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  • Marie McGourty

    Marie McGourty

    Tutoring Profile

  • MCAT Score

    97th Percentile

  • Undergraduate GPA

    3.95

  • Undergraduate Studies

    Physiology and Neurobiology Major; Psychology Minor

  • Special Expertise

    99th Percentile in Biology/Biochemistry and Chemistry/Physics Sections; Research Lab Experience

  • Medical Education

    MS1 at UMass Medical School

  • In-person Availability

    Although most of Marie’s sessions are conducted online via video call, she is currently available to meet with students on-campus at UConn

More About Marie

Hello! My name is Marie and I’m very excited about being your tutor. I remember quite clearly how intimidating the whole MCAT process is, and I especially remember feeling like I had no idea where to begin. Through trial and error and through extensive dedication and time, I have learned a lot about this monster of a test. I am hoping that I can pass on this knowledge as a tutor and that I can be the person that I could have used in my studying process. I look forward to following you through the whole process, making a plan that best suits your needs, and helping you stick to it!

For me, the MCAT was this daunting, overwhelming task I knew nothing about. I spent months asking around and researching on my own on the “best” ways of studying. All I learned from this was that this process can be expensive. There were hundreds of dollars of books to buy, practice exams I had to purchase, and to top it all off, everyone seemed to be recommending courses that would cost a small fortune. Luckily for me, a friend introduced me to MCAT Self Prep. With this website as my trusted guide, I was able to learn more about the test, make a study plan, and most importantly, stay organized and on top of my studies. The introductory module gave me a much needed background on what this test is all about and how to approach it. Then, by following the lessons one by one, I slowly began to feel like I had a grasp on how to study efficiently and effectively. I used MCAT Self Prep until the day of my test, and I can honestly accredit much of my success to it.

Although much of the stress for me was in planning and figuring out how to approach the test, I also know the stress of finding time to study. I was taking 17 credits, playing a club sport and planning for my semester abroad. Although it wasn’t always easy, I found the time to study and having a plan was essential for this. I know how hectic life can be, but I can help you study effectively to fit your busy life, because I had to do this as well.

I love helping students, and I have been tutoring since high school where I tutored math classes in review sessions or one-on-one. I also have held many study sessions for classmates taking classes I took in semesters prior. Additionally, I have been a volleyball coach for about four years now. This has made me learn the importance of planning practices that will target players’ weaknesses to help them improve and has given me the ability to explain one concept or movement in a variety of different ways. Although slightly different than tutoring, my coaching mentality will help keep things positive even when they are looking grim, and push you past some low points in studying.

A little more about me, I love to play and coach volleyball, hike, and travel. I am beginning my journey as a medical student this year at UMass Medical School. I enjoy meeting new people, and I like to think that I am easy to talk to or come to for help.

If you are scared or intimidated by the MCAT, I am here to help! I hope to bring some positivity to this process and lighten your load as much as I can. I am ready to tackle any topics you can bring me, and my favorite subject is organic chemistry, which I know can be one of the tougher points. I look forward to analyzing CARS passages, reviewing some biology, and attacking the hardest of physics problems with you!

I can't wait to get started with you! 🙂

Talk soon!
Marie

Hear What Marie's Students are Saying About Her

  • I worked with Marie McGourty, and she helped me raise my score from a 492 on my first diagnostic exam to a 515 on test day! I could not have done it without her and MCAT Self Prep. The course laid everything out in such an organized way and really helped me develop a study plan. Further, Marie was so encouraging throughout the whole process and did a great job of walking me through answers. I would recommend Marie and MCAT Self Prep to everyone! Thank you!

    Lauren

    Lauren

  • When I began tutoring with Marie my score was at a 504 and I felt very despondent about myself and my score. I had trouble picking apart questions I was getting wrong and was very frustrated with where I was at. In 5 hours worth of tutoring she helped my score improve to a 511 and increased my self-confidence. She not only helped me understand questions conceptually, but helped me understand where I was going wrong in reading the passages and questions themselves. My only regret is not being able to have more time with her before my exam. I will be taking the MCAT this week and I sincerely hope I will be as good or better than the 511 she helped me achieve. Give Marie her pay raise because she definitely deserves it with how much work she put into preparing my study portal because of how many questions I had for her in each session. Any time something came up in discussion which she was unsure about she would look it up after our session was over and send me the answer later.

    Kelly S.

    Kelly S.

  • Prior to my first tutoring session, I was a plastic bag floating in the wind, being blown in all directions. Marie helped ground me and gave me direction for my personal statement. For anyone struggling with their personal statements, I highly recommend getting yourself a tutor. It is a worthwhile investment.

    Derrald

    Derrald

  • “Marie has been a supportive and extremely helpful tutor for me. She is able to answer any questions I have in a comprehensive way. Marie has become my most trusted resource when it comes to studying. While studying for the MCAT, I am constantly checking with Marie for clarification and advice and am graced with further insight on the topics as well as positive moral support throughout the process. She provided me with "steps to success" that included timing of studying, resources for practice exams and the most effective topics to focus on. I think Marie makes for an amazing MCAT tutor who can help others reach the best score possible.”

    Emory

    Emory

  • “Marie is a very patient tutor and helped me a lot. With her calm and understanding charm she creates an atmosphere that made me feel comfortable asking any question. At any time, she put all her heart into helping me and I could feel how important it was for her to get me to solve the issue. She fostered my learning in a way that I learned how to work the problem by myself. I gained a lot of confidence through her tutoring and improved my learning skills. I am so grateful I had her as my tutor and appreciate everything I have learned from her!”

    Karlotta

    Karlotta

  • “Marie is an exceptional tutor, who I would highly recommend based on her ability to break down difficult concepts. Her ability to understand where I was struggling, and focus in on that, greatly improved my comprehension and preparation, especially in subjects like Organic Chemistry. Marie was very patient and made sure I had a full understanding of a subject before moving on to other topics. I would highly recommend Marie if you are looking for someone who can help you hone your skills and improve your scores.”

    Akhil

    Akhil

  • “I've had nothing but good experiences with Marie as my tutor. She is always able to explain concepts that I have trouble with in a way that makes the material easy to understand. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, but she is also encouraging, patient, and helpful. I would recommend Marie to anyone looking for an MCAT tutor!”

    Mariana

    Mariana

  • “Marie was an incredible tutor. She has helped me in several subjects (mostly science related) and every time I’ve seen an improvement in my test scores and understanding of the subject. Compared to other tutors, I have found that Marie is really good at breaking things down in a way that is easy to comprehend. She is also very patient and is willing to take the extra time to make sure you understand the subject. I also found Marie to be quite personable which makes the sessions much more enjoyable. She understands the importance of the MCAT and is always fully present when tutoring me. I would recommend her to anyone!”

    Corinne

    Corinne

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Elite Tutoring Packages

  • 1 Tutoring Session
    $ 299.99 /session
    • Recommended for:

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    $ 239.99 /session
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    $ 194.99 /session
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    $ 164.99 /session
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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?

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How do I start meeting with a tutor?

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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!

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.
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