Academic Support & Tutoring

Academic Learning Specialists

The learning specialists assist students with a variety of issues related to academic advising including test-taking, study plans, improving study skills, coping with test anxiety, and referrals for further support. We also help students prepare for the United States Medical Licensing  Exams (USMLE ). Dr. Yvonne Tyler currently serves as the lead academic learning specialist and she meets with Seattle students during Foundations and in preparation for Step 1. Additionally, she serves as a learning specialist for students at all sites as they prepare to take Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS of the USMLE. If you have questions about academic support or tutoring while you are studying for foundations or Step 1 contact the learning specialist at your site to learn more!

Academic Learning Specialists at each Foundations Site:

Regional learning specialists meet with students at their respective foundation sites during MS1 and MS2 years and in preparation for Step 1.

Seattle: Yvonne Tyler, M.D.

Spokane: Jon Hammermeister, Ph.D.; Brittney Haong B.S.

Wyoming: Rachel LeBeau B.S.E.; Tracey Ann Haas, DO, MPH

Alaska: Shannon R. Uffenbeck,  Ph.D.

Montana: Jacqueline Wilson, M.D.

Idaho: Lynda Freeman DHSc., MPH, MBA

Disability Services and Accommodations

DRS: Disability Resources for Students


Tutoring is available to all medical students and is free of charge. In order to meet the needs of our diverse student population, all tutoring is available over Zoom. Ready? To set up a meeting with a tutor, please see the tutoring canvas page tutor list.


General Academic Support

Skills and strategies for succeeding in medical school:

Test taking tips for multiple choice exams: test-taking strategy




Check out these three study calendar ideas that put the learning science into practice.


Step 1 Resources


Step 2 CK Resources


Recording links

Test Anxiety Workshop 2020

ANKI Tutorial



USMLE Updates During COVID-19

Click here to be redirected to the USMLE’s website for the latest announcements.