BS, Georgia Tech
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
There are a number of great Veritas Prep lessons, but the Arithmetic lesson is probably my favorite to teach. It’s just a fantastic chance to grab people right out of the gate and hit them over the head with the value of new approaches and new ways of thinking about problems. It’s great to be able to show people that math on the GMAT isn’t really about grinding harder or being a genius. It’s about understanding what’s really important and then combining that realization with a skill set that every prospective MBA student is capable of possessing. And that’s before we hit you with the factors/number theory stuff and really blow your mind. It’s exciting stuff, and at the end of that lesson, I always wish we had a couple more hours to keep doing questions.
What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
Once upon a time, I had a student, Rachel, gain 230 points. She took every bit of advice I gave seriously, did every piece of work we asked, came into every lesson with specific and well-considered questions, and generally proved to be a model student. Once the course was over, we scheduled a few hours of individual tutoring. Rachel brought in charts of wrong answers broken down along multiple dimensions and was able to articulate precise areas of need for improvement. A couple of tutoring sessions in, she hit 750 on a practice test. We actually canceled a remaining tutoring session so that she could take the real thing ASAP. In the end, Rachel went from a 510 to a 740 after the Veritas Prep course and about five hours of one-on-one tutoring time. There’s just nothing better about being a tutor than hearing amazing news from a delighted student. It’s my singular goal every time I teach.
Real reviewsAnthony is a fantastic teacher!
Anthony is a fantastic teacher! He is not only great at getting the concepts across, but also changing the way you think about numbers and logic in general. He changed the way I will add, subtract, and multiply for the rest of my life! You can tell by the way he talks and teaches that he genuinely cares about his students and our success.
He always went above and beyond
My instructor, Anthony Ritz, was absolutely amazing. He is very knowledgeable on the test material and takes pride in making sure each class member understands each problem type. He has an endless book of tricks that he is able to articulate in a very easy to remember way. I emailed and instant messaged him many times during the week, outside of class, and he was always quick to respond with multiple ways to look at problems that were confusing me. He always went above and beyond to ensure that everyone was clear on what was going to be tested. He always offered to stay late to review any additional problems that may be confusing.
You never feel like your time is being wasted.
I took a 6 week GMAT course with Anthony Ritz and was so impressed by the professionalism of Veritas instructors. Anthony is one of those super-humans, who received perfect scores on every standardized test from the LSAT to the GMAT to the GRE. My past experience with SAT tutors was to stay away from the wiz kids because they didn't know how to teach/translate their genius, but Anthony does. His lessons were content rich, but contained added bonuses like calculation shortcuts and tricks to approaching problems. Anthony edited many of the Veritas books, so his familiarity with them is impressive. He knows exactly which problems are most challenging so he cherry picks the best examples to work through in class. You never feel like your time is being wasted.
BA, Maryland - Baltimore County
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
For me, it's a two-way tie between data sufficiency and combinatorics. Data sufficiency ties together the quantitative skills of problem solving with the critical thinking skills that are central to the verbal section of the exam, and I think it's where we provide some of the most important instruction for success on the test AND in business school! Combinatorics is a subject that most students have only spent a day or two on in their entire lives, but after our three hours together, they can usually handle the toughest problems the test might give them.
If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, what would you be teaching instead?
Funny you should ask--I'm actually a high school mathematics teacher in the Philadelphia area. If I wasn't doing that, I'd probably find myself teaching philosophy and critical thinking classes. Or maybe politics...or biology. I guess I'm just happy with a blackboard behind me!
Real reviewsI wouldn't change him for anyone else.
Neil Moakley was a very caring and concerned instructor. I wouldn't change him for anyone else. He communicated with us regularly and showed concern over our progress. He dedicated extra time after class to many so that we could feel comfortable in the subject matter. I believe that Veritas Prep has struck gold by having an instructor like Neil Moakley.
Neil Moakley was a great instructor
Neil Moakley was a great instructor who really took the time to go through all the material in a clear manner and also made sure to effectively answer all questions/concerns that came up during class. He was very willing to help and always offered additional help outside of our class time. I would definitely recommend him as a GMAT instructor.
Neil was great!
Neil was great! I thoroughly enjoyed the classroom lessons, and I feel more confident about taking the test now that I have completed the course. Neil always had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and this kept me awake and paying attention even after working from 8am-6pm.
Which is your favorite lesson to teach? I like to use the geometry class to get people thinking outside the box. A lot of people make it through high school by clinging to formulas. But that only gets you so far. The real world doesn't give you these clean and organized problems, and neither does the GMAT. That's why I get people thinking on their feet. It's not just about the answer, it's about how you see the question. And knowing these deeper insights, it actually makes things easier. You can run circles around the type of person who just memorizes the answers. My secret mission is to make people into better thinkers, in all situations.
If you could teach any one person about the GMAT, who would it be and why? Well, I'm a hip hop fan. And a while back, I once heard 50 Cent say that if he had the choice he would have gone to business school. And now he'll never need to... But if he decided to go for it I'd gladly coach him for the GMAT. And I don't even say that as a fan. If I wanted to just be a fan, there are other rappers who are higher on my list. But 50 stands out specifically for business. He has the right mind. Even without the formal education. I also like the idea that people might doubt if that's possible. Don't underestimate how important perseverance is. Curtis Jackson, MBA. He could do it. TRUST me.
Real reviewsI would highly recommend him
Dan is a great instructor. He went over things multiple times if someone didn't get it initially. He is a very respectful and professional instructor who strives to ensure that his students are on the track of success for the GMAT. For anyone in the Greater Toronto Area, I would highly recommend him and believe that his approach and tips will give anyone a lot of advantage on the GMAT.
Dan was a great teacher
Dan was a great teacher and very personable. He also always makes himself available for extra help.
Would highly recommend Dan to anyone
Dan was a great instructor. Extremely knowledgeable, happy to stay late or answer emails anytime to answer questions and was extremely helpful in finding areas I could improve on and suggesting appropriate strategies. Would highly recommend Dan to anyone thinking about taking a Veritas course or any GMAT prep course in general.