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Please Suggest A Good Private GMAT Verbal Tutor

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Please Suggest A Good Private GMAT Verbal Tutor

Post Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:35 pm
Hi Guys,

I have recently taken GMAT and scored a 650 (Q48,V31). i am not happy with this as my target score is 730.

Although I feel i have under performed in the Quant Section( i already scored a Q49 in my previous attempt ) and i can improve the score on my own.

I think i need some solid guidance as far as my verbal is concerned. Hence i have decided to go with a private tutor. The budget is a problem as the rates of tutoring provided by the big names are quite high and i don't feel i can afford it.

Another problem is that there is not much of information/reviews available about the good private GMAT verbal tutors( apart from of those from the big companies). Therefore i request you all to suggest few names of good GMAT verbal tutors, who are also relatively economical and can help me to reach my target verbal score of 40.


Cheers,



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Hi Aiming800,

You can definitely benefit from a tutor, especially on the Strategy side of things. Remember that the GMAT is a three-headed beast: Content, Pacing, and Strategy. But you can also do a lot on your own to improve.

Question to ask yourself:

1) Content

-what are your three weakest SC areas, your weakest CR/RC question-types?
-do you have Error Logs for you CATs so you can actually see the NUMBER of each type of Q you're getting wrong?
-how are you reviewing and cementing your knowledge about incorrect questions?

2) Pacing

-what Q-types slow you down the most?
-how can you regularly be doing pacing drills to improve in between CATs?
-are you regularly checking in with benchmarks as you take your CAT?
-how comfortable are you "walking away" from problems?

3) Strategy

-are you taking notes on CR and RC passages? are you simply summarizing what is SAID, or are you diffing deeper to identify the topic, scope, function of each paragraph, components of the argument, author's point of view/tone, purpose, etc.?
-are you identifying the difference between "Y/N" data suff questions and "Value" data suff questions and adjusting your approach accordingly?
-how comfortable are you backsolving and picking numbers in Problem Solving?
-can you identify the type of CR question from the question-stem, and do you understand what your JOB is based on the Q-type?

I hope this gives you some food for thought! You can find some examples of how I strategically approach questions on my blog: http://gmatrockstar.com/blog/

Feel free to PM me if you'd like the strategy sheet I hand out to all my students or if you have additional questions.

Best,
Vivian

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Post Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:15 pm
Hi aiming800,

You were scoring considerably higher in the Verbal sections on these last 5 practice CATs than you did on your last Official GMAT, so we need to try to define why.

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT (including the Essay and IR sections) on ANY of those CATs? If not, then you were not properly preparing to face the full GMAT.
2) What time of day were you taking your CATs and what time of day was your Official GMAT?
3) How often do you "narrow it down to 2 choices and then 'guess'" in the Verbal section?

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VivianKerr GMAT Instructor
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Post Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:08 pm
Hi Aiming800,

You can definitely benefit from a tutor, especially on the Strategy side of things. Remember that the GMAT is a three-headed beast: Content, Pacing, and Strategy. But you can also do a lot on your own to improve.

Question to ask yourself:

1) Content

-what are your three weakest SC areas, your weakest CR/RC question-types?
-do you have Error Logs for you CATs so you can actually see the NUMBER of each type of Q you're getting wrong?
-how are you reviewing and cementing your knowledge about incorrect questions?

2) Pacing

-what Q-types slow you down the most?
-how can you regularly be doing pacing drills to improve in between CATs?
-are you regularly checking in with benchmarks as you take your CAT?
-how comfortable are you "walking away" from problems?

3) Strategy

-are you taking notes on CR and RC passages? are you simply summarizing what is SAID, or are you diffing deeper to identify the topic, scope, function of each paragraph, components of the argument, author's point of view/tone, purpose, etc.?
-are you identifying the difference between "Y/N" data suff questions and "Value" data suff questions and adjusting your approach accordingly?
-how comfortable are you backsolving and picking numbers in Problem Solving?
-can you identify the type of CR question from the question-stem, and do you understand what your JOB is based on the Q-type?

I hope this gives you some food for thought! You can find some examples of how I strategically approach questions on my blog: http://gmatrockstar.com/blog/

Feel free to PM me if you'd like the strategy sheet I hand out to all my students or if you have additional questions.

Best,
Vivian

_________________
Vivian Kerr
GMAT Rockstar, Tutor
http://www.GMATrockstar.com
http://www.yelp.com/biz/gmat-rockstar-los-angeles

Former Kaplan and Grockit instructor, freelance GMAT content creator, now offering affordable, effective, Skype-tutoring for the GMAT at $150/hr. Contact: GMATrockstar@gmail.com

Thank you for all the "thanks" and "follows"! Smile

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Post Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:15 pm
Hi aiming800,

You were scoring considerably higher in the Verbal sections on these last 5 practice CATs than you did on your last Official GMAT, so we need to try to define why.

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT (including the Essay and IR sections) on ANY of those CATs? If not, then you were not properly preparing to face the full GMAT.
2) What time of day were you taking your CATs and what time of day was your Official GMAT?
3) How often do you "narrow it down to 2 choices and then 'guess'" in the Verbal section?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

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