Services & Availability

Services

I offer one-to-one tuition for the GMAT Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections. I am also happy to discuss the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) and Integrated Reasoning sections. I teach at the British Library or nearby. I may travel to you or to a mutually convenient location in central or north London. I do not travel to Canary Wharf.

Availability

(August 2016) I take on very few clients these days, so you’ll need to be persuasive. If you work for an NPO or in the public sector or are otherwise making the world a better place, I would be far more inclined to tutor you. I try to make time for women and ethnic minorities where possible. I am also happy to recommend another tutor should you wish. Recently I have tended to take on either students or those in the following areas:

  • the not-for-profit sector
  • the public sector
  • the green economy
  • the creative arts
  • education
  • international development

I am potentially available 24/7, except for Sunday 10am-1pm, although I rarely teach before 10am.

Pricing

I offer a half-hour free trial (or a discounted first session) so that we can talk about what you need and how I can help. I will gladly discuss the exam, resources and study aids, agencies or anything else, and answer any questions that you may have. We can also look at one or two questions together so that you can get an idea of my style and how I may be able to help. After that you can choose from the following:

BASIC RATE

£180 for each two-hour session (payable in advance or on the day)

N.B. If you have not had a free trial, your first session is charged at £120. If you do not wish to continue after half an hour, you pay nothing.

PACKAGE DEALS

£750 for 10 hours or £1,400 for 20 hours (payable in advance or on the day; 6-month expiry, non-refundable)

DISCOUNTS

I am unable to offer any further discount to most MBA students as my GMAT income funds my voluntary teaching and tutoring of younger students. I make the occasional exception: if you run an NPO, for example, or if you’ve been clearing land-mines for the past few years (both genuine examples), or if you belong to a group that is underrepresented in business. If something similar applies to you, please say. I am happy to consider non-financial payment, for example event tickets, cheap flights or art.

Or save yourself a whole load of money by getting my ebook instead.

INVESTMENT BANKER (& SIMILAR) RATE

£150/hour

Sixth-form students and below: my rates are highly flexible. I may teach for free or next-to-nothing, say £10/hour, if you are on a limited budget and motivated to learn. You deserve a good education and I want to help you develop the tools to learn. I can’t at present spend many hours teaching at this rate although if I could afford to I would. That’s what I’m aiming for anyway.

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A few words on the competition… Many agencies will charge you considerably more than £80/hour for one-to-one tuition.

Kaplan may well be able to provide you with someone who has not only done the GMAT but gone on to business school. That’s not something I can offer, and if it’s important to you, you should choose them. They do however charge £3,850 even if you buy 35 hours tuition, which comes out at £110/hour. I don’t like to be negative about other people’s services, but the majority of students who have come to me disappointed have been to a Kaplan course. It seems that many people know the Kaplan name and stick with what they know. If you do your research, you’ll be in a better position to decide which provider is the one for you.

Manhattan have just bumped up their price to an eye-watering $5,625 for 25 hours ~ that’s nearly £140/hour. I have however been to a free Manhattan seminar and it was pretty good.

MLIC, or MLI Consulting, also known as turboprep, looks very suspicious and I would strongly recommend you avoid them. They’ve recently resorted to libelling me on their homepage, as well as denigrating a number of other prep companies. I refuse to take them seriously, but if there are any budding libel lawyers out there who want to win an easy case in return for some tuition, we could probably come to an agreement.

Freelance private tutors are cheaper and prices may vary considerably. You obviously don’t get the guarantee of a known or established brand, but there are steps you can take to find out whether a freelance tutor is a good investment for you. All tutors should be able to show proof of their GMAT scores. Good tutors probably have teaching experience and/or good references: if not, the very least they should offer is some sort of free trial. You don’t want to waste your time with someone who won’t be able to help you, and you certainly don’t want to be paying over the odds. Many tutors and agencies offer some kind of guarantee that your score will improve: it’s always worth asking.