David A Smallberg
Department of Computer Science
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3.9
Overall Rating
Based on 118 Users
Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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29.6%
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20.6%
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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 16, 2021

Had taken CS 31 and CS 32 virtually with Smallberg. He does not usually use slides, he sometimes writes codes in Word, and the lectures can get boring. BUT STILL, he's an absolute legend and a wonderful man. Let's boost this man's rating.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
June 19, 2020

Smallberg is a legend. I'm just here to add to the abundance of reviews for this beautiful man.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
June 23, 2020

A lot of people were ragging on him for being slow with grading this quarter (Spring 2020), but objectively that's a pretty minor consideration when you're evaluating the effectiveness of a professor. Smallberg teaches the class very well. As a lot of reviews have already said, he's not the most engaging lecturer due to how much he pores over the details, but if you pay attention, you'll find that he really does such a good job explaining concepts. I always came out of lecture understanding a new topic pretty well.
There's obviously a lot of complaints about the workload, which does get pretty heavy after week 6. But it's NOT unmanageable. Yes, Project 3 is extremely tedious and does take 20-30 hours to complete, but we get two weeks to do it. If you plan properly, you'll be fine. Smallberg was actually lenient this quarter and gave a relatively easy Project 4, and yet people still love to complain.
Honestly I don't get all the hate Smallberg gets. This dude works harder than any professor I've ever had. He designs unique projects each quarter for CS32, and that means he also has to come up with new test cases every time. Grading in this class is a more intense process than others, so it's obviously going to take longer than other classes to get grades back.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this class with Smallberg. I never attended Nachenberg's lectures so I can't give a comparison, but I will say that this class with Smallberg taught me a lot, and is a very valuable class to have under your belt.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
June 23, 2020

Though Smallberg was quite slow on grading (thanks to his dual 31/32 teaching workload), he was an effective and thorough lecturer. Overall the content was far more interesting than CS 31, with the homeworks and projects not being terribly difficult (concept wise). Since the content pacing was kind of slow, reading Nachenberg's slides helped a lot. Project 3 was a huge time suck, but good enough planning (and starting early) made it mostly manageable in the end. Due to COVID, the midterms were a weird single question format, and the final was made no-harm (though it was significantly harder than the midterms). TAs and LAs were helpful and responsive. Good luck!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: P
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June 24, 2020

Overall, despite the incredibly slow grading and lack of clarity behind the grading scheme which we were not given until the week 10, Smallberg is incredibly knowledgable in C++. Granted I hope the world never goes into chaos mode as it did during not only the beginning but the latter half of spring quarter, Smallberg continued to be fairly understanding. I won't lie I thought this class was incredibly difficult, even as I attended every lecture I felt as though I had no basis to start some homeworks and most projects (project 3 ..). However Proj3 is actually graded really generously with lots of room to earn points without completing every bit of the project. His lectures can feel dry and not the most engaging, but I have without a doubt learned so much in this course that I am incredibly glad I took it.
*for reference I am not a CS major so this class was out of my general interest

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
July 4, 2020

Just here to boost lil berg's stats.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
Feb. 2, 2021

小宝讲课用来学习,南宝讲课用来下饭

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
March 11, 2021

Flatulants on the road
Ghostracers chasing lost souls
Got myself a coffee
Spilled some on my shirt

USC grads make no dollars
I and Carey are bad spellerz
Memory leak is wrong wrong wrong
For this project, you do not need to submit a report. You're welcome.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: C+
June 22, 2022

I actually thought I did okay until the final grade was posted, but my only real issue with this class was that the exams were just nothing like we were prepared for. Maybe that was my mistake, but the entire final was on big O and sorting algorithms, which I see why is important, but I was wholly not expecting the entire exam to be on it. Still, I think that the class does its job, which is to weed out the students not capable of doing CS, while it could be me, I will keep on going and hopefully not fail out of this major.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: B
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Aug. 1, 2021

As a non-CS major, and someone who has pretty neutral feelings towards coding as a whole, I'm pretty mixed on this class. Projects are okay, pretty large time suck and often difficult. I didn't watch many of Smallberg's lectures and relied heavily on Nachenberg's slides, which got me through the projects without too much trouble. I hate the tests, mostly because I'm terrible at working through the bugs in a time-pressure situation. Having to switch between CCLE and visual studio on a time limit was stressful for me, and I think it gave an advantage to people with better home computer set-ups (I took one midterm on a laptop and one with two monitors and a nicer keyboard and felt much less stressed with the monitors/keyboard). So I definitely recommend getting all set up if you're going to be taking an online test with Smallberg. I was also a little annoyed that the "practice tests" were nothing like the tests we were taking-- I assume this is because they were modeled after the in person tests, but I really did not feel like they prepared me for the actual test. Overall, though, I don't think this class could be taught all that differently and it was an okay experience. As others have mentioned, I do wish Smallberg had been a little faster with scoring so that I could've made P/NP decisions or had a better feel for how I'd done on tests and projects (I made some of the same mistakes on multiple exams and didn't even know until another classmate happened to ask me about a similar thing), so just a bit frustrating. This was my second quarter with Smallberg though, and I would probably take him again if I could.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 16, 2021

