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.
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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).
Which is your favorite lesson to teach? I like to use the geometry class to get people thinking outside the box. A lot of people make it through high school by clinging to formulas. But that only gets you so far. The real world doesn't give you these clean and organized problems, and neither does the GMAT. That's why I get people thinking on their feet. It's not just about the answer, it's about how you see the question. And knowing these deeper insights, it actually makes things easier. You can run circles around the type of person who just memorizes the answers. My secret mission is to make people into better thinkers, in all situations.
If you could teach any one person about the GMAT, who would it be and why? Well, I'm a hip hop fan. And a while back, I once heard 50 Cent say that if he had the choice he would have gone to business school. And now he'll never need to... But if he decided to go for it I'd gladly coach him for the GMAT. And I don't even say that as a fan. If I wanted to just be a fan, there are other rappers who are higher on my list. But 50 stands out specifically for business. He has the right mind. Even without the formal education. I also like the idea that people might doubt if that's possible. Don't underestimate how important perseverance is. Curtis Jackson, MBA. He could do it. TRUST me.
Real reviewsI would highly recommend him
Dan is a great instructor. He went over things multiple times if someone didn't get it initially. He is a very respectful and professional instructor who strives to ensure that his students are on the track of success for the GMAT. For anyone in the Greater Toronto Area, I would highly recommend him and believe that his approach and tips will give anyone a lot of advantage on the GMAT.
Dan was a great teacher
Dan was a great teacher and very personable. He also always makes himself available for extra help.
Would highly recommend Dan to anyone
Dan was a great instructor. Extremely knowledgeable, happy to stay late or answer emails anytime to answer questions and was extremely helpful in finding areas I could improve on and suggesting appropriate strategies. Would highly recommend Dan to anyone thinking about taking a Veritas course or any GMAT prep course in general.