Med School Shelf Exam Tutoring

Optimize your studying, maximize your score

Medical School Shelf Exam Tutoring


Top Scorers

Our tutors aced their shelf exams. To score your best, you have to learn from the best. In addition to top scores, all tutors have passed our highly selective and rigorous screening processes (and continuous quality control) that ensure the highest teaching aptitude.

Designed for You

No cookie cutter approaches. By accounting for your preferences, goals, and study style, we'll customize the most effective plan for you. Our individualized approach means a better score for you.

Exceptional Teachers

Memorization without understanding is a dangerous trap other budget tutors utilize for quick fixes but poor long term outcomes. Our team is masterful at explaining difficult concepts in simple terms. We'll make sure you have a solid foundation to launch from.


It's not just a matter of knowing the information, but also applying it. We'll help you with test-taking skills, efficient content retention, overcoming testing anxiety, and much more. Your tutor is committed to your success, there to support and guide you.

Serious Results

We're a strong believer that systems produce results. To provide the best results, we implemented repeatable systems and protocols to ensure you get the best tutoring – so you're ecstatic with your shelf exam scores. Your win is our win.

Targeted Feedback

We're all about efficiency and effectiveness. We focus on the weakest areas first in conjunction with establishing foundational principles to build from. This approach allows for rapid and continuous score improvements, without plateaus.

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About Shelf Exams

The third year of medical school marks a drastic transition – gone are the days of the comfort of the classroom setting, and now you must balance clinical work with studying for your medical school shelf exams. By now, you’ve likely already taken USMLE Step 1. The clerkships and each corresponding shelf exam will serve as the foundation for your preparation of USMLE Step 2CK. 

Due to the nature of balancing both clinical and academic responsibilities, students often face challenges as their time is spread thin. Efficiency becomes critical in this setting. Proper utilization of effective learning methods, spaced repetition with active recall, the proper scheduling of practice tests, and securing a foundation of knowledge early on all become essential in the setting of shelf exams.

Students often face resource overload due to the variety of study tools available for each shelf, the best of which vary from rotation to rotation. Proper preparation and execution of the shelf exams leads to a remarkably easier time preparing for USMLE Step 2CK. 

What to Expect

At Med School Insiders, we’re committed to your success. As with any of our services, we painstakingly construct a comprehensive system from the ground up to provide you with the best possible service. We recruit the best tutors, screen them rigorously in a highly competitive process, and ensure they can provide you with the exceptional quality you would expect from Med School Insiders.

Our philosophy is based on the fact that no two students are the same. We relentlessly focused on crafting, testing, iterating, and refining a system that is shockingly effective. That’s why we emphasize one-on-one mentorship and relationship building with your tutor, a diagnostic process to evaluate your areas with the greatest room for improvement, and a custom one-of-a-kind approach hand built for you.

Here’s what you can expect with Med School Insiders Medical School Shelf Exam Tutoring:

  • Customized study plan because no top scores are achieved without a bullet proof plan
  • Recorded sessions for you to rewatch and review if needed
  • Resource selection to reduce resource overload and optimize effectiveness of studying 
  • Top percentiles scoring tutor who excelled on the medical school shelf exams
  • Detailed feedback after each session for continuous improvement and optimization
  • Adaptability for your learning style and needs
  • Flexibility with online video software accessible from anywhere
  • Exceptional tutors who have passed the most selective and rigorous screening processes in the industry

Shelf Exam Tutoring Features

Efficiency & Effectiveness

If there's one thing we're known for, it's efficiency. We relentlessly pursue optimization, and that translates to the largest score increases. Study smarter, not harder.


One size does not fit all. Our powerful video chat platform with whiteboard and presentation modes allows us to adapt most effectively to your learning style and needs.

Planning & Execution

You're only as good as your plan. We don’t do cookie cutter plans – instead we'll craft a custom plan that targets your weaknesses. Then, we'll help keep you accountable.

Surgical Precision

You won't find another service with this level of attention to detail. That's because we have a proprietary systematic approach for each customer that we work with.

How it Works

Step 1. Sign up below. You’ll immediately receive our intake questionnaire to help us begin crafting your path to Medical School Shelf Exam success.

Step 2. Based on the information from Step 1, we’ll pair you with the best fit tutor for your needs. They’ll review your information and familiarize themself with your needs before your first meeting.

Step 3. You and your tutor will hit the ground running from your very first session. Together, you’ll craft a study plan and begin addressing your most pressing concerns.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The clinical years mark a unique transition where efficiency is paramount in order to secure an honors. Earning as many honors as possible will serve you well as you prepare for residency applications. Our tutors didn’t just excel on USMLE and shelf exams, but they also have proven top talent and aptitude in teaching you how to do the same.

After completing our intake questionnaire, we will match you with a tutor best suited for your needs. If you’d like, you can specifically request a tutor and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Yes, you’ll be receiving one-on-one attention from one of our stellar tutors. They haven’t just excelled on their shelf exams, but they also love what they do – helping medical students achieve similar success!

We generally advise against in-person meetings, as travel time, coordination, and logistics are much more inefficient than conducting tutoring online. Our video chat platform allows for virtual face-to-face interaction, white board drawing, screen sharing, presentations, and annotations. Regardless of your learning style, we’ll be able to accommodate you!

Every student is different, and there’s no one size that fits all. We offer a range of packages to choose from to accommodate your needs. For shelf exams, most students opt for 10-25 hours of tutoring.

On your intake questionnaire, you will indicate the best times you would like to be tutored. We’ll assign you a tutor who can accommodate this request. You can then work with your tutor to schedule them at any time, whatever works best for you.

As each student is different, it’s impossible to say. Our customers have been more than pleased (check our ratings). We’re so confident your score will go up, we have a score increase guarantee (below)!


10 Hours Total
$ 2499 249/hour
  • Private 1-on-1 tutoring
  • Personal tailored approach
  • Detailed feedback
  • Custom Study Schedule
  • 1 Hour Admissions Consulting


25 Hours Total
$ 4999 199/hour
  • Private 1-on-1 tutoring
  • Personal tailored approach
  • Detailed feedback
  • Custom Study Schedule
  • 1 Hour Admissions Consulting


40 Hours Total
$ 7199 179/hour
  • Private 1-on-1 tutoring
  • Personal tailored approach
  • Detailed feedback
  • Custom Study Schedule
  • 1 Hour Admissions Consulting

What can we help you with?

We can handle just about anything related to medical school and residency admissions. If you don't see what you're looking for above, please get in touch.