MBA, Stanford University
Cliff Smith has tutored over 500 students in over 30 countries and won the coveted Worldwide GMAT Instructor Of The Year award. He created all the instructional materials for the Veritas Prep Live Online GMAT courses, and is the voice behind the popular Veritas Prep On Demand self-study video lessons. After receiving his BS and MS from Northeastern, this New England native moved out to Northern California to earn his MBA at Stanford and never left. Though he clearly loves living in the Bay Area, he still speaks fondly of his childhood home, Lynn, Massachusetts, a city of 90,000 about 15 miles northeast of Boston. “Anyone in the North Shore of Boston knows the ditty ‘Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin; never go out the way you came in.’ But it was actually a really good place to grow up!”
When not helping students improve their GMAT scores and opportunities for the future, Cliff can most often be found playing music “semi-professionally” having played in 13 different bands last year alone. Proficient on the piano and euphonium (baritone horn), his primary love is for the trombone.
Real reviewsWorking with Cliff was such a pleasure
Working with Cliff was such a pleasure - he really helped fill in the gaps for me and work to be very 'zen' as he called it, on the exam. His mix of encouragement and enthusiasm really made the process much less painful than it could've been - I really enjoyed working through the problems with him. It worked! I went in prepared, and on the first try ...- 780/6.0 (up from sub 700 on practice exams taken independently). Just got the acceptance letter from Stanford GSB, and I know it wouldn't have been possible without Veritas Prep.
I would recommend him to anyone
Cliff Smith is an outstanding teacher. He was punctual and prepared in every meeting and always found a way to speak to all levels of understanding in the class. He also found a way to make mundane topics interesting and always had multiple extra tips and strategies for each topic. I would recommend him to anyone preparing for the GMAT.
Cliff was quietly passionate about the material.
Cliff was quietly passionate about the material. He made the course engaging through twelve 3-hour sessions. He taught with slides that were well designed and executed. He covered all of the course material and provided useful summar handouts. He knew hte material well, often providign alternative solutions to problems.
MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management
BA, Amherst College
Having first taught the GMAT in 2001, Mark has a long history of helping students succeed on the test. He oversaw an early version of the Veritas Prep GMAT curriculum, immersing himself in quadratic equations, participial phrases, and logic diagrams for countless hours – a role he calls “the best job he ever had”. After attending UCLA Anderson and working in management consulting, Mark has returned to to Veritas Prep as one of our top instructors.
What’s so attractive about teaching the GMAT? As Mark puts it, “Not only are you helping students attend business school and advance their professional lives, you’re also opening their minds to methods of logical problem-solving. It’s really rewarding to see students ‘get it’ and gain the confidence to succeed on the test.” Judging by outstanding student results over the years, their confidence has been well-placed!
BS, UC Berkeley
Ravi Sreerama has seen his share of Pac-12 universities, having graduated from UC Berkeley (BS), USC (JD), and UCLA (MBA). He’s an experienced teacher who’s been selected as Veritas’ Instructor of the Year, and is currently the single highest-rated GMAT instructor in the world on GMAT Club (yes, you read that correctly). His “99th Percentile or Bust” teaching philosophy has empowered countless students (both in person, and online), and his methods are beloved for combining a rigorous classroom environment with personalized attention.
But it’s his deep passion for “making a difference” that motivates him. “Sometimes it's big, sometimes it's small. But in the end, you're always making a difference. And when you see your students achieve that success, you can't help but feel proud that you played a part in that process.” Oh - and did we mention that he’s the highest-rated GMAT instructor in the world?
Real reviewsApart from his great teaching style, he kept the class motivated.
I took some of these trials with other companies and I can say I was easily bored after 1 hour. But not on Ravi's class. Apart from his great teaching style, he kept the class motivated. He made me try harder on each question one after the other. He reached out to everyone in the class and made sure that we understood where we did wrong and what we could do to avoid mistakes and I think that was the most important thing. He made sure everyone was satisfied at the end of the class and the show up to the classes represented that. It was a very dynamic class with everyone helping each other out and some of us are still in touch, helping each other with GMAT problems.
Ravi was easily one of the best teachers I have ever had.
I have never learned more from any other class I have taken in my history as a student. Ravi was easily one of the best teachers I have ever had. Ravi knew the ins and outs of every problem and explained his reasoning extremely well. I wouldn't recommend any other course or teacher if you are preparing to take the GMAT.
Ravi makes the GMAT looks so much more approachable.
As an international student non-native speaker, I was having a hard time with the verbal session - more specifically with the Sentence Correction. But after taking Ravi's classes, Sentence Correction became my favorite topic in the Verbal session. It's amazing how Ravi makes the GMAT looks so much more approachable. The way he teaches and explains all the GMAT stuffs is spectacular.