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.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is one by Benjamin Franklin on education: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. The entire Veritas Prep curriculum has been developed around the concept of Learning by Doing, and this quote captures exactly why we have done that. Rote memorization and rote learning are not effective approaches in education, and this is especially true when preparing for a reasoning and problem solving based test such as the GMAT.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest life accomplishment remains the first time I climbed El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. Although I had already been an active rock-climber while in high school on the coast of Maine, I was not prepared for the intimidating scale of Yosemite's huge granite walls when I moved to California to attend Stanford. The first time I climbed there, I stood at the base of El Cap and thought I would never in my life climb this amazing piece of rock. One year later, after 4 days on the wall, I pulled onto the summit of El Cap, exhausted and elated; even though I have gone on to do many harder and more committing climbs, nothing will ever compare to the sense of accomplishment I felt that day.
Real reviewsChris is a master of the GMAT material
My instructor, Chris Kane, was outstanding and helped me understand the different types of questions that the GMAT will use and the best ways to conquer these questions. I also did individual tutoring sessions with Chris and would highly recommend him. Chris knows how to teach complex subject matter to students. Chris knows all the different types of questions and strategies that the GMAT will throw at you. Choose Veritas Prep and Chris Kane.
I can confidently say that Chris is responsible for at least 100 points increase in my score. Amazing teacher!
Just an overall great instructor.
Chris Kane was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable in all facets of the GMAT and just an overall great instructor. The 12 books that are given are extremely helpful, especially the skillbuilder sections. I learned valuable techniques and strategies to assist with question approach and time management. It was an awesome experience that was very beneficial.
BS, University of Texas
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I enjoy teaching the Geometry lesson. Many students come to the class with a mental roadblock to Geometry. However, once these students see that there are only 4 basic shapes that they need to understand, it is a relief and not quite as daunting.
What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
I had a student whose score was dropping as she studied. She had taken all of the practice tests through Veritas Prep, plus had purchased additional practice test to help her study. We decided that she should stop taking the practice tests and focus her study time on her weak subject areas. With taking the practice tests, she was causing herself to have test anxiety and wasn't actually learning the material. By focusing on her weak areas, she was able to bring her score up 100 points and get accepted to The University of Texas' McCombs School of Business.
Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
I should say Matt Damon's character from Good Will Hunting or Russell Crowe's character from A Beautiful Mind. However, I have to say Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec. The guy made wedding rings out of light fixtures by melting down the metal and pouring it into a mold. Is there anything he can't do!?! The real reason I would pick Ron Swanson is that he has an ability to simplify the most complex problems, take away all of the clutter and find the most efficient solution. These skills would allow him to approach many of the quantitative problems and solve them without actually doing much math and allow him to see the traps on the verbal questions while concentrating only on the information that the problem gives.
Real reviewsKristine, specifically, was great.
The in-class lessons are great for really diving into the material and learning exactly how to break down each question type and arrive at the best answer. Kristine, specifically, was great. She showed a genuine interest in the progress of each person in my class. Doing the homework after each class is a great way to see every question type/format possible for each lesson and reinforce the tactics learned in the lessons. I did every problem and really saw myself improve.
She was prepared for every class and communicated very effectively.
Kristine Dugan was a great instructor and very knowledgeable in every facet of the class. She was prepared for every class and communicated very effectively. She genuinely cares about how each of us were doing in regards to understanding the lessons.
Kristine was incredibly helpful and encouraging, and extremely intelligent.
My instructor, Kristine Dugan, was excellent at communicating the concepts to us, and the class size actually was only me and one other student. This private setting allowed us one-on-one attention with the instructor. Kristine was incredibly helpful and encouraging, and extremely intelligent. She kept the lessons light-hearted and we even got in some laughs (yes, during GMAT studying!). I would highly recommend her and the Veritas Prep book set was great. Excellent program!