Alethea Barbaro
Department of Mathematics
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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: B+
June 18, 2017

Theres two midterms and homework due every week. I think overall I really enjoyed math 3c its a mix of both probabilities and calculus. The thing about unger was that he never really focused on the intense number related problems on his midterms the majority of his test was conceptual so as long as you understand the basic concept behind solving the homework problems you should be okay.

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May 16, 2011

the WORST professor ever.

Bitch is hard but she can't even teach. She is also stupid and makes her exams really hard. She is NOT GENEROUS with grading.

If you find Alethea Barbaro ON FACEBOOK, you will see the wierdest pictures of her in her profile pictures ever. And you will ask yourself: How is this bitch a professor?

No wonder China and India kick our ass in the sciences. We've got dumb fat ugly stupid bitches like this teaching math. This bitch needs to teach LESBO studies or some shit like that.

SHE HAS THE LEGS OF A FREAKIN REDWOOD TREE TRUNK LOL.

SHE IS A BITCH

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Sept. 23, 2010

Her homework problems were nothing like her exams.
Her practice exams were nothing like her exams.
What she teaches in class is convoluted and distorted in such a manner that you will not recognize the concepts on her exams.

She was the first professor I had at UCLA, and she has been, thus far, the worst professor I've had at UCLA.
Don't take her. Wait to take Math 3C with someone else, IT'S WORTH THE WAIT.

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Sept. 6, 2010

After coming from Song who barely spoke English, I didn't think it could get any worse... Wrong! Barbaro literally wrote down on the board every word she spoke. This made the class extremely slow and super boring. I always had to bring something else to do. By the end of the course, she had to rush through the more difficult stuff to get everything done. Her first midterm was ridiculously long. Some of the questions came straight from the book, like how many words can you make from the letters from Mississippi... others came from nowhere. She also expected us to memorize flat-out definitions. Before the final she sent an email stating not to spend much time memorizing the definition of the theory. I did anyway and was glad since she asked us to define things like the Central Limit Theorem after telling us it wouldn't be on it.

In terms of grading, don't expect generous partial grading. Regardless, I failed the first midterm, got Cs on the second and final and still ended up with an A-. Also, for some reason my midterm grade didn't get into my.ucla and she made me bring her midterm to her office (this was the week after finals between spring/summer session) Luckily I was still on campus but would have been screwed if I wasn't!

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Grade: N/A
July 10, 2010

Effectiveness:
-sucks. She teaches straight out of the book and constantly makes mistakes on which students have to correct her
- she doesn't have mastery of the material she teaches and relies on students to figure things on her own
- you're screwed if you've never taken statistics
- just an annoyance of mine: her grating and nasally voice might make you hate the class more like it did with me

Difficulty:
- EFFING HARD.
- midterms: she's really stupid. First she makes a midterm with too many questions that nobody finishes, so her flawed rationale is to make a less-questioned second midterm with way more parts (a-f). Nobody finished that midterm either
- test questions are NOTHING like homework or lectures; they're harder and more conceptual (which she doesn't teach...)
- she expects you to memorize pages of theorems and expects you to understand how to do problems on top of spitting out theorems on the tests

Concern:
- what does leaving a class for Barcelona for a "math conference" a week before the final tell you?

Availability:
- office hours are BEFORE lecture, which start at 8am, so only the most hardcore people go to office hours (nobody)
- she never answers emails
- my friend's grades were wrong and it's been a month and she still hasn't responded to him

DO NOT TAKE HER. WAIT A QUARTER IF YOU HAVE TO. BELIEVE THESE BRUIN WALK EVALUATIONS

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July 1, 2010

The person below me is a complete LIAR. First of all, if you do only the book problems you will FAIL. You must find other problems on the internet. And also the material is NOT EASY, IT IS VERY HARD. Avoid this mean, stupid, unecessarily difficult professor. YOU ARE IN NO HURRY TO TAKE MATH 3C..YOU CAN STILL TAKE THE PHYSICS 6 SERIES WITHOUT 3C, CONTRARY TO COMMON BELIEF.

