Gabe Ladd – CARS Tutoring

Rate: $135/hour
Free 30-minute intro session
Online Skype sessions

CARS can be one of the hardest sections to improve on your own. You can pretty easily end up stuck and spinning your wheels. You can do passage after passage and feel like you’re getting nowhere.

Sure, it’s easy enough to find random strategies and tips online, but those often don’t help much. Doing lots of passages, tracking your answers, reading the Economist...that isn’t necessarily going to make much difference. If you do 100 passages but you don’t really know what you’re doing then you’re probably not going to get any better!

Sometimes it feels like CARS is some kind of innate talent that you’re either born with or not. But that’s not really true. Ultimately, CARS is a skill that you can learn just like any of the other sections on the MCAT.

I know this because I’ve worked with hundreds of students at all skill levels and seen them make great improvements. Maybe you’ve taken the test once before (or even a few times) and your CARS score has been stuck at the same point. Maybe you’ve done every CARS passage on the market and you’re not sure where to go from here. Wherever you are, I’ve seen it before, and I’m sure I can help you too.

My one-on-one CARS tutoring is largely focused around working through CARS passages together. That allows me to get a sense of exactly where your weaknesses are and how we can best address them. I’ll also assign specific passages to work on and give you additional resources to help you get the most out of those passages.

If you think you might be interested, I always offer a free 30-minute intro session to start off. That gives me a chance to see where you are with CARS and offer some advice. (There’s no commitment involved in booking a free session).

I hold all sessions online through Skype, so you'll need to have a good internet connection and a working webcam.

If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at gabe@redwoodmcat.com or use the contact form below. I look forward to talking to you!

Get in touch

To get started, send me a message and let me know your situation. I can answer any questions you might have, and then we can set up a free 30-minute intro session.

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Reviews

"I tried Kaplan. Didn’t work. Princeton Review. Didn’t Work. Testing Solutions LLC. Didn’t work. Strategies from Student Doctor Network. Didn’t work. Strategies my friends suggested. Didn’t work. Making up my own strategies. Did. Not. Work. I was finally down to my last straw and realized that I might as well try a one-on-one tutor. I came across Gabe after googling CARS tutors and read his reviews. I decided to try him. It worked! I do not believe I could have made a better decision for CARS. Gabe’s strategy finally pointed me in the right direction. With him CARS passages AND question stems made so much more sense afterwards. I went from getting 2/5, 4/7, 3/6 questions right per passage to missing 0-1 questions per passage on average. I felt that Gabe’s strategy works because it is basic and does not have a bunch of the distracting factors that other prep companies include. It allows you to focus on key things, and it has you realize that most passages generally follow the same pattern. He teaches you not to get bogged down in all the details each paragraph throws at you. Working with Gabe lead me to finally feeling like I was in control of my CARS score. I went from blindly guessing on questions, to having a much better intuition of what the correct answer most likely was within weeks. My process of elimination skills became stronger, and my active reading skills and intuition for CARS passages improved. Gabe is calm, enthusiastic, and he listens carefully. I found his schedule to be flexible and rescheduling lessons was easy when necessary. This guy is the Yoda/Mr. Miyagi of CARS. Gabe L. Worked!"

– Ben

"I was 5.5 weeks out from my exam, and my CARS score was genuinely an anchor towards my entire score. I had done at least 400 practice passages by that point, went through Kaplan methods, Princeton Review, Jack Westin, and Khan Academy to no avail. I was so scared that i could never get my CARS score on par with my sciences, and I felt like this section was out of my control. After searching for a CARS tutor, I came across Gabe's profile, and I messaged him, not really sure if my score was able to be improved. Gabe was so friendly, and offered to schedule a session with me asap. He walked me through the passages, and helped me understand where my reasoning was incorrect. More than anything, he gave me confidence in a subject that I never thought I could have. He helped me completely revamp my technique, gave me tips, coached me to read efficiently, and helped me develop a strategy to tackle any passage. 5.5 weeks out, I was at a 124, and all I wanted was a 126. However, Gabe kept encouraging me, saying that a 128 was well within my reach. He guided me, and because of him, I was able to have my own arsenal when going in on test day. I ended up scoring a 128 on the CARS section on my MCAT, and I truly thank Gabe for all his help. He is truly the mastermind behind the CARS section. If you are struggling with the CARS section, know it is possible to improve, and definitely have Gabe as your CARS tutor!"

– Lasya

"I was desperately looking for some help to improve my scores in CARS. Before I met Gabe I was getting ~ 65% of the section correct. I tried many different test prep companies' methods and none of them worked. Few of my friends who already got into top medical schools told me to focus on Main Point/Main Idea but also failed. However, Gabe's method really works! His approach does focus on main idea but after having multiple tutoring sessions with him, I realized that I was doing it wrong all along. Now I am getting ~95% of the section correct and feel super confident about CARS. :) Also, I really enjoy working with Gabe. He is very smart, friendly, flexible on scheduling sessions and mindful of your time. Also it was very helpful to use his materials to go over homework on my own. I would highly recommend him to everyone. If you want to stop wasting money and time, and really want to nail down the CARS, he is the person to go."

