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frequently asked questions - FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions concerning private lessons with Dr. Donnelly and Doctor GED. Please click on the appropriate link below:

Lesson Details
Dr. Donnelly splits his time between his San Diego and Manhattan offices. So in-person lessons are available at either location depending upon the time of year. Private online lessons are also available throughout the year.
Yes. Due to popular demand (and Covid-19!), Dr. Donnelly now offers one-on-one online GED, HiSET, or TASC lessons via Zoom. Private online tutoring is a convenient test prep option since time is well-spent getting to and from each lesson. 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, one-and-a-half-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 Doctor GED, was awarded his Ph.D. in mathematics from Oxford University by 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 popular test prep books.

Over the years, Dr. Donnelly has developed many unique problem-solving techniques that help his students to master even the most difficult of topics. These proprietary methods (unavailable elsewhere) show students the most efficient approach for dealing with each type of question that can appear on the GED, HiSET, or TASC exams.

His 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 numerous students improve their test scores and achieve their high school equivalency diplomas. But don't just take our word for it. Check out our Students' Testimonials page.

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 they need to be 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 done only to help pay the bills or tide them over between their actual careers. Hence, it is not surprising that with so many other distractions, many of these tutors display a different level of professionalism and focus than one would expect from a dedicated, full-time professional tutor. The tutor must 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 a Ph.D. from Oxford University, Dr. Donnelly could have chosen to pursue any career he wanted. His love of teaching led Dr. Donnelly to become a full-time professional tutor. Many leading academics now consider Dr. Donnelly one of the country's finest private tutors and test prep specialists.

New Students
For information availability or to schedule your first lesson, please get in touch with Dr. Donnelly at:

Phone: 917-568-2473


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

Absolutely not. The student is not obligated to take further classes if they do not wish to (although most new students are 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 (although some students prefer to bring their notebooks).
For information about Dr. Donnelly's hourly rate or discounted packages prices of lessons, please get in touch with Dr. Donnelly at:

Phone: 917-568-2473


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 the student cancels without notice are charged at the usual rate.
When a student purchases a discounted package of lessons, Dr. Donnelly commits the student to ensure his availability within his schedule to accommodate the number of lessons within that package. Since Dr. Donnelly's expertise is highly source after, he often needs to turn away other potential new students to fulfill this commitment. For this reason, no refunds are available for unused lessons from a package of lessons. However, in exchange for this reciprocal commitment on the student's part, each class within the package is discounted from Dr. Donnelly's usual rate.
General Tutoring Questions
This depends upon several factors, including the frequency and duration of the private lessons taken, the current academic level of the student, and how much time and effort you are willing to put into your studies (and homework assignments). However, suppose you are ready to work hard. In that case, you can rest assured that with Dr. Donnelly's expert guidance, you will maximize your chances of performing at your very best to achieve the most significant possible improvement in your score.
Dr. Donnelly can customize a private intensive test prep course for students who need to improve their scores quickly. 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 only available if each student has very different needs. Hence, the best way to address this problem is through individual attention only available with private lessons. However, joint classes can be arranged, for example, if two friends at similar levels 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 GRE 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 class members. With private lessons, one can progress at one's own ideal pace.

Also, with one-on-one lessons, the tutor will customize the lesson plan around each student’s needs. This helps the student progress much more quickly than in a group environment since the tutor can easily adapt the lesson to concentrate on the individual's strengths or weaknesses. Many students are often amazed by how quickly they have picked up a new topic when they are free from the distractions of the classroom environment and the associated peer pressure.

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

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Dr. Donnelly can greatly show you how to improve your GED, HiSET, or TASC score. Private lessons with Dr. Donnelly are available online via Zoom or in person at our San Diego-based office.

Over the years, Dr. Donnelly has helped hundreds of students to improve their test scores and gain their High School Equivalency Diploma. We are confident that he can do the same for you.