Over the past seven years I have tutored hundreds of students in private one on one tuition. Having taught group classes in the past, I am convinced that private tuition offers better results than group classes at a comparable price. In addition to these experiences most potential students seem to be interested in the following bits of my CV.
- My GMAT score was a 770 (99th percentile). I scored a 50 in the quantitative section, a 46 in the verbal section, and a 6 in the analytical writing section.
- About 50% of the people I work with are people for whom a test prep course didn't work. If you got a low score after taking a prep course don't worry.
- If you haven't done math since GCSE, don't worry. I have experience helping people build on GCSE level maths, and most British students are facing the same hurdle.
- I have experience teaching the verbal section of the GMAT to students from more than 70 countries. Yes it takes more time if your English isn't very good, but it is possible to raise your score.
- This past year I completed the MBA program at the University of Cambridge. If you need help deciding on a program or navigating the admissions process, I can help.
- I taught English as a Second Language to engineers and executives in Poland. If you are still studying for the IELTS or TOFEL, you should probably wait until you have a sufficient score on these exams before studying for the verbal section of the GMAT.
- I have consulted on computer adaptive testing for the United Kingdom government. I can get into as much detail as you want on how the exam works. While it is interesting, it probably won't help your score too much.
- I worked with kids who could not be taught in traditional classroom environments. Working with these "trouble kids", I came to respect that not everyone learns the same way.
Submitted by michael on Sat, 12/03/2011 - 22:54
I often get the question, "Is the GMAT getting harder?" To be honest, I don't know. It is scored on a percentile basis so I think it pretty likely to say that there will always be the same percentage of the population scoring at a certain percentile. So if the GMAT is getting harder, it is probably because the population is getting smarter.
So while the GMAT might not be getting harder, it is clear that a GMAT score doesn't mean what it use to. Consider the chart below:
Submitted by michael on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 18:34
I just met with a new students today. He is coming to me after having done poorly on the GMAT. Today he told me that he had skipped lunch the day of his GMAT. This got me thinking about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Abraham Maslow was a psychologist who proposed a theory that to be motivated to complete higher order tasks you have to first satisfy the basic human needs. Maslow's theory is often represented with this triangle that I lifted from wikipedia.
Submitted by michael on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 21:15
The top ten reasons people go to business schools that admissions committees never hear about (these are all real).
1) To find a spouse. Many people have been so focused on work that they haven’t had much of a social life since University. You may be surprised how common this is.
Submitted by michael on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 20:56
The GMAT is about competition. This fact should factor into your GMAT® Prep. It is worthwhile to ask, "What is it that will make me better than 90% of those people who take the GMAT?"
Because I am so fond of this question, I ask it to all my students.
Some fo the answers that don't seem to lead to high GMAT® scores include:
Submitted by michael on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 14:59
The GMAT tests basic maths and verbal ability?