Meet Our Michigan GRE Tutor
Josh was trained by the nation’s largest test preparation company before joining Next Step. He tutors the LSAT (171), GRE (1420) and SAT (1390). He holds a Bachelors from NYU, an MFA from University of Arizona, and he will be attending law school at the University of Michigan this fall.
Personalized GRE Tutoring in the Detroit Metro Area
Each Next Step student works through a completely custom program. From start date to test day, you’ll work one-on-one with a veteran GRE instructor to help you earn your best possible score. Since everything we do is completely customized, we can put together a program to help you succeed. We work with:
- Working professionals who haven’t studied math since high school and know they will need a lot of basic math review
- Students who have already taken the GRE but have fallen short of their goals — and who need to improve to be competitive for grad school
- Professionals who need to hit an above-average GRE score for nursing, physical therapy, or teaching programs
- Students looking for a very high GRE score to be competitive for top-ranked masters and PhD. programs
A History of GRE Success
With their improved GRE scores, our students have been admitted to over 100 graduate schools – often with significant financial aid.
Just got back from my exam, and wanted to share the good news that I’m extremely pleased with my GRE results. I scored a 163 and 167 on math and verbal respectively (roughly the 88th and 97th percentiles), and feel confident I got at least an average of 5.5, if not 6 on the written component. Thanks again for support throughout the tutoring process– I know this will be a huge boon to my admissions prospects!” Hayley, Next Step GRE student
Since 2009, Next Step has successfully worked with thousands of GRE students. Our students have gone on to a variety of graduate programs including:
- Highly competitive programs at the top universities including Harvard, Stanford, Penn, and Yale
- Health and professional programs all over the country including physical therapy, nursing, clinical psychology, and teaching
At Next Step, we focus exclusively on tutoring for the graduate-school entrance exams (rather than general tutoring for school children or college courses). That gives us unique insight and experience on teaching the GRE to adult students.
One-on-one GRE Tutoring Program Overview
Each of our students begins with a diagnostic exam to gauge their current score level and to understand initial strengths and weaknesses. (If you have already taken the GRE, we will review those scores instead). Students meet with their instructor once or twice per week, usually for two hours at a time. At each session:
- Students have the opportunity to discuss questions on their homework and re-assess their overall progress
- New topics are covered in-depth
- Students focus on issues of particular concern identified by their tutor
- Specific homework and practice exams are assigned for completion between study sessions
- Students who meet their instructors in person generally meet at a public or university library (or a quiet coffee shop).
Ideally, students prepare for the GRE for 2-4 months. However, we have also helped students successfully optimize a shorter time frame for maximum gain.
You can see an example GRE tutoring plan here — but we customize each program based on individual student needs, timelines, and test dates.
Next Step also specializes in helping two special GRE cases:
Working professionals who have been out of school — and particularly away from math. The math section is a major challenge for most students studying for the GRE. One of the frustrations students have with the test is that even if they are going into a professional program with nothing to do with math, they still need to take the same test as students going into engineering programs. Many of our students haven’t taken math since high school, and know they’ll need a basic review of concepts like intermediate algebra and advanced operations. (When was the last time you had to multiply exponents?) We can put together a personalized program that starts from the basics.
Students who have already taken the GRE and were unhappy with their score. Re-taking the GRE is never a fun experience. If you are in this position, you know how challenging it is to find the time to prepare for the test again — especially as application deadlines loom. We can help you focus in on your weakest areas for maximum improvement.
Materials and Methodologies
Our strong focus is helping students at every score level understand the concepts that underlie everything on the GRE. The material on the GRE is actually pretty basic — high school level math and English. The test is challenging because they put those basic skills to the test with some very challenging questions — under strict time limits.
Students who come to us after studying on their own often report that they learned lots of “tricks” but didn’t have these underlying tools.
If we work together, you’ll receive two prep books with methodologies and paper-based practice exams for timed practice. In addition you’ll receive up to 7 computer-adaptive practice tests — so that on test day, there are no surprises with test format or the time limits.
Flexible Start Dates and Scheduling
Since our programs are completely customized, our students can start any time. We will put together the right program to take you from your start date to the day of your test, making the best use of time available.
Students often ask how long our program is. The answer is that it depends on when you have to take the test and what your goals are. If you need to take the GRE in 3 weeks or 3 months, we can put together the right a program for you.
GRE Tutoring Available in Detroit Metro
We offer one-on-one GRE tutoring live in Detroit and all suburbs. If you are looking for tutoring in a different location, please see our main GRE tutor page. Our one-on-one live video conference tutoring program is also available for students who are traveling or live far way.