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Berkeley GRE Prep Tutors

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  • 13 years in business
  • 299 hires on Thumbtack
Lara S.
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I participated in online prep with Christine for the SAT & ACT, she was truly an amazing teacher. It was as if we met in person twice a week! She took the time to make sure I was understanding the subjects and made sure to not end the session until all the my questions were answered. I highly recommend online tutoring with Christine if you're looking to be successful on the SAT & ACT. I even scored a perfect score on my ACT too!

John Linneball Tutoring
4.8
from 53 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 147 hires on Thumbtack
DeeDee C.
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My daughter and her friend have met with John 3 times so far for SAT prep. They have been very happy with each session. The first session was diagnostic and the subsequent sessions have been spent discussing problems and techniques. John is very easy to work with. They do not feel bad when they make mistakes or do not understand a concept. We plan to do a total of 10 sessions before taking the SAT.

Arbor Tutors - Bay Area
4.5
from 36 reviews
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
Juan C.
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I have been extremely happy with the tutoring and coaching I received from Arbor Tutors to improve my GMAT score. My overall GMAT score was stuck in the low 600's (and I struggled for months to get it there) but quickly improved to 700s after receiving insightful diagnostic of my strengths/weaknesses followed by a large number of specific tasks to improve my weaknesses. I'm still shocked with the ease and speed with which my tutor was able to help me improve my score. Don't get me wrong, you will be given a large amount of work but the work is focused on what will benefit you the most and help you improve quickly. I strongly recommend tutoring from Arbor Tutors if you are looking to make major improvements on your score. I took a highly regarded GMAT prep course first and although the course was excellent, the personalized training, test taking strategies, in depth explanations, and coaching from Arbor Tutors was orders of magnitude better. I also echo the comments of previous reviewers: Arbor Tutors is invested in your success and provides a wide range of unique resources tailored to your needs to help you get a score far above your expectations. I honestly never thought I had a real chance of scoring above a 90th percentile on the GMAT but Steve at Arbor Tutors showed me how to make this reality.

Kate Greenthal
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly C.
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Kate is truly the most amazing tutor you will find. I searched for weeks for someone to help me with a graduate school prep math class, and although there were many options, the people I talked with seemed difficult to relate to and even though they seemed intelligent, I didn't know if I could learn well from their style of teaching. Then...I found Kate. She not only knew all of the material that I had to learn, but was able to explain things in a way that I understood. She is extremely patient and actually made the material as interesting as possible. I would absolutely recommend her for GMAT prep, any college level or grad school math. Her background says it all but when you work with her you see that she is much more-it is her personality and ability to break concepts down that really make the difference. It was also very easy to schedule and communicate with her.

  • 15 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy D.
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Monica helped my 11th-grade son prep for his statistics final after falling behind a bit on the coursework. She helped him catch up in a 2-hour session and he got an A! We are continuing to use Monica to prep for the SAT. My son likes her very much and I am impressed by her professionalism and warm personality. We are glad we found her!

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John Bertinetti
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jessica S.
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Met with John once or twice a week over the course of several months during my GMAT preparation. I started out with a 13th percentile quantitative score. After working with him I was able score in the 73rd percentile on my first official GMAT, exceeded my initial goal by scoring ABOVE a 700. I had no formal quantitative training or experience prior to studying; the last math class I took was as a sophomore in high school (a decade ago). Each time I met with John, he was able to go beyond simply correcting my mistakes. He clearly explained the overarching reasoning, strategy and logic behind a certain problem. This is something the video explanations in GMAT curriculum do not do as thoroughly as John. If you're looking for someone to discuss GMAT concepts with in a clear and intelligent way, I highly recommend him. I also studied using curriculum like Target Test Prep, but John helped me tremendously by working through the problems I struggled with step by step and identifying any weak spots in my quant skills. He understands the GMAT and is able to identify the kinds of questions that likely would or would not appear on the exam. Finally, John served as a strong source of moral support throughout a challenging three months of study atop a full time job. When I wanted to try a new curriculum or ask him about tricky questions via email, he would always offer thoughtful feedback in response. His responses were especially helpful when I scored low on practice exams; John's feedback always helped me put things in perspective and helped me get back up and try again. He was very flexible and willing to work with my schedule and make time when needed, often on short notice. In short, I couldn't have done it without him!

