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I have been tutoring the GRE for over 10 years, first as a Kaplan teacher and tutor, and later as an independent, private tutor. I've taken the official GRE twice, receiving a perfect Quantitative score and a 99th percentile Verbal score on an older version of the test in 2005. After the GRE changed in 2011, I took it again, this time earning a 170 Verbal and 169 Quantitative. These scores have gotten me into three different graduate school programs, all with full funding. I'm happy to share my knowledge of the graduate admissions process with students.


GRE Tutoring

Approach to the GRE

As the GRE is used for many types of graduate programs (including a growing number of business and law schools), my GRE students have had a wide range of starting scores and goals. Customization is the strongest advantage of one-on-one tutoring. Some students need quick suggestions for test strategy, while others need a more comprehensive review of topics they might not have encountered for years. I take the time to get to know your situation, then offer guided support to systematically target the exact areas and skills you need in order to raise your GRE score.

The GRE is accepted by a growing number of business schools and law schools.

Several of my GMAT and LSAT students have made their business and law school applications more competitive simply by switching over to the GRE.

Most of my students come to me asking for help with the quantitative section. For many, this is the first time they have seen some of these types of questions since high school! My tutoring focuses on reviewing the fundamentals of algebra, geometry, and data analysis so that students can apply these concepts on GRE questions. We'll also cover strategies for demystifying the quantitative comparison questions.

Quantitative Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning

The GRE verbal section is a mixture of vocabulary and reading comprehension. I help my students identify the most commonly tested GRE vocabulary words so that they can maximize their efficiency in studying them. We also work on developing strategies for attacking the questions and eliminating answers, even if some of the vocab is still unclear. For reading comprehension, we'll work on techniques for reading the passages and working through the questions.

Analytical Writing

The best preparation for the GRE Analytical Writing section is a solid knowledge of what is expected in the two essays, strong and adaptable templates, and ample practice with feedback. I work with students through the official essay prompt banks, striking a balance between writing full essays as homework (for depth) and practice creating essay plans for a variety of prompts (for breadth). We also work on writing techniques that acknowledge the fact that your essays are graded by both humans and a computer.


Ready to get started on the path towards better test scores? Please fill out the form on the right with information about the test you are preparing for and a brief message. I'll be in touch to contact you for the next steps!