I am not a fan of testimonials published on web sites because they remind me of those surveys taken after you buy a car. The dealer begs you to answer "outstanding" to every question on the satisfaction survey or else the dealership will get a bad rating. Likewise, I suspect that most testimonials on web sites are the result of some prompting on the part of the tutor or tutoring company, and parents or students are too polite to refuse.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to receive unprompted and unsolicited feedback from both students and parents:
"I want to thank you for all your help. I have learned so much from you and you have improved my math skills tremendously. It was a true pleasure to get to know you."
SL, a student in Greenwich
"Mr. Corn is not just a great tutor, he is in a class all by himself."
AG, a student in New Canaan
"I just wanted to thank you for all the help you have given me in math and SAT. I always looked forward to our sessions. ... I have learned a lot from you and I really appreciate how much you helped me improve."
DB, a student in Wilton
”I want to thank you SO much for all of your help. I am certain that no one else would have been able to help me achieve a higher score on my SAT than I thought possible, and I am so grateful for all that you have done.”
MD, a student in New Canaan
"Thanks to you I kept very relaxed and knew exacly how to face the problems. I am feeling really good!"
SS, an SAT student in New Canaan
"When it comes to the SAT, your word is the law!"
JB, a student in Wilton
"Thank you so much for all the help and time you have given me in the current and previous school year. I would not be as successful as I am now without you!”
JS, a student in New Canaan
"I was accepted Early Decision and could not be more excited! Thank you for all your help along the way, it really made a difference and helped me end up at my dream school."
PB, a student in Darien
"Thank you for your help and encouragement - I will be happy to serve as a reference, and will, no doubt, send others your way! I know that HM thinks you are a "god" as well.”
EM, a parent in Rowayton
"It wasn't so much that we started too late as that we found the right tutor too late! My daughter really appreciated your organized approach and teaching style."
RR, a parent in New Canaan who started prep senior year
"You have been a tremendous help these past months and my son has really enjoyed working with you. We truly appreciate all the kind words, encouragement and confidence that you have given him."
BL, a parent in Greenwich
“Thank you so much for your devotion, expertise and incredible teaching manner with our daughter. ... She learned so much and is so much more confident because of your assistance and dedication."
MB, a parent in Wilton
"We are not surprised because we know your magic."
AF, a parent in New Canaan who reacted to my surprise by the success of her daughter's first SAT attempt.
"You are really wonderful and your help and support mean the world to all of us! Thank you.
PL, a parent in Stamford
"You have been such an amazing supporter of my daughter -- and exactly when she needed it. Please know how much it meant to her and to our family. If you ever need a recommendation, please don't hesitate to call on me."
AR, a parent in New Canaan
"My husband and I want to thank you for all your help. You are an excellent tutor! I will highly recommend you to my friends. And we will be back in touch when our second daughter takes the SAT."
MM, a parent in Darien
"Thanks so much for all you've done to get our kids ready for the SAT! They've been able to achieve their goals in math, and you've done an amazing job with them all!"
TW, a parent in Darien
"You are the best, Richard. Twenty years of working with tutors and counsellors and teachers and you are head and shoulders above them all! You have helped make some dreams come true for my son!"
GD, a parent in New Canaan
"My daughter has really gained a lot of confidence and absolutely benefitted from your work with her. I wish there were more teachers like you for students like her and I will unhesitantingly recommend you to other parents."
FP, a parent in Weston
"I just want to thank you again for all of your guidance, patience and tutoring (of course) with my daughter. Her results, while driven by her hard work are 100% a result of your influence and we appreciate it so much."
KS, a parent in New Canaan
"We will always remember your incredible kindness and generosity. Thank you is an understatement."
SS, a parent in New Canaan
"Thank you thank you for all you did to get my daughter ready for that final. I don't have her semester grade yet but it is absolutely as good as we could hope for!"
JK, a parent in Darien