• Theo Bennett

    Theo Bennett

    Tutoring Profile

  • Awards

    Goldwater Scholar, 2 x Undergraduate Teaching Award, President's Volunteer Service Award

  • MCAT Score

    528 - Perfect Score

  • Undergraduate Studies

    B.S. in Neuroscience | 4.00 GPA

  • Application Advising

    Accepted at 6 of the top 10 medical school programs in the US

  • Research Experience

    4,000+ hours across many disciplines. Multiple first author publications.

  • Teaching Experience

    Hundreds of personalized MCAT tutoring sessions with dozens of students.

More About Theo

I’m a first-year medical student at UCLA and scored a perfect 528 on the MCAT! I hope you can use my success to improve your score too! I just finished my degree in Neuroscience summa cum laude at Brigham Young University and I loved my time in undergrad. Just because you're pre-med doesn't mean you can't have fun! I grew up in Montana and was spoiled by its natural beauty. I love skiing, backpacking, and rock climbing in my spare time. Recently, I’ve started running ultramarathons and I hope to run the John Muir Trail in California next summer.

I started my MCAT journey completely lost. I knew that I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a prep course that wasn’t catered to my needs, but I didn’t know how to study on my own until I found MCAT Self Prep. With MCAT Self Prep, I was able to structure my study trajectory to ultimately achieve a perfect 528 score on the MCAT. Now, I am so excited to give back to students and teach you what I learned! As a teaching assistant, I’ve won multiple awards for my ability to personalize my teaching with clarity. I've also helped dozens of students increase their score by 10-15 points, even for students re-taking the MCAT! I’ll be able to walk you through how I studied and the strategies that I used for CARS, science passages, and tackling tricky discrete questions. But more than the strategies, I hope to help you understand the MCAT so you can walk into the test with the mindset that you need in order to succeed.

I hope to help you on your journey to medical school, from getting research experience to crafting your narrative with volunteering. With previous research, I have published five papers (three of them as the first author), presented at multiple conferences, and won awards for those presentations. I’ve also won national awards for my research, volunteering, and academic merit. I additionally spent countless hours trying to understand what medical school admissions committees want! This helped me interview at many top medical schools and ultimately get accepted at schools including the two Harvard programs, Penn, Columbia, WashU, and my dream school—UCLA!! I want to pass this deeper understanding of the admissions process on to you too!

The last thing that you need to know about me is that I am passionate about mental health. My dad lives with bipolarity and it has been very formative as I’ve become older. I feel obligated to speak up about mental illness because so few people do and it has lead to some incredible opportunities. At 17, I delivered a TEDx talk about my experiences with my dad and through that, I started speaking for mental health organizations all around the country. So if you find yourself struggling with your mental health while studying for the MCAT, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please contact me with any questions before deciding to work with me or to schedule a 100% FREE consultation using the form at the bottom of this page.

And when you are ready to start working with me, simply scroll to the bottom of this page, and sign up for the package of your choice.

I can’t wait to start giving you my MCAT strategies,
Theo

Hear What Theo's Students are Saying About Him

  • "Working with Theo has been so great as I continue to study for the MCAT. This is the second time I am studying for the exam and I was skeptical about how much tutoring would actually help me. But working with Theo has been an amazing experience and I feel like I am learning so much to help me succeed on test day. My score has jumped over 10 points!! Theo makes the sessions very fun and easy, I mean I actually enjoy doing CARS practice (I know that sounds crazy but its true!) and I feel like I actually understand how to study for the exam in an effective way! I would 100% recommend tutoring with Theo, he will definitely make sure you are the most prepared you can be on test day!!"

    Alex

    Alex

  • "I started working with Theo when I took an MCAT practice exam and realized I wasn't getting the scores that I wanted. He helped me come up with a completely different study schedule that would best fit my strengths and weaknesses. He gave me an excellent excel sheet to monitor my progress. I've now worked with Theo for months, but after working with him for just a few weeks, I saw my CARS scores go up immediately. Theo is incredible at teaching you how to approach different sections of the MCAT, especially when it comes to CARS. He talks you through the passage, and teaches you proper test-taking strategies."

