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.
BS,Truman State University
MA, History & 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.
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.