99th Percentile Tutor and Chief Content Officer for MCAT Self Prep
Wrote/edited MCAT Self Prep's Quizlet cards, Behavioral Science Notes, and CARS passages. Leads Science Passage Strategy Sessions biweekly.
Over 50 students tutored one-on-one for the MCAT since January 2018. Six years of pre-MCAT tutoring, focused on laboratory and social sciences.
Class of 2023 UConn Medical School (BS/MD program).
Graduated with a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Connecticut (UConn).
99th percentile overall, above 90th percentile in all sections and 100th percentile in Behavioral Sciences.
Two summers working full time in a reproductive toxicology lab, and two academic years working in a neurobiology lab.
Redesigned and taught an in-person MCAT course at the University of Connecticut in the spring of 2019.
More About Timothy
My work with MCAT Self Prep began in August 2017, when I wrote the majority of our Behavioral Science Quizlet set. Since that October, I have been working as MCAT Self Prep’s Lead Practice Question Editor, and if you have submitted any feedback on any of our 5,300+ practice questions, you have already heard from me!
When I was first looking at studying for the MCAT, I was intimidated. My BS/MD classmates were talking about spending more than my semester’s worth of wages on online Kaplan classes that lacked live interactions. Knowing I need a mentor more than expensive classes, I worked with MCAT Self Prep’s Founder and CEO, Andrew George, to devise a study plan around my busy schedule and to stay on track. I followed all of MCAT Self Prep’s Course Modules to a “T”, and became a firm believer in our products and methodology after seeing them work first-hand.
When tutoring, I prioritize efficient planning, using comprehension techniques to better understand passages and difficult questions, and the reasoning needed to succeed on the MCAT. Because there is so much content to learn, I almost always build or adjust an already-started study plan with my students in our first session, making sure everything will be covered at a reasonable pace. Lots of AAMC passages and questions can have parts that are difficult to approach, and developing these skills early on is a key part of success. When we can break questions down into their most basic components, have learned the requisite content, and have logic and problem-solving skills to use, the MCAT becomes a much more approachable exam.
Outside of my MCAT and pre-medical student work, I do my best to stay fit and find new ways to compete. I played tackle football for nine years and still volunteer as a coach over the summers. In undergrad, I played intramural sports, took pilates classes, and started lifting seriously in January 2019. To put my MCAT (especially physics!) knowledge to competitive use, I also joined a Quiz Bowl team as the science- and sports-ringer. For some weekend fun, I led my school’s Fantasy Football Club, cook and relax, either with a fun game of cards or playing 2K or NHL on my XBox One.
I can’t wait to work with you and be your friend and mentor as you prepare for the MCAT. Whether you have issues approaching CARS passages, struggle with content knowledge or application, or even just pacing during sections, I can give you my strategies to solve MCAT problems quickly, efficiently, and most importantly, consistently . If you ever have a question about one of our flashcards, I have already solved it and could explain it to you in its most simple terms. I may even throw in a funny story from my various jobs; I have plenty from my days as a hibachi chef, chirashi/poke restaurant manager, or even from my KFC and Taco Bell days! I look forward to talking with you soon!
Hear What Timothy's Students are Saying About Him
"Tim was an exceptional tutor through helping me prepare for the MCAT! He helped me understand several chemistry and biochemistry concepts by explaining to me in detail why I missed certain questions, and pasted helpful charts into my tutor portal to help me grasp the concepts even more. He always had my questions answered in the portal before the tutoring session began and was very flexible with his appointment times. He has a great personality and is very easy to get along with! Tim helped me increase my score by 16 points since my previous attempt at the MCAT last year. He also tremendously helped me with my personal statement and other essays for my medical school applications. He gave me helpful advice of how to rearrange my personal statement and fixed several minor mistakes in each of my essays. Thank you, Tim!!"
"Tim was a huge help for my MCAT journey! I started off like most students do when prepping for the MCAT. I had no idea where to start. Tim along with MCAT Self Prep got me started on a study schedule that was tailored to me. Tim was quick to respond to any questions I had and gave great tips about the test! Over my three-month period of studying I was able to raise my MCAT score by 13 points. I attribute my success to MCAT Self Prep and especially the guidance Tim was able to give me! I would absolutely recommend Tim as a tutor since he did such an outstanding job with helping me prep for the MCAT!"
