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Dr. Jamneshan is very friendly and helpful, but sometimes people do not realize it. His tests are very fair, and I really enjoy it overall. Just one important reminder is to attend office hours regularly (I am glad I did)
Ok so he is not very good with lecturing, but he is willing to help. A lot of people dropped the class in the first week, but if you just stick with it, it actually turns out to be OK. You will mainly have to read the textbook on your own, cannot rely on the professor to teach you everything. If you have questions, he does his best to help. TBH he is really funny too, like in a serious way.
His tests are strange. The answers are not what you expect. I spent most of the time doing multiplications and divisions... which I don't think is necessary..
Overall, he is an interesting professor. Not as bad as I thought in the first week. Can be worse, but not the best. If you rely on the professor to give you all the information, then take someone else. But if you like learning on your own and are good at using all the resources he provides (e.g. office hours, do ALL problems in the book, TA OH, etc.), you should be good.
Asgar is not the best lecturer. The main reason why I was able to understand the material was through the TA, reading the book, and the lecture notes the professor posts on CCLE. Going to lecture itself wasn't that helpful, as he was pretty disorganized and didn't explain things that very well.
That being said, if you go to office hours or review sessions, he actually knows how to explain stuff.....I'm not really sure why that didn't translate to lecture.
The tests are challenging computationally, not conceptually, so if you're willing to grind through the numbers, this class is for you. He also offered an extra credit for up to 5% of your grade, which is very generous in my opinion.
During week 1 and 2, I wanted to drop the class but now I'm glad that I made it to the end.
What I want to say is that linear algebra, at least for me, is a highly abstract subject itself. It's a brand new system full of new denotations, definitions, concepts, etc. That is to be said, it's highly possible that you feel overwhelmed on the very first few lectures, which I did and yet turned out to be totally fine. Professor. Jamneshan is very helpful and approachable during office hours and he has helped me a lot to succeed in this class. Definitely go to his office hours and you will surely get your questions answered. His explanations in office hours have clarified for me some concepts which I hadn't been super sure about and have also given me deeper insight of the materials.
Workload of homework is doable and quizzes are also easy. He gives a bonus quiz which is more challenging but also an important boost to your final grade (extra 5%). Sometimes he kind of gets confusing in the lecture, but he would write clarification in the email afterwards.
For the first midterm, it was very easy conceptually but one question got computationally heavy. The second midterm was more challenging while the final was alright but still somewhat computationally heavy for me.
There's no curve for this class but you should be alright with the 5% extra credit of bonus quizz.
33A is a pretty bad class. The practice exams are helpful, and exams are not too bad, though instruction for some problems on the midterms is unclear. You need to know the main theorems and be able to apply them to ace the exams. The extra credit is a bit challenging but crucial for an A.
The professor is kind and responsible, and sometimes funny. He has an engaging lecture and reasonable amount of homework, so attending to lectures would be a great help. But I have to mention that he tested materials that was not covered in the lecture or homework in the second midterm, so be prepared to study ahead. If you want a easy linear algebra professor and a lovely curve, go to someone else. I did really bad on the first two midterms around 85 percent and 70 percent, but come back with 95 percent in the final. Due to his extra credit policy, I could end up with A-.
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.
So he's not horrible, let's start there. His lectures are confusing and hard to follow at times (1/4 the class dropped in the first week because of that). The main issue is that his tests test your arithmetic and willingness to grind out ridiculous numbers than actual linear algebra concepts. Overall, the tests are easy and he's a generous professor, and a really nice individuals but the numbers are just insanely large. He's definitely not the worst choice out there and is incredibly smart if you get to know him, but sometimes that doesn't translate well. Just read the book in class and you'll be fine.
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