The College Co.
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Sarah P.
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Deeana is a very helpful and knowledgable tutor who I would definitely recommend! She helped motivate me and offered constructive explanations to help understand difficult content. Deeana offered help in every subject including SAT prep and taught me how to use time management when completing assignments. Overall, I was able to better comprehend what I was learning and Deeana has immensely helped while making me more confident in my work.

Perfect Scorer Test Prep
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Shailendra S.
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SAT Tutoring prep 1:1 remote

Warwick Strategies
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Alex H.
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Bryce is a wizard when it comes to test prep. I hired him to help me improve my LSAT score and I was shocked at how quickly I was able to progress under his guidance. I’ve always been that guy who thinks “I’ve never been good at standardized tests, no matter what kind of help I get”. Working with Bryce turned that notion upside down. He showed me that the LSAT isn’t a labyrinth of mystery, but rather a puzzle that can be unlocked with the right tools. He was entirely right. Bryce utilizes a very easy-to-understand approach, breaking down each section and each question type into something concrete and understandable. His methods not only work when applied to the test, but he strives to make sure you understand them. Since the LSAT has patterns and attempts to use the same methods to trick you, many of my conversations with Bryce involved making sense of a certain style of question, understanding it commonsensically, and then realizing that it wasn’t all that difficult to arrive at the right answer once you removed the haziness of a foggy LSAT brain. We often used golf and other sports analogies to help make sense of the arguments. I found those analogies to be incredibly helpful because they put the LSAT into terms that I was already comfortable with. After working with Bryce, I improved my LSAT score by 8 points in a few months. But, besides a better LSAT score, I am really indebted to Bryce for helping me to think more clearly. Ultimately, Bryce’s method leads you to becoming supremely inconvincible, so that your brain will immediately spot flaws in arguments you see on TV, from your friends or family, or wherever else you find them. Now, I am naturally spotting holes in arguments and I am a much more inquisitive reader. These skills are phenomenal for the LSAT but will serve anyone well in law school too. I would highly recommend Bryce as an LSAT tutor!

Adena Spingarn
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Teresa V.
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Adena helped me with the analytical writing section of the GRE. She gave me helpful tips, personalized approach, and increased my confidence in my writing. Adena can also help with personal statements. :) Thank you!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mary J.
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Darya is great! She helped me prep for the verbal section on the GMAT. She was really patient and taught me very useful tips. She created a in depth study plan that addressed my weakness and kept me motivated. I would totally recommend her.

  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sici H.
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Anish is an excellent GRE tutor. He offered to tutor me one-on-one in order to accommodate for my busy school schedule. He is very good at explaining challenging reading comprehension questions in simple yet clear ways and always stop to make sure I understand everything. Also, he asks what I would like to focus on before each session to make sure he covers all aspects that I want to improve upon. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs help with GRE.

Alex's Academic Tutoring
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie J.
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I hired Alex to tutor me on the quantitative section of the GRE. I had already taken the GRE twice and was looking to increase my score from a 161 to at least a 165. We met 7 times for 1.5 to 2 hour sessions. Alex was great! She set up a very intensive study plan for me and was very flexible about when we met! I ended up increasing my score to a 167 when I took the test! I highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their GRE or GMAT math scores!

Drew Boles
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Michael F.
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Drew is a phenomenal tutor! Not only is he a whiz, but he's passionate, energetic and very organized. It's rare to find someone who is a master at both English and Math. Highly recommend.

KickAssTutors
5.0
from 1 review
  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Mai-Ling G.
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If math sounds synonymous with dancing naked in a conga line at the wedding of your second cousin, then you definitely need Kick Ass Tutors. Much like the naked conga, math for me is an awkward long forgotten series of patterns and moves that I only tried rarely and with much taunting and embarrassment. Insert my future. It now depends on a complex mathematical dance that I have yet to master. I consider my options: 1) a high priced test preparation factory, 2) a stack of heavy books that will be later used as the legs to a coffee table or 3) a random I find on craigslist to tutor me. I'm not sure if the classroom style test prep I'll receive at a big name corp is worth the value of a gold coin. I'm also not sure if I'm disciplined or savvy enough to navigate a labyrinth of test prep books on my own. Initially, I choose option 3. I've had lots of math tutors and my craigslist find was particularly abysmal. He had never taken the GRE and was a scholar equivalent to John Nash (i.e. see film "A Beautiful Mind"). Not only was my craigslist friend as perceptibly brilliant, but also taught me math in a similar method to the aforementioned film and savant-- which equated to a series of murmurings, scribbles and assurances that what I was learning was rather simple. Ack. Unfortunately, the numbers just wouldn't float in front of me and I decided to see what else I could do to prepare. After much googling and panic, I discover "Kick Ass Tutors" on thumbtack and meet up with Karim. Equally brilliant, but far more articulate than the former Nash understudy-- Karim offered clear step by step instructions and more personalized attention than I would have received with a more well-know test prep company. He also knew the GRE, had a set curriculum and was able to successfully get me to do the mathematical tango. All in all, save your time and your wallet and go with KickAssTutors. Karim is a mathematical rock star, but an even better teacher. Highly recommended!

