I was wondering whether anyone has heard of this GMAT test prep company? They provide actual and virtual private tutoring for GMAT.
Any feedback or testimonial would be appreciated. Thanks
Hey I can actually offer some feedback here. I started at Kaplan
, just b/c they're the biggest name and all I really knew about. Plus I'd had previous experience with Kaplan
that was, on the whole, really positive so I felt great going in. I started the Kaplan class
and it was *immediately* apparent that I'd totally wasted my money. As a top scorer, sitting in a classroom designed for some mythical "average" student who just wanted to go from a 500 to a 560 was a total waste. Really nobody is an "average" student - everyone's got their unique needs. So I talked to the Kaplan
folks about switching to tutoring but they were... difficult... with me so I just washed my hands of it and left. It really was too bad since I otherwise think highly of them.
So I started looking around to find a place that just did tutoring and could help someone with specific needs like mine. I'm right near NYC so there's a ton of options, but also since it's NYC everything's really pricey. Next Step seemed like a good choice pricewise, so I went with them. I started with an in-person tutor in NYC, but things really weren't clicking (it wasn't as bad of an experience as what it sounds like that other person had) so when I called them to talk about it, they were really nice, really responsive.
The guy I talked to (I think his name was Rob) said they'd give me a free hour of tutoring to try out the online format. I really wasn't interested in online, but since it was free I figured why not just try it. My tutor, this guy Elliot, was phenomenal. Brilliant, funny, easy to talk to. I'm still not where I need to be, but that's just b/c I'm OCD and crazy and want an 800, but Elliot was key in helping me get from like mid 600's into the mid 700's. Just a genius guy. So anyway I did the rest of the tutoring online and have been telling my friends to go to Next Step and specifically request Elliot by name.
I guess ultimately what I would say is this: when it comes to tutoring the thing that matters is the tutor, not the company name. So whoever you look at, ask specifically about who your tutor would be and ask if you can talk to them before you pay for the tutoring. For me, that was a big issue with a lot of places - they demanded money before they would even tell me who the tutor could be.