MBA, SMU Cox
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I enjoy many of the lessons, but my favorite of late is probably Sentence Correction. Having studied linguistics at one point, I get a kick out of thinking about why grammar works the way it does and why no one has a perfect ear. It’s fun to go beyond just teaching the rules, i.e. the “what”, and instead try to explain the “why”. This is also what I think I like most about teaching for Veritas Prep in general – we are encouraged to go beyond just presenting common tricks and problem types, emphasizing instead why the test makers write the problems the way they do.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment was writing and recording an album with my band, the Jumblies, in 2002. Now a 40-ish mom of 2, I greatly enjoy the looks on my students’ faces when I tell them I used to front a band. I am also still proud of the music on that record. Nevermind I have more copies in my kitchen cabinet than we actually sold.
Real reviewsTracy was excellent in teaching how to grasp the concepts
Tracy was excellent in teaching how to grasp the concepts - not just how to solve a problem with a formula. I think if the entire education system from kindergarten through college adopted the same approach, educated people would in fact be truly EDUCATED!
I feel like she did a great job of explaining the concepts
Tracy was absolutely awesome. I feel like she did a great job of explaining the concepts, kept a great pace throughout the course, and was very thorough.
It was very obvious she knew the material in and out
Tracy was extremely helpful, and it was very obvious she knew the material in and out. She made sure everyone understood the content and even offered alternate solutions and tips throughout the course. Overall, Tracy made the class a very positive experience.
BA, Tufts University
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).