Finding a competent and efficient GMAT tutor is one of the best ways to ensure that you get a high score on your GMAT test, drastically increasing your chances of being accepted on to one of your preferred programs.
Broadly, there are two options when selecting a GMAT tutor; you can opt for online tutorial, or face-to-face tutorial. There are benefits to both methods; generally, a face-to-face tutor provides practical advice, higher levels of engagement, and tends to suit kinaesthetic learners (those who learn through action and repetition) more than online tutorial. Online tutorial tends to be cheaper, and allows you to study at a time to suit you; this is a great benefit to those who may have a busy schedule.
Tutoring -whether face-to-face or online- tends to be one on one; this allows the tutor to engage the student in a manner which suits them, personalising lessons in a way that will ensure maximum information retention, and maximising student engagement. One on one tutoring has many significant advantages over classroom based learning.
There are many tutors available for GMAT courses in London; this can often make it difficult to determine which tutor is likely to be the best to suit your needs. Tutoring is a skill within itself, that requires so much more than just a knowledge base in order to produce effective results, for this reason, it is essential that you are able to engage and converse openly with your tutor. Having a strong social dynamic with your tutor allows you to learn quickly, absorb and retain knowledge, and address any difficulties you are having. Before selecting a tutor in London, I’d strongly recommend speaking with them first to ensure that you are able to communicate efficiently.
GMAT tutoring is a very specialised field; the tutors that produce the best results for their students tend to be the ones who have had the most experience in the industry. Before selecting a tutor, it is wise to read reviews from former students, or even speak with them directly to get some feedback on their experience; however, it’s important to remember that people learn better under different environments. Some students may need a great deal of revision and testing in order to take things in, where others may see extensive testing to be unnecessary. Some students may need some level of social and personal interaction in order to remain engaged, where others may prefer to simply stick to the assigned material. Figure out what works best for you, and use this to determine which tutor suits you the best.
A competent tutor will almost always have a learning plan for you, beginning with the basics, such as how the Computer Adaptive Format works, and will generally progress and recap with you at a pace that suits you. The best tutors will have set goals for you to reach in a time frame that works for you and will not go so fast that you cannot learn, nor so slow that you are wasting time. Be sure to communicate with your tutor if you find that you are struggling to understand something, as missing a crucial piece of foundational information early on may mean that you struggle to understand concepts further along.
One of the most crucial aspects of GMAT is learning to solve the questions quickly. This is something that your tutor should be able to help you with. Having the knowledge to answer the questions is great, but it’s also essential to learn the process of figuring out the answers, and rehearsing how you will feel when the clock is ticking. If you can memorise a process that works for you, you can learn to repeat it for each question, and in time learn to do it faster and faster. A competent teacher will test you and time you, giving you helpful advice along the way about ways in which you can solve problems and equations more efficiently.
Remember, London has a dense population, and hence, a broad and diverse talent pool of GMAT tutors available. Invest your time in selecting a tutor that can teach you efficiently, in a way that suits your learning style, will pay off in dividends. Write down a list of requirements before selecting a tutor, and take your time to research your tutor properly. Find out about their experience, their former students, and their learning style. Most importantly, get to know them as a person, and you will find the studying process far less daunting.