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.
Which is your favorite lesson to teach?
Reading comprehension is my favorite lesson to teach, not only because there is a natural storytelling component to the lesson, but also because I think translating GMAT-ese into plain English is the most important thing students need to learn before the test.
What is your favorite quote?
This quote has become cliché for my generation, but I do love the opening lines from a poem in Tolkein's first Lord of the Rings book: All that is gold does not glitter/Not all those who wander are lost. The couplet rhymes with my worldview on investing, career choices, and standardized tests. We all face many choices, and the correct ones sometimes require a little wandering before you find them.
Real reviewsEric taught me the requisite soft skills necessary to beat the GMAT.
Before taking the Veritas Prep course with Eric, I was unsure if it was even worth taking a course. I thought that if I put in time through self-study, my score would increase enough. Luckily, I opted for the course and learned a lot more than simple facts and formulas that can be found in any prep book. Eric taught me the requisite soft skills necessary to beat the GMAT. My score went up 60 points in the 9 week period from the first lesson until test day. Now, my score is competitive at all business schools, instead of just most business schools. I attribute the score increase to the skills I learned in the course with Eric, not rote memorization.
Eric goes above and beyond to make sure students are on pace to meet their goal
I recently completed the Veritas Prep course with instructor Eric Maltzer. Eric goes above and beyond to make sure students are on pace to meet their goals and often shows up early/stays late to provide students with 1-on-1 time. My score has improved over 70 points from the course, and Eric has provided me with a comprehensive study schedule for my test date in a few weeks. I'm currently 10 points away from my target score and am confident that if I stick to Eric's plan I will beat the GMAT!
Eric was amazing.
Eric was amazing. He was very invested in everyone's success in a way that implied that failure was not an option. One of the things he did to make sure we each reached our goal was he made time to speak with us each one-on-one before or after class. Eric is a highly entertaining teacher, which made being in class for 3 hours after work bearable. He is also quite clear and does a good job pointing out what's important. We all liked him so much we were a little sad when class ended. This personal connection he developed with the class made his high expectations of us more meaningful.