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California State U--Fullerton (Engineering)
Duke University (A.M) & University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (M.A.) (Master's)
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (PhD)
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Most of my students want to raise their scores on standardized tests like the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, and ASVAB, but I tutor other subjects such as math, history, and reading and writing skills.
Why I should be your tutor
The experiences of my most successful students can help you determine whether I am the best tutor for you. A good number confess that they had not previously done particularly well in school. Almost all, however, started out with fairly specific goals, such as achieving the minimum test score required for admission to a university or branch of the military.
Without exception they also entered our partnership totally determined to meet those goals, and made time to do the requisite work. Also without exception they exceeded their own expectations, typically with dramatic results. I can't work miracles if you don't put in the necessary hours of study; no tutor can. But if you are a serious-minded person who will put in four honest hours of homework for every two-hour meeting, then I'm your best choice to help achieve your goals as efficiently as possible.
My background ...
... is mixed. I have a B.S. in engineering, and for several years I worked as a design engineer. When I entered graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in history, I got a part-time job as an instructor for one of the big test-prep companies (You get two guesses which one!). I started out teaching the GRE, but soon branched out to other tests, including the LSAT and GMAT. My association with that company lasted more than a decade, during which I was named Regional Teacher of the Year. I also spent three years as a teacher trainer and teacher supervisor.
I've taught dozens of courses, mostly about history, at major universities as well. Altogether, my former students number in the thousands, of whom I've tutored nearly two hundred. I've published several articles and a book, and have guested on radio and television programs as an authority on the history of radio. I served four years in the U.S. Navy. Finally, some of my students suggest that I should mention that I am a Jeopardy! champion.
What should you know about test-prep courses and tutoring?
You've probably been considering a course offered by one of the test-prep corporations. And indeed, that option works well for many people; but not everyone, which explains why the “average” student who takes a test-prep course raises his or her score by no more than ten percentile points.
But average students don't take these courses; real people do, and each brings his or her strengths and weaknesses to the classroom. If you have forgotten everything you learned in high school algebra, a test-prep course will likely overwhelm you because you'll have to re-learn several years of math in just a few weeks. Conversely, if you already are scoring well in math, you'd still have to pay for lessons that can scarcely alter your overall score. Furthermore, test-prep corporations impose limits on the maximum time a teacher may hold “office hours,” so don't expect more than an hour or so of personal attention per week. Finally, as John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” Students often realize—after they've paid their tuition—that other important obligations conflict with the classroom schedule.
By contrast, I will adjust to your unique situation. After assessing your strengths and weaknesses, I'll focus on only what you need to learn. If your target school, for example, has pronounced your math skills adequate to guarantee admission, but only if you beef up your verbal skills, then we'll work almost exclusively on verbal skills. And while I'll strive to help you achieve your goals as efficiently and quickly as possible, we will take as much time as required (and not a bit more) to do the job. I'll also continually monitor your progress and adjust your study program as necessary.
Also, I will conform as much as possible to your schedule; usually I can meet with students almost any time of the day or during any day of the week. Finally, if, say, a family or work emergency takes you away from your studies, or you just can't avoid taking a long-planned vacation, we'll strategize how best to minimize the negative effects of such an event. You'll never have to worry about what you missed in class during an absence.
My students continually teach me to be optimistic. Of course, if I think that you can't meet your goals, I'll tell you why as kindly as possible. But students far more often underestimate rather than overestimate themselves. They misunderstand how the test is designed and what the test is supposed to evaluate, and thus they aim only a little higher than what they have been scoring recently. That's where I come in. Using knowledge about the ins and outs of standardized tests, and a careful assessment of your intellectual and psychological strengths and weaknesses, I'll set you to working efficiently towards the score you actually deserve, not the excessively modest one you would otherwise have settled for.
What can you expect?
