. I am so thankful that I had Denisse on my team during my MCAT prep!”
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Lauren

“Denisse is a wonderful tutor! She does a great job with breaking down difficult problems, then providing clear and understandable explanations for you. Attentive and patient with your questions, she walks you through–step-by-step–her thought process in tackling discrete problems and passages. After a long day filled with hours of studying by myself, I always looked forward to meeting with Denisse–she constantly brings forth great enthusiasm and passion when discussing any topic related to the MCAT.
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Delaney

“I’ve loved working with Denisse! She is kind, very flexible and explains challenging concepts well. I have only had 3 sessions with her so far, but I believe the study plan she designed for me (and the other help she has given me in both Biochemistry and Physics) has been a huge part of why my MCAT scores have increased. I will continue to work with her until I take my MCAT!”
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Imari

“DENISSE IS AN ABSOLUTE GODSEND! She not only helped me to change my mindset related to the MCAT, but has helped significantly with my testing anxiety. I now believe that I can truly conquer the MCAT and live to tell the world about it. During each session, Denisse was a bundle of joy to work with and really went above and beyond to ensure that every question I had was answered. She is the cheerleader and coach I didn’t know I needed! I have no doubt that when the time comes, I will ace the MCAT and I owe a bit of that score to her! HUGE THANK YOU DENISSE!!!!”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which plan is right for me?

If you are not sure which plan is right for you, simply request a free consultation with Andrew and he will point you in the right direction. He's worked with hundreds of students and knows what you'll need to achieve your goal in your unique situation.

What are sessions like?

Each Elite Tutoring session will include the following:

Meticulous Preparation. Before the session even starts, your tutor will look through your Study Portal as they prepare an individualized lesson plan.

Pivotal Adjustments. At the beginning of each hourlong session, your Premium Elite Tutor will examine your progress and help you adjust your study plan using the Study Plan Spreadsheet.

Individualized Training. Your Premium Elite Tutor will spend the bulk of the session focused on teaching you the strategies and content that address your exact needs.

Can a tutor help me with my study plan?

Our Elite Tutors' primary focus is on helping you know what and how to study in order to achieve MCAT success. They understand that having an effective study plan is the number one determining factor regarding whether you will reach your goal MCAT score. For this reason, they will focus on helping you develop and follow a customized study plan unique to your needs. They all scored in the 97th+ percentile using the MCAT Self Prep Program, so they know what it takes to achieve MCAT success.

Will Elite Tutoring help me during my final month of MCAT studying?

Yes! The final month of studying is actually the best time to take advantage of Elite Tutoring. You will be doing many full-length practice exams during your final month, and your Elite Tutor can review the toughest passages and questions with you. Study Plan Advising is also extremely helpful as you try to decide what and how to study during the final month. Students find that working with someone who has already conquered the exam to be very reassuring during the most stressful period of studying.

I need help with the CARS section. Can an Elite Tutor help me with that?

Yes! Our Elite Tutors are trained to help you with every section of the MCAT.

How do I start meeting with a tutor?

To start meeting with your tutor, simply add Elite Tutoring to your cart, and complete the checkout process. Afterwards, you will receive an immediate confirmation email with detailed instructions for getting started.

You can immediately start our Create-your-own Study Plan Course, which will walk you through developing a rough draft study plan using the Study Plan Spreadsheet.

After that, you can schedule a your first at your convenience so that you can discuss your study plan with one of our Elite Tutors in a one-on-one setting.

How often will I meet with a tutor? How does scheduling a session work?

The great thing about our program is that it offers you the flexibility to study at your own pace and on your own schedule. You do not need to meet with your tutor at the same time every week for a set number of weeks. You are able to choose any available tutoring slot from your tutor's calendar, whether that slot is two months from now or two days from now. You choose the time that works for you! Students love having this flexibility.

Is there any way to meet in person with my tutor?

All of our tutoring sessions are conducted online, and our students find this to be just as effective, if not more effective, than meeting in person. Students really enjoy the fact that they can visit with their tutor without having to ever leave their apartment!

Can I defer my payment or pay in increments over time?

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Can I schedule sessions before my payment plan is paid off?

