Hear from EricWhich 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. The test isn't about memorizing question types or mathematical equations. It's a test of mental poise and agility. Eric repeatedly emphasized what he called ʺthe fundamentalsʺ and assured me in one-on-one sessions that if I mastered those core concepts and stayed focused, that I could get a great score. 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!
Hear from DaveWhat do you love about teaching?
I love two things: the aha moments when students get a core concept and getting word from former students that they beat their target score. In the classroom it's easy to tell whether students are getting it: frowns get turned upside down and faces brighten. Online, this can be a bit tougher to gauge. Students tend to be a bit reticent, so I'll usually interpret yeah.... as sign that we need to go over the material one more time. If I get back an exclamation point or an emoticon, that's when I know the class has it!
Which movie/TV character would do best on the GMAT and why?
It's a common misperception that Sherlock Holmes only uses deductive logic. While his skills of deduction would allow him to wreck shop on Inference and Data Sufficiency questions, that alone doesn't guarantee a top GMAT score. He also commonly uses inductive logic - creating and testing hypotheses while gathering facts to narrow down the range of possible solutions to a crime. This would give him an edge on gap-spotting on Strengthen/Weaken problems, finding the purpose in Reading Comprehension questions, and narrowing down the possible strategies for Problem Solving questions. If Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary) went head-to-head, I think the more socially unaware portrayal by Cumberbatch would win because he would never let his intuition get in the way of his logic.
Real reviewsHe was great!
I really enjoy classes with Dave, he was clear with his explanation and always tried to address the topics in a way that all of us could understand. He was great!
Dave Halliday was a great instructor. He was passionate about making sure everyone is on the same page and understands the questions perfectly.
I highly highly recommend Dave Halliday.
Dave Halliday is one of the best instructors i have come across in my life. He makes sure that entire class understands the course (each and every topic). His experiences, his teaching methods and always there to answer the questions with a lot of patience are few qualities of him, that makes him outstanding. I would recommend everyone if they get a chance, to be part of his class. I highly highly recommend Dave Halliday.
Hear from EthanWhich 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).