BA, Wayne State
MS, Michigan State
Some people claim to love higher education, but others live it every day. Alan is one of those who live it, having taught mathematics and business concepts at colleges throughout Michigan – Michigan State, Albion, Baker, GMI and others – and having returned for a Masters in Finance at Michigan. That experience and enthusiasm makes him a fantastic resource for his GMAT students, as he’s seen students at all levels both struggle and succeed with math in his life as a teacher, and continues to struggle and succeed with new concepts in his career as a student.
A Veritas Prep instructor since 2011 and the owner of a 790 GMAT score, Alan is known for his commitment to students even outside the classroom, arriving early and staying late to make sure everyone can ask questions and get individual attention. And as the former owner of a horse farm, he’s not afraid to grab hold of the reigns to steer students in the right direction with study plans or changes in strategy; just promise not to kick him, please.
Real reviewsHe was incredibly articulate and made the answer explanations easy to follow.
My instructor was phenomenal in terms of explaining the different sections of the GMAT. He always took the time to ensure that everyone understood the reasoning behind the answers to the problems. He was incredibly articulate and made the answer explanations easy to follow. Additionally, he was knowledgeable regarding the logic behind the exam and sincerely wanted everyone to perform to the best of their abilities. I would highly recommned Alan to other students interested in the Veritas Prep curriculum.
Alan was awesome.
Alan was awesome. He has so much knowledge and truly wants his students to succeed at their exam. One on one is my way of learning and his classroom gave me that advantage.
MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
BA, MA, Stanford University
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lesson: Geometry.....I make it VERY interactive and I have the students 'teach the class'.
What do you love about teaching?
I love that moment when a student suddenly gets it.
What subject did you struggle with the most in school and how did you overcome it?
I hated Geography when I was younger. It was the only class that I ever got a C in. Freshman year in college, I took a class on Economic Development in the Third World, and in my first 10 days we had to learn every single country on the planet and be able to place it on the map. I was a Freshman in a class of Seniors. It was the only assignment I got an A on during that class, but I was so happy to have overcome my own fears of Geography and ace it.
Real reviewsHe truly cared how we were progressing
Where was Kevin during my high school and college courses? He engaged the class 2 nights a week for 3 hours by creating personal relationships with each one of us. He truly cared how we were progressing in our knowledge of the lessons and helped us each individually during breaks if he noticed we were lost. Class was great.
He took an individualized approach to each lesson
I can't say enough good things about Veritas Prep ... and especially Kevin. He took an individualized approach to each lesson once he had gotten to know each student's strengths and weaknesses. He gave me specific study advice on breaks and before/after class that really helped me.
I raised my GMAT score by 120 points within a month!
I had Kevin Richardson as my tutor. With his help, I raised my GMAT score by 120 points within a month! I took the regular Veritas Prep course about 1.5 years ago, but did not take the GMAT right after the course. After 1.5 years, my skills became rusty, and that resulted in a disappointing score. Kevin helped me by analyzing my skill-set and pointing out my fortes and my weaknesses. He then customized his teaching methods per my needs and built up my confidence along the way. After being burned by the low score, it was important to have Kevin providing me with tips for each section and helping me to regain my confidence. His teaching is easy to understand and right to the point. For anyone considering a GMAT tutoring service. I would definitely recommend Kevin.
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.