Students can choose from the following lesson durations: 1-hour lessons, one-and-a-half-hour lessons, or 2-hour lessons. Most students generally have one or two lessons per week at their regularly scheduled time slots.
Private lessons with Dr. Donnelly are available Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM EST.
Over the years, Dr. Donnelly has developed many unique problem-solving techniques that help his students to master even the most difficult of topics. These proprietary methods (unavailable elsewhere) show students the most efficient approach for dealing with each type of question that can appear on the GRE exam.
His tutoring methodology focuses on quality over quantity. After the initial meeting, each lesson becomes increasingly individualized as Dr. Donnelly adapts the curriculum to your particular test-prep needs. Any weaknesses are quickly addressed to ensure that your conceptual and methodological foundations are solid. Of course, we also look at strategies for dealing with various situations you may encounter on the exam, but experience has shown that these strategies prove much more effective after students have fine-tuned their understanding of the GRE’s content. If, on the other hand, you’ve already done some test prep and feel comfortable with your background knowledge, then Dr. Donnelly will focus more on the concepts and question-types that are troubling you most.
Either way, Dr. Donnelly's patient step-by-step teaching style will help to build your confidence in each topic and greatly improve your test-taking skills.
When selecting a private GRE tutor, it is important to focus on quality rather than just the price. A great tutor should possess, excellent academic qualifications, have extensive teaching experience, be dedication to the career of tutoring, and should have a patient and professional teaching style.
You would be amazed by how many tutors are out there offering to teach subjects in which they are not fully qualified. A sub-standard tutor can actually do more harm than good and end up destroying a student's confidence. Hence, make sure the tutor has an advanced degree in his or her chosen field, preferably from a top-tier university. But just because a person is gifted in a particular subject does not mean he or she can actually teach. An excellent tutor should also have extensive teaching experience at different levels, and be able to explain each concept clearly to the student in a number of different ways.
Many tutors treat tutoring as a second job done only to help to pay the bills or to tide them over in between their actual careers. Hence, it is not surprising that with so many other distractions, many of these tutors do not display the same level of professionalism and focus that one would expect from a dedicated, full-time professional tutor. The tutor must help each student to feel comfortable enough to ask questions and make mistakes without feeling self-conscious during the lesson. Hence, the tutor must be patient and pleasant-natured while at the same time encouraging the student to take an active part in each lesson.
With a Ph.D. from Oxford University, Dr. Donnelly could have chosen to pursue any career that he wanted. His love of teaching led Dr. Donnelly to become a full time professional tutor. Dr. Donnelly is now considered by many leading academics to be one of the finest GRE tutors and test prep specialists in the country.
Dr. Donnelly only accepts a limited number of students each year and his schedule tends to fill up rather quickly. Hence, it is often advisable to reserve your time slot well in advance to ensure availability. Places are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.
One-on-one lessons are simply the most effective method for students to improve their subject knowledge and greatly increase their GRE scores. Many students, who have previously experienced problems in a group setting, tend to flourish under one-to-one tutoring. With private lessons the student does not have to compete for the teacher's attention. In the traditional classroom setting students must often wait while the teacher addresses the needs of the other members of the class. With private lessons, one can progress at one's own ideal pace.
Also, with one-on-one lessons, the tutor will customize the entire lesson plan around each student's individual needs. This helps the student to progress much more quickly than in a group environment since the tutor can easily adapt the lesson to concentrate upon the individual's strengths or weaknesses in the subject. Many students are often amazed by how quickly they have managed to pick up a new topic when they are free from the distractions of the classroom environment and the associated peer pressure.
Private lessons also give students the additional confidence to ask questions when they don't fully understand a particular topic. Many of my students tell me that in the past, they had felt very self-conscious of peer pressure while in the classroom setting. This problem is avoided with individual private lessons.