I found Divine through his vodcasts—a classmate recommended his IM shelf review, and when I watched his videos, I realized he explained concepts in a way that made sense to me. I really needed to raise my Step 2 score and, relieved to see that he offered tutoring, I reached out. I heard back from him within hours, and we set up a consultation. He is very approachable and I appreciated his direct-but-kind way of assessing my learning style, scores, and approach to standardized testing, which made me feel that I could be open with him and accept constructive feedback. At my medical school, there is minimal structure, minimal didactics, and exams are intentionally designed not to be reflective of board exams (if you can believe it). This is really detrimental to someone like me, who assimilates information in an intuitive fashion (MBTI – N) and can see where every answer choice in a question could be correct under certain circumstances. I knew that an important missing piece of my study and approach was STRUCTURE. After meeting with Divine, we identified that I needed to solidify my fund of knowledge, to better organize what I knew and to devise a study schedule that clearly laid out review topics and practice exams. I also needed a sound, replicable study strategy, practice executing it, and to be held accountable. Divine was able to help with all of these elements, and I was able to raise my Step 2 score 38 points over my Step 1 score in just 6 -7 weeks. That said, if I could do it again I would start working with him earlier (e.g., at least 12 weeks out) as there is much benefit to consistently reviewing his study materials and practicing his strategies to the point that they are your default when stressed and tired in actual exam. Not only did I improve on my Step scores, but also achieved my highest Shelf score ever on the Family Medicine subject exam—widely accepted as the most difficult. Additionally, I was able to use what I learned from Divine’s lectures and our tutoring sessions to advocate for work ups on patients that led to correct (and life-saving) diagnoses on more than one occasion during my sub-internships. I was able to confidently and knowledgeably discuss patients and their pathologies with patients, their families, residents and attendings, which helped me make a good impression on those whose opinions matter professionally. The Divine Intervention podcasts, vodcasts, one-on-one tutoring sessions, NBME practice exams, and UWorld (though minimally so) were the only tools I used to prep for Step 2 CK and the last few Shelf exams. We also spent a session each on personal statement writing and Step 2 CS prep, which I passed. There are lots of resources available, but what I have already described, coupled with reading Up to Date and other articles on the wards, really streamlined my prep and helped me do well. As a kinesthetic and auditory learner, it was hard for me to find ways to engage with the material I needed to know, especially when I learn best by seeing patients who have the pathologies I need to learn. Working with Divine did not specifically help with the kinesthetic learning aspect, but being able to listen to his videos and podcasts as well as reviewing his notes while working out or walking made a huge difference in getting the information to stick. The auditory repetition also helped. His fee is not inexpensive, but it was worth every penny in my mind. Even if I had not achieved the score I was looking to on Step 2, it would have been due to my inconsistency in applying Divine’s test taking strategy, not a failure of the strategy itself—when I use it, it works. In fact, in this case I still would have worked with him for Step 3 because I believe in his method that much, and am planning to start prep with him early in my intern year.
-4th year medical student.
I found Divine when searching for shelf review podcasts at the end of my 3rd year. I felt that he led comprehensive review sessions that hit on the major high yield topics! I would definitely recommend watching these as a complement to UWorld question prep. I also participated in a one-on-one tutoring session with Divine 2 weeks prior to my Step 2 CK exam. We went over high-yield test taking strategies that I used during the exam! They helped me narrow down the answer choices on the curveball questions. He also identified areas of weakness in my content review, so that I could focus on those areas prior to test day. I improved over 40 points between my Step 1 and Step 2 CK Score. Thank you Divine!
4th year medical student
Divine is an amazing teacher. He has a variety of resources that are easy to listen to and has concise board relevant material that is incredibly high yield. I remember taking Step 2 CK and saw so many questions that were word for word what he said would be on the test including obscure pharmacology. He is a great tutor and will identify strengths and weaknesses in both subjects as well as test taking strategy. One of the best uses for the tutoring service is learning test taking strategy which improved the way I thought about what the test takers would want. Furthermore, utilize the service for the NBME questions since he knows all the answers and will explain subjects that the test creators consider the highest yield. Amazing person and kind too.
-CM, 4th year medical student
A friend told me to listen to Divine’s high risk podcasts. I did and I was impressed with his presentation of the material. I decided to utilize his tutoring services. His explanations were clear and I was able to sit my USMLE step 2 CK exam with great confidence! I am extremely happy with the score I received and I know it was because of a Divine intervention!!! I can’t say thank you enough!!!
I am an international doctor, and I had never heard of people close to me trying tutoring before. After taking Step 1, I knew I needed to increase my score on Step 2CK to make my residency application more competitive. I had read some posts about USMLE tutoring and luckily ran into Divine’s website. Having these one-on-one sessions with Divine was so worth it. I was surprised with the results given the relatively little time I spent with him. My step 2CK score was in the 95th percentile with 6 weeks of studying in total and one session per week with Divine, which is less time than is usual for international students/doctors. I strongly believe that my Step 2CK score was a great boost for my app and helped me get more interviews than I first expected. Divine helped me set up a study schedule for Step 2CK with a focus on resources that were tailored to my learning style. He helped significantly with improving my test taking ability with a regular focus on how strategy could help with easy and difficult NBME questions. This changed everything, including the way I approach tests up to this day. What I learned during those sessions also helped me with studying for Step 3 where I scored in the 99th percentile (also after working with him for a few weeks). Going through my wrong questions on the NBME assessments with him taught me how to think like the test makers and make the most of my knowledge base and prevented me from getting questions wrong in those 50-50 scenarios were I would typically pick the wrong answer. I cannot thank him enough and will forever be grateful. I am also glad I got to meet him online since he is not only an A+ tutor and one of the smartest people I know, but he is so kind and hardworking and genuinely wants to make you a better version of yourself. Recommend 100%!
– AP, International Medical Student