Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
Data Sufficiency, no doubt. I love the hungry looks my students get in their eyes when it suddenly clicks and they realize they can use the GMAT's traps against it. The Princess Bride routine I do as part of it? That helps, I'm sure, but it might just be to keep us all entertained.
What is your favorite problem from the Official Guide and why?
13th Ed, SC #133
I really like teaching Sentence Correction because it's the one place in Verbal where significant strides can be made by learning a few key grammatical concepts. This problem does its best to hide its classic 3/2 verb agreement split by switching up the continuous/non-continuous aspect (not a concept tested on the GMAT) in the verb decision point at the end of the underlining. Once you notice that split, it also does its best to hide the subject behind a raft of modifiers, but again a simple rule (the subject you're looking for won't be found in a modifier unless the verb is part of that same modifier) helps us get rid of tempting plural candidates nets, devices, and laws to find the correct singular subject compliance. From there it's relatively obvious.
So what I like is that this problem is very easy for someone who has mastered two of the key skills we teach: identifying the good decision points and identifying the proper subject for a verb. And yet for someone lacking those two skills it's fairly difficult. I find that while many students want to improve on Verbal, deep down they need to be sold on why they should relearn (or in many cases learn for the first time) basic grammar instead of just relying on their ears. And this problem does a good job of showing them.
Real reviewsEthan turns the cold, pragmatic GMAT into a humorous foe
Ethan took me from a 610 to a 690. I have learned from Ethan both in a group and one-on-one setting, and in both he is phenomenal. If you want an instructor who adjusts based off of your learning style, reinforces both the technical and strategic sides of the GMAT while keeping the material engaging, he's your man. Ethan turns the cold, pragmatic GMAT into a humorous foe by using examples from life and film. After working with Ethan, you won't be able to watch The Princess Bride without thinking of Data Sufficiency... and that's not a bad thing. I went from being nervous and self-questioning on my first test to relaxed, optimistic, and (I didn't expect to say this) EXCITED on my final test day.
Ethan was a phenomenal teacher.
Ethan was a phenomenal teacher. He genuinely cares that you learn, and more importantly, retain the material. Everything was very well structured and easy to follow. I highly recommend this class to anyone looking for GMAT prep.
Ethan was amazing
Ethan was amazing, and made the material very digestible. His strategies are working and I can tell that he has spent a lot of time thinking about incorporating his style with the material (very polished).
What is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lesson to each is the topic I found most bewildering when I was a college a student – Statistics, Combinations, and Probability. Typically, I’ll start the lesson by mentioning a study in which a group of physicians, given a set of statistics about a hypothetical patient, estimate that the patient has a 75% probability of having a certain disease; the correct probability in this case turns out to be more like 9%. In addition to being deeply disturbing, the study is a great reminder that even highly educated people make horrendous mistakes when it comes to these types of problems – the human brain simply isn’t hardwired to be good at probability. However, students quickly see that with a couple of equations and a few helpful timesaving tricks, these once madding, complex questions become not just manageable, but easy. I’ve lost count of the number of times a student has said something like “I thought I was really bad at probability. I just never learned how to do these questions!” That’s true for everyone, not just doctors who terrify their patients with inaccurate prognoses of gloom.
What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
Several months ago, I had a student named Christie. In addition to being a delight to teach – always sitting at the front of class, always smiling, always participating in discussions – she was an energetic and inspiring person. Her passion was green energy, and she wanted to get into a top MBA program to broaden her opportunities to make the world a cleaner, healthier place. But in order to get into an elite program, you need to ace the GMAT. These were high stakes.
Fortunately, Christie was as hard a worker as I’ve ever had in my classes, often staying late to ask questions, and even indulging me when I offered to show how a GMAT question was connected to Euclid’s proof for why there’s no largest prime number. (It’s a simple and elegant proof, but after a three-hour class, enthusiasm for non-GMAT math generally tends to wane.) Happily, Christie scored a 740 on the official test, exceeding her initial goal. She will go on to do great things, and I get to feel like I played a small role in helping her clear that first hurdle on her way to saving the planet. For a teacher, it doesn’t get any better than that.
Real reviewsPhenomenal instructor who is truly passionate about teaching.
Dave Goldstein is a phenomenal instructor who is truly passionate about teaching. He went out of his way to ensure that each student walked away from every class with as much knowledge as we could possibly retain. I have taken a prep course with Kaplan before, and the standard at Veritas is just way above the competition.
He is one of the best teachers anyone can have.
David is a true teacher he is a great person and a great professional. I think I speak for all of the others students when I say that he is one of the best teachers anyone can have.
DAVE was amazing.
The class was a small, intimate class, and DAVE was amazing. He always made sure everyone was along for the ride- but kept the pace up. The study materials that Veritas Prep gave were great because each subject has a book. Instead of one huge study book- the material is broken out. All around I would recommend this class to anyone.