My former students would say that actual work determines success far more than any other factor. One LSAT student, for example, began at the 40th percentile and hoped only to end up around the 60th or 70th. After a few months, though, she was scoring above the 90th percentile and applying to top-tier law schools. I recently tutored an ACT student who made comparable progress in less than three months. Two of my best GRE students initially could not explain negative numbers. Indeed, one could not even add two-digit numbers. Both are now attending prestigious graduate schools. Students who follow my guidance rarely fail to exceed their original target scores, and they almost always exceed those targets spectacularly. Half price for first two-hour lesson! Money back if you don't want a second lesson!
Most of my students want to raise their scores on standardized tests like the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, Read more
First hour free. $40/hr for ASVAB.
My experience with Gary has been a positive one. I would recommend Gary for help with any standardized test. Gary has a wealth of standardized testing knowledge. He shows up on time and is understanding and personable. I am still working with Gary to reach my target goal and have full confidence together it will be achieved.
Gary has been valuable in teaching my 11 year old son strategies that help him with reading and writing. Even though it has only been a few weeks of Gary's help, we have seen an improvement in my son's performance.
Gary helped me realize that I should be aiming a lot higher for goal score and that math is not an insurmountable beast.
Gary reached out to me as a tutor immediately and was available the same day for GMAT tutoring. Without a doubt, Gary's tutoring helped me get into the first class business school of my choice. He has exceptional knowledge of test-taking strategies and was able to convey those strategies in an effective manner that allowed me to dramatically increase my GMAT score. Gary was always professional and on time. I highly recommend him!
Gary is obviously highly intelligent, and he is great at applying the knowledge to his tutoring sessions. I came into the sessions hoping to improve my GRE scores. I had taken the GRE three years before and earned scores significantly lower than I wanted, but was granted admission to a masters program. Still wanting to continue my education, I knew I had to improve those scores to send out applications to doctoral programs. I took a GRE practice test and scored average in the verbal section but significantly lower in the math (8th percentile). I contacted Gary and prepaid for ten sessions with him. I felt very comfortable with him when he would come to my home, and he helped me to improve my math to the 40th percentile in those ten sessions. Gary is extremely professional; always on time, prepared, and very helpful. I credit Gary to the improvement in my scores, and I now feel confident in submitting my scores to the university of my choice.
Thank you for the kind words, Brittany. I like working with disciplined students like you who do the necessary work to earn higher scores on their test. Congratulations and good luck in grad school!
I started working with Gary after I scored in the 20th percentile on the practice GRE. I'm up to 80% on the verbal section and 70% on the quantitative section and still climbing. Gary is knowledgeable about what is on the GRE and will tell you exactly what you should be working on. He is patient and encouraging as you struggle, but will remain tough enough to get you to your target score. I give Gary my highest recommendation as a tutor and believe that he can support anyone up to the score that they want! Well worth it!
Gary was far far beyond any expectations I had for an LSAT tutor. His knowledge of the test is far superior to any of the current Kaplan teachers. He is extremely well at adapting to the student he is working with, the strengths and weaknesses and makes himself more than available to anybody with time restrictions. He is a sweet nice man who will not only raise your lsat score through his methodical teaching habits but he will provide interesting commentary from past experiences and help assure the student to keep their thoughts positive. Gary is the BEST!!!!
Prior to working with Gary I was frustrated, and didn't know where to turn. I had taken an LSAT course from a well known company that got me nowhere. After taking lessons with Gary I was able to focus on specific areas I was having trouble with, and my score doubled. I learned specific time strategies and learned which questions to attack first and what I needed to look for in the reading comp section. If you're hitting your target score don't contact Gary but if you aren't I highly recommend you email Gary to book your next appointment with him.
After realizing I was not as prepared as I should be to take the GMAT I called Gary on a Saturday morning and told him I was taking the test in less than two weeks. He responded to my email immediately and we were meeting for our first session within a few hours. Gary was well prepared to teach all aspects of the exam- but carefully focused on key elements that undoubtedly increased my score. He is personable, knowledgeable, and easy to interact with. Most importantly, he is a big reason I was accepted to a top business school. I would recommend Gary to any student looking for similar results.
