Student Testimonials

Below is a sampling of some of the nice things students have been saying about my tutoring service. These are all unsolicited comments.
Thank you so much for all your positive feedback. (Back to Premed Tutor Home Page)
-Steve Donaldson, UVA Premed Tutor.

Chelsey
Physics
Thanks for your help thus far! I have seen a huge improvement with my learning and understanding of the material. You are a great teacher! :)
Brianna
Physics
Steve, Thank you for all your help & patience this semester! Conceptually, I understood the material so much better when I took the final exam and ended up scoring an 87.5%- (a 20% improvement from my midterm average). I couldn’t have done it with out you and am excited to start medical school in August.
Katerina
Orgo
I cannot thank you enough for increasing my confidence in organic chemistry and taking the time to answer all my questions. I look forward to working with you in the near future. Thanks for everything.
Olivia I
Physics
Hi Mr. Donaldson, thanks for the help this semester, I really think you helped me a lot!
Claire
Physics
Thank you so much for all of your help this year!! I feel like I understand physics so much better now, and my exam scores definitely show that improvement.
Olivia H
Physics
Hello! I hope you've had a great summer so far :) I just had a sudden realization that I never told you, I got an A in PHYS 2020! And you deserve much of the credit because of all of your help. I apologize for not letting you know sooner. I know I am taking orgo II in the Spring, so I am sure I will see you then! Really, thank you so much. I could not have gotten the grades I received in both semesters of physics without your help.
Shefalika
Chemistry
Dear Mr. Donaldson, Thank you so much for your tutoring this year! It really helped me a lot. I look forward to our sessions next semester.
Christina
Physics
Hi Dr. Donaldson, I cannot thank you enough for tutoring me and believing in me. You were one of the best tutors I ever had, and will always be remembered!! I will definitely keep in touch and keep you updated. Again, thank you so, so, so,so much for your kindness, sincerity, and awesome conversations. You will always be one of my favorite mentors.
Katia
Physics
Hi Steve!! I just wanted to thank you for all of your help this year. I definitely couldn't have done it without you. I ended up with an A in physics!! And I will pass your name along to the incoming post-bacc class for this upcoming year.
Josh
Orgo
Steve, I hope you're enjoying your time off. I wanted to let you know, and thank you because I got an A in orgo!! I'm so excited about it, and I can't thank you enough.
Neslida
Orgo
Hi Steve, Hope you're having a good summer so far. Just wanted to let you know I got an A in orgo this semester. Thank you so much for all the help!
Laura
Physics
Mr. Donaldson, I want to thank you for tutoring me this summer. Not only did you help me pass physics, but you motivated me to actually want to learn the material. I really appreciate everything you've done. Thank you so much!
Komal
Orgo
Hello professor, I also wanted to say thank you very much for all your help this semester. I think what I really needed was for someone to break down the material for me and be there to explain why things were the way they were. I really appreciate everything you helped me with! Thank you very much and have a lovely break.
Sean
MCAT
Professor Donaldson, I received my MCAT scores today. I am pleased to announce that I scored in the top 95% percentile (516, this roughly equates to a 36 on the old test). I am hopeful that this will propel me into medical school when I apply. I appreciate all of your efforts and guidance and look forward to seeing you around grounds.
Elizabeth
Physics
Hello! Thank you so, so much for all your help. You are a fantastic teacher, and were tremendously helpful to me. I will let you know as soon as I ace the test!
Alexandra
Orgo
Hello! This is Alexandra. I would love to say how much you helped me! I did so well on the final and in the class. I appreciate your time and true effort to help me understand.
James & Manasi
Physics
Professor Donaldson, Thank you again for all of the help this semester. I wanted to let you know that both Manasi and I received As on our final exam today, and this will likely result in an overall A for both of us in the course. We couldn't have done it without your help. Look forward to working with you next semester. Thanks again.
Kyle
Chemistry
Hey Mr. Donaldson, I wanted to thank you for all your help this Semester. Even after getting a B in first semester Chemistry I was able to pull off an A in the Spring with your help. I really appreciate it and I have already started reading the books you recommended for Orgo next semester.
Marissa
Orgo
Hi Mr. Donaldson, I just wanted to say thank you for all your help with Organic Chemistry this semester. I received an 84.25 on the final and a B in the class overall!! I was very happy with my final grade and would not have been able to do it without your help. Have a great summer!
Sidney
Chemistry
I really do appreciate all the help over the past year. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that had I not had tutoring I would not have made it. The Final Exam grades came in. I passed with what I expect to be average. I'll most likely make around a C+ in the course, which is more than I was expecting. Thank you so much for your help. You're a total life saver! I've already passed your information onto a few other students who will be taking general chemistry next semester. I can't thank you enough.
Kathryn
Chemistry
Just wanted to let you know I ended up with a solid B in General Chemistry. Thank you so much for all your help. I was so happy to get such a good grade.
Hannah
MCAT
Hi Steve! I wanted to let you know that I found out my recent MCAT score and was very happy! I did the best on the physical sciences section, which I also wanted to let you know! Thank you again for all your help over the past year. I hope tutoring is going well and that you are enjoying the semester! Thanks again for all your time and effort!
Caroline
Orgo
Thank you so much Steve, you've truly helped me tremedously and I couldn't have done it without you!
Tim
Physics
Hi Steve, Hope you've enjoyed the break. Again, thank you for your help last semester. Working together provided a tremendous benefit for me and your service is one which I would highly recommend to other pre-meds (particularly non-traditional students).
Rachel
Physics
Hi Steve, I did really well on my physics final last semester so I really appreciate the tutoring!
Alex
Orgo
Mr. Donaldson, I want to thank you for all your assistance this past semester-- I received an A in both organic and organic lab thanks in large part to our tutoring sessions.
Caroline
Orgo
Hey Steve! Just wanted to let you know I ended the semester with a solid A in orgo!! Thanks for all of your help-- I sure feel like its paying off.
Kristen
Physics
Hi Steve, Hope you are enjoying the 'slow' season. I just received my Physics 202 final grade...and I am THRILLED to inform you that I ended up with a B in the course!!!!! I just wanted to thank you for working so patiently with me all throughout the year. You were through the numerous ups and downs, and I cannot thank you enough for all your encouragement. It was what I needed to continue to push through.
Vanessa
Physics
Dear Mr. Donaldson, I want to thank you for all your wonderful help and expertise in teaching this past semester--you truly have a knack for explaining things in multiple ways until the concept "sticks" with a person. Once again, thank you, and take care this semester!
Tim
Orgo
hey, I just wanted to let you know that I ended up getting a 34/40on the final exam and an A for the final grade in the class. I really appreciate all the help you gave me in both the lab and the class.

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