– Bernadette

"I was very hesitant about working with Gabe at first because I really needed help with CARS and was not sure if anyone could help me in my situation as I’ve tried Princeton and Kaplan and both of those companies’ strategies didn’t help me. After my first lesson and talking to Gabe I realized that he really could help me with CARS! I worked with him for a month and what he does is he first teaches you his method which is really helpful and then he helps guide you and help polish your utilization of the method by working to help analyze with you on what you need to do to improve. However, Gabe isn’t just an amazing CARS tutor but he also can help give you guidance on scheduling, some guidance on how to study for the content on the exam, and most importantly he helps prepare you mentally for the exam. During each of my lessons I spent like 5-10 minutes towards the end just talking about how I was feeling while taking practice tests or while studying and he helps you sort those feelings out and helps prepare you mentally for the exam. I took the exam recently and while I’m not sure how I did, I was really focused, calm, and in the zone during the exam and I don’t know if that would’ve been the case had it not been for Gabe helping me prepare mentally for this exam. He’s also got a really great personality and doesn’t waste your time. He’s always keeping the lesson moving forward and he’s always open to lessons. He’s also very flexible with how you want lessons to go. He never forces a structure of a lesson on you and he is willing to help you in anyway you feel you need help. Also he’s very experienced with the MCAT and fast. Like whenever I ask a question about CARS and stuff, he doesn’t waste time thinking about the answer as he has so much experience with this material that he instantly responds with an answer. Overall, a great tutor and someone to really consider if you’re struggling with CARS."

– Richard

"When I was first practicing the CARS section, I was approaching the passages with no strategy. I found myself struggling to find a strategy that worked for me, and whatever it is I try seemed to show little to no improvement in my score. Gabe worked with me in doing the AAMC Question packs and his videos thoroughly explained how he approached each passage to help me extrapolate the main idea without drowning in the details or the poetic language that seemed to confuse most students. The numerous hours you will spend watching him dissect these passages will really help you notice a pattern of certain clues that you can use when reading the passage and approaching the questions by yourself. Each session we were able to talk about the difficulties I had and how I could improve my score. Overall, I would definitely recommend him if you're having difficulty in this section, as you will notice improvement even after the first couple of sessions you will have with him."

– Bisher

"Great CARS tutor! What makes him unique is his video explanations he provides for you, with detailed break down of each passage and how he would approach each question. The AAMC gives really bad explanations, so this really helps identify what mistakes you are making and why. Would highly recommend if your having trouble with CARS or even looking for a solid strategy to both effectively and efficiently tackle each passage!"

– Sajan

"Gabe had some very useful advice which I believe would be beneficial for timing issues for the CARS session. It definitely exceeded my expectation since I have been trying to resolve this issue for a very long time. I hope that upcoming sessions will be just as productive. Strongly recommend!"

– Keith

"Very good at explaining CARS questions and helps you learn the process on your own by listening to you and providing feedback on your process. Really enjoyed my lessons with him and would recommend his method to any of my friends."

– Tushar

"Gabe gives you detailed videos that break down AAMC passages step-by-step, making them easy to follow and understand. In his sessions, he goes through the questions you missed and talks through them with you while giving you tips on how to improve. If you're having trouble with CARS, this is your guy!"

– Ally

"His set up worked well and he really gives you information you can't just look up. He also provides videos and these are just as helpful because they're incredibly detailed oriented and he repeats certain concepts to really make sure you're grasping the conversation. Plus he walks you through it to help understand how best to help you rather than just answering your questions."

– Veronica

"He was very helpful in explaining the CARs section to me and working through the answers. He helped me practice and improve my score. He was available on short notice."

– Yvonne

"Gabe has been an amazing CARS tutor. In just a couple of lessons he was able to find my weak points and help me to address them. We have been using AAMC materials to help us with this and I feel that because of Gabe's help I have become a stronger reader and vastly improved in just a couple of months! I highly recommend starting with Gabe because it doesn't take very long to go from below average CARS to doing extremely well in the CARS section!"

– Aboudi

"Gabe really taught me how to approach the CARS section from a different angle. He also helped me take his ideas and personalize them so that I could develop the strategy that worked best for me! He was patient and very knowledgable on every passage that we went over. Taking a few lessons with Gabe has definitely increased my confidence on this section of the MCAT! 10/10 would recommend! "

– Lauren

"Before meeting with Gabe I was running into the CARs battle with no weapons. I tried so many methods. Nothing worked. After the first session I was already seeing a huge improvement. Gabe can identify weaknesses immediately and find multiple strategies to develop your confidence. Gabe focuses mainly on the CARs section but his strategies can also be applied to entire test! Highly Recommend ! "

– Gilbert

Get in touch

To get started, send me a message and let me know your situation. I can answer any questions you might have, and then we can set up a free 30-minute intro session.

Thank you! Your message has been received and I'll get back to you soon!
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