BS, Georgia Tech
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
There are a number of great Veritas Prep lessons, but the Arithmetic lesson is probably my favorite to teach. It’s just a fantastic chance to grab people right out of the gate and hit them over the head with the value of new approaches and new ways of thinking about problems. It’s great to be able to show people that math on the GMAT isn’t really about grinding harder or being a genius. It’s about understanding what’s really important and then combining that realization with a skill set that every prospective MBA student is capable of possessing. And that’s before we hit you with the factors/number theory stuff and really blow your mind. It’s exciting stuff, and at the end of that lesson, I always wish we had a couple more hours to keep doing questions.
What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
Once upon a time, I had a student, Rachel, gain 230 points. She took every bit of advice I gave seriously, did every piece of work we asked, came into every lesson with specific and well-considered questions, and generally proved to be a model student. Once the course was over, we scheduled a few hours of individual tutoring. Rachel brought in charts of wrong answers broken down along multiple dimensions and was able to articulate precise areas of need for improvement. A couple of tutoring sessions in, she hit 750 on a practice test. We actually canceled a remaining tutoring session so that she could take the real thing ASAP. In the end, Rachel went from a 510 to a 740 after the Veritas Prep course and about five hours of one-on-one tutoring time. There’s just nothing better about being a tutor than hearing amazing news from a delighted student. It’s my singular goal every time I teach.
Real reviewsAnthony is a fantastic teacher!
Anthony is a fantastic teacher! He is not only great at getting the concepts across, but also changing the way you think about numbers and logic in general. He changed the way I will add, subtract, and multiply for the rest of my life! You can tell by the way he talks and teaches that he genuinely cares about his students and our success.
He always went above and beyond
My instructor, Anthony Ritz, was absolutely amazing. He is very knowledgeable on the test material and takes pride in making sure each class member understands each problem type. He has an endless book of tricks that he is able to articulate in a very easy to remember way. I emailed and instant messaged him many times during the week, outside of class, and he was always quick to respond with multiple ways to look at problems that were confusing me. He always went above and beyond to ensure that everyone was clear on what was going to be tested. He always offered to stay late to review any additional problems that may be confusing.
You never feel like your time is being wasted.
I took a 6 week GMAT course with Anthony Ritz and was so impressed by the professionalism of Veritas instructors. Anthony is one of those super-humans, who received perfect scores on every standardized test from the LSAT to the GMAT to the GRE. My past experience with SAT tutors was to stay away from the wiz kids because they didn't know how to teach/translate their genius, but Anthony does. His lessons were content rich, but contained added bonuses like calculation shortcuts and tricks to approaching problems. Anthony edited many of the Veritas books, so his familiarity with them is impressive. He knows exactly which problems are most challenging so he cherry picks the best examples to work through in class. You never feel like your time is being wasted.
BA, Washington University in St. Louis
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
Arithmetic -- specifically, Number Properties. I like to think of these properties as character traits. Integers, like your friends, have various personalities, and the dynamic you're going to get when you assemble some particular ones of their personalities in some particular way is, as we all know, dependent on the group and the activity. If we invite an even integer into our product, we're never going to turn our product odd again, no matter how many odd integers we also invite. If George and Joe get rotated into the ping-pong lineup, nobody else is going to get the table back, ever. Not that you have to spend all your time in party-planning analogies... but thinking about numbers is frankly downright fun if you pay attention to their characters.
What do you love about teaching?
Seeing people surprise themselves. Especially when it comes to the quant section, people sometimes come to the table with these really teeny-tiny comfort zones, and their thinking gets jammed up at the beginning by lack of confidence alone. Some people seem to think they'd be almost *offending* math by subjecting it to their reasoning, like What do I know -- who am I to even try to reason through this? The lovely thing is that by teaching via asking successive questions, you can make people creep further and further out of their comfort zones -- tricked you! -- to venture their ideas. WAY more often than not, the instincts they initially mistrusted show themselves time and again to deliver, and you start hearing more and more I never knew it made sense like this!. In those cases, it's more than the accompanying score jump that's exciting; it's that realization you get to watch people develop, that their own logic is totally consonant with that of math.
Real reviewsAshley was amazing.
Ashley was amazing. She clearly has the experience and the flow of the course nailed down. I never felt lost or confused in regards to how the course was organized. She was approachable and could explain things in various ways so people who learn differently could grasp the same concept. I came into the course more looking for confidence and the tricks of the GMAT. I found both. I decided to wait to take the test for a bit, but every time I email Ashley she is always there to help me out!
Ashley was incredibly high-energy and managed to bring fun and humor to every class
My Veritas Prep course with Ashley Newman-Owens totally exceeded my expectations. Class was held twice a week for three hours in the evening, so I was coming to every class after a long day of work, bracing myself for a slog through boring material. But Ashley was incredibly high-energy and managed to bring fun and humor to every class, which kept me engaged. Besides being very sharp and clearly an expert on the material, Ashley was also good adapting to the different needs and levels within the class.