Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
I'd have to say my favorite lesson is combinatorics and probability. Not only is it a topic I find truly fascinating, but from my day job in business intelligence I've learned just now lacking is an understanding of these concepts among business decision makers. So it feels like, while reviewing the fundamentals that the GMAT requires, there's a chance to make the business world a little smarter about how data behaves...that my students might just be a little better positioned even once they graduate from their MBA programs. It's also a topic that can be fearfully dull, honestly. A lot of people dread it because they've had bad instructors who drone on about formulae without explaining why things work the way they do. I try to upset that preconception and put all the passion I've got into delivering the content.
What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
Several years ago I had a student, a Captain in the Army from Fort Lewis just south of Seattle (now ”Joint Base Lewis-McChord). He was a veteran of combat in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Came in sorting in the mid-400s but had some really awesome goals for top-tier schools. You could really see the discipline of military experience and a certain resilience to being ruffled that probably built up from his time overseas. Anyway, the guy was also clearly sharp as a tack and it was great to see the combination of native intelligence and focused effort come together. He emailed me later, after taking the test, to say that he'd ended up with a choice between Harvard and Stanford and went with Stanford because they gave him a better aid package...and I guess that's all there is left to say about that!
If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, What would you be teaching instead?
My day job actually is teaching! I develop and deliver business intelligence training programs. A lot of the delivery is online, and sometimes all I do is make recordings, since most companies large enough to have BI organizations are pretty geographically distributed. That's one of the reasons I love teaching for Veritas Prep, it gives me a chance to get up in front of a live audience and have a little more interactive time.
Real reviewsIt is clear that he is brilliant and well suited to share his knowledge.
Nick Strauss was the perfect blend of humor and academic focus. It is clear that he is brilliant and well suited to share his knowledge. He continually demonstrated the many different approaches to simplifying the problem solving process required to be successful on the GMAT.
Nick is awesome.
Nick is awesome. He presented the material in a way that made it interesting and really engaged us. He also provided lots of great advice and tips/tricks on how to be successful at this test. He is very approachable and extremely helfpul.
He was very engaging.
Nick did a great job! He was very engaging. If I know of anyone that wants to do a GMAT prep course, I will make sure that they do the Veritas course when Nick is an instructor.
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.