BA, Bringham Young University
What does it take to win Veritas Prep’s Instructor of the Year award? For Rob, it’s a combination of teaching excellence (Rob has not only scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT but also ranked in the 99th percentile among Veritas Prep faculty on student evaluation scores in multiple years) and just plain dedication. Famously, Rob went straight from the delivery room after the birth of his daughter to the classroom, making it to a 10am Saturday morning class on time after becoming a father in the middle of the night. It’s also a function of experience; by now Rob has taught for Veritas Prep for over 10 years in several cities, allowing him to give students in Midtown Manhattan the benefit of years of breakthrough shortcuts and lessons.
A graduate of Columbia Business School, Rob understands his students’ path much deeper than just the GMAT. A valuation expert in the world of private equity, he’s seen the finish line that his students strive for, and serves not just as a coach on that journey but also as a motivator having seen it through himself.
Real reviewsRob did a fantastic job
Rob did a fantastic job helping us understand what the creators of the GMAT are looking for in successful test takers. Getting inside the head of the test maker was one of the most important takeaways from the course. The books alone are worth the price of the class, but Rob really helped solidify what we were learning. I honestly felt that he cared about how we did on the exam.
He has a very personal approach to every student.
Our teacher was Rob Stringham. He is very knowledgeable, professional and helpful. He would stay with us after the end of the class to answer our questions and do the problems together that we asked him about. Not at all like those teachers that behave like they know it all and you’ll never get even close to their level of understanding the topic. He has a very personal approach to every student. If you are suffering from anxiety passing the exam he will recommend the ways to work with this issue, good literature to read on this topic and some tricks that will help you to reduce the level of anxiety about the test.
One of the best teachers I've had in any classroom setting.
Rob Stringham was one of the best teachers I've had in any classroom setting. Yes, he's very knowledgeable about how to solve GMAT problems, but more importantly, he effectively communicated the importance of ongoing study outside of the classroom. He also offered a holistic view of the GMAT, covering everything from stress management to timing to additional helpful resources. Rob's instruction helped me get the most out of the six weeks in the class and understand fully what I still need to do to find success in taking the GMAT.
BA, Maryland - Baltimore County
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
For me, it's a two-way tie between data sufficiency and combinatorics. Data sufficiency ties together the quantitative skills of problem solving with the critical thinking skills that are central to the verbal section of the exam, and I think it's where we provide some of the most important instruction for success on the test AND in business school! Combinatorics is a subject that most students have only spent a day or two on in their entire lives, but after our three hours together, they can usually handle the toughest problems the test might give them.
If you weren’t teaching the GMAT, what would you be teaching instead?
Funny you should ask--I'm actually a high school mathematics teacher in the Philadelphia area. If I wasn't doing that, I'd probably find myself teaching philosophy and critical thinking classes. Or maybe politics...or biology. I guess I'm just happy with a blackboard behind me!
Real reviewsI wouldn't change him for anyone else.
Neil Moakley was a very caring and concerned instructor. I wouldn't change him for anyone else. He communicated with us regularly and showed concern over our progress. He dedicated extra time after class to many so that we could feel comfortable in the subject matter. I believe that Veritas Prep has struck gold by having an instructor like Neil Moakley.
Neil Moakley was a great instructor
Neil Moakley was a great instructor who really took the time to go through all the material in a clear manner and also made sure to effectively answer all questions/concerns that came up during class. He was very willing to help and always offered additional help outside of our class time. I would definitely recommend him as a GMAT instructor.
Neil was great!
Neil was great! I thoroughly enjoyed the classroom lessons, and I feel more confident about taking the test now that I have completed the course. Neil always had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and this kept me awake and paying attention even after working from 8am-6pm.