"Before my first session with Tim, I lacked confidence in my knowledge of the material for the MCAT and ability to break down science and CARS passages in an efficient manner. He gave me tips and tricks to work through passages, and provided easy-to-understand explanations for the questions I struggled with. He is exceptionally knowledgeable about all aspects of the MCAT and wants nothing more than to see you succeed. He goes the extra mile to ensure your understanding, no matter how long it takes. Within a few weeks I felt more confident and was able to increase my score on my practice exam by 9 points. I would, without a doubt, recommend Tim to anyone that needs help on any aspect of their MCAT preparation."
""I reached out to Timothy when I hit a plateau on my full lengths. I needed help to raise my scores and he gave me strategies that enabled me to reach my goal. Timothy was so encouraging throughout the whole process which boosted my confidence. Thanks to his help, I was able to increase my mark by 12 points and obtain a competitive MCAT score. Timothy made a very challenging process much more manageable and I can't thank him enough."
"Before my MCAT prep and after taking my first diagnostic exam, I knew I had to work on my CARS score as it was very low. For me, CARS was an iffy section because I didn't know what I was struggling with since it would greatly vary over time. Luckily, Andrew had just launched his 10 CARS Strategy modules, which was incredibly helpful. I came in with the mindset of taking the MCAT once, so I knew to invest a lot of time and energy into CARS. Looking for a tutor that other students have used for CARS, I came across Timothy. Most of his reviews lauded his ability to help students improve CARS by several points, which is what I needed since I wanted a more focused, tailored plan to conquer CARS. I worked with Timothy for five sessions and they were incredibly useful. The first few tutoring sessions involved going over specific question types I had hard time answering, to which Timothy provided the best feedback and game plan to approaching such question. Towards the end, despite all the valuable intake, my score was not budging (only 1-2 points below my score goal). I poured my stress about CARS to Timothy and he came straight to the rescue to develop a last-minute, high yield approach to securing those points. What made Timothy stand out was that he is incredibly responsive, goes out of his way to create a solid plan to go over CARS mistakes, and accurately analyzes your weaknesses in CARS, helping to tweak your approach to perfection. Because of Timothy, I was able to improve my CARS score by ~5 points before Test Day!"
"I definitely recommend Tim as a tutor! He not only simplifies concepts but he makes sure you understand the material thoroughly. He also helped me to be more confident in my test taking skills. He takes the time to create an individualized study plan and makes studying more fun. It was one month until my MCAT but with Tim’s help, I was able to increase my score by 8 points! If you want an MCAT studying experience that is more fun and personalized, Timothy can help you reach your exam goals! "
"I started tutoring with Timothy after attempting the MCAT once. On my first attempt, I really struggled with CARS and this was reflected in my score on that section. Working with Timothy helped me immensely to improve my reading and comprehension skills and gain a better understanding of how to better prepare myself for the CARS section. Before I started tutoring with Timothy, I would sometimes encounter passages where I would get nearly every associated question wrong because I really struggled with both digesting the passage and eliminating incorrect answer choices. After just a few weeks of working with him, I saw a dramatic improvement in both my confidence when I would encounter these types of passages and my ability to find the correct answer. This improvement really continued up until my second test date and I left the exam room feeling much better than I did the first time around! Overall, Timothy was extremely professional as a tutor but also consistently made me feel like there was someone in my corner rooting for me. "
"I started working with Tim 2 months before my test date. Prior to working with him, my studying was unstructured and I felt offtrack. Tim helped give my studying structure and was helpful planning my study schedule. My CARS score improved by 4 points and I scored a 511 overall after 5 sessions of working together. I've used Kaplan books in the past, but his teaching style is very personal and is sure to improve your CARS score. Also he is a great aid in strategy for the MCAT. He helped highlight selections and improved the way I approach questions. He also helped me with Physics and enzyme kinetics. Overall I am very satisfied!"
