Education• Queen's University, Master of International Business;
• Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), Bachelor of Business Administration
• Global TESOL College, Teaching Business English.
• Studied as an exchange/visiting student at three other prestigious institutions: HEC Paris (France), University of Texas at Austin (USA), and CEIBS (China).
Experience8 years' teaching experience, helped over 10,000 students succeed in taking tests (GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT), learning languages (English and Chinese), and learning school subjects (math, physics, economics etc.).
Make sure to check out the review section and hear what my previous students said about me! ★★★★★
• Obtained education from highly-renowned institutions on three continents (Asia, North America and Europe) and two degrees;
• Strong academic records, study skills and mastery in business and economics;
• GMAT 770 or 99th percentile: Quantitative Reasoning 51, Verbal Reasoning 44.
• TOEFL 112/120
• Globally accredited TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teacher with specialization in Teaching Business English - received thorough training on teaching methodology and completed practicum;
• Substantial private tutoring experience on standardized tests (SAT/GRE/GMAT) with a broad range of clients, from basic-level learners to top-scorers, from business executives to sports elites;
• Tutored over 30 students on high school (including I.B.) math, physics, economics, and college level microeconomics;
• Taught TOEFL Preparation course at New Oriental (NYSE:EDU), the largest private education service provider in Asia;
• Strong inter-personal and cross-cultural competence developed and proven by working successfully on various projects across Asia, North America and Europe;
• Member of Mensa Canada (an international High IQ Society for people whose IQ is top 2% of population);
• Available to meet in person at two locations at no additional charge: Downtown (Bay/Bloor) and North York (Sheppard/Yonge).
• Also available to meet online (using web meeting technology).
• Discounts offered for 10-hour and 20-hour packages (message me for more detail).
• Vulnerable Sector Check (background check to work with youth, verified by Toronto Police Service).
My regular rate is $125/hr.
Most test-preparation clients choose one of the following 1-on-1 lesson packages to best meet their specific needs:
• 10-hour Package: $1000
• 15-hour Package: $1400 (most popular)
• 20-hour Package: $1800
You can also find out more about my current start-up venture at http://GaoPlusAcademic.com/
HobbiesVolleyball, tennis, table-tennis, skiing, travelling, writing, history, all-you-can-eat food :)
Client Reviews (30)
Rony is phenomenal. I came to him with difficulties on the GRE quantitative section. His ability to simplify and provide concrete examples to solve complex math problems is exceptional. For myself, he nurtured an interest in a subject I have always disliked. I found my experience quite profound as I have always seen myself as mathematically challenged. Rony is truly there to help and I believe he goes above and beyond what is required of a tutor. If you need assistance on a subject he is familiar with I would make a prompt appointment.
Rony is great! I have been absolutely terrible at math my whole life and had very little time to study for the GRE. I reached out right before the test and he absolutely came through. He gave me invaluable advice about how to best prepare and walked me through a few intensive tutoring sessions. He is incredibly patient and knows how to explain concepts (sometimes over and over again) in clear, simple terms. He gave me a lot more confidence walking into the test and I absolutely credit him with raising my score by several points. Also just a lovely guy.
Rony was an excellent tutor, going far beyond my expectation. I've had previous tutors for GMAT in the past and have never been able to significantly improve. With Rony, however, I was able to see changes immediately due to his teaching style. He breaks down the questions into simple terms and shows you the most effective method to tackle the problem. Additionally, he took the time to find where my weaknesses were and created a detailed itinerary of how we should proceed so that we could maximize our efficiency. I will definitely recommend Rony to my colleagues and friends if they ever need a professional's tutelage.
Rony was a fantastic resource for my son. He needs a specific score on his SAT to qualify academically for an Ivy league school regarding an athletic scholarship. He had worked really hard with an on-line tutor for the October 6th SAT writing, and scored well but not well enough! Rony managed to re-build his confidence, demonstrating there needed to be structure to Daniel's approach to the SAT. He studied his previous 2 writings to emphasize those area's that needed the most attention. His Reading/Writing associate worked with Daniel to ensure he was confident and prepared for this third and probably last writing. I encourage anyone who wants to take help their child take that next step to contact Rony and understand his approach to assisting young students in achieving their dreams! Thanks again Rony.....
Rony is an exceptional tutor. From day one he works with you to build a customized study plan based on your particular needs and helps you execute it every step of the way. With Rony’s help I was able to increase my GMAT score by nearly 100 points. Rony is a patient and professional tutor. He demonstrates how to tackle a problem and then helps you work through it on your own. My quant skills grew exponentially under Rony’s tutelage. He well exceeded my expectations and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to use his services in the future or recommend him to anyone struggling with the quantitative section of the GMAT.
Rony is a very well rounded and amazing tutor. I had the pleasure of working with him in preparing for my GMAT exam and there are several things that he does very well. First, because he has extensive experience in tutoring GMAT students, he is able to pinpoint students' weaknesses & areas of improvement and adjust the study strategy very quickly. Furthermore, he is not only able to explain GMAT question concepts, but also able to instill a way of thinking to approach the test questions in the best way possible. Finally, he is a very strong listener and quickly understands students' troubles with GMAT questions. I would highly recommend Rony for any student taking the GMAT who is looking for either a comprehensive tutor or a specialized one to get the best possible results.
