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The GMAT Tutor: The 4 Costliest GMAT Prep Errors

Posted by Jason Shapiro on 3/30/15 11:00 AM

Don’t be the guy in the middle. Be the guy on the right.

I have worked as a private GMAT tutor in Boston for years now, and many of my students have asked for the secret path to success on the exam. I tell them it’s like the reverse of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina – All GMAT successes are successful in their own way, but all failures are alike. Below are five common approaches to studying that typically lead to unsatisfactory results.

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The Best Free GMAT Resources

Posted by Jason Shapiro on 3/16/15 10:25 AM

Free stuff is the best stuff.

The GMAT is expensive. Really expensive. The test alone is $250, and GMAT coaching can be more expensive. At Cambridge Coaching, we offer a range of options for our private GMAT tutoring in Boston, NYC, and online, so we can accommodate students on a budget. Our rates are among the lowest in the business, but even so, we try to save our clients money whenever we can. Fortunately, some of the best material out there for studying for the GMAT is free, so I wanted to take this time to share some resources that have helped countless students I have worked with succeed on the exam.

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GMAT Tutor: The First Step is Just Signing Up

Posted by Jason Shapiro on 1/12/15 7:52 PM

After you scale the GMAT-mountain, these cute little mountain goats will be waiting at the top!

The holidays are over, so put down that eggnog and start thinking about how to make your 2015 great. That’s right; it’s time for a New Year’s resolution! As a private GMAT tutor in Boston and New York, I have a fitting mantra for those of you considering the possibility of business school: Just sign up.

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GMAT Tutor: How to Approach Overlapping Set Problems

Posted by Jason Shapiro on 1/7/15 10:00 AM

Imagine getting one of these for each single and double trait problem you solve!

Overlapping what?

Overlapping sets are, by far, one of the most complicated topics on the GMAT. Any good GMAT coaching regimen should focus on demystifying this topic. But if you put in a little bit of elbow grease and apply a formulaic approach, these seemingly overwhelming questions can score you big points. As a private GMAT tutor in Boston, I’ve worked with students and developed some effective strategies that I’ll share in this post.

There are two types of overlapping sets.
Here’s the big picture definition: overlapping set questions assign things a particular trait. Maybe you are looking at a class of high school students who either take Spanish, French or both. Maybe you are looking at a survey of men and women who either voted for or against a bill. We can define the two types as single- or double-trait questions. With single-trait questions, everyone is assigned one or more attributes within a given trait. With double-trait questions, everyone is assigned two attributes, one for each of two traits.

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GMAT Tutor: A Little Change in Approach Makes a Big Change in Score

Posted by Jason Shapiro on 11/12/14 9:30 AM

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