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Vince K.

San Diego, CA

$195/hr

GRE prep by the author of Barron's 6 GRE Tests and GRE Vocab Capacity

Background check passed as of 2/21/13
Usually responds in about 2 hours

GRE prep by the author of Barron's 6 GRE Tests and GRE Vocab Capacity

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Hi! I’m Vince. 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.

I’ve always known I was good at taking tests, but until I moved here, I had never thought of teaching them professionally. After I started working as a test-prep tutor for McElroy Tutoring and saw that people like Brian McElroy had made careers out of tutoring standardized tests, I realized that test-prep could be a real job. Plus, I found that I really enjoyed helping people figure out the test-prep process.

So, since 2008, I’ve been working full-time as a tutor. I’ve written several test-prep books and I take an official GRE four times 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.

Unlike most tutors and classes, I do not cater to all students. I specialize in working with people who are high-achievers and who are self-responsible. If you’re smart, hardworking, and self-motivated, I’d love to work with you.

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 internationally via Skype. 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.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Marlene, Vista, CA on 9/10/13

"AWESOME TUTOR"

- Claire, San Diego, CA on 8/14/13

"Great Tutor!!"

- Joanna, San Diego, CA on 3/19/13
Business:
GRE
Test Preparation:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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GRE

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.

Vince’s Resources

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Last year, I decided to take an official GRE. To be honest, the main reason I took the test was to see if I could get a perfect score (bragging rights!). But I also wanted to get more familiar with the test - the GRE only provides one computer test and one paper test (the new version of its study guide will have four tests). So I paid the fee and scheduled a test. Preparation: I didn't... read more

Boston College
English Literature

Education

Boston College (English Literature)

Great tutor! — 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 no ...

— Marlene, Vista, CA on 9/10/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $195.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Vince will travel within 0 miles of San Diego, CA 92121.


About Vince

Hi! I’m Vince. 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.

I’ve always known I was good at taking tests, but until I moved here, I had never thought of teaching them professionally. After I started working as a test-prep tutor for McElroy Tutoring and saw that people like Brian McElroy had made careers out of tutoring standardized tests, I realized that test-prep could be a real job. Plus, I found that I really enjoyed helping people figure out the test-prep process.

So, since 2008, I’ve been working full-time as a tutor. I’ve written several test-prep books and I take an official GRE four times 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.

Unlike most tutors and classes, I do not cater to all students. I specialize in working with people who are high-achievers and who are self-responsible. If you’re smart, hardworking, and self-motivated, I’d love to work with you.

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 internationally via Skype. 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.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Marlene, Vista, CA on 9/10/13

"AWESOME TUTOR"

- Claire, San Diego, CA on 8/14/13

"Great Tutor!!"

- Joanna, San Diego, CA on 3/19/13
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Education

Boston College
English Literature

Education

Boston College (English Literature)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of San Diego, CA 92121

Vince’s Subjects

Business:
GRE
Test Preparation:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Vince’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Vince. View all of Vince’s resources

Last year, I decided to take an official GRE. To be honest, the main reason I took the test was to see if I could get a perfect score (bragging rights!). But I also wanted to get more familiar with the test - the GRE only provides one computer test and one paper test (the new version of its study guide will have four tests). So I paid the fee and scheduled a test. Preparation: I didn't... read more


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