Rony is an excellent tutor. He always went a step forward when I had questions. He explained me in 2 or 3 ways how to solve a question. He was available to answer my questions when we are not in classes. I sent several mails and almost immediately I had a very clear answer which allow me to continue my home study in peace. Since I am not a native speaker, I thought that I could not improve my GMAT score as soon as I needed, but during a month I boosted my score in 110 points. He is very patient and clear in his explanations. He is a professional. For example, he made a diagnose when we first met and then we established a plan to achieve the result that I was looking for. He gave me a lot of tips and he lead me through the process of acing the GMAT (daily homework, strategy, time management, etc). Rony is the man!
Rony is the most patient, honest, knowledgeable and flexible tutor I have ever met. With Rony’s guidance and expertise I was able to raise my score by 70 points! Without Rony, I would not have been able to reach my goals on the GMAT and become eligible to apply to top tier business schools.
When I came to Rony, I was already so terrified of math I basically couldn't open the textbook. I cried through my first round of homework. (It was a dark period.) But with patience and reassurance, he brought me from a sixth grade level to being ready to tackle GRE-level questions on my own. He's a warm, kind, experienced and attentive professional who offers well-planned, structured sessions that flow smoothly from explanations and demonstrations to trying it yourself. Rony doesn't just show you how to solve math problems, he demonstrates simply why math works that way — so the steps and rules finally make sense. If one explanation doesn't click for you, he's always armed with more approaches, seamlessly matching your personal pace and learning style. He also uses online homework to help you drill in hard-to-digest concepts, better than what most textbooks offer. I highly recommend him for anxious, panicking or discouraged students who need a tutor that's both emotionally supportive and skilled at teaching. It's rare to find someone with an advanced grip on math who can somehow still break things down for complete beginners — never letting them feel dumb, judged, confused or rushed. Rony is the high school math teacher we all should have had.
Rony is an amazing tutor. I was falling behind in my economic class and have great difficulties preparing for the final exam. Rony tutored me for 2 weeks before the exam. Prior to the exam, my average was 75 and I finished with 85. I am really happy with the results. Rony is very patience and he takes time to break down complex problems into simplified steps. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs help in economics and other math related course.
Been studying the GMAT for a while. Had a good grasp of the material and a solid foundation for some of the test taking strategies in both quant and verbal. Been scoring in the mid-high 600 in CATs but wanted to push my results a bit further. Rony understood what my needs were and started challenging me on hard quant and difficult verbal (mid 600's to high 700 questions). We went through various difficult questions and identify what methods were used to tackle these questions on different angles within a given time frame. What is most important is that he had a solid game plan when reaching that level – identify what questions can be “skipped” and what questions must be completed, essentially gaming the test in order to achieve a higher score. Rony is extremely knowledgeable, professional, patient and above all else, very enthusiastic about the GMAT. He even follows up on your progress after you completed the tutoring sessions. Highly recommended.
Tutoring with Rony was really a pleasure - he's works hard to understand your weak spots and is really understanding - he won't make you feel slow and will explain anything you need help with. He quickly identified what would work best for me and encouraged me if he noticed I was strong in a particular area or had a unique approach to solving things. He was very willing to work together on tougher level GMAT problems to come up with an approach that worked for me, and knew many tricks for simplifying scary looking questions. Overall he is very professional and qualified and I wouldn't trust anyone else to tutor you for tests like this. Reference: I worked with him for roughly 2 months and was able to increase my GMAT score by 80 points from 600 to 680. I know if I devoted more time to studies on a regular basis with his help I could have achieved higher but work caused limitations. In any case, without his help I would not have been able to advance. He is awesome!
It was a pleasure working with Rony to take my math skills to the next level for the GMAT. He is very knowledgable about the test and offered me a great deal of insight on strategy as well as the general format of the test. He is extremely patient and did a very good job at explaining concepts clearly and also showing me different ways to approach the same problem. I would definitely recommend Rony if you are looking for a GMAT tutor!
I had a great experience working with Rony, he was able to help increase my score by 90 points in 2 weeks. When I first met with Rony I had written my GMATs once already, but I did not get my ideal score. In fact, I was a long way off from my ideal score. With application deadlines looming, I had just over a month to prepare for my second round of testing, while also working a full-time job. By the time Rony and I had the opportunity to connect we had just over 2 weeks to work on my trouble spots. Rony was a very patient tutor, and he made me feel comfortable to ask even the stupidest of questions :) He gave plenty of examples to drive the point home, as well as many hints and tips that I found easy to digest and remember. Rony also provided me with a list of practice questions that tested the various concepts and question types found on the test. I felt very well equipped for my test the second time around, and I would have taken more sessions with Rony had I had more time. I highly recommend Rony as a tutor.
