All Ratings and Reviews for Aliki Mavromoustaki
Professor Aliki is probably the best math professor I've ever had! She is fun, has a solid understanding of math, grades very fairly, and cares about her students. She uploads notes, practice problems, and homework solutions to CCLE every week, and has many office hours. I personally did not do well in her class, but I still strongly recommend her. Take Aliki's classes!
Also, i want to add that the class isn't necessarily an easy class but if you do all of her problems, pay attention in class, and understand it all, the class becomes significantly easier. she is just amazing in every aspect. she puts in a lot of work on her part and expects you to do the same. but you end up wanting to put in the effort because you see her working so hard. take her class!!!!!!!
Professor Aliki is by far the best math professor I have so far. (I have had 4.) She is highly effective at teaching us the material, and provides excellent notes online that are useful for review and study. The workload and exam difficulty is fair, though enough to really test our understanding. I think it's telling that at week 9, her class is still full. That is rare in prereqs. I could not recommend her more highly. As a sidenote, I think of myself as an average student (Bs and Cs) so my love for this professor is not motivated by my grades.
Aliki was one of the best professors I've ever had. She's part of some professional tutoring group, so I think that's part of the reason she's so good at making the material easy to understand. Her lectures are crystal clear with plenty of examples, and they are incredibly organized. She also doesn't use the textbook at all, so there's no need for it. However, she uploads detailed lecture notes online which has pretty much what she does in lecture, minus the examples, so it's still worth it to show up.
Her grading scheme was 10% homework, 25% midterms and a 50% final, but she has an alternate one that takes the higher midterm score and makes it 35% and the final worth 55%.
The first midterm was fairly easy, with mostly computational problems. The average was pretty high, at about 86%. However, the second midterm was pretty hard, as she put some conceptual problems in there, not to mention the grading was kind of skewed with the conceptual problems being worth more than half of the midterm. The average was about a 63%.
However, one of the things that makes Aliki such a good professor is that she genuinely wants you to learn the material. She goes out of her way to make it alot easier for you. Aside from uploading detailed lecture notes, she also uploads practice examples for each topic she covers, practice problems for the exams, and homework solutions (after they're due of course). Some might view it as catering to her students, which I admit it kinda is, but it's still nice and it does help you immensely.
Also, since the second midterm average was low and alot of people complained apparently, she offered a replacement midterm where you can get up to 80% and have it replace the second one. If you score lower, then nothing will happen. However, this was right before finals week so it was up to you whether to take it or not.
Her final was pretty hard, almost everyone took the whole 3 hours, but it was manageable. She throws in some long computational problems and very conceptual problems where you have to think and do some tricks to get the right answer.
Although you should definitely take Aliki if she teaches again (although I heard she might be leaving after this year), you do have to put in the effort in the class to get a good grade. So regardless of what course she's teaching, you should take her class.
Aliki is the best professor I have had at UCLA, in all departments. She is very brilliant, super charming, engaging, and very encouraging. She told us that we won't need the book and she posted incredibly thorough and clearly written notes on her ccle website every week. Wayyyy better than the book. She assigned homework problems and posted thorough solutions afterwards so we can learn from our mistakes. she would post practice problems, practice midterms, practice finals, etc on her website with the solutions. her notes were by far the best notes i have taken for a math class. she really wanted us to learn the material well. she is young and very down to earth. I would love to take another class with her. her exams got harder with each midterm. however, she was super fair. i got an A- in the class. it is the grade i deserved. the final was hard but on my.ucla it said i got 86 or 87, either she graded leniently or she had a fair curve. she was super available with office hours and very very patient. Love her!! take her class! you will not regret it, you will regret it if you don't take her class!
She is definitely the best math professor I've had at UCLA. She's really good at lecturing and makes the material easy to understand. I thought the tests were really fair and not challenging if you do all the homework and practice problems (the test questions are very similar to the homework). You don't need to buy a textbook (which is always a plus!) and she posts everything online, including detailed lecture notes. Definitely take her if you have the chance!
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