“I worked with Joa, who was amazing. I had taken the GRE before and wanted to raise my score ~10 pts. Joa was very knowledgeable and patient. She helped me build my confidence with math (a subject I always struggled in). Her explanations made sense and I was able to apply the skills we learned in tutoring to the actual GRE. In the end, my score improved dramatically.”
“I worked with Joa throughout my GRE studying experience and she was really wonderful! Especially with the quantitative sections, Joa was extremely knowledgeable and was able to explain concepts in simpler ways. She also helped me enhance my essay writing skills. Overall, I was able to improve upon my past scores, and tutoring really helped increase my confidence going into test day.”
“Emily taught me thoroughly about GRE-related content and I can confidently say my learning experience was much better because of her. I actually learned things that were useful for both my test taking and my everyday life such as ways to figure out vocabulary and how to use math practically and more easily.”
We’ve worked with students just like you and helped them improve their GRE scores to get into their top choice schools. Kevin had his sights set on a Masters of Public Policy, and had a compelling application packet -- except for his GRE score. He had never been great at standardized testing, and had tried self-study and an online course to improve his GRE score without great success. The GRE score was the only thing in the way of his success in getting accepted to his top choice MPP programs.
Kevin had a strong GPA and a diverse set of strengths. He was good at math, and relatively quick at calculations, but really struggled to break down word problems and make sense of what they were asking. He could answer Reading Comprehension questions quite accurately, but he took far too long reading the passages so would often run out of time on the Verbal sections. Luckily, Kevin was an avid reader so vocabulary wasn’t a struggle for him! Kevin needed a professional to assess his overall performance and give him a strategic plan for boosting areas where he already had strengths, and fill in the gaps where he was struggling.
We started by thoroughly assessing Kevin’s performance on previous practice tests, and watching him work through timed practice problems to get a sense of his work style when it came to the Quantitative and Verbal sections. We came up with an overview of his strengths, which allowed us to back-burner those initially and really focus in on the areas where Kevin needed help (don’t worry though, we came back around to those back-burner items before we finished our work together!).
We began by working on increasing Kevin’s reading speed without losing his retention. It doesn’t help to speed read if you can’t answer the subsequent questions! We strategized the time allocation for reading/answering and practiced, practiced, practiced. Next we carried over his reading comprehension skills to the quantitative word problems that were giving him issues. It turned out that a few skills were applicable across multiple sections, which really boosted Kevin’s confidence. Finally, we brought back in the areas where Kevin was already quite strong and made sure we did plenty of mixed practice of all question types.
By the time we finished working together, Kevin was scoring consistently higher on his practice tests, and when he took the GRE, he beat the elevated score he set for himself by 4 points! We were as excited as he was about his success!
GRE preparation doesn’t have to be something you dread!
When you work with a JEM expert, you’re working with someone who has over 10 years of experience in teaching people how to achieve their test goals, and not only that, but also in making it a little bit fun!
Content: Analytical Writing, Verbal, Quantitative -- the GRE covers a lot of ground, and it can feel like a lot if you’re trying to cram the details!
Strategy: how to approach each question type so that your skills can shine through!
Timing: sometimes the clock ticking down gets under your skin and you just can’t focus -- but we can help desensitize the timing pressure so you’re good to go!
Organization: preparation and materials can be overwhelming -- we help you understand what to focus on.
Confidence: even the strongest students can suffer from a lack of confidence, but when you work with a test prep expert, you have someone who knows you and your strengths cheering you on and giving you tangible tips to stay on an upward trajectory!
Motivation: how to break through those slumps where you’d rather do anything besides test prep!
Each hour is a power-packed session with a test prep expert. Our experts have over 10 years of experience helping students in exactly your position, and that experience means you’ll have the best help available to achieve your goals.
“Joa is FANTASTIC! I was working full time in Indianapolis and studying for the GRE whenever I had time. Joa specifically helped me to reach my test score goals and pushed me in a good way. Highly recommend.”
“I had an incredible experience with my tutor Emily. I was truly intimidated by and ready to cancel my GRE test date. Emily really helped me to understand both the skills necessary to successfully take the test and the strategies behind answering the more difficult questions on the test.”
“Joa has been the key to my performance improvements. She has been very thorough in all of our classes. She's also really smart and always knows different avenues to help me understand certain GRE topics.”
“My tutor Joa was absolutely amazing. I really enjoyed my sessions with her. She is wonderful, patient, kind, understanding, great personality, very positive, and really helped me prepare for the GRE. I can't say enough good things about Joa.”
When you work with JEM Achievement experts for 12 or more hours, you’ll receive an Admissions Strategy Session, valued at $275 but yours for free. An Admissions Strategy Session is a full hour of time with one of our Admissions Specialists to review your applicant profile and plan a timeline for your application process. We’ll help you feel empowered and in control of your applications, setting you up for success!
We can’t wait to meet you and get started on achieving your goals!
We (Joa and Emily) met while working for Big Test Prep companies and knew there was a better, more personalized way to provide digital test prep and admissions consulting services. Thus, JEM Achievement was born: tailored and flexible support available online, no matter where you are. JEM empowers students in pursuit of advanced education through curated courses, private tutoring, and strategic coaching. We strive to have a hand in developing future leaders within their communities, instilling a solid set of values to be carried forward.
We have worked with hundreds of GMAT, GRE, and graduate admissions students over the course of our 10+ year careers in private education and know how stressful test preparation can be. With jobs, families, and life, we realize that test prep courses are difficult to add into the mix, but we also know that they are an extremely important piece of the admissions puzzle. We also realize that you don’t always know if you’re paired up with an instructor who is a good fit for you.
Both of us have compatible styles with sometimes different perspectives and strengths, which is why we make such a great team! When you work with one of us, you can be sure that you’re still getting the other because we are in constant communication behind the scenes, strategizing ways to bring out the best in your abilities. We have worked with students from all over the world from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of goals. You can be sure with us that you’ll receive honest advice and work with people who care about you as an individual. We know what achievement can do for self-confidence, and we want you to find success!