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Dr. Donnelly - Manhattan's Top rated Tutor

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Stuart Donnelly has helped literally hundreds of students to improve their test scores significantly and achieve their academic goals. He is considered by many leading educators to be, "one of the most experienced and qualified private tutors in the country."

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    "Hello Dr. Donnelly, I just wanted to let you know that Lev, your student, was admitted to Harvard this fall. Your contribution was invaluable. Many thanks."

    Anne L., Manhattan, New York.

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    "My son benefited tremendously from his tutorial sessions with Dr. Donnelly. Not only did he grow in confidence, but he was given the tools to expertly tackle his high school entrance exams. Dr. Donnelly is patient, consistent and totally committed to the welfare of his students and as a result of his thorough and knowledgeable sessions my son was accepted to all of the schools to which he applied. We are enormously grateful and cannot recommend Dr. Donnelly enough!"

    Victoria A., Manhattan, New York.

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    "I was admitted to NYU's Stern School of Business today! Thank you for all the help!"

    Madeleine S., Manhattan, New York.

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    "My daughter has worked with Dr Donnelly for the last three months and it has been wonderful. Dr. Donnelly has been able to focus on her weaknesses and provide enormous insight. In addition, his advice with regards to strategy for the test has been invaluable. He is able to engage students and provide support well beyond other tutoring services. He is sincerely committed to student success and offers a personalized service with sound methodology. Within 3 months her scores improved significantly. In addition to all his talents ... he is just one of those really smart people that can teach."

    Deborah W., Bergen, NJ.

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    "Professor! I just wanted to let you know that I got accepted into some amazing programs for grad school! Particularly Georgetown's school of foreign service, which is among the top schools in the world for that area of study. I just wanted to say thank you and that you really are amazing!"

    Nick C., Manhattan.

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    "Doctor, Eijiro was just offered a place at Cornell ! Thank you so much for all of your help in tutoring her and helping her to prepare for her SAT exam. I don't think she would have made it without you."

    Confrence G., Brooklyn, New York.

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    "I just want to thank you for helping Zoraiz prep for the SHSAT. She made it into Stuyvesant! Thank you once again."

    Asia I., Manhattan, New York.

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    "I have some great news! I was accepted into medical school!!! Thank you so much for all your help, time, and dedication. You're truly the best!"

    Katherine F., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Both my sons were tutored by Dr. Donnelly in preparation for the New York City SHSAT test and he was of great help to them. Both improved their practice scores steadily, scored well on the exam and were accepted to their top choice schools. We couldn't be more pleased.”

    John L., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly is simply the best in his field. I came to him just three weeks before my exam in desperate need of a strategy to improve my CARS score. In just three lessons, I jumped 30 percentiles in my practice exams on that section and ultimately scored in the 95th percentile on the MCAT. Dr. Donnelly is professional, kind, patient, and so willing to do everything he can to support his students in succeeding on the MCAT. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of strategizing their test preparation!"

    J. F., Miami, FL - (online student).

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    "I took the GMAT today and scored a 710 (80 point jump from the first test)! Very happy with the results and wanted to thank you for your help!"

    Puja D., Queens, New York.

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    "I scored a 518 (96th percentile!) Thank you so much for all your help!"

    Nardia V., CA

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    "Thanks for all the tutoring help. I earned a 169 (99th percentile) on the Verbal section of the GRE."

    Thomas H., Manhattan, New York.

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    "I was tutored by Dr. Donnelly for the TOELF IBT test and I have to thank him for his patience and dedication on this preparation. I found his classes to be very convenient not only because I live outside the US and could take the classes through Skype, but also because he accommodated his schedule conveniently to mine and was able to get an almost perfect score on my test. I got accepted at NYU! Thank you so much!"

    Diana M., Colombia (online student).

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    "Just wanted to update you and say thanks again. I managed to get a 710 on the SAT Physics exam!"

