July 11, 2017

Tutoring Profile: Zachary Reinstein

MCAT Score: 100th Percentile (Scored Above the 97th Percentile in Every Section)

Undergraduate GPA: 4.00

Undergraduate Studies: Molecular Biology Major with a Minor in Chemistry

Medical Education: Applying/Interviewing for MD-PhD programs; Currently Receiving Secondaries for Top-10 Schools such as Stanford and Johns Hopkins

Special Expertise: Practice Question Writer and Editor for MCAT Self Prep and Testing Solutions; Scored 99th Percentile or Higher in CARS, Biochemistry/Biology, and Behavioral Science Sections; Significant Chemistry/Biology Lab Experience

In-person Availability: Although most of Zachary’s sessions are conducted online via video call, he is currently available to meet with students on campus at BYU.


More About Zachary

Hi! My name is Zachary Reinstein, and I am very excited to start working with you toward a top MCAT score. I love biology, I love research, and I love medicine. My hope is that as you study for the MCAT with me, not only will you get an amazing score, but you will develop a greater love and understanding for the human body.

Because of my varied interests, I currently applying to be physician-scientist at several institutions throughout the United States, and I am already receiving secondaries from top-10 schools such as Stanford and Johns Hopkins. This is a long track, but it will provide me with the tools I need to run a research lab and cancer clinical trials in the future.

Studying for the MCAT required a lot of self-discipline, but the tools from MCAT Self Prep and the guidance of my tutor kept me on track to succeed at a fraction of the cost that many of my friends paid for comparable programs. I was personally tutored and mentored by MCAT Self Prep’s Founder and CEO, Andrew George, so I am well acquainted with the MCAT Self Prep approach to conquering this test. I also have over a year and a half of experience as a volunteer tutor for chemistry and biology. As we study together, I will provide you with the same tools I used to get a top score, allowing you to reach your MCAT goals.

Beyond studying for the MCAT and doing research, I love to do a lot of things for fun and to keep busy. I swim to stay in shape, and I go camping and hiking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. I also enjoy going to concerts in order to unwind a little bit. I have one younger sister who is starting college this year and happens to be a genius. Oh, I also lived in Africa for two years, which was pretty cool. Tutor with me and I’ll tell you about the time I saved my Congolese friend from being eaten by the hyenas!

I am excited to get to know you and help relieve the stress for you surrounding the MCAT. Feel free to contact me using the form below, and we can set up a time to do a free 10-minute phone consultation. I hope you sign up to tutor with me!




Student Testimonials

Hear what Bethany has to say about her experience tutoring with Zachary: “Zach always made himself available to help me and was willing to work with my schedule. He would break things down and explain them in a way that I could understand them. If I didn’t understand something right away, he was patient and worked with me until I felt confident in my understanding of the material. I would highly recommend Zach as a tutor for the MCAT.”



McKenna had a stellar experience with Zachary as her tutor: “I would recommend Zachary Reinstein as an MCAT tutor to anyone. While he has a depth of knowledge far beyond average for the undergraduate level, he is patient and good at making the complicated approachable and understandable. As my tutor and mentor he was constantly asking me follow-up questions to help me make connection to concepts that I already knew. Zachary is fun to talk to, patient, and approachable without compromising skill and knowledge.”



Amanda found Zach to be especially knowledgeable on the subject of chemistry. Here is her opinion regarding her experience working with Zachary: “I was very impressed by his patience, kindness, ability to explain difficult concepts and willingness to help me in ways we both thought were most effective. I was also very impressed with how knowledgeable he was. No matter the level of difficulty, he could always help me to solve problems despite having taken the class a year earlier. I would highly recommend him as an MCAT tutor.”



Colby was especially impressed with Zachary’s ability to explain difficult concepts. Here is what he has to say: “Zachary was an excellent tutor. He was able to understand concepts I could not and then he was able to explain then in a relatable way that made sense. Zachary was helpful in that he was able to simplify complicated procedures. He was punctual and dependable as well. His knowledge was sound and therefore he could teach me well. I recommend Zachary for MCAT tutoring.”



