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.
BA, Tufts University
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).