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Lesson Details

Dr. Donnelly's San Diego-based office is conveniently located at 5425 Oberlin Drive, Suite 202, San Diego,  California.

Our comfortable office is fully equipped with all the teaching materials required to provide an ideal learning environment for the student. There is also a charming seating area for the parents of younger students who may wish to be present during the lesson.

Yes. Due to popular demand, Dr. Donnelly is now offering one-on-one online lessons via Skype or Zoom. Private online tutoring is a convenient test prep option since no time is wasted getting to and from each class. Payments can be made over the phone via any major credit card, and homework and teaching materials are emailed. So no matter where you live, the best tutoring option available is just a mouse click away.

Students can choose from the following lesson durations: 1-hour lessons, 1.5-hour lessons, or 2-hour lessons. Most students have one or two weekly lessons at their regularly scheduled time slots.

Private lessons with Dr. Donnelly are available Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM EST.

Yes, homework assignments help reinforce the topics covered during class. This also enables students to practice in between lessons and helps to expedite their progress. Please note that any student serious about significantly improving their test scores must be willing to put in the additional time and effort required outside of the weekly lessons. The homework exercises will help to guide you in this effort and will noticeably speed up your progress. After all, practice makes perfect!
Tutor's Details

Dr. Stuart Donnelly, the founder of Tutors of Oxford, was awarded his Ph.D. in mathematics from Oxford University by the age of 25. His teaching experience and academic credentials are second to none. With over 18 years of private tutoring and teaching experience at all levels, Dr. Donnelly is considered by many leading educators to be "One of the most experienced and qualified private tutors in the country."

He is also the author of several critically acclaimed test prep books from the highly popular "For Dummies" series by Wiley & Sons Publishing.

Dr. Donnelly tutors students who are preparing for any of the following standardized tests:

Over the years, he has helped hundreds of students to improve their standardized test scores and achieve their academic goals. We are confident that he can do the same for you.

Over the years, Dr. Donnelly has developed many unique problem-solving techniques that help his students to master even the most difficult topics. These proprietary methods (unavailable elsewhere) show students the most efficient approach to deal with each type of question appearing on each standardized exam.

Dr. Donnelly's tutoring methodology focuses on quality over quantity. After the initial meeting, each lesson becomes increasingly individualized as Dr. Donnelly adapts the curriculum to your particular test-prep needs. Any weaknesses are quickly addressed to solidify your conceptual and methodological foundations.

Of course, we also look at strategies for dealing with various situations you may encounter on the exam. Still, experience has shown that these strategies prove much more effective after students have fine-tuned their understanding of the exam’s content.

If, on the other hand, you’ve already done some test prep and feel comfortable with your background knowledge, then Dr. Donnelly will focus more on the concepts and question types that are troubling you most.

Either way, Dr. Donnelly's patient step-by-step teaching style will help to build your confidence in each topic and greatly improve your test-taking skills.

Over the past 18 years, Dr. Stuart Donnelly has helped hundreds of students improve their test scores significantly and achieve their academic goals. Many of his previous students have been admitted to some of the world's leading schools and universities, including Oxford University, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Cambridge, NYU Stern, etc.

But don't just take our word for it. Click on the links below and see why Dr. Donnelly has earned Yelp's 5-Star Top Tutor rating.

When selecting a private tutor, focusing on quality rather than just the price is important. A great tutor should possess excellent academic qualifications, have extensive teaching experience, be dedicated to the career of tutoring, and should have a patient and professional teaching style.

You would be amazed by how many tutors offer to teach subjects in which they are not fully qualified. A sub-standard tutor can do more harm than good and destroy a student's confidence. Hence, ensure the tutor has an advanced degree in their chosen field, preferably from a top-tier university.

But just because someone is gifted in a particular subject does not mean they can teach. An excellent tutor should also have extensive teaching experience at different levels and be able to explain each concept clearly to the student in several different ways.

Many tutors treat tutoring as a second job performed only to help to pay the bills or to tide them over in between gaps in their full-time careers. Hence, it is not surprising that, with so many other distractions, many of these tutors do not display the professionalism or focus that one would expect from a dedicated, full-time professional tutor.

