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Test prep student comments

  • It was great to be your student! – Eduard Alishev, January 24, 2013
  • Thank you for all your support with your great teaching. The questions you asked the class before each GMAT question are great ways to approach problems. Thank you for giving me energy to continue! – Linh Nguyen, December 13, 2012
  • You are a great teacher… I appreciate all the hard work you put into us students and your classes are always well structured… Thank you for a great learning experience! You are a very knowledgeable and professional teacher. I admire your ability to immediately gain a sense of respect in the classroom. In addition, you always came well prepared. – Rebecca Lundberg, October 3, 2012
  • I was lucky to have Viveca as my teacher. She is smarty and a lot of fun at the same time. Viveca knows how to hold attention and keeps everybody involved. She does not just teach you math, she teaches you a way of thinking. I enjoyed every class with her. – Anonymous GMAT student evaluation, June 28, 2012
  • The way you conduct classes, write emails, your time of respond, trying to solve every student problem is just breathtaking. You are not just a good teacher, you are a great manager. – Victor Kovalkov, June 12, 2012
  • Thank you again for all the help. You are a great teacher, and I enjoyed your classes a lot. – Alvaro Luque, GMAT student, December 9, 2011
  • Thank you so much for making the class fun. Your upbeat attitude and excellent teaching skills helped me to absorb the material easily. – Anonymous GRE student evaluation, November 2011
  • The warmth of the atmosphere really made it comfortable to ask any question, which was extremely helpful. – Anonymous GRE student evaluation, November 2011
  • Thanks so much for a great class Viveca. I learned a lot and had a great time. – Shira Berenson, November 16, 2011
  • Thanks so much for your help! I almost started to like math 😉 – Meg Chappell,  November 11, 2011
  • I really thank my teacher Viveca Gardiner–she is the most supportive and helpful teacher I have ever met. She knows the subjects very well and teaches in the most effective way. No matter how hard the questions are, she always brought answers…  I could not have achieved 710 without her help! – Ayaka Minoura, November 4, 2011
  • The minimum for the program at University of Miami is 1000 combined and my range is somewhere between 1200-1400! … I’m not sure I could have broken 1000 at the beginning of this class, so I really appreciate the time you took to help us with all of our questions. You did a great job and I’m really thankful for it! – Andres Guzman, October 18, 2011
  • Viveca Gardiner was an excellent teacher. She followed up after each class emailing points that were highly important for each session. She always was open to any questions we had and made sure we understood the material. She was always in a good mood and very motivational. – Anonymous GRE student evaluation, September 2011
  • You were an excellent teacher. I appreciated the obvious time you took preparing lessons and explaining confusing topics. I started out with a 540 on the math diagnostic and have gone up to 750s and 800s! Thank you! – Anonymous GRE student evaluation, September 2011
  • Thank you for your help, your classes and your advice were really useful for me. – Alexander Alexander Sakharov, August 5, 2011
  • I just wanted to say a big thanks for all your help in my GMAT prep… It ended up paying off as I scored a 710 last Thursday. Obviously your instruction was instrumental in my success. – Derek Snyder, May 30, 2011
  • Thank you again for all of your help throughout class and more recently with the essays. I took the test this past weekend and got a 700 so pretty happy with the result. … You were a tremendous help. – Kevin Coleman, May 9, 2011
  • Thanks for all your help. You’re an excellent instructor and even after 7 or 8 hours of teaching in one day you still maintained your energy and were able to articulate the thorny stuff well- impressive! – Ben Rhatigan, December 11, 2010
  • You were wonderful and the classes were right on. – Richard Nelson, October 28, 2010
  • You are the only professional native teacher i believe in. – Yuan Coco Chen, March 29, 2011
  • We met in ’09 when you led our GMAT prep class.  I’m just finishing up my first year at Baruch. I’m doing really well in school and loving I’m the experience. Classes are challenging, yet, enjoyable.  I’m learning SO much! Thanks again for your help with GMAT preparation.  I still use many of tricks learned in our class for my current assignments. – Nikiesha McLennon, April 19, 2011
  • Just wanted to say thank you for all of your help preparing for the GMATs. I took the GMAT on Saturday and got a 700!! Your Kaplan class was very helpful and I learned so many techniques and methods that helped me on the actual test. – Lauren Fox, April 20, 2011
  • I was lucky to be your student. I’ve learned from you creativity and self-confidence. You’re always lively & energetic! Most of students in the class love you! – Linh Nguyen, May 1, 2011
  • Thank you for a great lesson last week! I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping I have a teacher as knowledgeable & dedicated to the students as you in the GMAT Advanced course! – Shannon Malone, 2009
  • I have to admit that Viveca know the material very well, she know how to approach the subject in many different way. I would defiantly recommend her as one of the greatest teachers at Kaplan Program. – Anonymous GMAT student evaluation, 2009
  • You are a phenomenal teacher. – Nikiesha McLennon, 2010
  • Viveca is a wonderful teacher. She is sweet and easy to approach, precise in her explanations. She leaves very little space for confusion. Viveca manages a class full of students from around the world with ease–something to admire in my opinion. She also finds a way to have a hold on every student’s attention. She is entertaining enough to keep one listening to four hours of what otherwise could be a rather boring subject. – Anonymous international GMAT student review
  • [Viveca] is charming but not distracting. She not only teaches me hot to deal with the GMAT questions but also finds a way that leads me to think critically. The critical thinking skills go even beyond the class, so you can put it into practice in your career. – Anonymous international GMAT student review
  • Viveca is very friendly and patient. – Anonymous international GMAT student review

Circus student comments

  • Thank you for being a fun circus skills teacher. I learned so much from you! – Angela, June 12, 2012
  • All of the kids from Silver Lining Circus camp absolutely LOVED your workshop at AYCO, it’s what I hear them talking about the most out of the whole festival! Thanks!!! – Jon Roitman, September 7, 2011

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The End of the Line

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