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!
BS, UC Berkeley
What do you love about teaching?
Making a difference. Sometimes it's big, sometimes it's small. But in the end, you're always making a difference. And when you see your students achieve that success, you can't help but feel proud that you played a part in that process.
What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
The Chef! I learned on the first day of class that he was a high-school dropout who never went to college. So, I pulled him aside during a break and I told him that he would have to change his attitude if he wanted to achieve success with the GMAT. He was going to have to listen to me instead of those demons from his past. But if he could not do that, he should walk out right then and there. Fortunately, he said that he would try - which is all I could truly ask at that point. Over the following weeks, I motivated him to work hard and he succeeded... in a big way, ultimately scoring 760 and getting into INSEAD!
Real reviewsApart from his great teaching style, he kept the class motivated.
I took some of these trials with other companies and I can say I was easily bored after 1 hour. But not on Ravi's class. Apart from his great teaching style, he kept the class motivated. He made me try harder on each question one after the other. He reached out to everyone in the class and made sure that we understood where we did wrong and what we could do to avoid mistakes and I think that was the most important thing. He made sure everyone was satisfied at the end of the class and the show up to the classes represented that. It was a very dynamic class with everyone helping each other out and some of us are still in touch, helping each other with GMAT problems.
Ravi was easily one of the best teachers I have ever had.
I have never learned more from any other class I have taken in my history as a student. Ravi was easily one of the best teachers I have ever had. Ravi knew the ins and outs of every problem and explained his reasoning extremely well. I wouldn't recommend any other course or teacher if you are preparing to take the GMAT.
Ravi makes the GMAT looks so much more approachable.
As an international student non-native speaker, I was having a hard time with the verbal session - more specifically with the Sentence Correction. But after taking Ravi's classes, Sentence Correction became my favorite topic in the Verbal session. It's amazing how Ravi makes the GMAT looks so much more approachable. The way he teaches and explains all the GMAT stuffs is spectacular.