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.
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
Reading comprehension is my favorite lesson to teach, not only because there is a natural storytelling component to the lesson, but also because I think translating GMAT-ese into plain English is the most important thing students need to learn before the test.
What is your favorite quote?
This quote has become cliché for my generation, but I do love the opening lines from a poem in Tolkein's first Lord of the Rings book: All that is gold does not glitter/Not all those who wander are lost. The couplet rhymes with my worldview on investing, career choices, and standardized tests. We all face many choices, and the correct ones sometimes require a little wandering before you find them.
Real reviewsEric taught me the requisite soft skills necessary to beat the GMAT.
Before taking the Veritas Prep course with Eric, I was unsure if it was even worth taking a course. I thought that if I put in time through self-study, my score would increase enough. Luckily, I opted for the course and learned a lot more than simple facts and formulas that can be found in any prep book. Eric taught me the requisite soft skills necessary to beat the GMAT. My score went up 60 points in the 9 week period from the first lesson until test day. Now, my score is competitive at all business schools, instead of just most business schools. I attribute the score increase to the skills I learned in the course with Eric, not rote memorization.
Eric goes above and beyond to make sure students are on pace to meet their goal
I recently completed the Veritas Prep course with instructor Eric Maltzer. Eric goes above and beyond to make sure students are on pace to meet their goals and often shows up early/stays late to provide students with 1-on-1 time. My score has improved over 70 points from the course, and Eric has provided me with a comprehensive study schedule for my test date in a few weeks. I'm currently 10 points away from my target score and am confident that if I stick to Eric's plan I will beat the GMAT!
Eric was amazing.
Eric was amazing. He was very invested in everyone's success in a way that implied that failure was not an option. One of the things he did to make sure we each reached our goal was he made time to speak with us each one-on-one before or after class. Eric is a highly entertaining teacher, which made being in class for 3 hours after work bearable. He is also quite clear and does a good job pointing out what's important. We all liked him so much we were a little sad when class ended. This personal connection he developed with the class made his high expectations of us more meaningful.