• Dimitry Shitarev

    Dimitry Shitarev

    Tutoring Profile

  • Positions

    Head Tutor for MCAT Self Prep

  • Special Expertise

    CARS expert specializing in strategies with over 150 students tutored. Experienced with medical school admissions as a volunteer with his med school admissions and a mentor for pre-meds.

  • MCAT Tutoring Experience

    Over 200 students tutored for the MCAT since 2019. Over 900 hours of tutoring online and in-person.

  • MCAT Score

    520 (98th percentile) overall, above 90th percentile in all sections, and a 100th percentile score in Psychology/Sociology.

  • Teaching Experience

    Received UNC Chancellor’s Award as undergrad Anatomy & Physiology TA. Scholarly Concentration in Medical Education in medical school.

  • Medical Education

    Current MS1 at UNC School of Medicine, UNC FIRST scholar (3 year MD program with family medicine residency direct match), NHSC Scholar.

More About Dimitry

Hello everyone! My name is Dimitry, and I am a current medical student at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine. As a tutor, my primary goal is to be as useful to you as possible, whatever your specific needs.

I am currently in the UNC FIRST program, which means I have preliminarily matched to a family medicine residency here in NC. I will also be finishing medical school with an MD in 3 years instead of 4. This fast pace can be tough sometimes, but one of the things that sustains me on this accelerated path is teaching and mentoring students. To get to this point, I had to battle through the difficult pre-med life, including the MCAT. I understand many of the struggles students face on the pre-med path. Now, I want to help YOU succeed and get to this point too.

In fact, I have always enjoyed the mentorship and teaching opportunities available on the medical path. I love giving back to the community by guiding students in the same way others guided me when I was younger. I started tutoring college admissions and general chemistry in my first year of undergrad. I took education courses at our UNC learning center and I became a TA for anatomy and physiology in my second year. I took the MCAT in the summer after my second year and began tutoring the exam soon after, which I have been doing since. In my senior year, I won the student-nominated UNC Chancellor’s Award for undergraduate teaching.

That experience was incredibly rewarding, and it really motivated me to push myself and become an even better teacher. I am deeply grateful to my students at the time for nominating me. To this day, I am always working to incorporate student feedback and become a better tutor/teacher and I take the responsibility of helping pre-med students very seriously.

When I tutor, I focus on two aspects of the MCAT: study strategies and testing strategies. I really emphasize the strategic approach because I want to prepare students with a set of generalizable skills that can be applied in any situation on the exam, not in just a limited number of circumstances. I also want to equip students with the tools they need to confidently study and enter the testing center feeling prepared to get a solid score. I generally encourage a practice-heavy study strategy because practice is the key to getting used to this passage-based structure of the exam.

In fact, my approach to studying for the MCAT was very similar to my current study approach in medical school. I believe in the methods I tutor and I apply lots of the same theories and strategies in my own life. After 5+ years of tutoring (over 2 of them for the MCAT), I feel intimately familiar with the ins and outs of this exam and I want the help you get the score you deserve!

Below, you can find information about our tutoring plans and packages. If you would like to learn more about me or the services offered by MCAT Self Prep, please reach out to me for a free 10-minute phone consultation using the form at the very bottom of the page!

I hope to have the opportunity to work with you moving forward!

Best,

Dimitry Shitarev

Hear What Dimitry's Students are Saying About Him

  • "Dimitry helped me tremendously throughout the MCAT prep process. I was struggling with CARS and my overall score and had tried multiple techniques, including Kaplan courses and different prep books, to no avail.He taught me new strategies that helped significantly, and because of this, I ended up scoring at the 90th percentile for CARS. He also filled in the gaps of my content knowledge for physics and biochemistry and taught me how to refine my approach to these problems to improve my score. In addition, he showed me how to use Anki, which not only helped me with the MCAT but also was a game-changer for my coursework. Throughout the process, Dimitry was a very patient tutor, and I knew I could always count on him to assist me when I was stuck. I was much more prepared for the MCAT because of Dimitry, and I feel more prepared to start medical school because of the study strategies he taught me."

    Holly

    Holly

  • "Dimitry is an amazing tutor who is patient, thorough in his explanations, and is also a great listener. As a retaker who struggles with getting over the 500-505 score range, I definitely recommend Dimitry for lessons on how to read and answer MCAT passages/questions more efficiently! Dimitry’s application of strategies in our practice together is eye opening and lessons with him have reflected positively in my practice FLs. I was able to break 514 on AAMC practice exams for the first time. His strategies, especially in CARS, make studying more methodical and I feel less uncertainty about my answer choices. Dimitry has a very active style of tutoring that involves walking through a passage together and solving the associated questions. He takes the time to make his explanations very clear and addresses any questions I have before moving on, which truly allows me to understand the correct logic behind MCAT questions. Lastly, Dimitry is an extremely personable and encouraging tutor, which makes tutoring sessions something I look forward to!"

