MATH 33A

Linear Algebra and Applications

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Oleg Gleizer See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.7

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Prof. Gleizer is possibly the nicest professor I've interacted with. From his overwhelmingly lenient grading policies (offering the option to redo exam problems in office hours for credit) to his emphasis on sound conceptual understanding, Oleg clearly cares about the wellbeing of his students.

During office hours, Prof. Gleizer's process for exam makeup was relatively straightforward. For any problems missed on an exam, Oleg would come up with a new problem grounded in the same conceptual area. If you could demonstrate learned understanding, he gave you points back on the corresponding exam problem. In order to balance allotted time for people wanting to redo missed exam problems vs people confused about the lecture topics, Prof. Gleizer made sure to take questions on lecture materials beforehand.

Winter Quarter 2020
Nadja Hempel See Full Profile

Overall 1.2 Easiness 1.2 Workload 3.5 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 1.2

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This review is for MATH31A since she is not listed under that category. My first response to anyone taking her class, is don't. I like to believe she is somewhat knowledgeable in this subject but her teachings do not reflect it. Her lectures are confusing, her midterms are not similar to anything she gives. Overall I will most likely fail this course but I want to emphasize that if you are good at teaching yourself, you might be able to pass this class, but don't expect any help from the professor like I falsely did.

Fall Quarter 2018
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Mikhail Hlushchanka See Full Profile

Overall 3.1 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.4 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.0

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I took this class during the quarter coronavirus took finals online and we had a take home final. Everyone cheated and got very high scores so the professors solution was to curve everyone down. This meant our scores for midterms were essentially useless so since they are worth so little. This professor has poor judgement and ruins the grades for students who have studied hard all quarter and reward the cheaters.

Winter Quarter 2020
Longxiu Huang See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.7

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Being in her Math 33A class right now, I think that some of the other reviews were too harsh. To be clear, I don not think she's a good professor, but she's not as bad as others make her out to be. Her two midterms so far have both been fair and averages on the first and second were a 83% and 76%. She assigns a decent amount of work. She just isn't clear at all on explaining most concepts. I go to lecture and I get more confused than when learning from the textbook. Overall, I don't recommend but I don't think that if you have her it's the end of the world. She might not explain things super well but she is still knowledgeable and has answered my questions pretty well. Also her accent isn't that bad, but writing small on the board did impact her teaching in the beginning a little bit. Also, math 115A people shouldn't leave reviews here because it's a completely different class that is more proof based in itself, which she seems to be better at then giving us physical arithmetic examples.

Fall Quarter 2019
Asgar Jamneshan See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.6 Workload 4.1 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.9

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The professor could definitely be a better lecturer, as the lectures are sometimes unclear. However, he is very good at explaining stuff during office hours.

Homework is 100% optional, but you basically have to do well in the class. He uploads scans of the textbook online, so you don’t need to buy the textbook. The quizzes were cakewalks, and there was an extra credit quiz that adds up to 5% to your grade.

The midterms were a mixed bag, but the final was brutal. The numbers on exams were computationally difficult, but conceptually, the midterms were straightforward. You’ll need the 5% extra credit to get an A in the class.

Winter Quarter 2019
Jukka Keranen Full Profile > 4.5 Overall 3.2 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness
Great professor! Would take again. (Spring Quarter 2017)
Jukka Keranen See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.3

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Great professor! Would take again.

Spring Quarter 2017
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Rowan Killip See Full Profile

Overall 2.9 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.8

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I took this class online during COVID 19. Although the material itself is not terrible (easier than the 32 series but harder than 33b), I highly recommend that you DO NOT take this class with Killip. His pre-recorded lectures were vague and hard to follow (although he did provide some comic relief by telling himself "concentrate!" as he lost his train of thought every 3 seconds), so much so that I decided to stop watching them altogether by the 2nd week and read the entire textbook instead. He regularly did not show up to his own office hours, and was often unresponsive to emails or posts on questionsly, so prepare yourself to be frustrated and have unanswered questions if you take this class. The midterms were 90 minutes long, which considering the circumstances I thought was pretty unfair, but the material on them was definitely doable if you studied. We had a 24 hour final (because the math department forced him to), and although it was noticeably more difficult content-wise than the midterms, we had more time so overall it was easier. The only good thing about this class was the notes the TAs posted from their discussion sections. That's literally it. I would absolutely not take this class with Killip due to his bad lectures and overall lack of interest in helping his students.

Spring Quarter 2020
Boyan Kostadinov Full Profile > 4.7 Overall 2.8 Easiness 3.3 Workload 4.7 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness
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Boyan Kostadinov See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.5

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Tamara Kucherenko See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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had her for a 9 AM lecture so hardly went to class and still managed to do alright... not the easiest teacher that was teaching, but linear algebra is not very hard to begin with. she had a pretty thick accent which also caused me to not attend lecture. try to take it with park if you can.

Feb. 21, 2009
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