    Aman

    Aman

  • "Theo Bennett is a literal life saver! I decided to study for the MCAT on my own and I would be a wreck without Theo's help. Every time I have needed him, he has been willing and able to help. Tutors can be incredibly expensive and I was scared that I would be paying a lot for low yield return, but Theo has made all of our sessions effective, uplifting, and catered to my needs. As far as material goes, Theo knows it inside and out. Any question I have had has been answered quickly and effectively with pneumonics and examples. Incredible. From setting up a plan I can actually have confidence in... to showing me the study strategies that can maximize my personal time... to teaching me the key test-taking techniques to keep me progressing, I am more than grateful to Theo."

    Sam

    Sam

  • "Theo has been an awesome tutor. He is encouraging, nice, and genuinely wants to see you succeed. He has helped me build confidence in my test-taking ability and has become not only a tutor but a friend in the process. Theo particularly excels at noticing patterns in the MCAT test and does a great, clear job at explaining them. Theo is patient and understanding when he teaches, and teaches differently for each individual he is working with. He is all about finding what works for us, because he realizes that studying and learning is an individual process and we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Overall Theo has been an awesome tutor."

    Jake

    Jake

  • "Theo has a gift for stripping things down to the core and making questions and paragraphs super simple. The techniques Theo uses to analyze material is something that anyone can use no matter how intelligent you think you are, and best of all, they don't take very long to learn. Theo is an amazing tutor and genuinely cares about how I do. He always asks me things about my life and also about my MCAT application to know how else he can help me. I've loved working with Theo and recommend him for anyone looking for a tutor."

    David

    David

  • "Working with Theo to study for my MCAT exam has been such a wonderful experience. He is a tutor who truly shows you and explains how to approach the passage, how to dissect it to understand it better and understand what the questions are asking. This is something a lot of tutors DO NOT do.

    Often times I take so long reading the passages or choosing an answer, but he has always been so understanding and patient with me. I have never felt like he was judging me for not knowing an answer or concept, which I really appreciated. One of Theo’s best attributes is his selfless personality. He has always been willing to help and answer all of my questions regarding the MCAT, application, and personal statement. He is genuinely just trying to give back to the pre-med community rather than take your money. Often times when I am studying, I lose my motivation and think more pessimistically about my progress than I would like, however meeting with Theo regularly has given me the motivation to push harder and stay positive. He has changed my entire perspective of the exam from something that seemed so daunting to something I can overcome and succeed in."

    Emily

    Emily

  • "Theo us incredibly knowledgeable about how to succeed on the MCAT. More than that, Theo takes the necessary time off-the-clock to create a personalized approach to each of us. He has the ability to perceive what's stopping his students from coming to the right answers and bridging that gap immediately. He is great at teaching content but is especially skilled at teaching how to look at different question types so we can use our knowledge to get to the right answers as often as possible. Theo cares, he is excellent at what he does, and he will help you succeed. Use him as a tutor, you won't regret it!"

    John

    John

  • "Theo has been an excellent tutor. He helped me a lot with getting started and knowing what I needed to do. The biggest benefit though would be the unique test-taking strategies that Theo teaches, which you can’t find anywhere else. I would highly recommend using him to study for the MCAT."

    Ryan

    Ryan

  • "I have enjoyed working with Theo thus far, namely his positive attitude and patience have been extremely helpful throughout this process. Aside from the tremendous knowledge base he possesses and the demonstrated significant experience with the exam, I think his application of different strategies to the MCAT to help form a personalized approach is also his strength. Lastly, Theo's willingness to engage with individuals both as students and as people, and to offer his guidance and services BEYOND a typical tutoring session is commendable and appreciated."

    Nick

    Nick

  • "I would highly recommend Theo as an MCAT tutor. I enjoyed Theo's specific and structured study plan and approach. You can tell from every single session we had that Theo is an experienced tutor. He gave concrete advice on all aspects of testing and studying strategy, from how to approach questions to making a study plan. His tutoring helped me keep on track and improve my testing skills."

    Teya

    Teya

  • "Theo was first my tutor when I was in my freshman general chemistry class. Ever since then, he's been the best TA that I always go to for information, and clarification in all of my science classes, but especially for the MCAT. One key thing that I've noticed Theo does, is he really takes the time to understand not only the process of solving problems, but truly making sure that he understands the concepts so well that he can explain WHY a certain path will lead you to the answer. Because of this, he is able to work well with students who may approach things a little differently, and adequately address their needs in a kind, but very direct and helpful way. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for help studying in any subject, especially for the MCAT."

