BS,Truman State University
MA, History, Truman State University
MA, Education, Truman State University
JD, University of Michigan
Hear from DavidWhat 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.
BA, University of Virginia
Hear from ChesterWhat is your favorite quote?
Experience is the thing you get a few minutes after you needed it. That applies to many walks of life, obviously, but I find it works especially well for timed standardized exams. We almost always walk out of there thinking about something that we wished we had thought of during the exam. Our job is to prepare for those moments ahead of time, so you're not leaving any points on the table. It's not just about memorizing formulas, but more about being able to recognize patterns and understand what the question is really asking. Good preparation – getting the experience beforehand – helps students stay calm and do as well as they can on test day.
If you weren't teaching the GMAT, what would you be teaching instead?
Definitely finance. I have taught finance a lot over the years, both as a job and informally to my friends and family. The GMAT covers a lot of the same ground – sure, a fluency with numbers will help you do well, but you also need to able to think clearly and logically about the task at hand.
Real reviewsHe is an awesome professor
If you can have Chester be your instructor for the face-to-face classes, you should do it. He is an awesome professor and I improved exactly 200 points in the Veritas Practice Exams. He contacted us every week via email to see how we were doing. He was there for us almost 24/7!
Chester is an exceptional teacher.
Chester is an exceptional teacher. First of all, he's extremely intelligent. Second of all, he's a super-efficient problem-solver, always seeking to find both the fastest and simplest route to each problem, full stop. And the cherry on top is that he makes it all fun - because he himself loves the thrill of a good challenge and would never back away. I highly recommend Chester.
Chester is simply the best
Chester is simply the best. He makes a 3 hour class enjoyable, but still gets the job done. He always comes in early in case we have any questions, and he always makes sure we know we can count on him for help. I'd take the course all over again if I had to.