"I highly recommend Timothy Nolan as a MCAT tutor if you are looking to make real gains in your MCAT score. Timothy was always exceptionally well prepared for our sessions, and I never doubted that he was giving me accurate and valuable information and advice that would improve my score. I had both in-person and online sessions with Timothy and was very pleasantly surprised with the online experience. Timothy always made sure I truly understood what he was explaining before moving on, but he also kept our sessions moving at a good pace so that we could cover everything. Tutoring with him was invaluable to my studying, to be able to review content and questions I struggled with one-on-one with someone who has an unparalleled understanding of MCAT content. Over three months of working with him, I saw my score increase from a 509 to a 515 on test day!"
"After taking the MCAT once and struggling with the Chem/Physics section, I decided to use MCAT Self Prep and their tutor Tim for my retake. With Tim's help, my Chem/Physics score increased by 4 points before test day. Tim is extremely knowledgeable and is able to provide clear explanations for difficult concepts. If I wasn't grasping a concept, he would present it in multiple different ways until I had a solid understanding. He is also great at helping you break down tricky passages from all sections. Tim was essential in helping me plan my study schedule - especially a month out from my MCAT, where he helped me pinpoint what resources I should use and how to best spend my time to ensure I was prepared on test day. Tim is very personable and makes each session enjoyable and fun, he was invaluable to my MCAT study journey and I would HIGHLY recommend him as a tutor! "
After having taken five years off after undergrad, I embarked on the self-study journey of preparing for the MCAT. I did not find MCAT self-prep until the last phase of my studying, nevertheless working with Tim the month before my test proved to be invaluable. Tim is an incredibly encouraging tutor, and even though I did not feel prepared, his positivity and faith in me kept me going. Given our short span of timing working together, Tim provided test taking tips, study tips and helped clarify concepts with external links and thorough written explanations. He is down to earth, relatable and made the process of MCAT studying actually enjoyable. My only wish is that I had found MCAT self-prep and Tim’s tutoring services sooner. He is honestly the best!
"Tim was an exceptional tutor and the best I've had up to this point. He goes above and beyond to make sure he is available around my hectic schedule and he was always prepared. He explained concepts in multiple different ways to solidify understanding and account for the different learning styles of various students. He isn't afraid to admit when he is unsure about something and will even follow up with an answer after researching it. Tim is both funny and personable, yet very knowledgeable and patient, which makes him a great tutor for anyone who has the privilege of working with him."
"Tim is a great tutor! He always comes prepared, on-time, and ready to go for every session. He was a huge help in answering questions that I would have otherwise just skipped. And he worked with my schedule to make sure we could fit in every session before my test date. I would highly recommend Tim as a tutor because on top of his extensive MCAT knowledge, he is patient and easy-going and overall enjoyable to work with."
"Timothy is an amazing tutor, mostly due to his ability to simplify complicated concepts so that they can be understood by essentially anyone willing to learn. General chemistry seemed daunting to me, and I was struggling until I was paired up with Tim. He is very patient and genuinely wanted to see me succeed in a subject area that wasn’t first nature to me. Instead of just giving answers, he took the time to walk through problems step-by-step and explain why the answers made sense rather than just showing how to get them. By putting meaning behind the work we were doing, I feel as though he significantly improved my problem-solving skills, and I found myself able to systematically work through types of problems that I had never even seen before. Timothy is very fun to work with, and his belief in my abilities absolutely contributed to my success. I cannot recommend him more highly for anyone looking for the confidence and knowledge base to improve their MCAT score!"
"Timothy is a great tutor and I would most definitely recommend him for his ability to teach concepts. I was struggling with some of the anatomy-based concepts (kidneys especially) and he was able to break down passages and problems for me and taught me how to do the same. His methods really helped me gain a better understanding of the subject. He does not just tell you the answers or ask leading questions like some tutors do, but he takes his time and explains things slowly to make sure I totally grasped the material behind the questions. He has a pleasant personality and is fun to work with, and I would highly recommend him if you're looking to boost your MCAT scores!"
"Timothy did a great job honing in on the gaps in my knowledge and making sure I felt confident in my understanding. He is enthusiastic about subject materials and finds interesting comparisons and examples, so his explanations leave a lasting impression. I highly recommend Tim if you are looking to improve your confidence and knowledge base by test day!"
