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I work forty hours each week, plus twenty or more hours of overtime, so I needed someone who could accommodate my hectic schedule. I was also at a crossroad in my life and wanted to retake the GRE. I needed someone to inspire me to success, so I searched “high and low” for a tutor and found Brandon. To prepare, I met with Brandon for approximately four months at his West Bloomfield residence. Brandon has a special gift. He is able to simplify information and to adapt it to an individual’s needs. He is also able to adjust his lesson plans to help his students to avoid frustration and to reinforce positivity. My hesitation at times was completely unwarranted, because Brandon always exceeded my expectations. I was constantly reassured that I was making progress and now the improvements are quite obvious. Brandon helped to increase my understanding of quantitative reasoning (logic, arithmetic, algebra, and geometry) and qualitative reasoning (vocabulary, sentence completions/equivalencies, reading comprehension, and essay writing). My performance on the GRE greatly improved as a result. Not only have these changes given me the opportunity to be successful at the graduate level, but I have also been able to take advantage of my new found confidence for a recent job interview. I am extremely hopeful of the results. I thought I was seeing Brandon to improve my GRE score, but now I understand that Brandon has helped to change the way I approach my life. I now study smart, instead of “hard,” and have regained the confidence to believe anything is possible. I consider myself very fortunate to have received his assistance, and any student will be thrilled to have Brandon as his/her tutor!
Thank you so much for your kind words, Rene! It was an absolute pleasure assisting you with your GRE preparation. I am elated that you benefited from our interactions much more than just with your studies. I am also excited that you passed your job interview and will be starting the new position soon. Good fortune with your relocation and with all of your future endeavors!
I recently completed a six week accelerated university calculus course, and choosing Brandon as my tutor was probably the best decision I could have made. I was never the best student when it came to mathematics, so in result, I knew I needed a great deal of attention. Brandon was very patient throughout the entire duration of the course. We met at his home for at least 4-8 hours/week to go over my assignments. Every hour of our time together was very useful, and my grade went up to a 4.0 very quickly. I was also extremely stressed about this course, but Brandon increased my confidence in my ability to grasp the materials. He also made an effort to accommodate my need to meet whenever I needed him, which was reassuring. My tutoring experience with Brandon showed me that anything is possible with practice, application, and hard work. I couldn't have gotten to the point where I am today with my calculus course without Brandon’s help.
It was a pleasure assisting you with your accelerated calculus course, DeVaughn. Now that you have completed the course, I am confident you can appreciate how much work it is to manage accelerated mathematics and science courses.
That being said, you responded very well to my instruction and scored much higher than your peers (according to the online statistics); you should be very proud of your results, because calculus causes difficulties for many students.
I wish you good fortune for the future, DeVaughn. Thank you for giving me this opportunity!
3) Brandon will text several times an hour and get annoyed if you don’t text back timely. “Hello!” You must rate him with 5 stars and you must do it on his timeline. That is very important to him. He will continue texting you until you have fulfilled his wishes. 4) Brandon creates dependency. This ties into his ideal schedule being three hours, twice weekly--whether you need it or not. It’s important to me for my kids to listen in class and try it on their own--after all, I paid for the class. I bet it’s much easier for these kids to do the work with Brandon sitting right there to help them through it. That will work and the kids will make the grade, but that does not promote independence or confidence. That’s not what I was looking for. 5) Scheduling was a nightmare. It didn’t matter once or twice a week, 2 or 3 hours, if you are thinking you can depend on 4:30 to 7:30 on Tues. (just saying) forget it. He can’t do it. Everyone has changing schedules and he’s busy trying to crunch the times together so he can fit more people in and have a life too. Some sessions were changed 3 times during the week. Keep in mind that the traffic in that area is heavy almost all the time so if you want to be timely, start early. I’m flexible and don’t mind the changes, but I’ve also had the pleasure of a consistent schedule. If you would like to cancel a session a week ahead of time, get ready for grief. He may tell you what he told me, that it compromises the integrity of his business. If you are looking for a good tutor, Brandon knows his subjects and can relay that information. Sadly, I choose to live without the drama. After the first session, I asked my 14 year old about his session. He told me Brandon said, “You tell your mom good things about me and I will tell her good things about you.”
