BA, Villanova School of Business
Devin Jones, the perfect Saturday afternoon would be spent watching the Wolverines beat Ohio State, before spending some downtime with his fiancé. “We usually take the L train over from Union Square and restaurant/bar hop our way around the Brooklyn neighborhoods to get away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.”
But despite his occasional “escape” from Manhattan, Devin has never avoided challenges. As someone who left his banking job to become an entrepreneur, Devin knows, firsthand, that excellence is “something that’s a lot harder than it looks.” In other words, Devin is an instructor who understands the value of hard work and focus when it comes to preparing for the GMAT or overcoming any other academic hurdle: “I was always terrible at History because I had trouble with memorization. While Math was logical and I had a good ear for the English language, History required me to take a brute force approach, which I still apply when learning difficult or factual material today. Sometimes the only way to conquer a problem is to work on it until it breaks, and I think this is true of the more difficult GMAT concepts as well.”
BA, Cornell University
Ian Kennedy is someone who never backs down from a mountainous challenge - whether literal or figurative. He grew up in the Washington, DC area and graduated from Cornell University before joining the US Army and spending almost seven years in the Special Forces teaching military skills to soldiers and police officers in Iraq, Philippines, Thailand, and South Korea. Upon returning to the U.S., this recipient of the Bronze Star award began studying physics at Columbia University and now plans to enter Stanford’s MBA program next year.
On the more literal side of “mountainous”, Ian has already summited Mt. Rainier, and he’s completed a 4-day trek through the Salkantay Pass to Machu Picchu. Never one to slow down, he now aspires to climb Denali in the next few years. In his spare time (which is probably scarce), New York-based Ian enjoys reading popular science and history (most recently Brian Green’s Fabric of the Cosmos and David McCullough’s 1776) and watching the best that HBO has to offer (especially Game of Thrones, Westworld, and The Wire).
BA, Bringham Young University
Rob Stringham went straight from the delivery room (after the birth of his daughter) to the classroom, making it to his Saturday morning GMAT class right after becoming a father in the middle of the night. But this kind of deep commitment is only one of many reasons Rob was chosen as Veritas Prep’s Global Instructor of the Year. His unrelenting drive to help students is layered with over a decade of teaching experience and a sincere desire to see every one of his students succeed beyond all expectations.
A graduate of Brigham Young University (BA), Georgia Tech University (MA), and Columbia University (MBA), Rob’s talent in the classroom may be rivaled only by his extensive musical talents. He plays piano, saxophone, guitar, and ukulele. In fact, when he needs to de-stress, this private equity valuation expert turns to classical piano to refresh his brain. But there’s a different study hack he recommends for his students: “Chew gum while you study. It increases alertness and certain features of cognitive performance.” It’s a small tip, but taken with the countless other strategies taught by Rob, the results are undeniable. Said one of his past students: “Rob was an excellent instructor... not just one of the best I’ve had in a test prep setting, but overall. It always felt like he truly cared about our success. This was a real difference maker for me, and it was a big motivation.” If you are looking for your GMAT cheerleader, be sure to check out the next course that Rob is teaching. He won't let you down.
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.