BA, Brigham Young University
MBA, Brigham Young University
University of Utah, Doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
That one is easy. Arithmetic. Students often think that a lesson called “Arithmetic” will not even be worth their time, until we begin looking at the math from an entirely different perspective. Remember: the GMAT is a critical thinking test and not a math test. It is fun to watch the students’ expressions as we turn horrendous looking problems into simple, 20-second solutions, using a little bit of “mental gymnastics.”
What is your favorite quote?
The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.” (Gordon B. Hinckley) This quote certainly applies to how we approach the GMAT: it is not just super-geniuses who ace the GMAT. It takes a balanced, calculated approach – and it certainly takes work – but anybody can drastically improve their score.
What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
One of my students signed up for the Veritas Prep course, but he lived in Cedar City, UT – a distance of over 250 miles away. He made the commute to every class, studied hard, and ended up improving his GMAT score from a 430 to a 710 – a 280 point increase! He was always so appreciative. Several times throughout the class, he would pull me aside and say, “That was definitely worth the commute.”
Real reviewsAaron was a great teacher.
Aaron was a great teacher. He knows great techniques that will help you improve your GMAT score. Thanks to Veritas Prep and Aaron, I'm a second year MBA student at one of the nation’s top MBA programs and already have a full time job offer for when I finish my second year. I recommend Veritas Prep and Aaron to all my friends.
I really could feel like he cared about each student
My teacher Aaron went out of his way and put in extra time and effort to make sure all my questions were answered. He took time in each class to make sure each student understood the concepts clearly and still moved at an appropriate pace. I really could feel like he cared about each student, not just his contract with Veritas Prep.
I haven't seen an instructor as well prepared as he is.
Our instructor Aaron Pond is a great guy always concerned with each student in our individual needs. I haven't seen an instructor as well prepared as he is.
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.
Real reviewsEthan turns the cold, pragmatic GMAT into a humorous foe
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.
Ethan was a phenomenal teacher.
Ethan was a phenomenal teacher. He genuinely cares that you learn, and more importantly, retain the material. Everything was very well structured and easy to follow. I highly recommend this class to anyone looking for GMAT prep.
Ethan was amazing
Ethan was amazing, and made the material very digestible. His strategies are working and I can tell that he has spent a lot of time thinking about incorporating his style with the material (very polished).
BS, Virginia Tech
MS, Oklahoma State
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lesson to teach is Geometry, although I'll admit the irony given my limited artistic abilities! Seriously, though, I enjoy Geometry because it is so visual. I tend to be a visual learner - if I can see it, I know I can solve it, and Geometry lends itself well to graphical solutions for obvious reasons. I always tell students that they should be able to approach Geometry problems with a great deal of confidence. Even if the path to a solution is not immediately clear, one can always begin by drawing a diagram and solving across the picture for unknown quantities until the question is answered. And, as an added bonus, a picture provides a built in reality check on answers which are clearly out of bounds.
What do you love about teaching?
Given that both of my parents are retired teachers, one might say that I was born to teach. I have always loved the classroom environment and, yes, even enjoyed the challenge of test taking. So, what do I love most about teaching? By far, my favorite moment is the one in which a difficult concept finally clicks with a student, enabling him/her to actually understand and problem solve independently rather than simply memorize and attempt to replicate others' solutions. I suppose I see this as the educational equivalent of teaching a man to fish, equipping a student to succeed on the GMAT and beyond.
Real reviewsJennifer was always open to answering student's questions as they came up
The 12-week course that I took was with Jennifer Rich, who was equally knowledgable, engaged, and helpful. Jennifer was always open to answering student's questions as they came up, and even took the time to talk with me for 10 minutes after class to answer a couple of questions I had on the GMAT itself. While I am sure that there are other worthy companies to use to prepare for the GMAT, I personally think that I could not have received any better instruction and had a better experience than I did with Veritas Prep.
Jennifer was extremely knowledgeable
Jennifer was extremely knowledgeable and very good at getting that knowledge across in a clear way. I feel much more comfortable with attacking the GMAT after the course and learning ways to come at questions. I will continue to recommend her and Veritas Prep.
Jennifer Rich really was the game changer. Her approach to teaching is one of the best I have seen.