65 ‘Jefferson Prep’ Reviews
Good but expensive
I hired Jefferson Prep to provide SAT prep for my daughter. The tutor was a lady named Monica and she was quite good. My daughter's SAT score went up over 300 points.
BUT I should say the price was very HIGH. I paid close to $2500 for 30 hours of private instruction.
I don't think this is necessary within everyone's budget. I found some cheaper options after the tutoring began, but my daughter was happy with Monica so we continued.
I asked for a payment plan but they didn't offer this.
Jefferson Prep Did Not Pay My Comissioned Rate
In Spring of 2010 I was approached by the Executive Director of Jefferson Prep, Richard Bahar, via Craig's List to work with a GMAT student. I confirmed my rate to Richard Bahar by email and Richard Bahar told me per IRS regulations that I had to wait until the end of the tutorial to receive payment. Richard Bahar sounded very legitimate and so followed his instructions. At the end of the tutorial, I submitted the log of my sessions and I was told a check was in the mail. I was also told that I could not be paid by PayPal because Jefferson Prep had been the victim of fraud on PayPal, and had closed their account. When I did not receive the check I left a number of telephone messages with Jefferson Prep. Normally no one picked up when I called, but one time when I called, I had a conversation with Peter Cormons, the company's Vice-President, who told me I was listed in their company database as trying to scam Jefferson Prep. Peter Cormons said that there were many "bad people", who had worked with Jefferson Prep as tutors and, who tried to scam Jefferson Prep, and that because of my telephone calls I had been listed as trying to take money from Jefferson Prep. I then asked the GMAT student with whom I worked call Jefferson Prep to put pressure on Richard Bahar to send me the check. The student said he would do so and that he too was originally worried because Jefferson Prep had taken his money and took a long time to send him a tutor. A short time later, I received a check from Jefferson Prep but it was for less than half of the agreed upon amount. I then left further messages with Jefferson Prep. When I did not hear back after weeks of leaving messages, I stated I would take legal actions and/or go to the authorities. Richard Bahar then sent me an email stating I was threatening and harassing his company and that Jefferson Prep was beginning legal proceedings against me. The email asked me to have my lawyer contact "firstname.lastname@example.org". I stopped emailing and telephoning but reported Jefferson Prep to The Maryland State Attorney General's Office where the company is incorporated as well as the Internet Crime Complaint Center. I was told by Maryland State that they could not help but I could pursue the matter with local authorities. I did not do anything else after that but I still hope to get the remainder of the money I am owed. I would like to ask other people, who feel they have been scammed by Jefferson Prep, to contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center at "ic3.gov" or the Maryland Attorney General's office at: (410) 576-6300.
STAY AWAY - EXPENSIVE
I paid $1,200 for a 25 hour online TOELF class. It was terrible price for me. I had to pay by credit card because the price is high for pay by bank account. I am not happy with price.
WAY TOO EXPENSIVE
My tutor was meh. Competent but not friendly.
But the price? 80 bucks an hour for ONLINE tutoring? I mean come on.....In the future I will just find a tutor working at a community college or local high school and save some money.
I'm reviewing my tutor and my experience with the company. I worked with Bogdan for private GMAT prep. He was awesome. He was able to explain complicated math concepts in an easy way. I need LOTS of brushing up on math and he was able to reteach me these concepts while also preparing me for strategies.
Nice tutor but pricey!
I give 5 stars for my tutor (Dani) but 3 stars for the price.
I paid $75 per hour for this tutoring and although she was a great tutor, I checked online and found more affordable options...
So if your budget is tight I would recommend looking elsewhere.
Good but Pricey...
I was lucky that we won a 10-hour tutoring package at our school's annual auction fundraiser. Otherwise I don't think I could have afforded this. I think they charge around $800 for 10 hours which is more than this working mom can afford lol!
But the tutor who worked with my daughter was super!
My family retained the services of this firm for private SAT preparation. Services were tendered via the company's online portal.
While the price was reasonable and the instructor was well equipped for preparing our daughter for this exam, we were not impressed with the results of our daughter's SAT. After the 10 hour private package, her score only went up by some 100 points.
This was rather disappointing.
Therefore, we can only rate this experience as having been satisfactory.
Good tutor but SLOW customer service
Honestly I think they're customer service people who answer calls have the average IQ of 70. Calling them SLOW would be a compliment. I had to explain 3 different ways what kind of tutoring I need (I'm in an upper level math course).
My tutor was good though.
I worked with Danielle online. This was private tutoring online. She is totally fantastic. I am in boarding school and have lots of deadlines and sporting activities but, she was totally patient with my schedule. She's awesome and I recommended her to one of my friends for tutoring too!
Awesome tutor - But bad materials
I give 5 stars to my tutor. Just an AWESOME teacher all around. Brilliant, friendly, supportive, good social skills.
But the materials he gave me were bad; I was studying for the GMAT and he gave me the Official GMAT guide, but I thought the questions were old and out of date. I wanted more original GMAT exams.
Unfriendly tutor -
I had Calc 101 tutoring with one of their tutors and I didn't like her at all - she was super serious and not friendly. Also I was charged $60 per hour which is too much, at least I think it is.
LOL "Expert" Tutor? No way
My Mandarin teacher was a graduate student who has taught Mandarin in China, but never in the US. So basically I was one of her
FIRST American students.
She told me that she has worked with students in the UK, but I hardly think this qualifies her as an expert. Whatever.
I cancelled and got my money back. I'm now looking for someone who can actually speak English LOL and who is an EXPERT at teaching AMERICANS.
If you sign up with Jefferson Prep definitely ask for the SAT tutor named Aaron. I worked with him through their online portal and he was the absolute best. My SAT score went up more than I expected.
I've always been afraid of standardized tests and he helped me chill out. He even taught me a cool breathing experience that I could use if I panicked during the exam. He didn't have to do that so it was really appreciated. A cool guy all around.
BAD customer service - but nice tutor
Good luck getting these clowns to answer emails promptly.
I contacted them repeatedly about my specific, absolutely necessary requirements for commencing my private tutoring...for every 3 emails that I sent, I would receive ONE response. Quite unprofessional of them.
When I email customer service, I expect a prompt response.
The tutor, whose name was David Nguyen, was a nice fellow however and he was able to assist me with my GMAT quantitative prep.
I worked with Dani for online math tutoring and she was awesome. We worked on their online portal and it was great. She helped me understand concepts better than my teacher could explain.
I'm in boarding school so I needed someone with flexible schedule because I have lots of sports and clubs and she was super nice about this.
Good experience for Arabic Lessons
Here's my review for my online Arabic course with Jefferson Prep:
1) Five stars for the quality of the tutor. She was awesome! native speaker, great English skills, patient and flexible (I work in the government and travel often so needed a flexible teacher)
2) Five stars for materials...they gave me their own books and they were great
3) 3 stars for price. Pretty expensive all things considered...$1100 for the private online course.
Overall I would recommend though!
Good experience but expensive
I had LSAT prep with Tom and my score went up an adequate amount. But I paid $1500 which was, in my opinion, a rather
unreasonable sum in light of this current economy.
But if you can pay for it (or borrow said funds from your family, as I did), then you have my recommendation for Jefferson Prep.
They Suck - Stay away
I had private MCAT tutoring. My MCAT score was a 19 before signing up, and after 70 hours of private tutoring, it went to 28.
This was not enough to get into ANY medical school. I basically wasted a year and $4000 and didn't get anything.
I demanded a refunded but they refused.
They are crooks and not smart stay away.