Frequently Asked Questions
How much do you charge? Are there discounts?
Our standard hourly rate is $250 per hour, with discounts of up to 20% off for packages of multiple hours. Our detailed rate information is available on the "Pricing" page. Students who receive need-based financial aid from their medical school may also be eligible for additional discounts through our need-based pricing program, which students can apply for through our "Pricing" page as well.
How can I pay for my lessons?
We accept all major credit cards and PayPal. If you would like to pay for your package over time, you can opt to use PayPal Credit to pay over 6 months with no added fees (subject to approval by PayPal). Most students choose to purchase a package of multiple lessons in order to establish a longitudinal relationship by working with the same tutor and to be able to strategically plan out the use of their sessions based on their goals.
How can I learn more?
Explore the "About" page of our site to learn about the exams we specialize in and how we help students succeed. Get to know our Pros on the "Pros" page and explore our tutoring package options on the "Pricing" page. If you still have questions after exploring our site, you can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click on any of the "Free Consult" buttons to schedule a free 15-minute phone consult with one of our experts.
Do you ever do in-person lessons?
We only offer online lessons, as both our students and pros find this to be much more and convenient and effecient (given that almost all study resources students use are digital or can be used as a PDF). Additionally, because the exams we help students prepare for are computerized, online lessons better take advantage of the fact that context can improve recall. For online lessons, we use a video conferencing application that allows us to share and annotate our screen, greatly enhancing your learning experience.
What the benefits of working with USMLE Pro?
Do you offer free trial lessons?
Due to high demand, we are unable to offer free trial tutoring sessions. We do offer free 15 minute phone consultations, during which time one of our experts will provide personalized advice on your study plan and help determine if tutoring is right for you. We will also advise you on the most appropriate tutoring package for your goals, test-taking history, timeline, and learning style. You can click the "Schedule Consult" option in our menu to schedule your free phone consult. You can opt to purchase a single session at the hourly rate prior to purchasing the tutoring package that best meets your needs.
How many lessons will I need?
Most students meet with their tutors once or twice a week for one or two hours, with once weekly sessions during the pre-dedicated period and twice weekly sessions during the dedicated study period being the most common option for USMLE students. Our 40-Hour Tutoring Package is our most popular option, but students looking to make very large score improvements, those with prior failures, or those looking for longitudinal tutoring for multiple exams are more likely to choose our 80-Hour Package.
Are you accepting applications for new tutors?
Yes! We are one of the fastest-growing medical education companies and we are currently looking to add more highly-qualified tutors to our team of independent contractors. Applicants should have USMLE scores of 250 or higher, and significant prior teaching experience, and a passion for education and helping students succeed. To apply, please fill out the form at: www.usmlepro.com/apply
How do online lessons work?
We use a video conferencing program that allows for annotation of shared screens and whiteboard capabilities. Our online lessons are very similar to in-person private tutoring, but allow for greater scheduling flexibility and convenience for both the student and pro. As shelf exams and the USMLE are computerized exams, we believe online private lessons are superior to in-person tutoring for these exams, given what is known about the effects of context on recall.
How are students paired with pros?
During your free phone consult or after you book a package online, one of our experts (our founder or Chief Medical Tutor) will recommend the pro who best matches your individual learning style, test-taking history, exam goals, and timeline. While purchasing a package does not commit you to working with a particular pro, almost all students stay with the pro initially recommended to them by one of our experts. Many of our students have developed longitudinal relationships with their pro, and appreciate having a consistent source of support through Step 1, shelf exams, and Step 2 CK.