Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite class to teach is Advanced Verbal, which is lesson 9 in the curriculum. We cover advanced concepts in Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction and Reading Comprehension, all in the same class. I find that's really the class where we lay bare the GMAT's entire verbal strategy, how the exam tries to trip you up. In football terms, it's the equivalent of having Bill Belichick's alleged Spygate tapes a few weeks before test day. You've got the whole playbook at your fingertips. On game day, you may not necessarily win by 4 touchdowns, but you won't be blindsided by much.
What is your favorite quote?
I believe I've successfully propagated a quote I heard attributed to Veritas Prep's own Bill Robinson that the less math I do, the better I am at math. Math on the GMAT is so frequently about logic that I may start a petition for a name change. Often the exam questions contain portions such as is 4/7 > 26/53. Before you start trying to put them both on a common denominator (371, FYI), recognize that 4/7 is more than half while 26/53 isn't. Little differences can make the difference between getting the question right in 1 minute and getting the question right in 15 seconds.
Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
Tyrion Lannister would ace the GMAT, if such a thing existed in Westeros. While the older Jamie was known as the attractive one, Tyrion was undoubtedly the clever brother. In season 2 of the TV show Game of Thrones, Tyrion wasn't sure who he could trust, so he told three separate stories to three different advisors and then waited to see which story would get leaked to the queen. Using this cunning ruse, Tyrion could quickly ascertain who he could trust and who would be sent to the dungeon. The same logical approach will demystify critical reasoning traps as well as data sufficiency questions. You may not be the king of the seven kingdoms, but you'll be the king of the GMAT.
Real reviewsMade me want to come to class even when I was exhausted
Funniest guy I've ever met. Made me want to come to class even when I was exhausted and didn't feel like it. Gave us some great tips and tricks and taught in a way that I will remember them. Great class, great experience!
Ron was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and motivating instructor.
Ron was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and motivating instructor. I would definitely retake the course knowing he would be the instructor.
He had a lot of enthusiasm as was very patient with us.
Ron did a great job introducing us to the material which he was very knowledgeable on. He had a lot of enthusiasm as was very patient with us. I learnt a lot of little tricks from Ron which I know will come in handy when I write. He was always open for any questions as really helped create a great learning experience.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is one by Benjamin Franklin on education: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. The entire Veritas Prep curriculum has been developed around the concept of Learning by Doing, and this quote captures exactly why we have done that. Rote memorization and rote learning are not effective approaches in education, and this is especially true when preparing for a reasoning and problem solving based test such as the GMAT.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest life accomplishment remains the first time I climbed El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. Although I had already been an active rock-climber while in high school on the coast of Maine, I was not prepared for the intimidating scale of Yosemite's huge granite walls when I moved to California to attend Stanford. The first time I climbed there, I stood at the base of El Cap and thought I would never in my life climb this amazing piece of rock. One year later, after 4 days on the wall, I pulled onto the summit of El Cap, exhausted and elated; even though I have gone on to do many harder and more committing climbs, nothing will ever compare to the sense of accomplishment I felt that day.
Real reviewsChris is a master of the GMAT material
My instructor, Chris Kane, was outstanding and helped me understand the different types of questions that the GMAT will use and the best ways to conquer these questions. I also did individual tutoring sessions with Chris and would highly recommend him. Chris knows how to teach complex subject matter to students. Chris knows all the different types of questions and strategies that the GMAT will throw at you. Choose Veritas Prep and Chris Kane.
I can confidently say that Chris is responsible for at least 100 points increase in my score. Amazing teacher!
Just an overall great instructor.
Chris Kane was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable in all facets of the GMAT and just an overall great instructor. The 12 books that are given are extremely helpful, especially the skillbuilder sections. I learned valuable techniques and strategies to assist with question approach and time management. It was an awesome experience that was very beneficial.
BS,Truman State University
MA, History & Education, Truman State University
JD, University of Michigan
What 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.