Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
Data Sufficiency, no doubt. I love the hungry looks my students get in their eyes when it suddenly clicks and they realize they can use the GMAT's traps against it. The Princess Bride routine I do as part of it? That helps, I'm sure, but it might just be to keep us all entertained.
What is your favorite problem from the Official Guide and why?
13th Ed, SC #133
I really like teaching Sentence Correction because it's the one place in Verbal where significant strides can be made by learning a few key grammatical concepts. This problem does its best to hide its classic 3/2 verb agreement split by switching up the continuous/non-continuous aspect (not a concept tested on the GMAT) in the verb decision point at the end of the underlining. Once you notice that split, it also does its best to hide the subject behind a raft of modifiers, but again a simple rule (the subject you're looking for won't be found in a modifier unless the verb is part of that same modifier) helps us get rid of tempting plural candidates nets, devices, and laws to find the correct singular subject compliance. From there it's relatively obvious.
So what I like is that this problem is very easy for someone who has mastered two of the key skills we teach: identifying the good decision points and identifying the proper subject for a verb. And yet for someone lacking those two skills it's fairly difficult. I find that while many students want to improve on Verbal, deep down they need to be sold on why they should relearn (or in many cases learn for the first time) basic grammar instead of just relying on their ears. And this problem does a good job of showing them.
Real reviewsEthan turns the cold, pragmatic GMAT into a humorous foe
Ethan took me from a 610 to a 690. I have learned from Ethan both in a group and one-on-one setting, and in both he is phenomenal. If you want an instructor who adjusts based off of your learning style, reinforces both the technical and strategic sides of the GMAT while keeping the material engaging, he's your man. Ethan turns the cold, pragmatic GMAT into a humorous foe by using examples from life and film. After working with Ethan, you won't be able to watch The Princess Bride without thinking of Data Sufficiency... and that's not a bad thing. I went from being nervous and self-questioning on my first test to relaxed, optimistic, and (I didn't expect to say this) EXCITED on my final test day.
Ethan was a phenomenal teacher.
Ethan was a phenomenal teacher. He genuinely cares that you learn, and more importantly, retain the material. Everything was very well structured and easy to follow. I highly recommend this class to anyone looking for GMAT prep.
Ethan was amazing
Ethan was amazing, and made the material very digestible. His strategies are working and I can tell that he has spent a lot of time thinking about incorporating his style with the material (very polished).
BA, University of Virginia
What 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.