Hi, I'm Mike! I am excited to help the next batch of business school rockstars achieve their full potential. I am a recent graduate from Chicago Booth (class of 2015), and am also happy to share perspectives and advice on the broader application process and business school experience in general. I worked in technology consulting before Booth, and transitioned into financial services as a credit analyst after the MBA.
I believe there are very tangible ways to meaningfully increase your GMAT score. In general, it requires an awareness of where your weak spots are, and some discipline to methodically address those areas. I used the Kaplan books during my GMAT prep, but I think any of the guidebooks will be effective.
Outside of work I play squash and roller hockey. I also play piano and occasionally perform with a band at venues around the lower east side of Manhattan.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every test taker is unique, with unique strengths and areas for improvement. I intend to help my students identify their opportunities for improvement, and seize those opportunities. I also believe in working together to form a comprehensive plan tailored to the given student's goals and available time commitment, rather than just jumping straight into practice problems.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Either during or before the first session, I'm interested to discuss how the student has prepared thus far, as well as discuss the results of any practice exams, their goals, and time availability for tutoring sessions. Based on that info, we'll form a plan of what they should be focusing prep time on to be most effective.