    Annie

    Annie

  • "I started looking for a tutor to help me with the MCAT CARS section. CARS was one of the sections that seemed impossible to me, as English is my third language. I reached out to a lot of tutors in Wyzant, but Dimitry was one of the only confident tutors who thought he could help me. Since our first session, he showed me a completely different way to approach CARS, and encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone. I’ve been taking lessons consistently with Dimitry since January, and my CARS grade jumped by 4-5 points on my practice exams. Dimitry is very encouraging, organized, and realistic. During our sessions, he observes and supports my logic. I solve a CARS passage, as I voice my thought process out loud. He provides feedback and points out to me what I have missed. I am grateful for all his help, and I definitely recommend him to everyone who struggles with CARS!"

    Alina

    Alina

  • "Dimitry is a fantastic tutor who has helped me reach my dream score on the MCAT. I worked with Dimitry for a few months and during that time I was able to get 1:1 tutoring and personalized guidance through passages. In addition, he taught me several test-taking skills that I never was aware of. When I first studied for the test I struggled to break 508, but thanks to working with him I was able to score a 515 (7+ point gain) on my actual test! Dimitry is an excellent choice and can help you reach your goal as well!"

    Noah

    Noah

  • "After working with Dimitry, I was able to get a 518. I am super happy with the improvements and my three point increase on CARS, the section I found most difficult. Before working with Dimitry, I was struggling to improve my score on CARS even a single point. Thanks to Dimitry for all the help he gave me while studying!"

    Nathan

    Nathan

  • "Dimitry was a fantastic tutor who helped me achieve my dream score on the MCAT. His tips helped with Chem/phys especially and I managed to increase my score by 10 points overall working with him. He has plenty of resources available and he has good insight into the bigger picture with concepts because he is a medical school student himself. Highly recommend working with him!"

    Ilyas

    Ilyas

  • "Dimitry is an amazing tutor who is very knowledgeable about the MCAT and is great at helping his students improve in the areas they are struggling in. I hired Dimitry as a tutor to help me out with my CARS section for the MCAT, and after just two weeks of working with him, he massively improved my CARS score. We spent a month working on CARS, and throughout that time he created a thorough individualized schedule and strategy tailored to my needs. Throughout our sessions, Dimitry was very understanding, careful, and comprehensive towards helping me build my logic for approaching the CARS section on the MCAT. Additionally, he is a great resource for other topics on the MCAT, as he has a great knowledge base about the exam and can help improve anyone who is in need of MCAT help. Before working with him, I exhausted all kinds of strategies and resources to help me improve in CARS, but none of them were as helpful to improving my score as Dimitry's tutoring. It is without a doubt that I would recommend him as your MCAT tutor."

    Joseph

    Joseph

  • "Dimitry has been a great tutor. He has not only helped me with great MCAT techniques to tackle this MCAT, but also helped me with my confidence as well. Dimitry takes the time to explain concepts to me and wants to make sure I understand the material. A lot of tutors, in my experience, don't know how to push a student to be the best and at the same time uplift them and he does both. I never feel embarrassed about asking questions and he makes every tutoring session a safe place so I just be myself and really get a better understanding. Also, this may sound weird but he actually has a people personality and is not "stuck up," which makes it so much easier to jump right into sessions with him and it not be awkward. His future students and patients are lucky to have him."

    Recca

    Recca

  • "Dimitry and I worked together for a dozen sessions and I feel they really helped me score my 515 on the MCAT. His tutoring gave me the tools I needed to do well on the exam and the study plan he helped me create enabled me to be efficient and on task with my studying."

    Harish

    Harish

  • "I previously took the MCAT last year and did not get the score I wanted. I used the Princeton Review and felt that it did not prepare me effectively for the exam. After creating a study plan with Dimitry, he taught me the tools I need to get a great score. I have already seen my practice tests improve multiple points! I highly recommend his services."

    Taylor

    Taylor

  • "In my sessions with Dimitry I was able to utilize a CARS strategy that we talked through which helped me to understand why I was getting questions wrong. As a result, I am able to get through difficult passages and really hone in on the details that would lead me to the correct answer. Using these strategies coupled with practice I feel confident that I can get the score I want."

    Arushi

    Arushi

  • "Dimitry was incredibly helpful with my MCAT studying and consistently provided me both thoughtful and detailed study advice. He is very knowledgeable about the various study resources available and helped me to organize my time most efficiently. Additionally, having worked with Dimitry for 2 years as teaching assistant, I can attest to his strong foundations in the life sciences and his organizational skills as a tutor. I cannot recommend anyone more!"

    Hannah

    Hannah

  • "Dimitry was a wonderful tutor who helped to plan out a strategy for an effective high-yield study plan. He helped me sort through the cascade of resources and identify where I should target my efforts. He also gave me critical reasoning strategies that would help through the various sections of the test. I’m happy that my MCAT prep started with tutoring with Dimitry."

