Getting A Good gmat Tutor
Because tutoring can be expensive, you'll want to be sure you get a good tutor. If you live in a large market, you may be overwhelmed by the number of tutors offering services. If you can get recommendations from others who have already prepared for their GMAT, that's a good place to start. If not, then you can consult the tutor directory on our site, or scan local advertisements for a tutor. When you contact a tutor, we'd suggest doing some of the following:
- Speak to the tutor on the telephone before your first meeting, or arrange a meeting in person. Good teachers need to be good communicators, and by speaking with a prospective tutor, you will probably know whether he or she will be able to explain things to you in a way that you can understand
- You should ask about your tutor's credentials- experience with the GMAT, GMAT score, and the results achieved by past students- and you may also want to ask for references from past students. Bear in mind that if your tutor only teaches one of the two sections of the test, his or her overall GMAT score might not be relevant (there are exceptional verbal tutors who do not perform well in the mathematics section of the test, for example)
- If you are aiming for an elite score, you should verify the tutor can help you get there - ask a hard question in your first meeting, and see whether the tutor can help you to understand it
- If you arrange a lesson with the tutor, you will almost certainly know after the first couple of hours whether the tutor will be able to help you. Initially, don't accept to pay for more than the first lesson.
While it makes sense to expend some effort to find the right teacher, a good tutor is nearly priceless - a good GMAT result can change your life. The best tutors will be dedicated to ensuring you achieve your best possible score- be fair with them, follow their advice, and be sure to recommend them to others once your lessons are finished!