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.
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.
What do you love about teaching?
Helping people change their lives. When students make the decision to enroll in one of our classes, they're making an effort to better themselves and gain entry to the best possible program, and I love helping them reach that goal.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Though I’m new to it, raising my daughter has already become my proudest accomplishment. The speed with which she changes and the enthusiasm she shows for the simple pleasures in her life are grounding and gratifying. As someone who works to analyze film and literature on a daily basis, I have an apparent allergy to cliche, but in raising my girl I’ve given over to the fact that some common experiences are the truest and most profound.
Which movie character would do best on the GMAT?
American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman, of course. The guy’s well educated, quick on his feet, and works with a formidable vocabulary. He’s not afraid of new technology and has a frame of reference that covers everything from high finance to low culture, not to mention a need to succeed that’s second to none.
Real reviewsAndrew Brotzman hit the ground running since day one.
Andrew Brotzman hit the ground running since day one. I was motivated by his level of professionalism. Andrew was confident, knowledgeable, and commanded respect while transmitting a genuine concern for his students.
Andy was really thorough
Andy was really thorough in teaching each of the topics and as a test taker providing first hand information about his GMAT experiences.
I would definitely recommend him
He was very good and made it fun to learn. I would definitely recommend him and consider him for private tutroring.