    Richard V., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Stuart is the kindest, most patient MCAT tutor I have ever encountered. No matter what your background is, whether you've had MCAT training in the past or none at all, Stuart's one-on-one approach is able cater to the learning speed at which you need. This also enables you to pick and choose your areas of weakness. He is also extremely good about scheduling a time that is fit for you. I worked full-time and was still able to meet Stuart for weekly lessons after I got off work. Lastly, Stuart has a very comprehensive selection of MCAT material (Kaplan, ExamKrackers, Princeton Review, Berkeley Review), thus allowing him to pick and choose certain passages that he believes would be the most helpful. Altogether, I'm very glad I found Stuart!"

    K.S.F., Los Angeles, CA (online student).

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    "710 GMAT score! Stuart taught me some tricks and short cuts that came in handy on the quantitative section of the GMAT, but more than anything else, he helped me settle into a calm focus that helped me perform at my best in the exam."

    Roman V., Manhattan, New York.

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    "I needed to pass precalculus in order to finish my degree and graduate but when I tried to take the class without tutoring, I failed miserably (twice!) I had almost given up hope of getting my degree, but recently I decided to go back to school to try one last time to pass this last remaining class. On my first quiz I scored so poorly that I considered giving up and dropping the course. As a last resource, I decided to search for a tutor and that's how I found Dr. Donnelly.

    I have never been good at math (I am actually terrified of it!) so Dr. Donnelly's calming and patient demeanor was a great help. I felt comfortable and even began to feel confident after my first meeting with him. He is not a "there is just one way to solve a math problem" kind of teacher, if a method didn't work for me, he would find a different way to approach the problem to help me understand it. He actually made the lessons enjoyable!

    After one month of intensive lessons with Dr. Donnelly, I passed my precalculus class with an amazing 85% and finally got my diploma. I am so proud of myself."

    Denisse A., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly, Jon got a 498 and he was accepted to Bard Early College and Brooklyn Latin. Thanks for all your help!"

    Mary G., Staten Island, New York.

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    "I finally worked up the courage to check my MCAT score and found out I received a 515 / 94th percentile! I cannot thank you enough for your help. I am so relieved to have conquered this exam. I never could have scored a 129 in CARS without your methods and expertise!"

    Jess F., Manhattan, New York.

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    "I got an MCAT score of 514! Thank you for all your help! Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!"

    Alexa L., Manhattan, New York.

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    "The fundamentals I learned from Dr. Donnelly were very helpful. I received the one-on-one attention that I did not receive in the Kaplan prep test. I did not feel embarrassed to ask basic questions. Dr. Donnelly was very patient with explaining concepts in detail until I understood. Additionally, he was always available via email or phone."

    Neelu V., Manhattan, New York.

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    "I aced the math section of the GRE today - score 166 (93rd percentile). Thank you again for all your help"

    Monica Q., Manhattan, New York.

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    "I worked with Dr. Donnelly over the summer to improve my MCAT. Dr. Donnelly has many tricks to simplify everything - from passages to math equations to detailed physics concepts. We met both in person and via Skype. He provided all of the study material, was incredibly patient, and overall just a great instructor. I definitely recommend anyone taking the MCAT work with Dr. Donnelly - you'll see results"

    Samantha S., Hempstead, New York.

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    "I scored a 700 on the GMAT earlier today. I improved in Math quite substantially, from a 44 (70th percentile) the first time to a 49 (88th percentile). I'm pretty thrilled. I wanted to say THANK YOU very much!"

    Brian M., Boston, MA (online student).

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    "Dr. Donnelly's private tutoring stands apart from other mainstream/commercial review programs because he isolates an individual's weaknesses and tailors a successful review and test-taking strategy that conforms to an individual's needs -- rather than those of the masses. Dr. Donnelly was able to quickly understand and dissect my thought process in order to help me break old habits and establish stronger test-taking skills so I could get that higher score I wanted."

    Jacqui S., Manhattan, NY.

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    "Dr. Donnelly's way of teaching is very calm and effective. By teaching math in the simplest ways possible he managed to make it interesting and challenging at the same time. I am happy to report that I recently passed my TASC exam with a score of 90 percent."

    Marie M., Manhattan, NY.

