Student Success Story: Robert

“I think my biggest win using Excel University has been my improved knowledge on how to use tables and conditional formatting. It has undoubtedly caused me to use them more often.”


  • New Excel skills
  • Greater efficiency
  • Uses conditional formatting more effectively
  • Saves time at work on repetitive tasks

Discovered New Ways to Use Excel

  • Clear progression through levels
  • A well designed curriculum
  • Practical examples and exercises
  • Highly experienced tutors

What was life like before you joined Excel University?

My name is Robert Rosen, and I am based in Auburn, Washington. I worked most recently at the Defense Contract Audit Agency, which is an arm of the federal government. In a week, I will start a new job with the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. 

When I originally found Excel University, the three things that he showed I had never seen before. They were all things that I thought would be useful for me to learn.

What has changed since you joined Excel University?

I would say it opens up new ways to use Excel on the job and be more efficient. Things like the expanded use of tables would be one example. 

The course definitely expanded my knowledge, and showed me some things that I did not know about using tables. That would be the closest thing to a game changer for me.

What makes Excel University better than searching Google or YouTube?

The ability to ask questions and get real answers back is a big difference, as well as the opportunity to learn by doing. 

The way the homework assignments are structured allows you to build your skills up and use one task to help with the answer for the next. There are even model answers available, although I rarely needed to look up the solutions.

What is your favorite time saving technique?

With regard to conditional formatting it showed me the ability to, how to use the other options of the conditional formatting dialogue. That was something that I certainly started to use more often on homework assignments and probably will on the job as well. It has made it easier.

Would you recommend Excel University?

I would recommend it for accountants, as that seems to be the type of people it is designed for. I think it is especially useful for those who use recurring workbooks.