All Ratings and Reviews for Alvaro Rodolfo De Pierro
It is true that he will occassionally drop an amusing joke. But there are many other times when you're wondering if this is not the ranting of a seriously deranged individual. Lecture is basically useless, but exams are pretty easy and straightforward. If you want a class where you need not attend, take him. Otherwise, take someone else.
If you listen carefully, his jokes will kill you-he's hilarious. Otherwise, his lack of fluent english can be frustrating. Also, his exams are much harder than his practices.
If you want to learn something about math, I highly suggest finding someone who can actually teach.
It seems as if he knows his material. However, it also seems that he's teaching to amuse himself. He'll mumble words and crack jokes that only he understands. His lectures are confusing, and you stop trying to understand what he's talking about and realize he says "AHA!" alot. With those confusing lectures are difficult tests. He likes to challenge his students with his exams. TRY not to take him if you are new to the subject.
It is one thing to have a math professor you cannot understand, but when you can't decipher what is being written on the board... His Fall quarter math 31A class had 112 students enrolled, I heard by the end there were only about 15 people still attending. Not to say the man doesn't know his stuff. He's just his unable to communicate his knowledge fluently to be an effective professor. Personally, I recommend Brown instead. I've heard Popovici is good too.
De Pierro is the beauty of the great italian(?) heritage of mathematics education bottled at the source and dropped into a very American UCLA. As a result, all his great insights and jokes seem very much like... well, a foreign language. Italian speaking math students, this guy is for you!
De Pierro is actuall not that tough. His lectures are quite monotonous, but pobody's nerfect. Highyl recommended if interested in pursuing graduate studies in math.
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