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Boston College (English Literature)
Hi! I’m Vince, and the only thing I offer on Wyzant is GRE prep. I would be happy to answer any questions you have about the test - even if we don't end up working together.
I’ve been working full-time as a tutor since 2008. I’ve written several test-prep books (including Barron's 6 GRE Practice Tests and GRE Vocab Capacity), and I take an official GRE twice a year to stay current. I’m an expert on the material (170V 166Q), 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, empathy, patience, and adaptability. I enjoy hearing about my students’ successes and I have a genuine desire to see them do well.
My bio: 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, it eventually dawned on me that life would be much better without wet, cold, five-month-long winters. I moved to San Diego in 2007 and I live in the Kensington neighborhood.
GRE prep with Vince: Unlike classes and courses, all my tutoring is tailored specifically to you, so that we can accomplish as much as possible using as few hours as possible. For students close to their score goals, I teach more strategy than skill. For others, I also help close the gaps in their foundational knowledge. I can make a better prediction about how much work is needed once I see your practice test scores and meet with you. It’s my opinion that the reasoning and foundational skills I teach will help students not only with the GRE, but also with graduate school and beyond. Committed students will improve their adaptability, critical thinking, and ability to evaluate their assumptions.
Most of my clients live in the San Diego, CA area, but I’ve also worked with students in other parts of the country and even internationally via Skype and Scribblar (an online whiteboard). My office is in the UTC area of San Diego.
In addition to tutoring, I support a couple of causes: Promises2Kids – which helps foster youth pursue higher education – and Y.A.L.L.A., which helps refugee children. In my spare time, I like traveling, reading The Economist, watching (and sometimes doing) improv comedy, and rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots.
Ready to get started? Email me to set up a free half-hour consultation. Hi! I’m Vince, and the only thing I offer on Wyzant is GRE prep. I would be happy to answer any questions you have about the test - even if we don't end up working together.
I’ve been working full-time as a tutor since 2008. I’ve written several test-prep books (including Barron's 6 GRE… Read more
I am applying to graduate programs in December, so I took the GRE in August. Although I scored well in verbal and analytical writing, my quantitative score was a painful 49th percentile, below the schools' minimum requirements. I saw Vince for 5 sessions. Over the month, I learned a lot about myself as a test-taker. Although my math knowledge improved through the process, my primary problem was not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of test-taking skills and strategies. I learned how to approach the test in a more beneficial way, and I also learned about quicker, more efficient methods for solving particular types of problems. After one month of tutoring, I retook the test and got 75th percentile for quantitative, higher than the requirements. Vince is also a very nice and patient person -- a pleasure to work with. I definitely recommend if you need standardized test help.
I came to Vince after I attended USD for test prep and took the GRE. He was my last hope at trying to get a good score.
I couldn't have made a better choice. This last year working with Vince for GRE test prep and essay prep for the statement of purpose was the best decision. I recommend coming and working one on one with Vince then taking a class. Really learn the strategies better and get more practice!
He not only is a tutor, but a mentor and a friend. He is so patient and really wants you to do well.
My score improved after working with Vince. I also used him for essay help. He came up with great ideas with structuring and what I should write about.
The result was getting accepted to SDSU's MBA program. I couldn't be happier since it was my first choice on schools. I know I couldn't have done it without Vince. Thank you again!
After studying for the GRE on my own for months with no improvement, I decided to get a tutor. I am so glad I was able to find Vince to help me. I primarily spent time with him working on the Verbal and Analytical writing sections. After only four sessions, Vince helped me to boost my verbal percentile score by over 10%. He also helped me obtain an almost perfect analytical writing score. He is very good at teaching effective strategies on how to approach the test questions and break them down into pieces that are easier to understand. Thanks to him I am very happy with my final GRE scores and plan to sign up again with him soon to start working on my personal statement.
I couldn't have asked for a better tutor. I chose Vince to be my GRE tutor initially because he was close to my house and I was impressed that he had written GRE books. Vince is not only brilliant, he is a very patient teacher and skilled at what he does. I took the GRE twice and Vince helped me to identify all of my strengths and weaknesses. Because of his help I scored 9 points higher and surpassed my goal. There are cheaper tutors in San Diego but trust me when I say he is worth every penny. Go with Vince!
Vince is a great tutor! He was willing to work around my schedule to meet on a one-to-one appointment in order to assist me in any way to improve my GRE score. He meticulously created a study plan that involves enhancing my vocabulary and mathematical skills. In fact, he provided specific resources that are easily accessible and straightforward to understand. Furthermore, he helps you identify your weaknesses and strengths in order to further develop specific areas that have room for improvement. The fact that he recently took the GRE and scored in the 90th percentile says a lot!! Highly recommend!! Met with him recently and already learning a lot!
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I offer only one thing via Wyzant: GRE prep. Here's an overview of how I see it all working:
1. Baseline. First, let’s figure out where you’re starting from. To obtain a real score, a student must complete an official practice test, timed strictly.
2. Goals. You’ve gotta want it. Also, it really helps to know exactly what “it” is so we have a target.
3. Foundation. My scintillating advice will only take you so far without conceptual knowledge. Once I show you how to build foundational skills, I hope you’ll do so consistently on your own to save time.
4. Technique. I teach specific, step-by-step techniques for all the questions you’ll face on the real test. I also teach test-taking and time management technique.
5. Practice. Once you know what you’re doing, you’re ready to practice – using authentic practice material (i.e., material written by the test’s publisher).
6. Review. Once you leave my office, your work has just begun. Analyzing, re-doing, and explaining previously done questions will make you much better at answering new ones when you see them.
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