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.
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.