Director of Academics, Partner Tutor
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)
From Our Tutoring Clients
A-List’s tutors are excellent. The A-List Book of Knowledge textbook helped IMMENSELY, and condensed all the topics in very understandable ways. The college counsellors have many years of expertise in the field, and can help you find a range of schools that are tailored to your requirements. I would recommend getting assistance from A-List to anyone who wants to study in the USA.
—Muna P. +5 ACT points
Dear A-List’ers—I just wanted to let you know that, thanks to your effective SAT tutoring, my son was offered a place at Stanford in the early action round. We are thrilled! Thank you for helping prepare him for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests over the past 15 months. He found it incredibly valuable and effective.
—Parent of son accepted to Stanford
From Our Advising Clients
A-List provides excellent service and quite literally helps students achieve their dreams.
—Daniel A, +530 SAT points, awarded $62,000 per year by Harvard University.
I can’t recommend A-List UK enough. You really feel that you can use as much or as little from what they offer to suit your needs. I will certainly be using them for my other two children!
—Parent of Son Attending New York University, Class of 2018
A-List is the best possible method of applying to the US. The quality of care is exceptional and they truly are my saving grace.
—Freddy, +330 SAT points
From Our Bootcamp Students
Really useful and fun camp. My SAT score improved massively.
Not only did A-List allow me to greatly improve my scores, but it also gave me an opportunity to make new friends.
A-List was 100% what I was looking for in SAT preparation. The strategies and techniques – they all work!