Again, I am sorry this situation overall was not positive for you. I want to provide helpful information in hopes that you will feel better about your experience. I always ask parents and/or students what could be improved before they leave feedback for our sessions (star ratings and/or reviews). I want my services to improve with time, and this gives me an excellent opportunity to learn from those I serve. You and I did this on a few occasions and always reached an understanding. I appreciate your patience and willingness to assist me with this endeavor. On occasion, scheduling has been challenging this summer, because I have had a few students coming and going due to camps, summer vacations, and personal emergencies. I have not experienced as much of this in the past and apologize for any inconveniences. During the school year I dedicate weekdays, until 9:00 pm, and both Saturdays and Sundays to my students; I want to provide as much flexibility and availability as possible. I also have a 36 hour cancellation policy listed on my profile, so cancelling one week ahead of time has always been sufficient. The only time cancellations impact the "integrity of my business" is when they occur less than 36 hours before our scheduled times. I believe you are referring to the few times this occurred. My work is very important to me, so I must enforce this policy to sufficiently accommodate all of my students. By the way, after my first session with Joe I stated, "I will definitely be putting in the good word for you, so I hope you will be putting in the good word for me as well." I said this, because your son is extremely intelligent for his age, and I was thoroughly impressed by his abilities. I wanted to let him know he did an excellent job and to verify that he was satisfied with my coaching. I'm glad that he was, because he and I accomplished great feats together after that time. Dan passed his Calculus and accelerated Physics courses, Joe passed the first half of his Honors Algebra 2 placement examination with only six weeks of instruction, and I taught Joe almost all of introductory mechanics this summer solely through my own efforts. In my opinion, this is a job well done. I also consider both of your sons exceptional people and believe they will continue to be successful in the future. Good fortune to you and your children. If you would ever like to discuss this situation further, please contact me. Thank you for this opportunity.
Brandon tutored my two sons, ages 14 and 18, in the areas of physics, algebra 2, and calculus. Both sons reported that Brandon was good at teaching these subject areas and I wish that was all it took to make a good working relationship. I have concerns in several areas and I would like to bring them to light. 1) Brandon saw both my sons in his home and usually there was no one else present during their sessions. When I asked him if one son could wait for the other, he told me there was nowhere for him to wait. I was never comfortable with this set up and will make sure future tutors meet in public places or I have access to them during the session. 2) Brandon tutors for a living. No matter the level or subject, I believe his preferable schedule is 3 hours twice a week--so get ready for that. It’s a house payment. I question the necessity for that intensity. For my 18 year old, I needed Brandon to clarify material my son didn’t understand after he completed his homework--at least attempted it--before the test. Brandon’s schedule was tight. He could only see my son on Tuesday when the homework was assigned on Monday and due the following Monday--before the test. You know what happened. My son did his homework as Brandon watched, and Brandon--in his wisdom--concluded that one day a week was not enough for my son to succeed. ((That is not tutoring, it’s babysitting.)) He wanted to add a day--Wednesday. One day, Friday or Saturday would have worked well for us, as my son could have had a chance to attempt completing his homework and had the opportunity to ask questions before the test. I expect that if your student attends class, takes the opportunity to ask the teacher questions, and he does his homework, he will not need more than 2 to 3 hours a week to clarify the new information. Part 2 is posted on my other son's account.
I am sorry you do not feel this was a positive experience overall. I always try my best with parents and students and am usually extremely successful. I have accepted this situation as an inherent part of my work and only wish for it to improve. Every student, with whom I have met through Wyzant, has met at my residence. I am able to offer extended hours and a quiet learning environment. There are almost always family members at home, and this is why I could not allow Dan to wait for Joe inside my residence; my family deserves some privacy and has household responsibilities. These necessities make it difficult to fulfill such requests, and this is the reason I offer live streaming video. I did not know you felt uncomfortable with our arrangement until now, and had I known, I definitely would have tried to work with you. Most of my students meet for 2-4 hours/week. Dan was enrolled in university calculus and physics courses simultaneously. He was also enrolled in an accelerated (six week) physics course. These were the only reasons for needing to meet 5-6 hours/week for a couple of demanding weeks and 3-4 hours/week for more manageable weeks. In fact, Dan and I did not meet at all for a few weeks per his request, and even though I did not believe this was advisable at the time, I respected his wishes. Additionally, I always actively engaged both of your sons with their studies. I am a natural teacher, so it is really impossible for me to watch someone else work without trying to help. I almost always have something to offer and work extremely diligently to serve my students and their parents; I love what I do and take great pride in my work. I wish you and your children good fortune. If you would like to discuss this situation further, please contact me. There is nothing more I would like than for you to feel as though this was a very positive experience. In my opinion, it definitely was. Thank you.
Brandon does an excellent job on simplifying Physics and integrating material learned in the classroom with homework. Glad we found him.
Brandon was instrumental in helping my son integrate Physics and Algebra to reach that "A-ha" moment he was not finding with his teachers. I appreciate Brandon's ability to identify the gaps in knowledge and curriculum and develop a plan for success. I highly recommend Brandon and will seek out his services as my son moves on to college!
Very happy! Thanks, Brandon!
Thank you for your positive feedback, Deb. It has been a pleasure assisting your son with his mathematics and physics. I look forward to helping him in the future as well. Enjoy your summer!
I enrolled in the Kaplan GRE course over the summer, and after finishing the course, I still did not feel confident with the quantitative portions of the GRE. I contacted Brandon to ask for his assistance. I worked with Brandon for a period of about 3 months. With Brandon’s help, I was able to improve my score by 7 points. He also helped me to earn a 5.0 on the issue and argument essays. Moreover, Brandon is very personable, and I enjoyed our conversations a great deal.
I'm glad you were able to earn the scores you needed, Matt! I thoroughly enjoyed our interactions as well and wish you good fortune with all of your future endeavors!