Gary is in one word, great; he is deeply devoted and passionate toward his students. I desperately needed help in raising my GRE scores, and was virtually illiterate in mathematics. After choosing Dr. Gary as a tutor, I was able to raise my scores from 850 to 1100 and won a doctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas in History. I truly believe that without his help and guidance I never could have attained what I have. Gary was always extremely positive and encouraged me to keep working, even through some extremely stressful times in attempting to relearn math. His perseverance and dedication to helping students sets him apart from others. Shortly after taking the GRE he even called to see how I had done. His actions, not just his words demonstrated that he truly cared about my achievements. We worked together for nearly four months, and in that time he taught me ten years of mathematics in a highly respectful manner, never patronizingly, as some tutors have, but most importantly he played an integral role in attaining my scholastic goals. I highly recommend Gary to anyone needing a tutor, he is intelligent, reliable, compassionate, and enthusiastic about helping his students achieve success in the frightening world of standardized testing.
I worked with Gary for about two months leading up to my GRE, and in that time he helped me relearn math skills and increase my score by 360 points. He also helped me with verbal strategies and the essay portion. Gary was patient, flexible and very communicative. He explained concepts in a way that made them much easier to understand, and provided constructive and realistic feedback throughout our sessions to help me reach my ideal scores. Even at a point when I thought I'd never get the scores I wanted, he was supportive and really helped keep me on track. If I had just studied from a book, I know there's no way I would have gotten the scores I needed for graduate school. I would highly recommend Gary as a tutor - he's a pro and really knows his stuff. It is evident that he has years of experience and success helping students reach their testing goals. Thanks Gary!
Gary is a great tutor. I took GRE tutoring from him. He is easy to get a hold of and communicate with. After lessons with him I can confidently say I know how to read the passages in the reading section of the test. Gary is a valuable asset when preparing for the GRE. I’m sure he can give you good tips for taking the test if it close to test time. However, I feel a student of his will gain more confidence and a higher score if you start to book lessons with him months ahead from test date. Gary helped me achieve one of my most difficult goals. He helped me reach the goal of being accepted to vet school. If anyone wants help with the GRE, I strongly recommend Gary!
Gary is so incredibly brilliant in so many areas that it simply astounds you. He is kind, good humored, and very encouraging, and has made huge, huge strides with our son. Our son is trying to bring up his ACT score from a very low score. Gary has helped him in Math, Science, and English & Reading. He has taught him time saving 'tricks' that enable the student to finish the test accurately, and in a timely manner. Our son has scored high on all areas now with practice ACT's. He has gained so much confidence now, when before he had pretty bad test anxiety. Our son has such admiration for him and told me he was the smartest man he has ever known!
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The English section of the ACT contains some tough passages, and it asks students to identify and correct a number of common writing errors. Although good writing is partly a matter of art, the ACT almost entirely ignores that fact and focuses instead on the “mechanical” skills of writing, such as spotting dangling modifiers or pronouns with an ambiguous antecedents. Whether you want to raise your score dramatically, or just figure out how to eke out a few more points, I'll help. Not only have I taught these skills to hundreds of high-school and adult students, I've also published a book and several articles.
I have a BS in engineering, and took five years of calculus coursework (which is well above the level of the ACT) in college. I have also taught mathematics to students preparing for standardized tests since the mid-1990s. I have always scored in the upper 90s percentile ever since I first took the ACT in high school.
Everyone who makes it to high school knows how read, but few people understand that standardized tests like the ACT assess skills beyond what one learns in school. My students become outstanding ACT readers (including natural science passages) because I teach them two things: First, reading matter on the test contains signals that help us take control of the text, rather than just react to it. Second, the ACT has predictably asked the same kinds of questions for several decades. I'm a great reader myself, but I take special pride in my many students who learned how to read as well as I do.
My own ACT science passage score, when I was in high school, was nearly perfect. I have a BS in engineering, and a Ph.D. in the history of science of technology, so I am considerably familiar with how to navigate science-oriented writing.