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I would love to tutor you --- or your kids! I am a graduate of both Harvard University and Princeton University - and have taught private SAT, ACT and GRE classes for over a decade. I am passionate about education and language, have a flexible schedule, plenty of energy and am dedicated to bringing out the genius in everyone. I'm committed to ensure, with hard work, you are able to get into the school of your dreams.

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Our San Francisco branch provides quality GRE math tutoring services at a fraction of the cost of some of the major competitors. Our classes are small, with only 1-4 students per class, and our customers show significant improvement in their score. Our tutors undergo a scrutiny-selection process and are picked not only for they're smart, but for personality and teaching credentials. Our Los Angeles branch provides custom tutoring in any subject in addition to GRE math preparation classes. We know what it's like to be a student. We have been there and done that. We're about empowering the student to take charge of their own education. There are no cookie-cutter, big-company tutoring machine here!

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I am providing focus, attention, and results! I am committed to providing the best customized assistance to students who are not getting everything that they need inside the classroom. I prefer a one-on-one approach, so that I can adapt my teaching style to specific student needs. My philosophy in tutoring math and science is to emphasize specific strategies that simplify complex problems. For English and literature subjects, I work with students on developing a logical essay structure format, vocabulary, and analytical skills. My intent is to teach skills that last a lifetime! About Me: I graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Engineering. Currently, I am tutoring part time while I prepare for graduate study at UC Berkeley, where I have been accepted to their number one-ranked civil and environmental engineering program. I enjoy getting to know my students and strive to make my sessions both fun and challenging. I have the knowledge and capability to teach winning strategies for the SAT and to tutor K-12 students at any level; however, my ability to get students to engage with the material helps them achieve the success that they dream of. I have worked with students of diverse backgrounds and learning abilities, with specific experience helping students with ADD/ADHD. I am patient, easy to work with, professional, and fully invested in helping my students succeed. Qualifications: I received professional SAT I verbal, math, and writing training while working with Eureka Review, a renowned Los Angeles-based SAT tutoring company. I tutored students one-on-one in their homes while engaging in a strategy-specific review of SAT math and verbal skills. Students (and parents) were consistently pleased with their level of improvement on tests. Additionally, I worked several years as a sought-after private tutor in my hometown, assisting K-12 students with homework and learning skills in all subjects. I maintained contact with parents to provide progress updates and recommendations for additional study.

  • 4 years in business
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How many positive integers less than 10,000 are there in which the sum of the digits equals to five? Is this question a doozy? Well, these are the types of questions you can expect to see on the Revised GRE. If this question is a mind bender, then take my 12-hour GRE Busted! course. What is this GRE Busted! course? It is a revised GRE prep course that meets three hours per week for four weeks. It includes the following: * Week 1 - quantitative * Week 2 - quantitative * Week 3 - verbal * Week 4 - verbal The GRE is a strenuous, timed exam that takes four hours to complete! You don't have to fear the GRE. The GRE Busted! prep course prepares you for the rigors of the exam. GRE Busted! has intimate class sizes with no more than 10 students per course, giving you lots of personalized attention. Below are the perks. Aside from preparing for a great score on the GRE, students get the following: - Small, intimate class sizes - Lots of challenging practice problems - Six online practice exams - Essay-writing guide for the GRE - Free essay review for one practice test Here is a testimonial. "Srishti has been awesome. She's really good at breaking things down and making problems seem more approachable. She also gave me lots of good advice and was incredibly patient with my not-always-mathematically-inclined brain. I feel like she definitely helped me a lot, especially in getting me to really understand the rules of GRE and lots of little tricks to make things easier. I only wish I could have had a couple more sessions because I feel like she was really keeping me on track with my studying!" - Andrew By the way, the answer to the question up top is 56.

