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Gary F.

West Henrietta, NY

$53/hour

Fifteen Years of Tutoring! First hour FREE

2750+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/27/16
4.9 average from 595 ratings
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— Kyla, West Henrietta, NY on 2/10/13

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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

Education

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)

About Gary

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, 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, 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
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1 hour notice required

No charge for second hour of first two-hour lesson. Cancellation fee: 15 minutes if scheduled lesson is canceled with less than one hour's notice.

Travel Radius
Travels within 1 miles of West Henrietta, NY 14586
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"Exceptional Tutor"

- Kyla, West Henrietta, NY on 2/10/13

"Smart teacher!"

- Yassah, Providence, RI on 6/22/17

"Great Tutor! No regrets!!"

- Fibiya, Harrisburg, PA on 5/23/17

"Highly experienced and informative tutor with thorough lessons"

- Lori, Orlando, FL on 3/31/17

"Knowledgeable and Patient"

- Rebecca, Columbia, SC on 1/24/17

"LSAT prep personalized!"

- Randi, Houston, TX on 12/22/16

"BEYOND EXPECTATIONS and VERY knowledgeable"

- Dalal, San Francisco, CA on 12/15/16

"Knowledgeable and Easy to Understand"

- Jacob, Johnson City, TN on 12/13/16

"The best LSAT tutor out there!"

- Hailey, College Station, TX on 12/4/16

"Very Helpful"

- Kianna, Riverside, CA on 11/29/16

"Very helpful!!!"

- Tai, Central, SC on 10/28/16

"LSAT Tutoring"

- Chandler, Centreville, VA on 10/26/16

"Erudite, Kind, and Patient GRE Tutor (with a good sense of humor too!)"

- Patrick, Johnson City, TN on 9/3/16

"Great First Lesson"

- Liz, Novato, CA on 9/2/16

"Excellent first session"

- Kevin, Rockaway Park, NY on 8/6/16

"Super clear And knowledgeable"

- Johannes, Indianola, WA on 7/21/16

"GMAT quant session!"

- Bhuvaneswari, Eastlake, OH on 6/26/16

"Top notch tutor"

- Robert, Macedon, NY on 6/14/16

"The challenger"

- Terrica, Nashville, TN on 6/2/16

"Great first lesson!"

- Oriana, Dover, PA on 5/5/16

"Great GMAT info"

- Matt, Austin, TX on 5/4/16

"Experienced and Knowledgeable GRE Tutor"

- Kevin, Provo, UT on 4/28/16

"Awesome tutor!!!"

- Jordan, Little Elm, TX on 4/20/16

"Knowledgeable"

- Luisa, Tobyhanna, PA on 4/13/16

"great tutor and very knowledgeable"

- Derrick, Bethany, OK on 3/28/16

"Great! Great! Great!"

- Jennifer, Atlanta, GA on 3/17/16

"Made a different in my life."

- Will, Plympton, MA on 3/16/16

"Knowledgeable and reliable teacher"

- Sam, Henrico, NC on 3/15/16

"Great tutor!"

- Sophia, Miami, FL on 3/3/16

"Extremely bright and a great teacher"

- Ray, Hilton, NY on 2/21/16

"Great experience, highly recommend"

- Michaela, Rochester, NY on 2/8/16

"Gary has done a great job tutoring my 12th grade daughter"

- Tom, Rochester, NY on 12/11/15

"Perceptive"

- Mary, Rochester, NY on 6/12/15

"Insightful and patient tutor"

- Jeannine, Webster, NY on 5/31/15

"Great teacher so far, he is very knowledgeable and encouraging."

- Evan, Rochester, NY on 5/30/15

"Highly Recommend!"

- Danielle, Livonia, NY on 5/12/14

"Wealth of Knowledge"

- Vito, Fairport, NY on 1/31/14

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Brittany, Rochester, NY on 12/4/13
Gary replied on 12/7/2013

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!

"Amazing Tutor and Person!!! MUST HIRE."

- Rafael, Rochester, NY on 2/9/13

"Amazing tutor"

- Isabel, Brooklyn, NY on 12/8/12

"Knowledgeable and easy to work with"

- Peter, Rochester, NY on 8/31/12

"Gary gets Results!"

- David, Appleton City, MO on 3/8/12

"Excellent choice for a GRE tutor"

- Megan, Kansas City, MO on 1/20/11

"Great GRE tutor!"

- Leo, Shawnee, KS on 10/11/10

"Brilliant!"

- Eileen, Lees Summit, MO on 9/1/10
Math:
Algebra 1,
GMAT,
GRE
English:
Reading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ASVAB,
GMAT,
GRE,
LSAT
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Reading,
Writing
Business:
GMAT,
GRE,
Writing

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.

Algebra 1

I am an electronic engineer, so I know much more math than what is tested on algebra tests. I also have more than twenty years of teaching and tutoring experience.

ASVAB

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.

GMAT

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.

GRE

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.

LSAT

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.

Reading

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.

Writing

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!

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

Education

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)

Exceptional Tutor

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 gi

— Kyla, West Henrietta, NY on 2/10/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $53.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

No charge for second hour of first two-hour lesson. Cancellation fee: 15 minutes if scheduled lesson is canceled with less than one hour's notice.

Travel policy

Gary will travel within 1 miles of West Henrietta, NY 14586.