BS, Virginia Tech
MBA, William & Mary
What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
I had a student who was sharp and focused and definitely capable of delivering a great score. Then came test day: he’d underperformed by almost 100 points. Definitely a disappointing result, but it can happen. We got together and assessed what went wrong – it turned out that in studying he’d blown through hundreds of problems without making sure he fully understood how they worked. Lesson: quantity is no substitute for quality! With a renewed focus on studying for 100% comprehension, he came back with a score above his goal, a more than 100 point jump. I couldn’t have been prouder.
Which movie/tv character would do best on the GMAT?
Patrick Jane from The Mentalist. As a master mind reader, almost nothing gets by Patrick Jane, though he always works with limited information: no criminal will ever tell the whole story, and there are of course always several wily suspects who hide their agendas too. Kind of like those crafty GMAT test makers. But with a cup of tea and a knowing smile, he mentally jujitsus everyone involved. Knowing their limited capacity to deceive, he exploits all the info available to corner the right suspects – just as he would the right answer choices on the GMAT.
What is your favorite lesson to teach?
Reading Comprehension. As it is for many, this was by far my worst skill set back before I took the SAT; the questions felt arbitrary! Is the tone cautiously optimistic or more like hesitatingly hopeful? The author’s purpose? How am I supposed to know?? But – no kidding – with only a few slight mental adjustments it quickly became my biggest strength. So it’s a personal mission for me. There may be a little bit less going on in terms of traps and shortcuts, but it’s a skill that, once developed, has immediate impact for a better understanding of nearly everything you’ll encounter in life.
Real reviewsWent above and beyond the lesson text
My instructor, Joseph, was genuinely invested in helping students understand the material and went above and beyond the lesson text, offering time-saving strategies and giving thoughtful context throughout the lessons. He made himself available and offered relevant insights that extended beyond the GMAT.
Best GMAT instructor I have ever had
Joseph Dise by far is the best GMAT instructor/tutor I have ever had. I myself worked as a SAT tutor in the past for Princeton review and I can honestly say that they have no one on their staff as knowledgeable and passionate about beating the GMAT. I have already recommended him specifically to pretty much anyone who is willing to hear.
Joseph Dise is a class act.
Joseph Dise is a class act. He's a genuine instructor who promptly starts class on time, every-time. As a bright young man, he is clearly able to think on his feet in fielding questions from classmates while thoroughly walking through problems step by step for the audience to follow along. Unassumingly, he takes the time to SHOW us how to approach problem sets and expand one's own thinking to gain awareness of the situation by accurately and methodically teaching us solutions.
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.
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).