Hear from ChrisWhat 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,Truman State University
MA, History, Truman State University
MA, Education, Truman State University
JD, University of Michigan
Hear from DavidWhat 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.
Hear from DanWhich 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.