Teaching the MCAT for Kaplan
June 5, 2013
This quality time with other awesome Kaplan instructors has also sparked a common question, “How did you start teaching for Kaplan?” which is incidentally the focus of this week’s blog post.
My story involves initially taking a Kaplan class in 2006 for the last paper and pencil administration of the MCAT. I took the class and subsequently the test and scored above the 90th percentile which is the cutoff for applying to become an instructor for Kaplan.
I didn’t even consider becoming a teacher until 2009 when my roommate, who did marketing for Kaplan (shout out to Katie W.), mentioned that there were some openings for ACT instructors. I applied, went through teacher training and quickly became an ACT teacher. From there I cross-trained in MCAT almost immediately, since there is frequent demand for a passionate MCAT instructor. The rest is, as they say, history.
Why am I telling you this? Well, when I was in your shoes, I never dreamed that I could become an MCAT instructor. However, it has turned out to be an incredibly rewarding, stimulating and challenging experience for me. The best part is that I get to help people conquer one of the obstacles on their path to achieving their dream of becoming a doctor. Interestingly enough, several of my former students have actually become Kaplan instructors themselves. If you love the MCAT, I encourage you to consider applying.
Please hit me up if you have questions about working for Kaplan or how awesome my job really is (hint- it’s pretty awesome).
Emily has been a teacher for Kaplan for over six years; she's taught MCAT, ACT, SAT, SAT2 and tutored pretty much every subject under the sun in both the classroom and live online (aka Classroom Anywhere) settings. She's also worked for Kaplan in content development and teacher mentorship roles. Emily is currently a second-year medical student at the University of Colorado and is hoping to go into Pediatrics. She's involved in many campus opportunities such as being a Prospective Student Representative, admissions committee member, CU-UNITE member, and co-president of the Education and Teaching Interest Group. Prior to medical school, Emily got a BA in Biochemistry and Spanish from Lawrence University and a Masters in Public Health- Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing, baking, playing tennis and exploring her new Colorado home.