    Chandler

    Chandler

  • "During my study for the MCAT, Theo would often clarify scientific principles in a way that I could understand them. I worked for hours to fully comprehend certain MCAT concepts but it wasn’t until Theo explained them to me that I felt confident. He's a wizard at breaking complex material into understandable pieces. He genuinely cares for the success of the students he tutors and will do anything to help them accomplish their goals. Studying with Theo is a lot of fun because of his happy demeanor and positive attitude. I highly recommend Theo as an MCAT tutor. He knows how to organize a successful study plan and will help boost anyone's MCAT score. "

    Corbin

    Corbin

  • "Theo is one of the most outstanding students and mentors I have ever known. Both in an academic sense and from a character standpoint, he demonstrates a high standard. Despite this, Theo maintains a humble attitude that helps him relate to everyone in a personal way. I would strongly recommend him as a tutor, as he could give great help to any student preparing for the MCAT. Theo has a dynamic personality that makes him fun to be around and is a great tutor. I know that he would help any student to increase their score on the MCAT because he really helped me improve my score with his advice."

    Steve

    Steve

  • "I had Theo tutor me all throughout organic chemistry and the MCAT and all I can say is that he is a phenomenal tutor. He is able to teach the content in a clear and precise way with many examples and practice problems to match. If you're looking for an MCAT tutor look no further as Theo has had years of practice tutoring many college and MCAT students and I was lucky enough to be one of them."

    Andrew

    Andrew

  • "I loved working with Theo because he made difficult subjects easy to understand. He was very responsive and would highly recommend him as a MCAT tutor."

    Terrissa

    Terrissa

  • "Theo is a stellar tutor for the MCAT. He went above and beyond to help me understand difficult chemistry ideas and concepts. Theo is a very friendly and approachable person and helped me to get out of my comfort zone and participate more when tutoring one-on-one. I would, without a doubt, recommend Theo to anyone looking to work towards an incredible MCAT score."

    Josh

    Josh

  • "Primarily, Theo is a brilliant teacher. He was able to meet me at my level and instill in me the confidence to succeed. Theo was understanding of my circumstances and patient with my shortcomings while maintaining high expectations. We developed a personal and effective plan to help me succeed on the MCAT. His likability and kindness combined with his work ethic deep understanding of science make him the ideal tutor."

    James

    James

  • "Theo is a great MCAT tutor who is amazing to work with. His knowledge of content, as well as test-taking strategies, can blow big MCAT prep companies out of the water! I'm just getting started with him and in a couple sessions Theo has increased my CARS score 6 points already!"

    Derrik

    Derrik

  • "Working with Theo for MCAT preparation has been an extremely positive experience. We've worked together for dozens of hours together in personalized sessions.Theo not only demonstrates a mastery of the sciences but also excels as a master tutor, teacher, and communicator for all MCAT topics. His skills have helped me to form a tailored MCAT plan, improve the efficiency of my studying, and to help me master my weak areas and create connections between topics. From planning an optimal test date to developing a strategy to handle CARS, with Theo’s help, I feel confident and prepared for every aspect of the MCAT.

    Zach

    Zach

  • "Theo goes above and beyond what you expect from an ordinary tutor. He is always well prepared and he adapts his teaching style into how I can learn the best. At all times he makes sure I am getting the most out of each session. Theo provides invaluable advice on the whole application process, especially with my personal statement and MCAT, and his guidance is key to my success!"

    Rob

    Rob

  • "Theo is a very experienced MCAT tutor. Theo does a great job explaining difficult concepts and customizing your study plan. I have seen tremendous growth during the time we have been working together."

    Brittnie

    Brittnie

  • "Theo helped me so much! Theo gave me really simple and useful tips for CARS that boosted my score significantly after meeting with him just 2 times. He now helps me with personalized feedback when we go through drills. Theo walks you through ways to really dissect each of the questions and all the answer choices and what each of them represents. He will really teach you how to think like the MCAT writers think. The best part about it is that he doesn't just help you while he is meeting with you but give you tools to improve your performance on your own."