Brandon has helped our son, a junior, with Precalculus. Max has gone from a C- to 100% and 90% on the last two tests! Brandon is also tutoring Max to help him improve his ACT scores. Max's composition teacher grades the ACT compositions. She had all her classes do a ACT composition in preparation for the ACT test. She called Max and one other student to her room after school last week to complement them as the only two students to score a perfect 100% on the ACT composition. Thanks Brandon for your very organized and focused tutoring.
It's wonderful to hear that your son has already received such positive feedback for his efforts, Julie. He has responded very well to my instruction, and I look forward to similar experiences in the immediate future! I am confident that together we will further improve his Precalculus grade this trimester, ensure high marks in his Precalculus and Physics courses next trimester, and increase his ACT performance for subsequent retakes (he seems to have already perfected the writing portion). Thank you very much for this opportunity!
Brandon has been very patient. The assignments for AP Physics have been very difficult and apparently beyond what will be needed for the AP exam. He has worked very hard to explain the concepts, and help in the understanding and completion of the homework assignments. Update: Matt passed both his AP Calculus and AP Physics classes with A's. He also passed AP exams for Calculus BC, Physics C: Mechanics, and Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, getting 12 college credit hours. Thanks Brandon, you were a big part in helping him succeed.
I always appreciate when I receive updated feedback from students and parents, Elaine. I am ecstatic that Matt was able to perform so well in his course and on his AP examinations. He is an extremely hard-working young man, and it's awesome to see it pay off. I wish you and your son the best fortune moving forward. Thank you!
I was in the process of applying to graduate programs for Occupational Therapy when I contacted Brandon. To qualify, I needed to improve my GRE scores. Brandon and I met at his house for approximately two months, and during this time, he helped me to substantially increase my performance on the verbal and quantitative portions of the exam. With our combined efforts, I was able to score much higher than what my prospective programs requested. I am very appreciative of Brandon’s efforts and strongly recommend his services to anyone needing help with the GRE. Brandon is well-prepared and knows what he is doing. The entire experience was an absolute pleasure!
Thank you very much for the feedback, Rich. I definitely enjoyed our time together and am elated that you benefited so much from our interactions. You have what it takes to be very successful in graduate school, so please keep me informed of your progress!
Brandon is a really great tutor. He is always prepared and great at teaching. I highly recommend using him as a tutor.
Thank you very much for your feedback, Natalie. It is a pleasure assisting your son with his Probability & Statistics course at MSU. He is doing very well so far, and I look forward to more of the same in the immediate future!
For my algebra courses Brandon has been extremely helpful in helping me understand the different concepts that I am working with and helpful solutions to further my understanding of the material. He has saved me time and helped alleviate the frustration that I typically associate with Algebra, much better than the instructors I have had.
Thank you for the positive feedback, Nicole. It is a pleasure assisting you with your mathematics curriculum. I'm elated that you find our sessions enjoyable, because I do as well. I look forward to helping you create even more success!
He is an excellent teacher and thanks for help in the AP Physics.
You're quite welcome, Naseem. Your son is a very intelligent and hard-working young man. I am confident that he performed well on his AP Physics B examination. This entire experience has been an absolute pleasure. Thank you for this opportunity!
Brandon helped me with my Honors Physics course at Andover. We met at his house, and his office/study was always comfortable and quiet. We covered a wide-variety of topics including kinematics, gravitation, conservation of energy & momentum, electric fields & light etc. Brandon provided the content and structural that was missing from my course at school, so I fell much more confident about my understanding of physics and mathematics. I also feel much more prepared for AP Physics C next year and look forward to receiving Brandon's support for that course as well. Brandon definitely has the answer for success, and I highly recommend his services. This has been a wonderful experience for me, and you will be thankful you chose to receive his assistance!
It it a pleasure to assist you with Honors Physics, Ben. You are a very intelligent young man, and I see very positive experiences for you in AP Physics C next year. It will be my honor to assist you with that curriculum as well. Keep up the good work!
I met with Brandon at his home in West Bloomfield for help with my AP Physics B class. We met in a very quiet and comfortable environment. Brandon always helped me to feel relaxed and confident with my studies. I enjoyed my time with him, because he seemed to really care about my success (he was patient, friendly, attentive, and hard-working). Our sessions were a lot of fun and very useful. Each week he helped me with my WebAssign homework, made sure I understood the underlying mathematics, and gave me more problems to practice. I understood his instruction much more than the instruction I had been receiving at school. I now have a better understanding of mathematics and physics and a much higher grade in my AP Physics B class. I will make sure to mention you to my friends and family, Brandon. Thank you for your help!
Justin, your comments flatter me! Thank you for your kind and descriptive words about our interactions. You responded very well to our sessions, and I'm elated that you have found more success with your coursework. Keep up the good work, and I wish you good fortune on your upcoming AP examination. Thank you!
Brandon has reached my son at a level that his high school physics teacher never could. Suddenly, my son is coming home saying, "I get this, it all makes sense now!" What a wonderful sense of confidence he is developing. Thanks!
Thank you so much for your positive feedback, Pat! You must be proud to have such an inspired young man as a son! It is a pleasure to assist him with his physics curriculum, and I look forward to more positive experiences in the future!
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