well DONT. It probably isn't their fault.
Let me explain. I took a job with Kaplan
teaching GMAT at night. I figured I could save some extra money because I am quitting my job once I start grad school, and what kind of part time job is going to pay you $20 an hour?
I've given lectures to college students on various topics. I've tutored folks in calculus. I have even tutored someone privately on the GMAT. Everyone has always been happy with their experience with me.
My performance reviews from the Kaplan
folks who sit in on your first classes have been really low. They grade me on the biggest bullshit - I have to say:
" "GMAT" "Test Day" "Higher Scores" "Online Resources" "Homework" at least once every third of a page. I wish I was kidding.
What the **** is that? Who the hell can teach material when you are worried about such inane bullshit? Many times I've only got 3 minutes to cover a topic, but a full third of that is taken up with these meaningless crap.
Oh and that brings me to their "materials". Well, THEY SUCK. My teaching really suffers because I have no faith in what I am doing. It is hard to be excited in class when you feel bad that, deep down, you know what you are teaching is either wrong, or some bullshit strategy that takes longer to use on test day than learning how to do it the "textbook way" and calculating something proper.
the way I have demonize the "textbook way" in class is also apalling to me. the "textbook way" a.k.a. using actual mathematics is essential for
a high GMAT score and success in B-School. Granted, "strategies" like backsolving and picking numbers have their place and come in handy - they should not be the focus of anyone's test prep plan. BTW - Kaplan
acts like they **** invented picking numbers and backsolving. give me a break. I never even touched a kaplan
book when I prepped for my GMAT, and I backsolved a mixture problem on test day. It's freaking common sense people!!!
The classes are so short, and crammed with so much retardation, that students don't have much time to ask questions or have discussion if needed... which thankfully they don't.
BTW, THERE IS HARDLY ANY TIME DEVOTED TO MATH IN CLASS. I feel that this is a huge rip off, because many students are not made aware of this. If you are reading this thinking to yourself, "hey I need to brush up on math, let me take Kaplan
GMAT class" WELL DONT!