Rony is the best tutor I’ve ever come across, and I say this as a former teacher. Many of the reviews have spoken about his exceptional ability as a tutor, but I would like to detail what I believe what sets him apart: 1) Communication: Rony understands the importance of communicating in a clear and concise manner. He doesn’t complicate situations and lays out an easy-to-understand format with steps. 2) Flexible approach: Rony adapts his teaching methods to the learning style of the student. At times, I was unsure about certain problems. Many other tutors would keep repeating what they said, but Rony approached the problems in a different manner, immediately clearing up the confusion. 3) Extensive knowledge: Rony has tutored over 5000 hours, and clearly has an excellent understanding of the material, and has a keen sense of where the student has difficulty, and offers little tips to ease the process. This is a rare gift. 4) Positive feedback: Feedback is essential to motivating students, and offers a balanced perspective on strengths and areas to improve, but always is encouraging. Rony has a true talent for tutoring. He treats it like a craft, constantly working on it to help his students. He is a real joy and I would offer the highest recommendation for him as a tutor. He makes math fun!
Rony was great! Somehow found time to tutor me days before my exam. Explained everything and made it fun!!
Rony is a great tutor for students, my daughter in Grade 11 had been enjoyed what she learnt IB Math from his tutorong in the summer. Not only he is talented guy, but he is committeed, capable ,round being to take the mission. Well done ! Rony. Big Thanks ! Strongly recommanded !!!
Rony is the real deal. I had written the GMAT previously and failed to achieve my target score. I was given a second chance by the institution to improve my score (specifically in the quantitative section) in order to gain admission for the fall. The catch was I only had two weeks to do it. I found Rony online and couldn't have found a better tutor to help me reach my goal. He has all the tools (books, CAT practice tests, knowledge and patience) to help improve your score and understanding of the GMAT format. Rony's strongest attribute as a teacher is his ability to explain problems in multiple ways. Whenever I would have difficulty with a particular problem or concept, Rony would ask me to talk him through my thought process on tackling the problem. His study schedule/lesson plans were right on, helping me improve my skills drastically over the two-week period and peak on test day. With Rony's instruction I was able to boost my total score by 140 points and scaled quantitative score by 15 points. In the end I achieved a total score of 690 with a scaled score of 47 in the quantitative section. And we did it in just two weeks! I highly recommend Rony; I couldn't have done it with out him!
Excellent tutor. My daughter who is a grade 12 student has started getting perfect scores. Thanks Rony. Even at short notice responds immediately. I would definitely recommend him.
We had an emergency situation and Rony was prompt on his response. He came in the day before my daughter's test on trigonomic identities. My daughter had been ill and missed this section. When she returned to school there was a quiz and she barely passed (she usually gets 90s in math). With his help, she receive a 96% on her test the day after tutoring. Thank you Rony. We will definitely use you again.
We were lucky to have Rony help our son prepare for math portion of SAT exam. Great tutor and very reliable. Thanks Rony!
Rony is a fantastic tutor! He has a way of making all of the concepts very clear and easy to understand. He is also caring, patient, and genuinely wants to make sure you understand the material. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs help with math.
Rony is an incredible tutor! I was prepping to write the GRE and needed severe help in math. I hadn't done anything like what was included in the quantitative section in years. Previous to Rony, I actually spent the $700 on a commercial GRE prep course and can honestly say I got way more out of 12+ hours of one-on-one time with Rony than I did in that 30 hour course and the free repeat of it that I also took. He truly cares about the student and has many ways to go about teaching various concepts in order for each student to better comprehend the material. He is very accommodating to help schedule times and session that best worked for me. Rony genuinely cared about my success (including an email after my GRE asking how I did!) and ensured that I was getting the most out of the sessions. He assigned homework/practice questions (based on my availability and schedule) and sent links for online testing, etc. If we were in the middle of a certain concept and time expired, he'd work passed it even if it was another 10-15 minutes. He is truly more concerned about the student learning than he is the compensation. Although I hopefully will never again require a math tutor, for anyone who is looking for one, I can vouch for his incredible math teaching skill and capabilities and am confident that his other areas of expertise are just as impressive. THANKS, RONY!
The clarity of how information is presented and understood by their students is an ability that few tutors poses. Rony's intuitive ability in reading his students understanding of material is what separates him from the common tutor to teacher- he makes sure you understand the concepts from all kinds of angles. It is because of his mastery of core subjects that Rony will continue to be an excellent choice for any that seek academic tutoring.
Highly recommended!! What makes Rony an exceptional tutor is his ability to break down complex problems into formulas that are easy to understand. He has incredible patience and he takes the time to develop additional practice questions to help you understand each concept. Rony is very easy to work with and he is extremely organized with his approach to teaching. He goes at your own pace and puts no pressure on you to rush through theories you may be struggling with. I needed help with GRE math and Rony was the perfect person for the job. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a reliable tutor! It was very evident that he had my best interest at heart and that he was truly concerned about seeing me succeed.
Rony is incredibly accomodating. I live on the border of Markham and Scarborough and he is willing to commute to an area that is convenient for me. He has an organized and structured teaching style and often goes over and above my expectations by sending me links to online tests and creating questions for me to complete. Rony is helping me not only understand the questions on the GRE math section, but the theory behind these questions so I can get a full understanding of what I'm dealing with.
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