What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is one by Benjamin Franklin on education: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. The entire Veritas Prep curriculum has been developed around the concept of Learning by Doing, and this quote captures exactly why we have done that. Rote memorization and rote learning are not effective approaches in education, and this is especially true when preparing for a reasoning and problem solving based test such as the GMAT.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest life accomplishment remains the first time I climbed El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. Although I had already been an active rock-climber while in high school on the coast of Maine, I was not prepared for the intimidating scale of Yosemite's huge granite walls when I moved to California to attend Stanford. The first time I climbed there, I stood at the base of El Cap and thought I would never in my life climb this amazing piece of rock. One year later, after 4 days on the wall, I pulled onto the summit of El Cap, exhausted and elated; even though I have gone on to do many harder and more committing climbs, nothing will ever compare to the sense of accomplishment I felt that day.
Real reviewsChris is a master of the GMAT material
My instructor, Chris Kane, was outstanding and helped me understand the different types of questions that the GMAT will use and the best ways to conquer these questions. I also did individual tutoring sessions with Chris and would highly recommend him. Chris knows how to teach complex subject matter to students. Chris knows all the different types of questions and strategies that the GMAT will throw at you. Choose Veritas Prep and Chris Kane.
I can confidently say that Chris is responsible for at least 100 points increase in my score. Amazing teacher!
Just an overall great instructor.
Chris Kane was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable in all facets of the GMAT and just an overall great instructor. The 12 books that are given are extremely helpful, especially the skillbuilder sections. I learned valuable techniques and strategies to assist with question approach and time management. It was an awesome experience that was very beneficial.
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.
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.