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.
BS, UC Berkeley
What do you love about teaching?
Making a difference. Sometimes it's big, sometimes it's small. But in the end, you're always making a difference. And when you see your students achieve that success, you can't help but feel proud that you played a part in that process.
What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
The Chef! I learned on the first day of class that he was a high-school dropout who never went to college. So, I pulled him aside during a break and I told him that he would have to change his attitude if he wanted to achieve success with the GMAT. He was going to have to listen to me instead of those demons from his past. But if he could not do that, he should walk out right then and there. Fortunately, he said that he would try - which is all I could truly ask at that point. Over the following weeks, I motivated him to work hard and he succeeded... in a big way, ultimately scoring 760 and getting into INSEAD!
Real reviewsApart from his great teaching style, he kept the class motivated.
I took some of these trials with other companies and I can say I was easily bored after 1 hour. But not on Ravi's class. Apart from his great teaching style, he kept the class motivated. He made me try harder on each question one after the other. He reached out to everyone in the class and made sure that we understood where we did wrong and what we could do to avoid mistakes and I think that was the most important thing. He made sure everyone was satisfied at the end of the class and the show up to the classes represented that. It was a very dynamic class with everyone helping each other out and some of us are still in touch, helping each other with GMAT problems.
Ravi was easily one of the best teachers I have ever had.
I have never learned more from any other class I have taken in my history as a student. Ravi was easily one of the best teachers I have ever had. Ravi knew the ins and outs of every problem and explained his reasoning extremely well. I wouldn't recommend any other course or teacher if you are preparing to take the GMAT.
Ravi makes the GMAT looks so much more approachable.
As an international student non-native speaker, I was having a hard time with the verbal session - more specifically with the Sentence Correction. But after taking Ravi's classes, Sentence Correction became my favorite topic in the Verbal session. It's amazing how Ravi makes the GMAT looks so much more approachable. The way he teaches and explains all the GMAT stuffs is spectacular.
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.