BS, Centre College
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I love teaching Algebra. I think it is a really fundamental skill, and mastering it can give students a significant leap forward in their Quant studies. I have a degree in Mathematics and really enjoy working with others to help them feel more comfortable with math in general.
What is your favorite quote?
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master, if you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; if you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.
- Excerpt from IF, by Rudyard Kipling
I believe that in order to be successful in life you need to be able to keep your head in the game and not fixate on how you are doing or performing. Failure and success are a part of life and are temporary. It's all a journey and this quote reminds me to put my energy in to giving my best in all situations, to keep moving forward, and to never get caught up in a big win or loss.
Real reviewsSara was great
She was very caring about the student's scores, she took the time to answer questions, and gave excellent overviews on the exam. I could not have had a better experience.
Sarah is such a great instructor
I think Sarah is such a great instructor and person. She genuinely cared about our preparation for the test and our post graduate school aspirations. I had to drive every weekend from Santa Barbara but I knew it would be worth it because Sarah never disappointed .
Created a great atmosphere for learning
Sara Boem was great. She cares about student's progress and would always make herself available if students had any concerns/issues outside of the night of class itself. All I can say is that she is very intelligent, created a great atmosphere for learning, and she is a great human being. I will recommend her to my friends and colleagues.
BS, University of Southern California
JD, New York University
MBA, University of Cambridge
What do you love about teaching?
For me, it really comes down to the connection with the student. I know that I was once in his or her place, studying feverishly and trying to crack the test. I put myself there and really try to understand where my students are excelling and where they need some assistance. At the end of the day, there are few better feelings than knowing that you’ve helped students achieve something they have challenged themselves to. Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
Without a doubt, this goes to data sufficiency. This is a question type that most students have never encountered until they take the GMAT and, understandably, many are thinking to themselves, “what the heck is this”? Reading comprehension? Yeah, I’ve done that. Problem solving? Sure. But when it comes down to the DS questions, a lot of us are thrown off our game. In a nutshell, I enjoying teaching it because it’s
great when a student says, “I finally get it… I don’t know what I was freaking out about initially.” DS questions are fairly unique to the GMAT and once we begin to get these questions right, we are well on our way to achieving our target scores.
Real reviewsI would highly recommend Ken
Ken was an excellent instructor. He was very easy to get along with and made learning the GMAT concepts very enjoyable. He took the time to make sure we conceptually understood every question in the lesson plan and I found that very helpful.Overall, I would highly recommend Ken to anyone who wants to ace the GMAT. He's a great person and great instructor.
Ken was incredibly helpful
Ken was an incredibly helpful instructor. He doesn't just go through the lessons in the books, he also adds in content full of other handy tricks and strategies. More importantly, he spends extra time and energy to ensure that all of his students understand the concepts, instead of rushing through all the material. In addition, he willingly stays after class and answers extra questions. Ken made sure that the money I spent on the course was well worth it.
Ken came well prepared
Throughout every single class Ken came well prepared and made sure every question was explained thoroughly. I was very worried about the GMAT but after going through class with Ken, I feel a lot more confident in my chances of getting a high score.
BA, University of Virginia
MFA, University of Southern California
What subject did you struggle with the most in school and how did you overcome it?
I always had trouble with foreign languages. While I normally did well in analytical/conceptual subjects like economics and finance, I learned there’s no way to thrive in a foreign language without a healthy dose of memorization and repetition. I overcame this by changing the way I studied. Rather than all-night cram sessions I started working in smaller chunks, treating my study the same way I treated going to the gym or doing household chores. I found this approach was very helpful when it came time to take the GMAT.
If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, what would you be teaching instead?
High School math - either Algebra or Statistics. I was lucky to have some great math teachers during my formative years who went beyond simply teaching content. They enforced the applicability of mathematics, that it wasn’t just a bunch of rules but an analytical way of solving problems. I find the underlying principles of those subjects are applicable in unexpected ways.