Hi! I'm Vince. Send me an email, and I'll send you my GRE math videos and info about books, planning, and the big picture.
I grew up in Connecticut and completed the honors program at Boston College, graduating with a B.A. in English literature. After living in Boston for many years, I eventually realized life would be much better without five-month-long winters! I moved to San Diego in 2007, and I live in the northern part of the Pacific Beach neighborhood.
I have been working full-time as a tutor since 2008, and I've co-written Barron's 6 GRE Practice Tests and GRE Vocab Capacity (both available on Amazon.com). I'm an expert on the material the test covers, but I think that my coaching style is more important. I combine a rigorous approach to learning the foundational skills and techniques necessary for mastery with friendliness, patience, and adaptability. Also, I continually work on getting better at what I do. I love hearing about my students' successes and I have a genuine desire to see them do well.
In addition to tutoring, I volunteer for a couple of causes: Promises2Kids - which helps foster youth to pursue higher education - and Y.A.L.L.A., which helps refugee children. In my spare time, I like to run, hike, play sports, and appreciate how nice it is to live in a place where I can walk outside without worrying about the weather.
Test Prep with Vince
I offer personalized coaching for the GRE. I also help with graduate school admissions essays. Sessions take place in my Pacific Beach office.
There are several things I think about when beginning to work with a test-prep client:
1. Baseline. Knowing where a student is starting from can help determine how much work is needed. To obtain a real score, a student must complete an official practice test, timed strictly.
2. Goals. If a student has something to aim towards, she is more likely to reach that goal. It can be helpful to have a certain score in mind, or a certain goal school. Student motivation plays a crucial role.
3. Foundation. Most students need to build reading comprehension, vocabulary, math skills, grammar and punctuation skills, and writing skills. The earlier this kind of work begins, the better. Students can do a lot on their own in this area after I give them some direction.
4. Technique. I teach specific techniques for most question types that are designed to give students a process that they can use when they take the real test. I also teach test-taking and time management technique.
5. Practice. Once a student has good technique, he is ready to practice - using authentic practice material (i.e., material written by the test's publisher, ETS).
6. Review. Much can be learned from dissecting questions whether they were answered correctly or not. Identifying what was being tested and the appropriate method to use on the question is instructive, as is determining what can be learned from the question to apply to future questions.
The amount of tutoring required depends on a number of factors, but in addition to meeting with me, it's important that students work on the test on a continual basis.
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