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.
BS,Truman State University
MA, History & Education, Truman State University
JD, University of Michigan
What is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lesson to teach is data sufficiency. Everyone learns something in data sufficiency! Everyone has that “aha moment” that I love. Some people come to the lesson with a big fear of data sufficiency and I am able to give them the tools to build their confidence. Some people come in thinking that they know everything about data sufficiency and are shocked by how much they actually learn during that lesson. It really is a metaphor for all of the other sections of the GMAT, it is not just what you know, it is how you play the game and data sufficiency is all about learning to play the game. What can be more fun than that?
If you were not teaching the GMAT what would you be teaching instead?
If I were not teaching the GMAT I would be a coach. In fact I think of what I do for Veritas Prep as coaching. Like a sports coach or a vocal coach, or even a life coach, a GMAT coach is doing more than conveying content. The students that I work with need more than knowledge, they need to be able to perform to the best of their abilities on test day and it is my pleasure to help them do it!
Real reviewsCould I have scored 700+ without David? Probably not
I paid for 28 hours of online tutoring with Veritas Prep. I was assigned David Newland as my instructor. It was the best money I could have spent. Within six weeks of working with David, I scored 770 and 760 on the GMAT Prep Software PP1 and PP2 tests. On the real exam I scored 700 (90%), comprising Quant 47 (73%) and Verbal 39 (88%). The drop between the PP tests and the real test was mostly due to nerves and bad time management on the day. Could I have scored 700+ without David? Probably not given I only had six weeks to prepare. David was excellent. With 8+ years of GMAT experience he knows how to solve every question the test can throw at you. He explained methodology in a clear and easy to apply fashion. He was also flexible and we could frequently schedule sessions on short notice.
This guy is smart and really knows the GMAT inside and out
Got so lucky to get David Newland as my instructor. I went into the course more confident in quant, and David is a verbal expert, specifically in Critical Reasoning. This guy is smart and really knows the GMAT inside and out, which was helpful since I had never taken the exam before. I could hear his voice inside my head as I did practice problems and during the actual GMAT.
David was excellent.
The instructor David was excellent. I found that he took the time to explain each section properly and in easy to understand language. I very much enjoyed this course and would recommend it to any one with a very hectic schedule.