BS, Rice University
What Do You Love About Teaching?
I am passionate about helping students of all levels navigate difficult and frustrating material from a place of confusion to clarity and understanding. Helping students get to the aha moments when concepts suddenly tie together and things make sense for the first time is extremely rewarding!
What is Your Proudest Accomplishment?
During my senior year of high school, I decided to create my own science course by taking an independent study. My advisor suggested I complete a science experiment to enter into science fairs/competitions. I didn't know anything about doing a project, but google searches uncovered a new world of opportunities. High school students were designing experiments for NASA, sequencing DNA at top labs in the world, and much more. Prizes for the competitions included scholarships, cash, and trips to exotic locations. I was hooked!
Over the next nine months, I immersed myself in research and entered dozens of competitions. I loved posing questions, coming up with ideas and testing them in the laboratory. The road wasn't always easy, however - I had to contact over 50 researchers before finding a professor in Molecular Biology at the University of Kansas willing to let me work in his lab. Several teachers told me it wouldn't be possible to complete a high-caliber project in so short a time, and I had no shot of winning prestigious competitions such as the Intel Science Talent Search.
My advisor, however, believed in me, and I decided to go for it. My hard work ultimately paid off - I won numerous awards, including Intel Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and a first place national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium award ($20,000 scholarship and trip to London). Did I make a nobel prize-worthy discovery in my research? Definitely not! But my curiosity, passion for science and initiative helped me achieve more than I thought possible.
BS, Centre College
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I love teaching Algebra. I think it is a really fundamental skill, and mastering it can give students a significant leap forward in their Quant studies. I have a degree in Mathematics and really enjoy working with others to help them feel more comfortable with math in general.
What is your favorite quote?
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master, if you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; if you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.
- Excerpt from IF, by Rudyard Kipling
I believe that in order to be successful in life you need to be able to keep your head in the game and not fixate on how you are doing or performing. Failure and success are a part of life and are temporary. It's all a journey and this quote reminds me to put my energy in to giving my best in all situations, to keep moving forward, and to never get caught up in a big win or loss.
Real reviewsSara was great
She was very caring about the student's scores, she took the time to answer questions, and gave excellent overviews on the exam. I could not have had a better experience.
Sarah is such a great instructor
I think Sarah is such a great instructor and person. She genuinely cared about our preparation for the test and our post graduate school aspirations. I had to drive every weekend from Santa Barbara but I knew it would be worth it because Sarah never disappointed .
Created a great atmosphere for learning
Sara Boem was great. She cares about student's progress and would always make herself available if students had any concerns/issues outside of the night of class itself. All I can say is that she is very intelligent, created a great atmosphere for learning, and she is a great human being. I will recommend her to my friends and colleagues.
MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
BA, MA, Stanford University
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lesson: Geometry.....I make it VERY interactive and I have the students 'teach the class'.
What do you love about teaching?
I love that moment when a student suddenly gets it.
What subject did you struggle with the most in school and how did you overcome it?
I hated Geography when I was younger. It was the only class that I ever got a C in. Freshman year in college, I took a class on Economic Development in the Third World, and in my first 10 days we had to learn every single country on the planet and be able to place it on the map. I was a Freshman in a class of Seniors. It was the only assignment I got an A on during that class, but I was so happy to have overcome my own fears of Geography and ace it.
Real reviewsHe truly cared how we were progressing
Where was Kevin during my high school and college courses? He engaged the class 2 nights a week for 3 hours by creating personal relationships with each one of us. He truly cared how we were progressing in our knowledge of the lessons and helped us each individually during breaks if he noticed we were lost. Class was great.
He took an individualized approach to each lesson
I can't say enough good things about Veritas Prep ... and especially Kevin. He took an individualized approach to each lesson once he had gotten to know each student's strengths and weaknesses. He gave me specific study advice on breaks and before/after class that really helped me.
I raised my GMAT score by 120 points within a month!
I had Kevin Richardson as my tutor. With his help, I raised my GMAT score by 120 points within a month! I took the regular Veritas Prep course about 1.5 years ago, but did not take the GMAT right after the course. After 1.5 years, my skills became rusty, and that resulted in a disappointing score. Kevin helped me by analyzing my skill-set and pointing out my fortes and my weaknesses. He then customized his teaching methods per my needs and built up my confidence along the way. After being burned by the low score, it was important to have Kevin providing me with tips for each section and helping me to regain my confidence. His teaching is easy to understand and right to the point. For anyone considering a GMAT tutoring service. I would definitely recommend Kevin.