Yes! You can begin scheduling tutoring sessions right away after signing up. But keep in mind that we will suspend your account and postpone all remaining tutoring sessions if your recurring payment fails at any time. If you have questions or need to make changes to your affirm payment plan, you can contact affirm here. For non-affirm, custom payment plans, contact us.

What materials will I receive as part of this tutoring program?

As soon as you enroll in Elite Tutoring, you will receive immediate and free access to all of the following:
  • Our MCAT Video Collection, which covers ALL the MCAT topics as listed by the AAMC.
  • All ten of our online content modules (Biology I, Physics II, etc) as well as MCAT Bootcamp with customization.
  • Create-your-own Study Plan Course, which includes our Create-your-own Study Plan Spreadsheet and Score Tracker.
If you have a unique situation, have a lot of questions, or are looking for a confirmation that you are making the right purchase, you will likely benefit from consultation with our Head Tutor, Andrew George. He has worked one-on-one with hundreds of diverse students and will carefully consider your unique situation as he provides a careful recommendation and answers your questions.

How we Matched up the Khan Academy Passages with the eCourse Lessons

Each lesson of the eCourse contains links to 1 to 5 Khan Academy science passages for the purpose of providing you with non-AAMC material to practice your science passage reading skills on. By completing all the linked passages within every lesson, you will have finished all the freely available Khan Academy science passages.

To match up the Khan Academy Science Passages with the eCourse lessons, we carefully examined the passage and question content of each one. Then we decided which lesson of the eCourse best correlated with that content. You may notice that some passages don’t match up perfectly with the current lesson. If they don’t match up with the current lesson, they should match up with one of the previous lessons in the module. We did this carefully so that you could practice your science passage reading skills on passages that contain the content you’ve already learned.

Why we don’t recommend non-AAMC CARS practice questions

We recommend practicing CARS by reading non-AAMC CARS passages but not doing the associated practice problems. The reason we don’t recommend doing the practice problems is because the MCAT is written by the AAMC. They have a very unique style in which they write CARS practice questions that third-party companies (try as they might) are unable to replicate. When students spend time on non-AAMC CARS practice problems, they get familiar with the wrong style of questioning, leading them to overthink and incorrectly respond to the questions written by the AAMC. Thus, it is in your best interest to solely practice on AAMC CARS practice questions.

That said, we highly recommend practicing your reading skills on non-AAMC CARS passages. In our Ultimate CARS Strategy Course, we provide you with 1,000 free CARS passages and 100+ homework assignments, giving you ample material to practice on. Reading countless passages while practicing the proper reading habits and strategies will prepare you well to conquer the CARS section as it was written by the AAMC.

Which books do the lessons match up with?

The books we use in each lesson are linked below. We plan to stick with these older editions of the books since very little has changed and the older editions are much more affordable:

First Edition of the Kaplan 7-book Series
First Edition of the Princeton 7-book Series

Do the chapters match up perfectly?

The Kaplan Books, Princeton Books, and Khan Academy Videos were all produced by different authors. For this reason, there are some chapters in the Kaplan Book or Princeton Book that are not even found in the Khan Academy Videos and vice versa. For instance, the Kaplan and Princeton Books have chapters that cover certain experimental procedures that the Khan Academy Videos do not cover.

Our goal in matching up the books with the videos was to correlate the content as best as possible while also covering ALL the content from every resource. For this reason, when nothing in the Kaplan Books matched up with one of the video playlists, instead of leaving the reading assignment for Kaplan blank, we inserted material that did not fit in anywhere else (i.e. one of those chapters on an experimental procedure that was not covered by Khan Academy). So, when the assignment doesn’t appear to match up right, please know that this was intentional.

*If you follow the reading assignments outlined, you will finish the entire Kaplan 7-book series and/or Princeton 7-book series by the time you finish all 10 content modules.

Do the sections match up perfectly?

If the sections assigned in our eCourse do not match up with the sections contained in your content review book, you may have a different edition. The sections should still match up the large majority of the time, but in the rare instance that they don’t, I’d recommend simply reading sections that do match up and saving the ones that do not for a future lesson.

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