    Jeffrey

    Jeffrey

  • "Theo really tries to understand your thought process when you're going through practice questions. That way, he can either guide you in the right direction or give you nuanced suggestions if your thought process is correct when answering a question. He has scored well on the MCAT, so Theo not only knows what it takes to succeed on the MCAT, but he really understands the psychology of the AAMC's logic and guides us to master the test in the way that Theo did."

    Parth

    Parth

  • "Theo tutored me for the mcat and as well as helped me to apply to medical school. He is an awesome tutor! Theo knows a ton about every single subject which is important but he also is very caring and professional. He built a personal plan for me and guided me to all of the right resources. He's awesome and I highly recommend him to anyone looking to study for the mcat. Way better than any service!"

    Daken

    Daken

  • "Theo was an awesome tutor. It helps that he’s a super nice and cool guy, but he definitely knows his stuff. Theo helped me with certain strategies to dissect questions that I couldn't have thought of on my own. He’s approachable, understanding, and highly flexible to your needs, especially now with Covid-19 going on he has been very helpful with rescheduling tests. Just an all-around good person and a good tutor. I do not have any critiques. Everything was fantastic for me. It’s about enjoying the process and Theo made it easier during an already stressful time with studying for the MCAT."

    Jeff

    Jeff

  • "Theo has demonstrated consistent dedication and availability to help me prepare for and succeed at retaking the MCAT. From the start, Theo reviewed my study plan and provided trusted resources to aid my studying. Theo facilitated my progress to a higher score, in a short amount of time, through his approachable and encouraging teaching style. He often redirected my problem solving and passage analysis in a thoughtful and supportive way. His strategies and feedback have built confidence in my ability to master each section. For these reasons, I have no doubt that Theo will continue to craft his pedagogy in an effort to help more students. I highly recommend Theo as an MCAT tutor and as an advisor of the medical school application process."

    Mariah

    Mariah

  • “It was a pleasure to have Theo guide me through the MCAT process. Everybody is different and Theo understands this, therefore he is able to work closely with you and individualize a plan that fits your unique needs. Additionally, he helped me get organized and stay consistent all throughout the process as well. Theo is extremely reliable and I never felt alone through the process. I cannot thank him and recommend him enough!”

    Daniel

    Daniel

  • "Theo is your go-to tutor for MCAT. He adapts to your strengths and weakness and works around to ensure you get the best help possible. Not only he is adaptable, but he is also very patient he works with you until you have mastered the desired skill. He also provides many resources to help grasp concepts and techniques to ensure you get a good MCAT score. His resources for CARS are excellent!

    Riddhi

    Riddhi

  • "Theo was excellent as a tutor and was very encouraging and inspiring with his help. Theo provides his unique novel strategies that are tried and tested, and they led to a significant increase in my overall MCAT score! He is very patient when going through problems and gives a very interesting perspective across all sections. I myself struggled initially with timing on certain sections such as C/P and B/B, but he helped me gain confidence throughout our sessions together. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needs MCAT help!"

    Chris

    Chris

  • "Right off the bat, Theo produced a detailed and manageable study plan for me. This helped ease and organize the intimidating workload required for the MCAT. He was also wonderfully accommodating of my work schedule and is incredibly accessible via multiple platforms of communication with a satisfactory turn around time.

    I also benefited from Theo's analytical and tactical approach to addressing the diversity and density of the MCAT. Theo broke every question down to distinguishable question formats based on section and provided tested methods of analyzing not only the passages but the questions themselves via word webs for biology/biochem, umbrella analysis for CARS, etc. I haven't had a single negative experience with Theo and would recommend him to absolutely anybody."

    Jimmy

    Jimmy

  • "Theo has done a great job in helping me organize my studies so that I can confidently feel prepared for the MCAT. Our sessions together are the best use of my time, as Theo teaches me technique after technique and practices with me things you just can’t learn from a textbook alone. It is amazing having a guide like Theo on this difficult road to conquering the MCAT."

    Rachana

    Rachana

  • "A good tutor is a clear subject matter expert, as well as someone who is enjoyable to work with. Theo encompasses both of these qualities. He is competent and dedicated. He truly cares about my progress. Theo understands the beginner's perspective and is able to explain difficult concepts in a way I can understand. Most importantly, I enjoy learning from Theo. I look forward to each of our sessions because I know it will be fun learning experience and that I will walk away much more prepared for my exam."

    Andrew

    Andrew

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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!

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:
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