20% discount from normal hourly rate (i.e., $40 per hour)
Everyone who desires to enlist in the U.S. armed forces must earn a minimum score on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). I teach the following sections of the test:
* Word Knowledge (WK)
* Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
* Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
* Electronics Information (EI)
* Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
* General Science (GS)
* Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
* Verbal Expression (VE)
Please note, however, that recruiters use about half of the ASVAB's sections only to assess specialized areas of knowledge such as automotive mechanics or electronics. So your scores on those sections don't really matter if you aren't already an expert.
Far more important is your "general knowledge" performance. After you complete basic training, your scores in the following four sections will essentially determine whether you qualify for certain schools and other training:
* Word Knowledge (WK)
* Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
* Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
* Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
If you are struggling with the ASVAB, please write me. I'm a veteran myself, and can help.
I've been teaching and tutoring the GMAT for more than fifteen years and know that most students tend to sell themselves short. They see themselves as "bad at tests." But most need only to brush up on verbal or math skills, and learn a few new test-taking methods to master the GMAT. I don't promise overnight miracles; I'll figure out what you need to know, and if you follow my guidance and put in the time and work, you'll achieve almost any score you want.
I've been teaching and tutoring the GRE for more than fifteen years and know that most students tend to sell themselves short. They see themselves as "bad at tests." But most need only to brush up on verbal or math skills, and learn a few new test-taking methods to master the GRE. I don't promise overnight miracles; I'll figure out what you need to know, and if you follow my guidance and put in the time and work, you'll achieve almost any score you want.
Online and live tutoring available!
Nothing determines the start of your law career more than your law school. And nothing determines which law school you get into more than your LSAT score. I've been an professional LSAT specialist for more than a decade, and know the test inside out. No matter what you have scored before, I can help. My students typically improve their scores by AT LEAST 30 PERCENTILE POINTS.
The LSAT lends itself especially well to online tutoring. In fact, for many students--perhaps even most--online tutoring is by far the best way to go!
Please write me if you have any questions.
I have more than twenty years of proofreading experience, primarily with scholarly texts, but also with articles targeted for the general public. I've taught writing classes, and have edited everything from personal statements to master's theses to book manuscripts. I have degrees in both engineering and the humanities, so I am comfortable with almost any subject matter. Much of what I know as a proofreader I learned from the talented editors who have proofread the book and many articles I've published myself, so I know what writers want.
Try me out! I'll not only improve your writing, I'll also help you become a clearer and better organized writer.
Here are a few under-appreciated facts about reading: First, it ranks among the important skills in life. Indeed, it's perhaps THE most important determinant of success in school or one's career. Second, a surprisingly large number of people—of all ages—do not read nearly as well as they should or could. Third, contrary to common belief, the ability to read well isn't something one is born with; it's entirely learned. There's no “reading gene” in our DNA, any more than there's one for operating a computer or driving a car.
Teaching students how to beef up their reading skills is one of the most gratifying parts of my work. I have a long track record of helping motivated persons to improve their reading skills in as little time as a few weeks. I'm disciplined, but patient, and I'll show you the secrets of how to process quickly even the most difficult text. I'm proud of the fact that most of my students end up reading as well as I do.
Everyone who makes it to high school knows how read, but few people understand that standardized tests like the SAT assess skills beyond what one learns in school. My students become outstanding SAT readers because I teach them two things: First, reading matter on the test contains signals that help us take control of the text, rather than just react to it. Second, the SAT has predictably asked the same kinds of questions for several decades. I'm a great reader myself, but I am proud of my many students who learned how to read as well as I do.
I have taught writing at the college level for more than twenty years, and I am intimately familiar with the expectations of SAT graders. I have published a book and several articles, and I have edited a considerable amount of writing by students and colleagues.
I am a published author, with a book and several articles to my credit. Moreover, I've tutored and taught college-level writing for more than fifteen years.
It's important to understand that while great writing is an art, clear writing is almost entirely only a craft. If you lack confidence in your writing, I'll teach you the nuts-and-bolts practical knowledge you need to transform yourself.
Have you a specific project, such as an application essay or master's thesis? Contact me, and we'll work together to show your best work!
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