San Diego GRE CLASSES
My in-person GRE classes are limited to just 12 students per class to keep them fun (yes, I said "fun"), interactive, and engaging.
The small class size also lets me cater to people with stronger skills as well as those who are complete beginners.
I also have an online GRE verbal course and a customized GRE math prep option.
Interested in one-on-one GRE tutoring? We do that, too.
GRE Math (Customized)
We create a complete GRE math study plan based on your unique situation. Includes all materials as well as one month of weekly office hours with Vince. Once you sign up, we'll schedule a meeting or call to get started.
Instructor: Vince Kotchian
ABOUT OUR CLASSES
What will this class cover?
GRE Math courses cover the math sections of the test and GRE Verbal courses cover the verbal and essay sections - taking both a math and verbal class will prepare you for the entire GRE.
After doing this for 11 years and working with all kinds of people, I'm really good at explaining the GRE. My expert advice combined with the opportunity to talk things through with me will raise your scores - as long as you're willing to put in some hard work. I'll cover both concepts and strategies and throw in every tip, trick, and hack I've learned over the years.
Here are a few of the takeaways:
- All GRE math concepts explained in simple terms
- How to precisely prove answers for vocab and reading passages
- How to deal with tricky critical reasoning questions
- How to make sure you're ready to write great essays
- How to develop good technique and strategy for verbal and math questions
- How to squeeze the most value out of practice questions through analysis
- How to effectively study outside of class
- How to decipher the GRE's patterns, logic, and rules
- How to analyze your practice tests and make better test-taking decisions
Everything we do is designed to maximize your test-day performance and your score.
What's included in the price?
- Weekly office hours with Vince.
- A 1, 2, 3, or 4 month study plan that covers every part of the GRE.
- All books and materials. (For online classes, these are shipped to you.)
- Hundreds of video explanations of GRE questions and concepts. In-person GRE Verbal classes include free access to my complete online GRE verbal course (normally $179).
What makes your classes different?
Long answer: Does your hairdresser do your taxes?
Short answer: I've been doing this for 11 years.
Test prep is not a common career, so most test prep teachers - especially those who work for big organizations - are working part-time while they finish grad school or look for a "normal" job in their field of interest. Once these instructors move on, the big company hires more newbies and the cycle repeats. This is why big companies and universities don't tell you who's teaching their classes.
In-person GRE Verbal courses are $350 for 9 hours of class time, and in-person GRE Math courses are $550 for 15 hours of class time. Taking both a verbal and a math class will prepare you for the entire test.
When should I take a class?
It's better to take a class first and then study on your own as opposed to vice versa, because by taking a class, you'll learn how to study more effectively, with the right materials. The GRE is NOT about memorization - so don't worry about forgetting what you learned in the class if your test isn't coming up right away. In fact, you will really benefit from having some time to practice on your own after the class ends!
Who should NOT take the class?
Everyone, even high scorers, will probably benefit from a verbal class. Learning more precise verbal technique and analysis skills will raise your score, even if it's already high.
If you are very solid on math concepts, keep in mind that in GRE math classes we spend a lot of time teaching concepts. So, the main benefit to you might be the test-specific techniques we teach as well as the accountability and structure the class provides.
What's that, you say? You know your math concepts AND you have the discipline of a Navy SEAL? Then check out our customized math prep option.
"This class will help you gain confidence and do better on your GRE. Vince doesn't just teach a class and go home. He emails constantly to help hold you to your study plan. He creates opportunities for fellow students to get together and help study. Even after the class is over he continues to follow up with everybody to see if they need help or advice on how to tweak their study habits. In the class, you won't get a wrote set of, "do this if you see this problem." Vince teaches you how to dissect the question, identify patterns and build an understanding of the logic behind the test and questions. If you're looking for a highly personalized and efficient method to help build confidence and skills to master this test, sign up!"
- Ted Pease
"I took the GRE course with Vince, and it was excellent! Vince is so professional and patient, he answered every question I had asap, and I had a lot!! I am a foreign student, now applying for a PhD in California, and I wasn't at all familiar with the GRE test and the whole application process here. Vince was so helpful and walked me through the whole process. He has great ways of teaching and bringing very clear examples of both ways to solve math problems and writing essays. I am so glad I chose him! The small group and personal atmosphere really made it easier to concentrate and understand everything he was talking about. Would give him even more than 5 stars! Thank you Vince!!"
- Simona Showstack
"I took a GRE class with Vince as well as enlisted his help on writing my statement of intent for grad school. I got into my dream program, which is very competitive, and I owe a lot of that to the fabulous advice I got from Vince. He is always available via email, and responds quickly which is so important during stressful times like taking the GRE, wondering if you should re-take the GRE, wondering what is the most important thing to focus on in your statement, wondering if what you wrote is just not jiving with the reader (he's totally honest with the kindest of deliveries). Really guys, Vince is the real deal and totally worth the cost when making it into your dream program on your first try is of the utmost importance. Thank you Vince!"
- Chelsie Saunders