Breanna found Zachary to be especially personable and understanding: “Zach was always willing to accommodate in order to fit my schedule. He took the time to figure out what my individual learning style was, and broke things down visually to help me better understand difficult concepts. He never made me feel bad about having to repeat something and made sure I understood the material before moving on. His patient and compassionate character makes him a perfect candidate for an MCAT tutor!”




Frequently Asked Questions


How is the MCAT Self Prep Tutoring Program different from other MCAT tutoring services?

MCAT Self Prep offers the best prep for the best price:

Best Prep: MCAT Self Prep only hires tutors that scored in the 95th percentile or higher on the new MCAT with most of our tutors having scores in the 100th percentile. While many prep companies are willing to hire anyone who did somewhat decent on the exam, MCAT Self Prep holds to its high standard of excellence. And unlike other tutoring companies, you can view each of our elite tutors’ bios in which you can view testimonials from their past and current students. Because we are so confident that you will have the best experience, we stand behind our Money-Back Guarantee.

Best Price: Our prices cannot be beat. We are so confident that you won’t find a lower price that we have a Lowest-Price Guarantee. If you can find a tutoring package with a lower price, we will match it! While most MCAT prep packages out there cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, we are committed to giving you the best possible price with tutoring sessions starting at just $49.99 each!

What is a typical tutoring session like?

Unlike other tutoring services, the MCAT Self Prep tutoring service is focused on providing you with 100-percent individualized tutoring focused on helping you overcome your weaknesses to achieve a top MCAT score. Our tutors never reuse lesson plans, and will focus all of their attention on your unique needs. In order to accomplish this, your tutor will provide you with the following for each tutoring session:

  • 30-minutes offline expertise. During this time, your tutor will look over the questions in your study portal (a Google Doc shared between you and your tutor) and input explanations, photos, articles, and even videos. This way, you won’t need to take notes during the session, and will have countless references to study from after the session.
  • 30-minutes online expertise. During this time, you and your tutor will meet via video call in order to discuss and adjust your study plan, help you understand the questions you input into the study portal, and teach you the key strategies you need to boost your MCAT score.

This video will also provide you with a visual overview of what to expect:

I need help with the CARS section. Can your tutor help me with that?

All of our tutors are qualified to tutor for every section of the MCAT, including the CARS section. In fact, MCAT Self Prep’s elite tutoring team is under contract to professionally write CARS practice problems for Testing Solutions, and all of our tutors scored above the 95th percentile on the CARS section. For this reason, our elite tutors understand the CARS section inside and out, and can help you develop the skills and confidence you need to tackle this challenging section.

How often will I meet with my 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. After each session, you will be able to choose any available tutoring slot from your tutor’s online calendar, whether that slot is two months from now or two days from now. You choose the time that works for you! This gives you extreme flexibility.

Is there any way to meet in person with my tutor?

Most 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. The online study-portal shared between the tutor and the student allows your tutor to prepare detailed explanations to all of your questions. You can continue to access and refer back to these detailed explanations after your tutoring session is over. Also, the online, interactive white board allows both the tutor and the student to draw out their thoughts when necessary. Last of all, students really enjoy the fact that they can visit with their tutor without having to ever leave their apartment!

Some of our tutors are available for in-person tutoring, however, and you may discuss the details of this with your tutor. None of our tutors are required to meet in person with their students and even if you are currently meeting in person with your tutor, you are not guaranteed to receive all of your tutoring sessions in person. Our tutors are often applying to medical schools or currently attending medical school and may need to relocate or travel at any given time.

How do I start meeting with a tutor?

To start meeting with your tutor, simply choose your desired tutoring package below and submit your secure online payment. Upon receipt of your payment, we will send you a link to your tutor’s calendar and you will be able to schedule your first session immediately.

What materials will I receive as part of this tutoring program?

The MCAT Self Prep tutoring program is not a prep course, but rather a premier private tutoring program that supports students in their unique situation. For this reason, you will not receive any prep books, practice problems, or materials when you sign up for a tutoring package.

The only exception to this is that students who sign up for the MCAT Self Prep Deluxe Pro Plan will receive exclusive access to every MCAT Self Prep study material as well as three private tutoring sessions with MCAT Self Prep’s Founder and Head Tutor, Andrew George.

