Senior Tutor, New York
SUNY Geneseo (BA), University of Colorado (MS)
Subject Specialties: SAT/ACT, SAT Math I/II Subject Tests, Physics Subject Test, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, II, III, Statistics, Physics
Score Improvements: +7 ACT points (average improvement) | +9 ACT points (highest improvement).
We’re still accumulating score improvement data for the new SAT (released in March 2016), but on average A-List students improve +200 (new) SAT points.
Gary graduated with honors from University of Colorado with a Masters in Mathematics. He first discovered his passion for teaching as an undergrad at SUNY Geneseo where he was selected as a student mentor, TA, and tutor. While pursuing his double-major of Mathematics and Physics, Gary became involved in undergraduate physics research and later had the privilege to join a select group to conduct particle & nuclear physics research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. It was, however, the many hours he spent teaching and mentoring his fellow students that became his passion.
He’s taught a wide variety of subjects including all levels of math, English language and arts, physics and chemistry to students of all ages for the last 14 years. After earning his MA, Gary moved back to his home state of New York to pursue a career in education. He’s spent the last 8 years helping hundreds of A-List students achieve their dream scores, analyzing tests, writing curriculum, teaching in the classroom, and training teachers. Gary is known at A-List not only for his unparalleled math skills but also for his encyclopedic knowledge of the many species of shark and the foes of Godzilla.
“We feel lucky to have had A-List get three of our kids ready for the SAT and ACT exams. Gary Surman is an incredibly effective tutor and a wonderful person. He was responsive, insightful, and generous with his time. Gary made special trips to our home to drop off extra study materials. He grasped where the weaknesses were and targeted those weaknesses relentlessly. His technique worked and his tenacity paid off. Gary is a gifted teacher and his results speak for themselves.”
–Mother of Meghan A. (North Shore HS, 2017)
I think A-List is a great organization. My tutor was positive and tailored the material to my learning style. She made learning each subject fun and presented new topics in an engaging fashion. Thank you so much to A-List for helping me achieve my personal best!
A-List gave me more than just practice tests and test-taking tips, though these were invaluable. My tutor connected with me on a personal level and helped me understand that I was capable of getting the score I wanted. Suddenly, I viewed my test-taking experience as a challenge, not a burden. I walked into my ACT with the confidence that I knew exactly how to conquer every aspect of the test.”
Mother of Phoebe C.
Both my children had an amazing experience with A-List! Steadily, she worked hard to improve her test scores. Taking the practice tests allowed her to gain confidence and learn to manage her time during the tests. Then a college advisor helped her write her college essays. She was an amazing guide who helped Phoebe focus and streamline her supplements and essays. Now she will be attending her dream college, Rice University, School of Architecture!