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, 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.