Had taken CS 31 and CS 32 virtually with Smallberg. He does not usually use slides, he sometimes writes codes in Word, and the lectures can get boring. BUT STILL, he's an absolute legend and a wonderful man. Let's boost this man's rating.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
June 19, 2020

Smallberg is a legend. I'm just here to add to the abundance of reviews for this beautiful man.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 23, 2020

A lot of people were ragging on him for being slow with grading this quarter (Spring 2020), but objectively that's a pretty minor consideration when you're evaluating the effectiveness of a professor. Smallberg teaches the class very well. As a lot of reviews have already said, he's not the most engaging lecturer due to how much he pores over the details, but if you pay attention, you'll find that he really does such a good job explaining concepts. I always came out of lecture understanding a new topic pretty well.
There's obviously a lot of complaints about the workload, which does get pretty heavy after week 6. But it's NOT unmanageable. Yes, Project 3 is extremely tedious and does take 20-30 hours to complete, but we get two weeks to do it. If you plan properly, you'll be fine. Smallberg was actually lenient this quarter and gave a relatively easy Project 4, and yet people still love to complain.
Honestly I don't get all the hate Smallberg gets. This dude works harder than any professor I've ever had. He designs unique projects each quarter for CS32, and that means he also has to come up with new test cases every time. Grading in this class is a more intense process than others, so it's obviously going to take longer than other classes to get grades back.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this class with Smallberg. I never attended Nachenberg's lectures so I can't give a comparison, but I will say that this class with Smallberg taught me a lot, and is a very valuable class to have under your belt.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 23, 2020

Though Smallberg was quite slow on grading (thanks to his dual 31/32 teaching workload), he was an effective and thorough lecturer. Overall the content was far more interesting than CS 31, with the homeworks and projects not being terribly difficult (concept wise). Since the content pacing was kind of slow, reading Nachenberg's slides helped a lot. Project 3 was a huge time suck, but good enough planning (and starting early) made it mostly manageable in the end. Due to COVID, the midterms were a weird single question format, and the final was made no-harm (though it was significantly harder than the midterms). TAs and LAs were helpful and responsive. Good luck!

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6 1 Please log in to provide feedback.
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: P
June 24, 2020

Overall, despite the incredibly slow grading and lack of clarity behind the grading scheme which we were not given until the week 10, Smallberg is incredibly knowledgable in C++. Granted I hope the world never goes into chaos mode as it did during not only the beginning but the latter half of spring quarter, Smallberg continued to be fairly understanding. I won't lie I thought this class was incredibly difficult, even as I attended every lecture I felt as though I had no basis to start some homeworks and most projects (project 3 ..). However Proj3 is actually graded really generously with lots of room to earn points without completing every bit of the project. His lectures can feel dry and not the most engaging, but I have without a doubt learned so much in this course that I am incredibly glad I took it.
*for reference I am not a CS major so this class was out of my general interest

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
July 4, 2020

Just here to boost lil berg's stats.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
Feb. 2, 2021

小宝讲课用来学习,南宝讲课用来下饭

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
March 11, 2021

Flatulants on the road
Ghostracers chasing lost souls
Got myself a coffee
Spilled some on my shirt

USC grads make no dollars
I and Carey are bad spellerz
Memory leak is wrong wrong wrong
For this project, you do not need to submit a report. You're welcome.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: C+
June 22, 2022

I actually thought I did okay until the final grade was posted, but my only real issue with this class was that the exams were just nothing like we were prepared for. Maybe that was my mistake, but the entire final was on big O and sorting algorithms, which I see why is important, but I was wholly not expecting the entire exam to be on it. Still, I think that the class does its job, which is to weed out the students not capable of doing CS, while it could be me, I will keep on going and hopefully not fail out of this major.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: B
Aug. 1, 2021

As a non-CS major, and someone who has pretty neutral feelings towards coding as a whole, I'm pretty mixed on this class. Projects are okay, pretty large time suck and often difficult. I didn't watch many of Smallberg's lectures and relied heavily on Nachenberg's slides, which got me through the projects without too much trouble. I hate the tests, mostly because I'm terrible at working through the bugs in a time-pressure situation. Having to switch between CCLE and visual studio on a time limit was stressful for me, and I think it gave an advantage to people with better home computer set-ups (I took one midterm on a laptop and one with two monitors and a nicer keyboard and felt much less stressed with the monitors/keyboard). So I definitely recommend getting all set up if you're going to be taking an online test with Smallberg. I was also a little annoyed that the "practice tests" were nothing like the tests we were taking-- I assume this is because they were modeled after the in person tests, but I really did not feel like they prepared me for the actual test. Overall, though, I don't think this class could be taught all that differently and it was an okay experience. As others have mentioned, I do wish Smallberg had been a little faster with scoring so that I could've made P/NP decisions or had a better feel for how I'd done on tests and projects (I made some of the same mistakes on multiple exams and didn't even know until another classmate happened to ask me about a similar thing), so just a bit frustrating. This was my second quarter with Smallberg though, and I would probably take him again if I could.

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1 of 9
3.9
Overall Rating
Based on 118 Users
Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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