Which 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.
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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.
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BS, Northwestern University
MS, Northwestern University
PhD, New York University
MBA, University of North Carolina
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I actually like teaching the statistics and combinatorics class the best. Students are often really intimidated by this material, but this can really be reduced to just a handful of formulas and a handful of questions (really three) that the students need to ask. I also like this class as it sort of stands alone and is not a class where people are trying to recall a bunch of material they have forgotten from a middle school or high school math class years earlier.
What is your favorite quote?
Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.
What do you love about teaching?
Getting to work with students and helping them achieve their professional goals. I hope that students leave my class knowing the material better and being prepared for the exam. I also hope they have good time in the class.
If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, what would you be teaching instead?
I do actually teach statistics in the MBA@UNC online MBA program. Nice being able to work with students both before and after their exposure to the GMAT.
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Frank was a fantastic instructor. He was able to teach to a group of diverse skill levels at one time. I have been out of school for a long time but Frank sparked my memory of a lot of old info. It was a great class.
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Frank was on top of all course material.
Frank was on top of all course material. If we had a question he would always be able to explain it in a way for everyone to understand. And if he didn't have the answer right then, he would always remember to come back with a detailed explanation and solution. He provided this for many math problems.