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We offer low-cost LSAT, GMAT, and GRE strategy courses, with a free repeat policy. Our courses are offered in Berkeley, San Francisco, Los Altos Hills and Santa Cruz. We are a non-profit since 1985.

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The GRE does not test your innate ability to solve problems. The GRE tests your ability to remain focused for over 3 hours while applying recognized fundamental concepts to problems that are recycled and cobbled together from previous problems. The key is knowing the concept being tested and then deciphering and solving a question quickly and accurately. That’s where I come in. • For the last 9 years I have worked with a diverse range of students—housewives looking to get their masters after 30 years of not seeing a geometry problem to those fresh out of college who want to make up for a lack of professional experience with a highly competitive GRE score. The result is invariably the same—a dramatic increase in score (See Testimonials.) • My students’ successes stem from my ability to quickly diagnose their areas of weaknesses and to have them work through problems that will build their confidence. I also ensure that they use smart test-taking strategies—seeing the big picture, watching for trap answers, and quickly eliminating incorrect answer choices. • I know the test inside out. In addition to writing my own questions (I have developed a GRE iPhone application), I scored a 1590 out of 1600 and can routinely score near perfect with half the time remaining in each section. Again, the GRE is not a test of inherent ability, and I will teach you to work accurately and effectively for your best score. Testimonials After being out of college for eight years, I was nervous to subject myself to a standardized test. In fact, I was in abject fear of the GRE quantitative section and was even a little insecure about not doing well on that section. Meeting and working with Chris was the key to me overcoming this insecurity and scoring decently on the GRE. Because Chris is good-natured and approachable, it was easy to start addressing my development areas right away. Our tutoring sessions were focused and structured without feeling regimented. Chris has an uncanny ability to come up with both quantitative and verbal questions on the fly, which is really useful when you run into a type of problem that throws you off. Most importantly, Chris was always mindful of the greater goal of getting a good score and custom-tailored lessons to strengthen my particular development areas. What can I say? Chris is personally responsible for my GRE score and I highly recommend him to others. Mateo R., San Francisco, CA. Future graduate student at UPenn Graduate School of Public Administration and Environmental Studies Q680, Point Increase +160 As a recent college graduate who had not studied math in nearly five years, I understandably was apprehensive about taking the GRE and receiving a low score on a practice test didn't help. Chris more than assuaged my concerns, helping me to brush up on the arithmetic and algebraic rules that I had long forgotten, and challenging me on the harder problems likely to come up on the test. He was extremely friendly and patient throughout, and provided very clear explanations whenever things were at first unclear. Chris additionally did a great job of giving me a sense of the scale of difficulty of the problems I was tackling, so that I had a good sense of where my strengths and weaknesses were and how I likely would stand on the day of the test. Over just a few short weeks, my comfort level with the math increased exponentially. I am truly thankful for all of his help, without which I would not have scored a 740 on the day of the test. Miranda Y. – UC Berkeley/Yale, Constitutional Law Q740, Point Increase +140 Chris challenged me to improve my scores to the best of my ability by providing me with difficult practice math questions and high-level vocabulary exercises. His knowledge of the GRE material could not have been any higher. He quickly identified where my weaknesses were and honed in on ways for me to improve, drilling me on math concepts on which I was shaky, and pointing me toward word lists where I could build my vocab. Chris set goals for me at the beginning of our tutoring sessions and had effective methods to enable me to reach those goals. I wanted to take the test fairly soon after we first met, and his training allowed me to do that and get the scores I wanted. First Cat: 720 Q, 650 V (after one week meeting with Chris) Actual GRE: 800 Q, 710 V (after four weeks) Jack K. – Stanford, Psychology GRE 1510, Point Increase +140 (overall) I highly recommend Chris as a tutor. He tailors a tutoring plan to target your specific weaknesses. He has a clear, direct approach and is very engaging. He is flexible, accommodating and will find time to meet around your schedule. He’s great at making up problems on the fly to ensure you really understand a specific concept. I had taken the GRE before but only scored 480 on math. With Chris’s help, I raised my GRE quantitative score 270 points. My 750Q makes me highly competitive for the program I am applying to. Thanks Chris! Emily O. Q750, Point Increase +270 points

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