Save Money on Tutoring
When your GPA is at stake, shelling out money for tutoring is one of the wisest investments you can make towards becoming the most competitive applicant that you can be. But tutoring expenses can add up very quickly — here are a few ways to cut costs.
Get the smart kid to tutor you for free
You can find free tutors by keeping your eyes open and being social in your lectures and discussion sections. Use the first few weeks of class to identify the students who are crushing the assignments, then get to know them.
Misery loves company — Most students like to have homework and study partners to help motivate them to work, and the smart kids might be able to coach you for free as you study together. Remember to return the karma — if someone goes out of their way to help you, repay them in coffee/food/car rides/favors.
Use student tutoring services
Student tutoring services are super affordable. The cost is around $10/hour — incredibly cheap in the tutoring world — and the quality of tutoring can be excellent if you find the right tutor.
Here’s the most helpful trick: If your tutor sucks, get a new one right away. Don’t be afraid to hurt anyone’s feelings — Your learning style won’t mesh with every tutor, so shop around until you find the best match.
Another big important tutoring pointer that will save you money in the long run: Get help as soon as you think you need it. Don’t wait to get help! If you wait too long, you might not have enough time to get the help you need and your desperation might lead to huge tutoring expenses or a bad grade that could delay your application to medical school.
Save Time on Extracurricular Activities
It’s tempting to take on lots of different extracurricular experiences you’re serious about medical school, and all of that volunteering eats up precious time. But is more volunteering always better? Definitely not.
Medical schools are more impressed by leadership positions, so one high-level position at an on-campus organization is more impressive than five low-level memberships.
Save time and impress medical schools this year by becoming heavily involved with fewer organizations. You’ll get dozens of opportunities to lead other students, opportunities that will shine through on your application.
Save Money on Your Medical School Application
If submitting your medical school application or taking the MCAT are financial burdens, apply to the Fee Assistance Program offered by AAMC. They can waive application and test-taking fees if you qualify. Make sure to apply for the Fee Assistance Program before you take the test or submit your application.
Stay on Top of Your Medical School Application
Saving time and money is a smart priority for you, but don’t forget to stay on top of medical school application this year. Keep your application timeline in mind and anticipate any upcoming admissions requirements well before you need to complete them.
Do you know your chances of acceptance, and how can you improve them this year? Take my free admissions assessment to see how you can improve your chances of acceptance in eight different areas. The results of the assessment will guide you throughout this school year.