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June 30, 2010

Barbaro was the most irresponsible professor I've had so far. A week before the final and she ditched us for Barcelona, leaving a subsitute professor to fill in, and the entire class seemed to be confused with what the sub was saying because Barbaro did not teach us the concept that we needed to know to understand the new concept that the sub was covering.
She is very unresponsive with emails too...I sent several emails to her and got 0 replies and I've heard similar stories from my friends who were in that class.
There was also this thing with the final. The night before the final, she finally decides which proofs we have to know and posts a practice final with no solutions...this is very helpful, eh?
With that said, the course material itself was not hard at all. More than half of the material we covered were concepts that either I knew already or can be though of if you just give it a little thought. It only got a little bit challenging during the last few weeks.
As for the definitions and proofs, yes, we have to memorize them, like the posters below me have said. But they are not too bad---you just have to memorize several proofs straight out from the textbook and add a little bit of explanation to it.
To get A in this class, just read the textbook...honestly, the material itself is very easy and her lecture is not worth going except for turning in HW but you can always ask your friends to do it for you.
As for her midterms and finals, we did not have enough time to finish the midterm because she made it so long, but we had a good curve. We had more than enough time for the final, but I had trouble understanding what the questions were saying.
I suppose taking this class with Barbaro is not the best thing to do. I think Oberlin is more effective. But if you are good with self-study, you will probably do well in this class because most of the people only depend on the lecture and does not read the textbook, and textbook teaches you better.
I got an average score for the first midterm, top 4% on the second midterm, and top 3% for the final in the class and ended up with an A.

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June 14, 2010

DONT TAKE HER
She does not teach what she tests on and he tests are at a much more difficult level than she is able to explain.
And her exams are just ridiculously hard, wait for another professor that will not make this class hell

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June 8, 2010

Overall as a person, Barbaro appears as one of those rare teachers who actually seem concern overall for her class. stopping once in a while asking for any confusion and answering any question as best of her ability. Unfortunately, her genuine concern for her student knowledge is horrible out balance by her vicious test making nature. I can honestly say her math exams or in general her exam by itself were the hardest exams I have taken up to this point in my life. AP exams and chemistry exams in UCLA had nothing on her. The time pressure, multilayer question format, and sheer need to understand every single detail of the subject to be able to complete the questions has warrant a red flag. The red flag for all future barbaro victims to proceed cautiously into her layer. You will need to memorize almost every single point less theorem in the textbook. Be able to understand and manipulate concepts discuss in the book to solve her problems, but most importantly be able to communicate your actions on paper by writing. She repeatably stated she wants a reason or explanation for why you did what you did on the exam. Failure to comply results in point loss. This is a class YOU WILL HAVE TO WORK to think of receiving a good grade. This class is challenging and I wish you all good luck who ever takes up her math challenge. Well to end on the plus side she counts homework as part of grading system, and it is just a check mark if you did it or not. So do it and you get credit.

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June 8, 2010

I was one of those students who had the biggest trouble with probability since the very beginning. I had no idea what was going on or even the thought process behind it. In the beginning Barbaro seemed very nice and somewhat caring, well in comparison to most other negligent teachers, her personality is somewhat a plus. I thought I could get help from her office hours, but I was HORRIBLY MISTAKEN.

At times when I'm trying to ask her what her through process is, she either a) pulls out the book, b)struggles for 5 minute, or c)asks other people in the office hours if they get it, and use them to explain it instead.

She seems to know a lot of stuff, but she is completely horrible at explaining things, she seems to completely rely upon the textbook for her knowledge, and her midterms/finals are absolutely ridiculous.

We have to memorize so many proofs and definition that it made our *1* chapter out of the Math book seem like an entire book in itself.

The only thing that saved me for this class was taking AAP tutoring and having Josh as my Tutor, they were both great at explaining things and I honestly can surmise that they both know more and can explain much better than Barbaro can.

I mean really, she would spend entire lectures deriving an equation which absolutely no one understands unless you've taken higher level math courses previously.

NOTE: DO NOT, take her during spring quarter, because apparently she seems to always bail and go on some trip to some Math conference during the last few weeks. This happened to my friend last spring quarter, and happened to me this spring quarter, and I can only assume this trend will continue. Let me ask you, What is the probability that she'll bail on you next year?

