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Private tutoring? [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2012, 07:56
Hi,

I wanted to ask you guys if private tutoring is worth it? I was thinking of getting a tutor, since I already am familiar with the GMAT, I got a score of 600 (Q47, V26), so i thought maybe it would be easier instead of joining a course, to get private tutoring, and just get it over with so I can improve my verbal, and slightly my quant. Any thoughts? or better solutions?
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Re: Private tutoring? [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2012, 08:46
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Hi Alboushi,

Private tutoring is a great way to personalize your learning and have customized lessons. But in most cases, I recommend tutoring as a supplement, not a replacement, to classes. Classes are, as a rule, more cost effective, and at Kaplan we try to ensure that even classes with a dozen students are personalized to the level of the class.

Part of the decision depends on your goals, though. What are your goals? If you're only looking for an increase of a few points, or if you're looking for an increase in a limited amount of time, tutoring might be right for you. Tutors offer lots of flexibility--they're better for short crash courses and for intensive, short-term high-effort rushes to test day.

Whatever you choose, good luck with your test!

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Re: Private tutoring? [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2012, 08:50
I'm personally someone who doesn't think he would benefit from private tutoring, but if you think you would, I'd say go for it.
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Re: Private tutoring? [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2012, 09:02
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Thanks for your reply Eli,

The problem is that we don't have proper course centers in my country (Kuwait), so I can only enroll in online, however if I enroll in online, if I can find proper timings, I'll be obliged to go through all the material all over again, which I don't want. I also have seen your advanced GMAT course on kaplan, do you think it would be helpful?

My pactice tests were as follows

kaplan (650, dont remember scales, i remember something in the 70% for math and english i think)

MGMAT (660 Q45, V35)

and actual GMAT a disappointing 600 (Q47, V26)

So I believe what I need is more of a customized course, since I'm already decent in Quant, so i need maybe like 90% focus on Verbal I guess, since I really underperformed comparing to my practice tests. (I'm hoping for a score of 690-720, which I believe I'm capable of, however I just need the proper guidance).
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Albuloushi wrote:
Hi,

I wanted to ask you guys if private tutoring is worth it? I was thinking of getting a tutor, since I already am familiar with the GMAT, I got a score of 600 (Q47, V26), so i thought maybe it would be easier instead of joining a course, to get private tutoring, and just get it over with so I can improve my verbal, and slightly my quant. Any thoughts? or better solutions?


A score of 600+ is certainly suitable for private tutoring since you would want to focus on only those things which are not working for you. You may not want to sit through the entire course. But the split you have, Q-47 and V-26, doesn't support opting for private tutoring, in my opinion. The relevant Verbal theory is not too much. You can easily go through it using books (e.g. CR books 1 and 2, SC books 1 and 2 and RC book of Veritas) and then practice lots of questions from these books.
If you want, you can take the services of a private tutor for a short duration - say a couple of hrs for CR, a couple for basics of SC and an hour for RC. Thereafter, you can practice on your own for a month and put together questions you have issues with. Then, you can take another 2 hrs of your tutor's time and use it to clear all your doubts. Some such set up might help you.
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Re: Private tutoring? [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2012, 10:20
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KapTeacherEli wrote:


Thanks for your reply Eli,

The problem is that we don't have proper course centers in my country (Kuwait), so I can only enroll in online, however if I enroll in online, if I can find proper timings, I'll be obliged to go through all the material all over again, which I don't want. I also have seen your advanced GMAT course on kaplan, do you think it would be helpful?

My pactice tests were as follows

kaplan (650, dont remember scales, i remember something in the 70% for math and english i think)

MGMAT (660 Q45, V35)

and actual GMAT a disappointing 600 (Q47, V26)

So I believe what I need is more of a customized course, since I'm already decent in Quant, so i need maybe like 90% focus on Verbal I guess, since I really underperformed comparing to my practice tests. (I'm hoping for a score of 690-720, which I believe I'm capable of, however I just need the proper guidance).
Okay, in that case, it sounds like you're right. When students seriously underperform on Test Day compared to their practice tests, that can be a sign of a number of things--a one-on-one tutor can help you dissect exactly what went wrong, and how to avoid those pitfalls the next time around.

However, the Advanced course is definitely another option. Remember, for most schools, points are points. Even if you're really good at Quant, if the Advanced math topics can squeeze 10-20 points more into your math performance, that's 10-20 points less verbal you need to make your goal!
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