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.
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.
BS, Bangalore University
MS, Arizona State University
MBA, Indian Institute of Management
What do you love about teaching?
It is the fact that I am a part, albeit a small one, of every student’s most important journey! Students come from different backgrounds and have different aspirations. However, they are all looking at B-Schools to achieve their goals. And, I get to help them in the process. Simple acts of receiving ‘thank-yous’ in the class, and happy emails about test scores and admits motivate me. Lastly, the continuous feedback, instant and otherwise, makes for an active experience and helps me get better!
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
It has to be Quant. Students go through a transformation! They start with the belief that math is tough. I get many ‘< 5’ responses when I ask, on a scale of 1 to 10, how confident they are about math concepts! When they realize that there is more, much more, to Quant than math, their confidence dips even further! From there, they slowly start seeing patterns in questions and traps in answer choices, and eventually reach the point of thinking like the test-setter. I like taking the students through this process!
Real reviewsGreat instructor!
Was willing to put in the extra effort in order to make us understand the concepts and lessons to the fullest. I would absolutely recommend Suresh to anyone trying to prepare for the GMAT!
Above all, he was very attentive
Our teacher, Suresh Raghavendra, was fantastic. He was able to make complicated concepts very easy to understand. Very smart guy, but above all, he was very attentive and, as a student, I could see he cared about us and wanted us to do well.
Suresh is a great instructor.
Suresh is a great instructor. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable, he has an amazing knack for articulating complex concepts in a way that's easy to understand. He's able to accommodate a full spectrum of learning styles and paces, so no matter where you're at, he's got you. Thanks Suresh!