    Ainesh

    Ainesh

  • "I have been working with Dimitry for several months and he has been a major help in improving my MCAT performance. With him you not only get someone who has proven he can get a great score on the exam, but does a great job of showing you what he did to do so well. With a heavy focus on practice questions, methodical test taking strategies, and detailed analysis Dimitry has helped me in all aspects for the MCAT."

    Jack

    Jack

  • "Dimitry is an amazing tutor! At the start of my MCAT prep journey, I was overwhelmed and did not know how or where to begin. Dimitry provided me with the tools and resources necessary for my success. He gave me extensive insight into how the MCAT exam works and how to think like the MCAT. Additionally, he gave me extremely helpful test-taking strategies that allowed me to face difficult and challenging questions, especially with CARS. He guided me throughout the entire process of my MCAT prep and gave me both constructive feedback and encouragement. By the day of my exam, I felt calm and motivated to put my best foot forward. I would not have been able to approach the exam with such confidence without the tools that Dimitry provided me. I am very grateful for all his help during my journey, and I highly recommend his expertise!"

    Caitlin

    Caitlin

  • "Dimitry is a great tutor! He provided good strategies to study for the exam. I will continue to rely on his help in particular with the CARS section. I will also recommend him to my other pre-med friends! I trust him to help my friends and myself based on my excellent experience working with him thus far."

    Van

    Van

  • "Dimitry is an amazing tutor who takes the time to explain and go over personalized strategies! Even after only a few lessons I have learned so much and improved my scores significantly. I highly recommend Dimitry as a tutor for the MCAT!"

    Jaina

    Jaina

  • "Dimitry teaches a lot of great strategies that save time and help me learn to pinpoint all the necessary details and information required to answer questions. He has a unique take on how to do content review, which both boosts efficiency and saves time while also helping students learn to get into the minds of those who write the MCAT through repetition."

    Aravind

    Aravind

  • "I have had seven lessons with Dimitry thus far, and I picked up techniques which clearly are already improving my methods for approaching CARS, and spilling over in the science passages. Confidently, I recommend Dimitry for improving passage-based techniques for test day!"

    Pace

    Pace

  • "Dimitry has been my MCAT tutor for about one month or so and I can already see the positive difference in my practice question results! His strategy of working through practice questions with me is effective because he makes sure that I understand why I missed a question and how I can improve or, on the other hand, why I answered a question correctly. This approach is beneficial because it ensures that I can back up my answers. Additionally, he’s very competent and I’m sure that any student will benefit from his tutoring sessions."

    Whitney

    Whitney

  • Best Prep, Best Price

    Our prices cannot be beat. While other companies charge as much as $4,099 for a 10-session package ($410 per session) with a barely-90th percentile tutor, tutoring with our 519+ Elite Tutors starts at just $149 per session! Other companies charge as much as $14,999 for a 28-session package ($469 per session) with one of their head tutors, but meeting with our Head Tutor starts at just $399 per session! We are so confident you won't find a better price that we stand behind our Lowest Price Guarantee.

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Not ready to pay in full? Simply select Pay Over Time at checkout and get started for only 25% of the cost.

Head Tutoring Packages

  • 1 Tutoring Session
    $ 799.99 /session
    • Recommended for:

      Students simply in need of a customized study plan.

      Students who want to pay as they go.

      Students looking to try it out before committing to a larger package.
  • 5 Tutoring Sessions
    $ 639.99 /session
    • Recommended for:

      Students needing help with a single weak area.

      Students on a very tight financial budget.

      Students looking for a boost during their final month of MCAT studying.
  • 10 Tutoring Sessions
    $ 519.99 /session
    • Recommended for:

      Students needing significant help with a single weak area.

      Students on a tight financial budget.

      Students looking for a significant boost during their final month of MCAT studying.
  • 20 Tutoring Sessions
    $ 439.99 /session
    • Recommended for:

      Students needing help with several weak areas.

      Students struggling to make score improvements.

      Students wanting to follow up with a tutor regularly (i.e. weekly).
  • 40 Tutoring Sessions
    $ 399.99 /session
    • Recommended for:

      Students needing significant help with several weak areas.

      Students really struggling to make score improvements.

      Students wanting to follow up with a tutor regularly (i.e. biweekly).

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?

Yes! At the checkout page, you can select Pay Over Time. Many students who are looking to avoid paying upfront really enjoy this Pay in Four option. It allows you to get started on any premium package for only 25% paid up front. This payment plan will automatically charge the outstanding balance in 25% increments monthly (30 days, 60 days, and 90 days), and it’s completely interest free!

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 plan to change your billing method during your payment plan period, please keep your information up-to-date in your billing account  to avoid losing access.

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.

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