"Timothy has been great because he is always prepared and has learned how to best explain things to me. After a few times working together, Tim and I had a good system where I could tell him what I need to focus on ahead of time, and he would come ready with explanations that went deep at the root of my issues. He gave great examples that made the tougher parts of physics and psychology make intuitive sense to me, instead of just answering one question and moving on. He would even encourage me to explain sticking points back him to make sure I really, really understood one concept before we moved on. Tim is so accessible and fun to work with!!"
"I've really enjoyed working with Timothy. He always came well prepared to our sessions so that they were as efficient as possible-- seriously, we never wasted a minute. He is also super flexible with his scheduling times and he even agreed to meet urgently one night when none of the scheduled appointments worked with my schedule! I think you would benefit from his hands-on teaching approach where he talks out the problem with you in order to help you see exactly where you went wrong. "
"It goes without saying, that’s Tim role in my MCAT career went beyond that of a tutor. He was my MCAT ROCK! From our first phone consultation to out last session, Tim has encouraged me to not only reach for new heights, but also acknowledge all my achievements, big and small. I have ADHD and needed a tutor who could empathize with my rather unique MCAT challenges, testing accommodations, and test prep needs. One such challenge was scheduling. Tim took the time outside of our planned sessions to review the schedules I had crafted, addressing every module and mastery course I had planned out. I am still waiting on my score, but I know that because of Tim’s diligent work and infectious enthusiasm I am a better MCAT-prep student, test-taker, and aspiring physician."
"One of the biggest challenges I faced was not knowing how to review endless amounts of material and strategy on practice exams. On mini exams and full lengths, I was struggling with timing and breaking the 500 barrier consistently. I met with Timothy a couple months before my test date and he helped resolve these shortcomings. Timothy laid out a perfect weekly study plan and realistic goals to complete each week. I felt encouraged by his enthusiasm and desire to see me succeed and conquer the MCAT. Timothy knows how to teach to your understanding and is always willing to go above and beyond to make sure you understand concepts. I was so impressed by the amount of preparation he put in our tutoring appointments even before the tutoring appointment started. One topic we focused on a lot was specific strategies for tackling problems on practice tests. After applying and practicing the strategies, I got 10 points higher on the next practice exam I took the following week. Working with Timothy has been a great blessing, and you will find that your goals are very achievable with his help."
"Although I was not understanding concepts at first exposure, Timothy was so patient with me and I can't thank him enough for that. My score improved significantly after working with Timothy. What made the most difference was Tim being honest with me in what I had to focus on first and be able to plan ahead with my grad school schedule. Tim is personable and uses easily understood analogies to explain concepts. It was generally easy to schedule appointments with Tim, and most importantly, Tim was always prepared to start each tutoring session. During these many months of studying, I made the choice to continue with my other commitments of research, tutoring, weekly volunteering, and speaking at conferences while I was studying for the MCAT. Although this may have been detrimental to my study schedule, I always had amazing guidance with Tim. Tim was definitely able to accommodate his teaching style to my learning style and pace of learning so that made a huge difference for me."
"Timothy was an excellent tutor, he provided flexible hours for tutoring sessions. I work a full time job so it was great that he offered evening hours on both week days and weekends. Timothy's strong suit was not only knowing how to explain complex problems in multiple ways to help me understand them, but also looking at how I was doing on my practice tests and understand a root problem and helping me address the issue. This came in handy when I was consistently doing poorly on my chem/phys section despite continuous studying, Timothy took one look at my exam and found the overarching problem, he saved me hours of useless directionless studying and was able to help me direct my studying toward more useful information. He also helped explain concepts that had previously been extremely difficult to me, I went from getting almost all my physics questions incorrect to getting 70% correct on my AAMC practice questions. He also thoroughly prepared for each tutoring session, to the point that I now have a wonderful study guide from his notes. Timothy has the perfect personality for a tutor, he is the correct amount of honest and optimistic, which is a wonderful combination when studying for the MCAT. Timothy's expertise was invaluable for my studying. "
When I started tutoring, I learned different techniques on how to improve my CARS score. CARS is a section I constantly struggle with on the MCAT and the CARS strategy course paired with tutoring helped me to improve my CARS score. While doing the CARS passages, Tim really helped me walk through the passage to understand it better and explain why the correct answer choice was correct and how to best apply those techniques I read about.
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