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    "Hi Stuart. Just wanted to share some great news with you - I received multiple offers to medical school this year and have narrowed it down to GW in DC and PCOM in Philly. I am thrilled to be headed to school in August. Thank you so much for all your help and support throughout this process."

    Christina T., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Stuart's strategies were very helpful in tackling the MCAT passage based questions. After just a few meetings, I felt more confident approaching the exam. I just got my scores and I did very well!! I got a 518 overall/97th percentile (130 on chem/phys and bio, 127 on CARS, and 131 on psych/soc). Thanks for your help preparing!"

    Emily S., Manhattan, NY.

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    "I rate Stuart as an excellent teacher. He inspires the brilliant students, but also encourages those who may find certain topics quite difficult. His lessons are well structured...and it is obvious that he thoroughly enjoys his work In conclusion, Stuart is a talented and a dedicated teacher".

    Mary G. Lawton, Head Mistress, French International School (Hong Kong).

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    "Dr. Donnelly is a wonderful teacher. He is quick to pinpoint weaknesses and, in many cases, turn them into strengths. He always has a structured lesson plan and pertinent homework assignments and puts aside time in the lesson to go over "trouble problems" from the previous lesson. I highly recommend taking a prep course with him. His patience, humor, and kindheartedness makes an otherwise uncomfortable standardized test almost enjoyable."

    Mia P., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly tutored my son in Physics. My son learned a few steps to help him solve the problems faster and correctly. Every lesson helped my son feel confident. My son constantly talks about how Dr. Donnelly has taught him skills that even transcend beyond the physics that he is able to use in his classes at school. Dr. Donnelly was also very good at being able to work around a person's schedule. I highly recommend him, he is a great tutor. Thank you Dr. Donnelly!"

    Tania L., Bronx, New York.

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    "I rate Stuart as an excellent teacher. He inspires the brilliant students, but also encourages those "Dr. Donnelly has shown himself sensitive to the needs of his students, responding to their questions, offering reassurances, when necessary, and challenging pupils to consider the subject matter in depth. I recommend him to you without hesitation."

    E. H. Clements, Head of Mathematics, French International School, Hong Kong.

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    "Dr. Donnelly has a real knack for explaining topics in plain English and for making them come alive with real-life examples. I would encourage anyone who needs to get up to speed in their preparation for undergraduate or graduate studies to give Dr. Donnelly a call. You won't regret it!"

    Mike H., Greenwich, CT.

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    "Dr. Donnelly was patient, kind and willing to work with me in various areas to help improve not just my score but my understanding of the questions. His schedule is flexible and he is willing to work with you to give you what you need. My score went up dramatically and I would recommend Tutors of Oxford to anyone."

    Jodi B., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly is patient and supportive and is clear when explaining questions that were challenging to me. He also urged me to work out questions on my own, which was extremely helpful. He created an atmosphere in which I looked forward to the challenge of each section on the practice tests, and I definitely felt more confident taking the test. If I need to prepare for another standardized test, I will definitely contact Dr. Donnelly."

    Pauline E., Brooklyn, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly's rates are very reasonable, his location convenient and he was able to accommodate my varied schedule. After a handful of sessions in which he patiently worked with me to target the specific areas I could improve in given the limited time, I was able to reach the needed score to start college in September, thanks to Dr. Donnelly."

    Clare C., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly taught me clearly in a very short time. It was very effective just before my exam, and the results turned out to be great! He was nice and encouraging, and I enjoyed his lessons."

    James R., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Great teacher! Great lessons! Dr. Donnelly loves to teach, is patient and motivates you to really put in the necessary work and attention to improve your math skills. Before I started lessons with Stuart, I was terrified of math and was failing my Pre-Calculus class with a 48% average. But after an intensive 4-week course with Stuart, I ended up not only passing my class, but I also scoring a 89% on my final exam! Thank you so much Stuart. I couldn't have passed my without your help!"

    Denise B., Bronx, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly helped me build my confidence, which improved my test taking substantially. I'm no longer afraid of Physics because he taught me strategies to break down complicated problems into simple concepts. He also reviewed concepts I didn't know in depth, asking questions to make sure I understood. I strongly recommend Dr. Donnelly, he made test preparation enjoyable and fulfilling."