Can I try before I buy? Is there any sort of money-back guarantee?

There are two ways for you to experience the MCAT Self Prep tutoring program without making a full commitment to a larger tutoring package:

(1) Free 10-minute Phone Consultation. You will be allowed to have a free 10-minute phone consultation with one of our elite tutors. During this time you can ask any and all questions you have regarding the tutoring program. After gaining an understanding of your unique needs and situation, your tutor will be able to help you know how the tutoring program will work for you and help you achieve a top MCAT score.

(2) Our Money-Back Guarantee. Both our Tutoring Packages and our Deluxe Pro Plan are covered by a Money-back Guarantee. Simply click the links for more details.

Do you offer a Higher Score Guarantee?

While some test prep companies will promise you a higher MCAT score, we do not believe in offering such guarantees for several reason:

(1) Most guarantees out there simply promise you that you can retake their online course for free if you fail to get a higher score. But, why would you want to study in the same way with the same company if it didn’t work the first time? Such guarantees are pointless, but are simply a gimmick to get you to sign up. There is so much fine print that makes the guarantee simply lip service at best. We do not believe in such marketing tactics.

(2) Unlike other companies that limit your access to their program for a year or even six months, we offer full lifetime access for all of our Pro Plans. Your access will never expire.

(3) Such guarantees can make students lose their sense of responsibility for their MCAT score. Students that work diligently  in our program, perform well. Students that slack off will fail to succeed no matter what program they use.

Can I defer my payment or pay in increments over time?

Yes! Using PayPal Credit, you can postpone your payment for up to 6 months without paying any interest, and you can even spread out monthly payments over a period of up to three years! Getting approved is extremely easy (if you have a credit card or some sort of credit history) and only takes a few seconds. To use PayPal Credit, first apply for PayPal Credit, then instead of selecting “Proceed to Checkout” when making your purchase, simply click on the button that says, “PayPal Credit.” Click here for more information and FAQs on this payment option.

NOTE: If you are a new user to PayPal, you will need to follow this detailed guide for making your first purchase using PayPal Credit.

I am a low-income student and am worried about being able to afford private tutoring. Will I be able to afford this?

Here at MCAT Self Prep, we believe in making MCAT Prep affordable for all students. This is why we’ve created our free MCAT Prep Course, the only free MCAT prep course of its kind. Some students may need more help than our free course offers, but still don’t have the money to afford private MCAT tutoring. If you are worried about paying for a private tutoring package due to dire financial circumstances, we will be able to work out an option that works for you. Please keep in mind the following:

  • MCAT Self Prep offers the best price around. Kaplan charges $266 an hour to work with a tutor that barely scored in the 90th percentile. All our tutors scored above the 97th percentile and sessions start at just $49.99!
  • PayPal Credit makes it possible for you to spread out your payment over time. Using PayPal Credit, you can postpone your payment for up to 6 months without paying any interest, and you can even spread out monthly payments over a period of up to three years! Getting approved is extremely easy and only takes a few seconds.
  • We care. If you are in true financial need, please speak with one of our tutors, and we will figure out something that will work for you. We are committed to making a high MCAT score possible for everyone no matter their financial situation.

When do I need to pay for the program?

You will need to purchase your desired tutoring package before your first session. If you are unsatisfied for any reason before your third session, feel free to take advantage of our Money-Back Guarantee.

What if I end up needing more sessions? Can I upgrade to a bigger package?

Of course! You can upgrade at any time. For instance, let’s say you purchase a ten-session package at a price of $74.99 per session, and after completing 5 sessions you realize that you want more tutoring sessions. At this point, you can upgrade to the 20-session package. If the 20-session package has a rate of $64.99, we would apply that to the remaining 15 sessions, saving you $10 on each of the next five sessions!

And let’s say you only want a few more sessions. You can purchase additional sessions at the same price per session as the original package that you purchased. For instance, let’s say you purchased a 5-session package at $84.99 per session, and you end up needing one extra session. Once you’ve used your five sessions, you could simply make an additional purchase of one session for $84.99.




Zachary Reinstein: Tutoring Packages