TAKE OBERLIN.

ps: She's nice and all, but her personality does not in any way make up for her ridiculous midterms/finals and her inability to convey concepts properly. I'd take a hardass any day if he/she could teach wonderfully.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: B+
June 18, 2017

Theres two midterms and homework due every week. I think overall I really enjoyed math 3c its a mix of both probabilities and calculus. The thing about unger was that he never really focused on the intense number related problems on his midterms the majority of his test was conceptual so as long as you understand the basic concept behind solving the homework problems you should be okay.

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May 16, 2011

the WORST professor ever.

Bitch is hard but she can't even teach. She is also stupid and makes her exams really hard. She is NOT GENEROUS with grading.

If you find Alethea Barbaro ON FACEBOOK, you will see the wierdest pictures of her in her profile pictures ever. And you will ask yourself: How is this bitch a professor?

No wonder China and India kick our ass in the sciences. We've got dumb fat ugly stupid bitches like this teaching math. This bitch needs to teach LESBO studies or some shit like that.

SHE HAS THE LEGS OF A FREAKIN REDWOOD TREE TRUNK LOL.

SHE IS A BITCH

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Sept. 23, 2010

Her homework problems were nothing like her exams.
Her practice exams were nothing like her exams.
What she teaches in class is convoluted and distorted in such a manner that you will not recognize the concepts on her exams.

She was the first professor I had at UCLA, and she has been, thus far, the worst professor I've had at UCLA.
Don't take her. Wait to take Math 3C with someone else, IT'S WORTH THE WAIT.

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Quarter: N/A
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Sept. 6, 2010

After coming from Song who barely spoke English, I didn't think it could get any worse... Wrong! Barbaro literally wrote down on the board every word she spoke. This made the class extremely slow and super boring. I always had to bring something else to do. By the end of the course, she had to rush through the more difficult stuff to get everything done. Her first midterm was ridiculously long. Some of the questions came straight from the book, like how many words can you make from the letters from Mississippi... others came from nowhere. She also expected us to memorize flat-out definitions. Before the final she sent an email stating not to spend much time memorizing the definition of the theory. I did anyway and was glad since she asked us to define things like the Central Limit Theorem after telling us it wouldn't be on it.

In terms of grading, don't expect generous partial grading. Regardless, I failed the first midterm, got Cs on the second and final and still ended up with an A-. Also, for some reason my midterm grade didn't get into my.ucla and she made me bring her midterm to her office (this was the week after finals between spring/summer session) Luckily I was still on campus but would have been screwed if I wasn't!

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
July 10, 2010

Effectiveness:
-sucks. She teaches straight out of the book and constantly makes mistakes on which students have to correct her
- she doesn't have mastery of the material she teaches and relies on students to figure things on her own
- you're screwed if you've never taken statistics
- just an annoyance of mine: her grating and nasally voice might make you hate the class more like it did with me

Difficulty:
- EFFING HARD.
- midterms: she's really stupid. First she makes a midterm with too many questions that nobody finishes, so her flawed rationale is to make a less-questioned second midterm with way more parts (a-f). Nobody finished that midterm either
- test questions are NOTHING like homework or lectures; they're harder and more conceptual (which she doesn't teach...)
- she expects you to memorize pages of theorems and expects you to understand how to do problems on top of spitting out theorems on the tests

Concern:
- what does leaving a class for Barcelona for a "math conference" a week before the final tell you?

Availability:
- office hours are BEFORE lecture, which start at 8am, so only the most hardcore people go to office hours (nobody)
- she never answers emails
- my friend's grades were wrong and it's been a month and she still hasn't responded to him

DO NOT TAKE HER. WAIT A QUARTER IF YOU HAVE TO. BELIEVE THESE BRUIN WALK EVALUATIONS

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
July 1, 2010

The person below me is a complete LIAR. First of all, if you do only the book problems you will FAIL. You must find other problems on the internet. And also the material is NOT EASY, IT IS VERY HARD. Avoid this mean, stupid, unecessarily difficult professor. YOU ARE IN NO HURRY TO TAKE MATH 3C..YOU CAN STILL TAKE THE PHYSICS 6 SERIES WITHOUT 3C, CONTRARY TO COMMON BELIEF.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 30, 2010

