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Shelf Exams Tutoring

nbme® shelf exams

mastery of a medical material

Expert one-on-one coaching will maximize your potential.

WHAT ARE SHELF EXAMS?

The NBME Subject Examinations are commonly referred to as the NBME Shelf Exams, or “Shelf Exams.” These are a series of subject-specific standardized tests that are administered after the completion of certain clerkship rotations during the third year of medical school.

Shelf Exams are administered on paper or online. Each Shelf Exam is composed of 110 multiple-choice questions, and aims to assess your mastery of the subject-specific material of each clerkship.

Shelf exams play a very crucial role in your major clinical grades, which will be a focus of residency programs reviewing your application. Even if you receive sterling reviews and comments from interns and attendings, you will not be able to earn high marks in each rotation without excelling on your Shelf exams.

Shelf exams are administered on paper or online. They last for 2 hours and 30 minutes and consist of 100 questions each.

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how does it work?

We teach medical students to not purely memorize but we develop you to become independent thinkers as physicians.
Conduct Free Consultation

A customized individual plan to help reach your goal.

schedule tutor sessions

Book sessions with our tutors whenever works best for you.

maximize your potential

Doing more in less time and achieving better results.

Focus on physician-relevant skills and knowledge rather relying on rote memorization and trivia.
Why You Should Choose US?

MSC aims to be your companion throughout your medical schooling journey. This means that we work with you to ensure the best possible outcome, each step of the way. Here are some of the reasons the MSC Tutoring is so popular with medical students :

Package options

At MSC we offer a variety of tutoring packages which include everything from individualized to group tutoring sessions. This allows you flexibility in budget and tutoring style.

Experienced tutors

Our MSC tutors are an elite group of students and physicians who have excelled in both medical school and their careers. Our tutoring staff excelled in their own USMLE Step exams, and continue to excel in their teaching ability and interpersonal skills.

Personalized

You’re matched with the ideal tutor according to the consultation session, added to which the teaching approach is further customized to suit your particular learning style for proven results.

Flexible scheduling

Despite our tutors being in demand, they will make sure that they’re available when it suits your schedule, allowing you to make the most of your study time.

Free premium MSC subscription

When you sign up to our MSC Step 1 tutoring, you gain access to our online learning platform, which includes eBooks, question banks and interactive forums.

Meet your 
medical school companions

Memorization is not enough; understanding is key! Our tutors and instructors teach you what it takes to organize your knowledge so that you can THINK LIKE A DOCTOR!

Melissa Hughes is one of tutors of Medical School Companion

Melissa Hughes

Melissa has mentored dozens of medical students.

Alex Tobias

Passion for medical education and creating a laid-back, non-judgmental environment for learning medicine.

 

Nicole Gousy is one of the trained tutors of Medical School Companion.

Nicole Gousy

Nikki will teach you to study more effectively & give you confidence.

Proven Methods. Better Results.

There Is No Easy Way To Learn Medicine, But The Process Can Be Made Orderly

Our Package Pricing

premium membership to msc
Total access to our e-learning platform included with your Online Coaching purchase!

10 Hour

Package
$ 1425 Total
$142.50 /HR

20 Hour

Package
$ 2700 Total
$135.00 /HR

30 Hour

Package
$ 3750
Total
$127.50 /HR

40 Hour

Package
$ 4800 Total
$120.00 /HR

Try our hourly one-on-one Tutoring

Pay as you go.

$ 150.00 Hour

A 1-hour tutoring session with an MSC-certified coach of your choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Determining if tutoring is right for you can be a unique challenge that requires an honest look at your academic strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes figuring out where you need help is harder than receiving it. At Medical School Companion, we make both as painless as possible. Our tutors are highly trained to be able to determine what aspects of learning, either content or study strategy,  we can help you improve on. Through a FREE 30 minute consultation with our tutoring staff, you can hit the ground running by learning how to study efficiently and effectively. With one-on-one tutoring, you get a personalized academic coach to guide you through those tricky concepts to develop a deeper, stronger understanding of the core concepts tested on exams.

While embarking on tutoring can seem like a daunting task, at MSC we make it easy! First, FREE 30 minute consultation with our tutoring staff. Here, you’ll be able to meet with one of our highly experienced tutors and receive a personalized game plan for how to study, how to proceed with tutoring, and how often you’d need tutoring to master your exams.

At MSC we offer a variety of tutoring packages — everything from individualized to group tutoring sessions. You can check out what we have to offer for individualized tutoring packages here and for group tutoring sessions here
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Yes! You’ll receive total access to our online learning platform, including online courses, eBooks, question bank, and interactive forums with your Online Coaching purchase! Additionally, you’ll gain access to an exclusive community of medical students via an interactive social media platform!

We accept all major credit cards on checkout. We understand how tough finances can be while going to medical school so we also partner with Affirm to allow payment plans. If you have any further questions, please reach out to [email protected]

Absolutely not! After purchasing your package, your tutoring hours can be used whichever way works best for you!

Our FREE 30 minute consultation works by you telling us a bit about yourself! We use that information to set you up with a member of our tutoring team that best fits your needs. During your consultation, you’ll meet with a tutor and they’ll determine how Medical School Companion can best help you, whether it’s through personalized content tutoring, developing test-taking strategies, or creating a personalized study schedule.
We offer a FREE 30 minute consultation where you’ll meet with one of our exemplary tutors to diagnose your strengths, and weaknesses, and come up with a game plan on how to best coach you towards academic success.

You are matched with a tutor based on the information you provide us during the consultation scheduling process. We match you based on what we believe will be the most beneficial to you and your learning style, strengths, weaknesses and where you are in your medical career. However you are more than welcome to request a specific tutor at any time! Here at MSC we work for you!

Our tutors are an elite group of students and physicians who have excelled during their time in medical school and careers. We chose our tutoring staff based on how well they scored in their USMLE Step exams, their teaching ability and interpersonal skills.

A typical session lasts for an hour between you and your tutor and will focus on the specific content of your choice. We teach in the learning style that most benefits you because everyone learns differently. The same content can be taught different ways to different tutees. Regardless, every session concludes with you achieving a goal: a deeper understanding of that topic.

Anywhere and everywhere! All of our tutoring sessions are virtual via video meeting platform, so you can master anything from the comfort of your home!

Absolutely! Part of our duty as tutors is to not only help you understand the content, but also help you create the optimal study schedule that works best for you, using the material and resources that we believe can help you master every learning objective tested in school exams and in the USMLE and COMLEX exams!

As often as you’d like! However we recommend meeting twice a week. This typically creates a well rounded ratio of individual learning, learning and application paired with your tutor, and individual application of what you’ve learned that week.

Yes! Currently we offer packages that incorporate group learning so that you and your friends can master anything! You can find out more information on group tutoring packages here!
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Our goal at Medical School Companion is to be exactly that — your companion through the entire medical school journey. Therefore we tutor for every exam you’ll see in your medical school career, starting from the MCAT, and all the way through clerkship exams. We’re here with you through every USMLE and COMLEX exam.

Yes! Currently we offer a 100 question diagnostic exam for our tutees. When you have your first meeting, we’ll set up your login info for access!

Absolutely! If you want to have your sessions recorded, just let your tutor know and they will record them and send them to you after the session is complete!

Yes! However we believe in our motto “Draw it to know it.” So, you’ll definitely want to create your own notes during your personalized tutoring session.

Send an email to [email protected] and express your interest. We’d love to get to know you!