The tutor must also help each student to feel comfortable enough to ask questions and make mistakes without feeling self-conscious during the lesson. Hence, the tutor must be patient and pleasant-natured while at the same time encouraging the student to take an active part in each lesson.

With his Ph.D. from Oxford University, Dr. Donnelly could have chosen to pursue any career that he wanted. Still, his love of teaching led Dr. Donnelly to embark upon a career in education. Dr. Donnelly has been a professional private tutor for 20 years, and he is now considered by many leading educators to be "One of the most qualified and experienced private tutors and standardized test prep specialists in the country."

New Customers

For information regarding rates, availability, or to schedule your first lesson, please contact Dr. Donnelly at:

Phone: 917-568-2473

Email: dr.stuart.donnelly@gmail.com

Please note that Dr. Donnelly only accepts a limited number of students each year and his schedule tends to fill up rather quickly. Hence, it is often advisable to reserve your time slot well in advance to ensure availability. Places are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.

Absolutely not. You are under no obligation to take any further classes if you don't wish to do so, (although I find that the vast majority of my new students are very keen to reserve their regular time-slot after their initial lesson).
Since Dr. Donnelly provides all teaching materials needed for the lesson, there is no need to bring anything other than a means of payment (Dr. Donnelly accepts cash, checks, Venmo, Zelle, Paypal, and all major credit or debit cards). Some students also prefer to bring their own notebooks.

For information about Dr. Donnelly's hourly rate or currently-offered discounted package prices, please contact Dr. Donnelly at:

Phone: 917-568-2473

available Email: dr.stuart.donnelly@gmail.com

Since Dr. Donnelly's schedule tends to fill up rather quickly and he often has students wait-listed for open time slots, he asks that 24 hours notice be given if a student wishes to reschedule or cancel a previously scheduled lesson. Please note that lessons that are canceled by the student without any notice are charged at the usual rate.

When a student purchases a discounted package of lessons, Dr. Donnelly makes a commitment to the student to ensure availability within his schedule to accommodate the number of lessons within that package. Since Dr. Donnelly's expertise is highly source after, this means that he often needs to turn away other potential new students in order to fulfill this commitment.

For this reason, no refunds are available for any unused lessons from a packages of lessons. However, in exchange for this reciprocal commitment on the student's part, each lesson within the package is discounted from Dr. Donnelly's usual rate.

General Tutoring Questions

This depends upon a number of factors including which package of private lessons you select, your initial knowledge of the subject, and how much time and effort you are willing to put into your studies (and homework assignments).

However, if you are willing to put in the necessary work, you can rest assured that with Dr. Donnelly's expert guidance, you will maximize your chances of achieving the greatest possible improvement in your test scores.

Dr. Donnelly can customize a private intensive test prep course for students who need to improve their scores in a hurry. Please keep in mind however, that Dr. Donnelly's schedule tends to fill up very quickly hence, it is highly recommended that you reserve your intensive course as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.
Group classes are generally unavailable since each student usually has a very different learning rate and initial background knowledge of each topic. Hence, the best way to address this problem is through the individual attention only available with private lessons. However, joint classes can be arranged, for example, if two friends who are both at similar levels in the same subject wish to learn together.

One-on-one lessons are simply the most effective method for students to improve their subject knowledge and greatly increase their test scores. Many students, who have previously experienced problems in a group setting, tend to flourish under one-to-one tutoring. With private lessons the student does not have to compete for the teacher's attention. In the traditional classroom setting students must often wait while the teacher addresses the needs of the other members of the class. With private lessons, you can progress at your own ideal pace.

With one-on-one lessons, Dr. Donnelly customizes the entire lesson plan around your individual needs. This will help you to progress much more quickly since each lesson will concentrate upon your particular strengths and weaknesses in the subject. Many students are often amazed by how quickly they have managed to master a new topic when they are free from the distractions of the classroom environment and the associated peer pressure.

Private lessons also give students the additional confidence to ask questions when they don't fully understand a particular topic. Many of my students tell me that in the past, they had felt very self-conscious of peer pressure while in the classroom setting. This problem is completely avoided with individual private lessons.


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