Education:
BA, Brigham Young University

MBA, Brigham Young University

University of Utah, Doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
That one is easy. Arithmetic. Students often think that a lesson called “Arithmetic” will not even be worth their time, until we begin looking at the math from an entirely different perspective. Remember: the GMAT is a critical thinking test and not a math test. It is fun to watch the students’ expressions as we turn horrendous looking problems into simple, 20second solutions, using a little bit of “mental gymnastics.”
What is your favorite quote?
The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.” (Gordon B. Hinckley) This quote certainly applies to how we approach the GMAT: it is not just supergeniuses who ace the GMAT. It takes a balanced, calculated approach – and it certainly takes work – but anybody can drastically improve their score.
What is your favorite Veritas Prep success story?
One of my students signed up for the Veritas Prep course, but he lived in Cedar City, UT – a distance of over 250 miles away. He made the commute to every class, studied hard, and ended up improving his GMAT score from a 430 to a 710 – a 280 point increase! He was always so appreciative. Several times throughout the class, he would pull me aside and say, “That was definitely worth the commute.”
Real reviews
Aaron was a great teacher.
Aaron was a great teacher. He knows great techniques that will help you improve your GMAT score. Thanks to Veritas Prep and Aaron, I'm a second year MBA student at one of the nation’s top MBA programs and already have a full time job offer for when I finish my second year. I recommend Veritas Prep and Aaron to all my friends.
I really could feel like he cared about each student
My teacher Aaron went out of his way and put in extra time and effort to make sure all my questions were answered. He took time in each class to make sure each student understood the concepts clearly and still moved at an appropriate pace. I really could feel like he cared about each student, not just his contract with Veritas Prep.
I haven't seen an instructor as well prepared as he is.
Our instructor Aaron Pond is a great guy always concerned with each student in our individual needs. I haven't seen an instructor as well prepared as he is.
Education:
BS, Georgia Tech
JD, Georgetown
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 wellconsidered 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 oneonone 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 reviews
Anthony 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 superhumans, 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.