• Shyam Polaconda

    Shyam Polaconda

    Tutoring Profile

  • MCAT Score

    100th Percentile

  • Undergraduate GPA

    4.0

  • Undergraduate Studies

    Biomedical Engineering

  • Special Expertise

    Chemistry/Physics (100th Percentile)
    Critical Analysis and Reading (99th Percentile)
    Biology/Biochemistry (100th Percentile)
    Supplemental Instructor for Organic Chemistry

  • Medical Education

    Currently applying to medical school

  • In-person Availability

    Although most of my sessions are conducted online via video call, I am currently available to meet with students on-campus at Case Western Reserve University.

More About Shyam

Hello! My name is Shyam and I can’t wait to help you crush the MCAT! I am currently a 3rd-year biomedical engineering major at Case Western Reserve University, and I’m currently in the process of applying to medical school.

When I started my MCAT journey, I had no clue where to start in terms of materials, study plans, and flashcards. Watching the introductory module on MCAT Self Prep helped me make an individualized study plan, answered all of my questions, and even kept me organized and on top of things. With a plan that I knew would work for me, I spent time going through each module, lesson by lesson, and slowly made my way through the material. As a result, I was able to score well beyond what I thought was possible. If you want to achieve a great score and work with someone who really understands the MCAT, I’d love to study with you and help you achieve your goals.

Teaching has been something that I have really enjoyed for as long as I can remember. I tutored organic chemistry, physics, and differential equations for almost 2 years before becoming a supplemental instructor for organic chemistry, and finally a tutor with MCAT Self Prep. As a tutor, I know that no two students are the same, which is why I try to cater to each individual’s strengths and weaknesses when teaching and coming up with a study plan together.

Before we even meet, I will look over all of your questions and concerns in our shared Study Portal and prepare thoroughly for our session. Throughout the study process, I will be tracking your progress through the practice exam scores and help you make adjustments to your study plan along the way. I also tested a bunch of different strategies to help with time-management, applying content information, memorizing, and approaching passages as I studied for the MCAT. I would love to share my strategies and expertise with you.

When I’m not studying or doing research in the neural engineering lab, you can find me playing table tennis, singing, or playing the violin. I also love to play ultimate frisbee and spend time outdoors. I definitely recommend taking time out of your day to relax and unwind as it will help prevent burnout and keep you going strong through the ups and downs. Remember, the MCAT is a marathon, not a sprint!

I hope that you are interested in working with me, and if you have any questions before signing up, please feel free to reach out for a free 10-minute phone consultation using the form at the bottom of the page. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better as we work together towards a great MCAT score. Hope to see you soon!

Best of luck,

Shyam Polaconda

Hear What Shyam's Students are Saying About Him

  • “Shyam was a huge help with physics. He always has an upbeat attitude and came prepared for our meetings. I thought physics was something that was too difficult for me, but Shyam helped me not only understand how to apply the concepts to solve problems, but also use the basic concepts to derive the equations we use in physics. He helped me break down complex problems into smaller steps and I know he would be great at tutoring any subject.”

    Joanne

    Joanne

  • “Shyam is an amazing tutor. He is incredible at teaching hard math concepts and how to apply them. He made sure to draw connections to the basics behind the problems. He is a great person to be around and makes learning so easy. I would definitely recommend him to people looking for help on the MCAT.”

    Avaneesh

    Avaneesh

  • “Shyam was immensely helpful in helping me prepare for my exam. Whenever I had any questions, he was able to explain the concepts and their application so clearly. He even prepared before each session to make sure I understood the main concepts. Shyam also constantly checked for understanding by asking me some hypothetical questions or changing an element of the problem to make sure I really understood the material. I am so glad I had Shyam as a tutor!”

    Sarah

    Sarah

  • “Shyam is a brilliant teacher! He really knows what he is talking about and is able to explain clearly and succinctly. I always left my sessions with a much better understanding and a better grasp of the concepts that we covered. Shyam went above and beyond as my tutor, and I am very lucky that I had Shyam as my tutor when I was struggling."

    John

    John

  • “Shyam tutored me and he really changed the way I thought, especially about organic chemistry. I used to think that I had to memorize all the material in order to do well. Shyam was able to show me how the basic concepts in organic chemistry actually applied, and towards the end of our meetings, I even began to enjoy organic chemistry. Shyam never made me feel stupid for not getting something right or not understanding something. He has a lot of patience and even explained concepts to me in 4 or 5 different ways if I couldn’t get it. Shyam is a wonderful tutor!”

    Alice

    Alice

  • I really enjoyed tutoring with Shyam! I started tutoring about a month before I took my test and I felt that working with Shyam really helped me solidify concepts and navigate AAMC logic and reasoning. I came into this feeling weak in the chem/phys section and CARS, and working with Shyam has helped me boost my confidence in these sections. Working with Shyam also helped me improve my study schedule and allowed me to focus on the areas I needed working on. Previously I was mostly self-studying, and this final month with Shyam helped guide me in my studies.

    Vivian

    Vivian

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Elite Tutoring Packages

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

      Students simply in need of a customized study plan.

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      Students looking to try it out before committing to a larger package.
  • 5 Tutoring Sessions
    $ 239.99 /session
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      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.
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    $ 194.99 /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.
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    $ 164.99 /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).
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    $ 149.99 /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?

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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!

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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