Barbaro was the most irresponsible professor I've had so far. A week before the final and she ditched us for Barcelona, leaving a subsitute professor to fill in, and the entire class seemed to be confused with what the sub was saying because Barbaro did not teach us the concept that we needed to know to understand the new concept that the sub was covering.
She is very unresponsive with emails too...I sent several emails to her and got 0 replies and I've heard similar stories from my friends who were in that class.
There was also this thing with the final. The night before the final, she finally decides which proofs we have to know and posts a practice final with no solutions...this is very helpful, eh?
With that said, the course material itself was not hard at all. More than half of the material we covered were concepts that either I knew already or can be though of if you just give it a little thought. It only got a little bit challenging during the last few weeks.
As for the definitions and proofs, yes, we have to memorize them, like the posters below me have said. But they are not too bad---you just have to memorize several proofs straight out from the textbook and add a little bit of explanation to it.
To get A in this class, just read the textbook...honestly, the material itself is very easy and her lecture is not worth going except for turning in HW but you can always ask your friends to do it for you.
As for her midterms and finals, we did not have enough time to finish the midterm because she made it so long, but we had a good curve. We had more than enough time for the final, but I had trouble understanding what the questions were saying.
I suppose taking this class with Barbaro is not the best thing to do. I think Oberlin is more effective. But if you are good with self-study, you will probably do well in this class because most of the people only depend on the lecture and does not read the textbook, and textbook teaches you better.
I got an average score for the first midterm, top 4% on the second midterm, and top 3% for the final in the class and ended up with an A.

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June 14, 2010

DONT TAKE HER
She does not teach what she tests on and he tests are at a much more difficult level than she is able to explain.
And her exams are just ridiculously hard, wait for another professor that will not make this class hell

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 8, 2010

Overall as a person, Barbaro appears as one of those rare teachers who actually seem concern overall for her class. stopping once in a while asking for any confusion and answering any question as best of her ability. Unfortunately, her genuine concern for her student knowledge is horrible out balance by her vicious test making nature. I can honestly say her math exams or in general her exam by itself were the hardest exams I have taken up to this point in my life. AP exams and chemistry exams in UCLA had nothing on her. The time pressure, multilayer question format, and sheer need to understand every single detail of the subject to be able to complete the questions has warrant a red flag. The red flag for all future barbaro victims to proceed cautiously into her layer. You will need to memorize almost every single point less theorem in the textbook. Be able to understand and manipulate concepts discuss in the book to solve her problems, but most importantly be able to communicate your actions on paper by writing. She repeatably stated she wants a reason or explanation for why you did what you did on the exam. Failure to comply results in point loss. This is a class YOU WILL HAVE TO WORK to think of receiving a good grade. This class is challenging and I wish you all good luck who ever takes up her math challenge. Well to end on the plus side she counts homework as part of grading system, and it is just a check mark if you did it or not. So do it and you get credit.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 8, 2010

I was one of those students who had the biggest trouble with probability since the very beginning. I had no idea what was going on or even the thought process behind it. In the beginning Barbaro seemed very nice and somewhat caring, well in comparison to most other negligent teachers, her personality is somewhat a plus. I thought I could get help from her office hours, but I was HORRIBLY MISTAKEN.

At times when I'm trying to ask her what her through process is, she either a) pulls out the book, b)struggles for 5 minute, or c)asks other people in the office hours if they get it, and use them to explain it instead.

She seems to know a lot of stuff, but she is completely horrible at explaining things, she seems to completely rely upon the textbook for her knowledge, and her midterms/finals are absolutely ridiculous.

We have to memorize so many proofs and definition that it made our *1* chapter out of the Math book seem like an entire book in itself.

The only thing that saved me for this class was taking AAP tutoring and having Josh as my Tutor, they were both great at explaining things and I honestly can surmise that they both know more and can explain much better than Barbaro can.

I mean really, she would spend entire lectures deriving an equation which absolutely no one understands unless you've taken higher level math courses previously.

NOTE: DO NOT, take her during spring quarter, because apparently she seems to always bail and go on some trip to some Math conference during the last few weeks. This happened to my friend last spring quarter, and happened to me this spring quarter, and I can only assume this trend will continue. Let me ask you, What is the probability that she'll bail on you next year?

TAKE OBERLIN.

ps: She's nice and all, but her personality does not in any way make up for her ridiculous midterms/finals and her inability to convey concepts properly. I'd take a hardass any day if he/she could teach wonderfully.

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1.8
Overall Rating
Based on 17 Users
Easiness 1.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 1.8 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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