GRE prep in San Diego, near you, & online
You need to take the GRE, but you might be having trouble preparing effectively by yourself. Or maybe you've tried a GRE prep course or class that didn't really raise your scores. Good news! We can help. Whether you're applying to graduate, business, or law school, we'll demystify and de-stress the entire GRE prep process for you so you can get the test handled and get on with the rest of your life. We offer a 15% discount for active duty military - contact Vince for more details.
Below are the 2 options we have to help you get ready for the GRE.
OPTION 1: Directed Self-Studying. Work directly with Vince to create a customized study plan unique to your situation and skill level - our #1 most popular service! You get new assignments each week based on your progress.
Works great for: People who mainly need to know what to study and how to study it, who like having some accountability, and who are happy to learn from videos.
OPTION 2: Private GRE tutoring.
One-on-one GRE tutoring is a completely customized experience and is the most effective and efficient way to improve. To see our GRE tutors' bios, locations, and pricing, please click here.
Works great for: People who like learning through back-and-forth conversation and personalized explanations. Tutoring is also a great option for people with LD/ADHD or for non-traditional / older students.
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GRE Customized Study Plan
Coaching from Kotchian.
Most of the GRE battle is inevitably fought solo - you sitting at your desk, working through lots and lots of practice problems. However, what people need for GRE prep varies tremendously, so one-size-fits-all study plans don't work well for many people. To help make sure you prepare effectively on an ongoing basis, I offer a customized GRE study plan. This is my most popular service!
We'll create a complete schedule with daily and weekly to-dos for math, verbal, and essays that is based on your unique situation and goals, and we'll incorporate my favorite productivity, time management, and study strategies.
You'll send me a weekly email so I can give you ongoing feedback on your progress and update your assignments. You'll be getting the best possible advice on what to do each week until you're 100% done with the GRE.
Includes my GRE Verbal Precision video course (described below) and everything that comes with it!
Customized study plan clients also get 10% off private tutoring with Vince.
After you sign up, we’ll contact you to schedule a 45-minute Zoom meeting to create the plan.
Instructor: Vince Kotchian
Client Testimonial: "I highly recommend Vince for GRE prep! I signed up for his customized study plan after trying to get started on GRE studying on my own for a few weeks. Vince was super helpful. He helped me develop a study plan that worked with my schedule and provided a ton of material (including his GRE Verbal course). He was attentive and provided useful feedback and tips throughout my studies. After 2-3 months of studying with Vince, I took the GRE and was thrilled to see that my score went up significantly."
- Mariah B.
GRE Customized Study Plan Lite
The low-calorie version :)
This is a simplified version of the customized study plan: after you sign up, I'll send you a questionnaire to learn more about your GRE prep timeframe, goals, strengths, and weaknesses. Based on your answers, I'll email you back with my recommended materials for your situation. You'll also get a list of tasks for the 1st week of your prep, and a list of activities to accomplish by the time you actually take the GRE. Note: this plan does NOT include a Zoom meeting with me or any ongoing support.
If you're confused or overwhelmed, this is an easy way to kick off your GRE prep.
Includes my GRE Verbal Precision video course (described below) and everything that comes with it! Customized study plan clients also get 10% off private tutoring with Vince.
Instructor: Vince Kotchian
GRE Verbal Precision
$19 - $24
Hone your verbal skills.
I've twice gotten a perfect 170 on the GRE's verbal section, and GRE Verbal Precision is my online verbal video course designed to quickly raise your verbal and essay scores, whether you're an international student or a native English speaker.
I call it "verbal precision" since it teaches you to be able to precisely tell whether answers are right or wrong. Unless you're already scoring near 170 for verbal, this course will improve your accuracy and confidence. Also covers the essay section of the test.
- my GRE Vocabulary Cartoons course
- access to GRE Prep Squad - my private Discord group - so you can ask me questions directly.
Instructor: Vince Kotchian
Client testimonial: "Vince knows what he is doing. His experience shows. He has been responsive, respectful, and encouraging throughout my time working with him, and the online course was a convenient way to learn. My GRE verbal score went up 5 points to a 166 out of 170, making my dream schools seem attainable. I would highly recommend Vince to anyone who is willing to put in the work to improve."
- James T.
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"I was tutored by both Vince and Blake for the GRE and they both were excellent! Not only were they both supportive, extremely helpful, and very upfront, I never felt judged or dumb by any questions or concerns I had (something I have experienced by previous tutors). I had taken the GRE 3 times prior before meeting them, and I couldn't do anything to improve my verbal score no matter how much I prepared or studied. I met with them only 4 times, twice with Blake and twice with Vince, and I raised my verbal section 6 points (from a 144 to a 150) and was able finally to meet the criteria I needed to apply to my graduate programs! I wish I had known about their test prep sooner to be able to spend more time with them, but I am so happy I finally did. I highly recommend their test prep as someone who as always struggled with standardized and timed tests. These guys are great at what they do and helped me even when I thought it was too late!"
- Jordan Mason
"My biggest concern was the QR section (I hadn't taken a math class in over 13 years and my career thus far didn't involve anything beyond basic algebra), so I enrolled in private tutoring with Bronte. She was an absolute delight to work with. I could come to her with high level questions and she'd break down the concepts and help me identify what was actually being tested and directed me towards which practice problems/exercises would be most beneficial to me. She wouldn't just give me the answer, but would work through problems with me and again, never made me feel stupid for not knowing how to do something I judged to be simple and basic. Scheduling was a breeze, she was easy to communicate with and was ALWAYS pleasant and encouraging. In the end, I walked away with scores well above what I needed to get into my program of choice."
- Taylor Wycoff