    Mora V., Staten Island, New York.

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    "I got a 31 on the MCAT! I have had several interviews and just got my first acceptance to last week. Very happy to have that and know I'm definitely going to med school!"

    Alexa W., Manhattan, New York.

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    "I want to start with saying that you are an amazing tutor! My composite went from a 29 the last two times I took the ACT to a 33! You helped me achieve a 11 point jump on my science section, and a full 4 points on my composite in the two months you tutored me! Thank you so much, I will recommend you to all my friends, and hopefully in a few years be back in your office for help on the MCAT's. Thank you again"

    Vaishivi J., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly substantially improved my verbal score and confidence level on the GMAT. I received a 600 before I met with him and after our sessions I received a 660. Dr. Donnelly showed me many techniques that books and previous tutors did not. Thanks a lot Dr. Donnelly!. I appreciate your help immensely and will refer anyone who asks to you."

    Amir B., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Oliver got into his first choice! BRONX SCIENCE. SCORE 536. He would not have made it without you. Thank you!"

    Charles B., Queens, New York.

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    "I went up over 100 points in the math section of the GED alone! Thank you very much for your help!"

    Lauren Mariani, Manhattan, New York.

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    "I appreciated how Dr. Donnelly concisely tailored his teaching to fit my learning style. His strategies are unique and helped me improve my MCAT score by 17 points to an amazing 523! - I got a perfect 132 score on the Bio section and near perfect scores on all of the others (130 on Chem/Phys,, 130 on CARS, and 131 on Psych/Soc). Thank you Dr. Donnelly!"

    Vismaya S., Colorado (online student).

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    "Stuart's strategies were very helpful in tackling the MCAT passage based questions. After just a few meetings, I felt more confident approaching the exam. I just got my scores and I did very well!! I got a 518 overall/97th percentile - (130 on Chemistry/Physics, 130 on Bio, 127 on CARS, and 131 on Psychology/Sociology). Thanks for your help preparing!"

    Emily S., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly provided me with the tools that I needed to succeed on difficult problems and take my GMAT score to the next level. I took the GMAT yesterday and got... in the 73 percentile in the Math section. This is right where I needed to be."

    Brendan W., Manhattan, New York.

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    "I got a 700 on the GMAT on Saturday. 95% verbal and 68% math. Thanks again for all of your help."

    Anoop V., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Dr. Stuart Donnelly was the help I needed to jump 9 points while retaking my MCAT. He gave me the confidence and the tools I needed to succeed and I really could not have done what I did without him. He is extremely knowledgeable on all things MCAT and is beyond patient. He is great at what he does and is super helpful getting his students to the next level. He is also very professional and organized. Would recommend Stuart to anyone who enjoys learning in a 1 on 1 environment and will put in the work he asks for! I also had the privilege of doing Skype sessions and in person sessions and both were great, not one bad thing to say."

    Jordan M. Manhattan, New York.

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    "I started with Stuart at the beginning of the summer and didn't have any idea what to expect on the MCAT. Stuart was so incredibly helpful and was always understanding even when I had trouble understanding topics. His strategies were extremely helpful, and he has seemingly unending knowledge on every topic on the MCAT. The one-on-one attention made it possible to focus on areas in which I personally struggled, rather than being forced to follow a curriculum in a larger group setting. After working with Stuart for about 2.5-3 months I took the MCAT, and I'm thrilled with my score and won't be taking it again, which wouldn't have been possible without Stuart. I got a 514! (91st percentile!), Chem: 128 (86th percentile, CARS: 129 (95th percentile), an d Psych:131 (99th percentile!) Thank you so much for all of your help"

    Chloe K., Bronx, New York.

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    "I received my MCAT score this morning and received a 514. I got 132 in CARS! I'm pretty happy with the result. Thanks for all your help."

    Ben H., Dallas TX (online student).

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    "I wanted to let you know my math score on the GRE was a 163 (87th percentile). I only needed a 155, so I am very happy about the results. Thank you so much for your help. I think the biggest thing you did for me was instill confidence in my abilities."

