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,Truman State University
MA, History, Truman State University
MA, Education, Truman State University
JD, University of Michigan
What is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lesson to teach is data sufficiency. Everyone learns something in data sufficiency! Everyone has that “aha moment” that I love. Some people come to the lesson with a big fear of data sufficiency and I am able to give them the tools to build their confidence. Some people come in thinking that they know everything about data sufficiency and are shocked by how much they actually learn during that lesson. It really is a metaphor for all of the other sections of the GMAT, it is not just what you know, it is how you play the game and data sufficiency is all about learning to play the game. What can be more fun than that?
If you were not teaching the GMAT what would you be teaching instead?
If I were not teaching the GMAT I would be a coach. In fact I think of what I do for Veritas Prep as coaching. Like a sports coach or a vocal coach, or even a life coach, a GMAT coach is doing more than conveying content. The students that I work with need more than knowledge, they need to be able to perform to the best of their abilities on test day and it is my pleasure to help them do it!
Real reviewsCould I have scored 700+ without David? Probably not
I paid for 28 hours of online tutoring with Veritas Prep. I was assigned David Newland as my instructor. It was the best money I could have spent. Within six weeks of working with David, I scored 770 and 760 on the GMAT Prep Software PP1 and PP2 tests. On the real exam I scored 700 (90%), comprising Quant 47 (73%) and Verbal 39 (88%). The drop between the PP tests and the real test was mostly due to nerves and bad time management on the day. Could I have scored 700+ without David? Probably not given I only had six weeks to prepare. David was excellent. With 8+ years of GMAT experience he knows how to solve every question the test can throw at you. He explained methodology in a clear and easy to apply fashion. He was also flexible and we could frequently schedule sessions on short notice.
This guy is smart and really knows the GMAT inside and out
Got so lucky to get David Newland as my instructor. I went into the course more confident in quant, and David is a verbal expert, specifically in Critical Reasoning. This guy is smart and really knows the GMAT inside and out, which was helpful since I had never taken the exam before. I could hear his voice inside my head as I did practice problems and during the actual GMAT.
David was excellent.
The instructor David was excellent. I found that he took the time to explain each section properly and in easy to understand language. I very much enjoyed this course and would recommend it to any one with a very hectic schedule.
What do you love about teaching?
As a child, I was always fascinated with jigsaw puzzles. I would scramble to find and put the numerous interrelated pieces together. While frustrating, it was satisfying to finally see the jumbled parts come together as one cohesive picture. It is this skill of analysis and synthesis, push and pull that I have always brought to my teaching. My aim is for student’s to realize that no matter how confusing the steps may initially appear, with focus and effort, the final big picture will eventually come to life. When I see the light bulb finally illuminate with students, I know that I succeeded in doing my job. This is what makes teaching so rewarding.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Certainly significant was the breakthrough I made with standardized tests. In fact, the first time I sat for the GMAT, I scored in the low 600’s. Like many, I enrolled in a prep course, hoping to raise my score. During the sessions, I listened to the insights shared by my instructor and fellow classmates. I was open to different ways of viewing a scenario and attacking questions. In time, I became more fluid and began getting more questions right. When I missed a question, I viewed my error not as a failure but as an area that I needed to improve. With continued practice and diligence, I became adept in this test, eventually scoring a 750. Moral: The GMAT is trainable. Don’t fight the process, be receptive to alternative avenues of approach, and enjoy the challenge.
Real reviewsJohn proved to be an upmost excellent GMAT prep instructor.
By bringing his own extensive MBA prep experience, a true concern for every students progress and profile, along with a refreshing common sense approach to unnecessary complexity, John proved to be an upmost excellent GMAT prep instructor.
He really cared about my improvement
I have found John to be very helpful with my GMAT preparation. During the course, he explained the concept very well and also gave us lots of practice question from outside the book. What amazed me is that he really cared about my improvement in the score and he has been a great help with my GMAT preparation even after the class.
John Chismody is an incredible instructor
John Chismody is an incredible instructor - I feel prepared and confident that I will do well on this test. I would definitely recommend him and this course to other people.