BA, Colby College
What do you love about teaching?
Helping students to discover new faith in themselves. New students often come in weighed down with self-doubts and self-deprecation. Working with them, seeing them light up after an improved score and say I did it!, giving them a high five and seeing their faith in themselves rewarded, is the best. I have faith that everyone can improve themselves and it is a wonderful sight to see when it happens.
What is your favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lesson to teach is the advanced verbal lesson. It's here where you get to really see the testmaker's point of view, and the difficulty of the test crumbles away because you now know exactly how that difficulty was put together.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is from Theodore Roosevelt, and it has a lot of applicability to studying among other things! The credit, and success on the test, belongs to those who strive and are not afraid to make mistakes, face up to them and learn from each one.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Real reviewsCharles always did his job well.
I would highly recommend Charles to all my friends. Charles always did his job well. He helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses and helped me make a game plan that would address my areas of improvement. Always gave me good advice, always did it wanting me to perform my best. Overall, Charels filled the role of tutor very well. He seems like he has a lot of experience tutoring - not just a 99% percentile score on the GMAT.
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.