    Cindy J., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Dr Donnelly was professional, knowledgeable, and pleasant to work with when our son needed to get started on working for his AP Calc BC, which his school did not offer. All went well and he got into Oxford, so we're grateful for Dr Donnelly's guidance!"

    Sophie M., Manhattan, New York.

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    "Stuart Donnelly gave my daughter amazing guidance in her Sat / ACT prep which resulted in a top score. We had worked with him for shsat prep as well and he is a reliable and professional tutor and gave her the prep she needed to excel. I highly recommend Stuart and his service , top quality!!"

    Kenny S., Bronx, New York.

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    "Though I felt confident in chemistry, I was struggling with studying for physics while preparing for the MCAT. This changed when I went to Dr. Donnelly to sharpen up my physics. He was very helpful, and I felt very confident going into test day. I ended up scoring in the 97th percentile for the chemical and physical foundations section! All of my tutoring took place over Skype--so where ever you live you should give Dr. Donnelly a try!"

    Alison H., Los Angeles CA (online student).

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    "Dr. Donnelley helped me zone in on my problem areas on the ACT, and raise my score to a 33 in just a few sessions. He was patient and taught concepts in an intuitive and comprehensible manner. I highly recommend him as a tutor."

    V. J., Manhattan, New York.

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    "My daughter is a conscientious student. She put in a good amount of time with a famous national prep service and did well on her first attempted GMAT. Nevertheless she wasn't satisfied. Within a short period of time working with Dr. Donnelly she had achieved a near perfect score.

    Dr. Donnelly made a true difference and I appreciate his expertise and his dedicate. It is truly difficult to move from a 97% to a 99.97% within a few weeks but with Dr. Donnelly's help it was possible."

    Jane V., Fort Washington, PA (online student).

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    "I worked with Dr. Donnelly over the summer to improve my MCAT. Dr. Donnelly has many tricks to simplify everything - from passages to math equations to detailed physics concepts. We met both in person and via Skype. He provided all of the study material, was incredibly patient, and overall just a great instructor. I definitely recommend anyone taking the MCAT work with Dr. Donnelly - you'll see results."

    Samantha S., Hempstead, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly is a proficient and kind tutor who has a lot of patience. His teaching methods and abilities are far beyond of what average teachers contain. I received homework for every lesson which enabled good practice. I was able to increase by 200 points on my SAT exam due to his help. Very well worth it."

    Sulaiman W., Queens, New York.

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    "Dr. Donnelly tutored my son on physics for SAT II Physics. My son learned a few steps to help him solve the problems faster and correctly. Every lesson helped my son feel confident. My son constantly talks about how Dr. Donnelly has taught him skills that even transcend beyond the SAT physics that he is able to use in his classes at school. Donnelly was also very good at being able to work around a person's schedule. I highly recommend him, he is a great tutor. Thank you Dr. Donnelly!"

    Talia L., Bronx, New York.

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    "Hiring Dr. Donnelly was the best decision I had made. I hired him for GRE prep when I was living in NYC. I had been out of college for 10 years and was going back. The field I was going into was very very competitive so a good score on the GRE was very important. I took the GRE after several sessions with Dr. Donnelly and received a great score and was accepted into the graduate program I had applied to. Without his help I would not have done as well as I did and more than likely would not have been accepted into the grad program. He is very patient and explains things in a manner that make sense and is very knowledgable in this arena. I highly recomend him!"

    Cindy L., Tulsa OK, (online student).

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    "I have had several interviews and just got my first acceptance last week. Very happy to know I'm definitely going to med school - Thanks Dr. Donnelly!”

    Alexa D., Manhattan, New York.

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    “If you are willing to put in the time to work, Dr. Donnelly will make sure you succeed. He is incredibly easy to understand and patient.”

    Robert K., Brooklyn, New York.

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    “Dr. Donnelly's way of teaching is very calm and effective. By teaching concepts in the simplest ways possible he managed to make it interesting and challenging at the same time.”

    Maria M., Manhattan, New York.

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