All Ratings and Reviews for Jesse T Burke

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Overall 2.6
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Easiness of class 2.4
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Workload 2.7
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Clarity of professor 2.6
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Helpfulness of professor 3.5
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MATH 33A Submitted March 30, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

I haven't really been to the lectures, but I think what I disliked most of him is his curve. Unlike the previous math courses I've taken, Prof Burke's 33A does not give As to all in the top 25%. I lost 2points for the first midterm, ranked 6th in class for the second midterm, was in the top 25% for the final and yet I got a B+.

Well I don't regret taking him since I had to choose between Dearricott and him. At least Burke's midterms and finals are reasonable and simple. The only issue in addition to the harsh curve is that he deducts tons of points for calculation mistakes even if the method is right. Anyway, just my two cents worth.

MATH 115A Submitted Dec. 11, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

I took this class with him in Spring of 2013. He's a great guy and is really intelligent, but I did not like his class at all. The class material was already very difficult, especially for first timers in proofs, and this professor just rushed through the material day after day. I don't think I learnt anything from him. To be fair, I heard he was new to UCLA then, and I pretty much gave up on this class by Week 4, so it was a pretty horrible experience. Still, I never felt so lost and discouraged by a class before. I really wish I took this class with a more experienced professor.

MATH 115AX Submitted June 18, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

I just took professor Burke's Math 115A and absolutely loved it. He very much cares about the learning of his students and is willing to take the time and consideration to help them learn the material. At times he assumes that a student may know a concept, but if you are willing visit his office hours (which were beyond helpful) or just raise your hand in class he will take the time to give more details until it is better understood. Being Dr. Burke is a new professor at UCLA there is no doubt he will continue improving ( after reading these comments here I can without a doubt say he has already taken leaps and bounds in improving his teaching style). If you are actually interested in learning mathematics and want a teacher that is willing to put the time into helping you develop your foundation, then you should really consider taking one of Dr. Burke's courses.

MATH 33A Submitted March 25, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Prof Burke seemed very concerned about our ability to learn, but can't teach to save his life. I spent the majority of the quarter watching Khan academy videos and banging my head against the wall despite attending all of his (disorganized, rushed, error-ridden) lectures and tutoring. You're at UCLA, paying for an education - find a prof who can actually teach.

MATH 33A Submitted March 26, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

He should be more concerned about his teaching skills and even his ability to do arithmetic right. I can't agree more with the first commentry

MATH 33A Submitted Sept. 18, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Maybe it was because he was new, but he was extremely jittery and seemed anxious. Every lecture was pretty much out of the book. I could have never gone to class and would have gotten the same grade. The midterms were really easy (which he realized) then the final was okay, because it had more proofs worth a lot of points. He's not bad, just needs more experience being a professor.

MATH 33A Submitted June 5, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

You could tell that he was really trying to help students learn, but he said on the first day of class that this was his first large lecture class and it really showed. 90 percent of what I learned came from the textbook, which I though was pretty good. His lectures were still worth going to to get a sense of what was going on, but not much more.

We had a sub at one point (can't remember his name) and I honestly learned more in that one week than I learned from Burke the rest of the quarter.

His tests are pretty easy and very straight forward, but he made the first midterm way too easy, and his grading scheme coupled with that first midterm mad the entire class basically just based on the final. Most people therefore got between a c and a B+. You basically needed to ace a final (with your raw score) on a final with and average score of 65 to get an A in the class, which made and easy class actually very hard to get a good grade.

Overall, he was new and it was obvious. I really hope he improves because he seems like a nice guy who's really concerned with his students learning.

MATH 31BX Submitted Feb. 27, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Course: Math31B

I personally find his class VERY stressful. He is a nice guy and I guess he can be helpful one-on-one during office hours, but during lecture I understand absolutely nothing. I basically depend on discussion and teaching myself everything from the book. Which would be okay if his tests weren't so tricky.
Plus he's super nervous in front of a big class. And just makes everything more confusing and trickier than it needs to be.
I wouldn't recommend him if you're the kind of student who needs things explained to you clearly and, like me, whose brain shuts down during a midterm when given super tricky questions and ends up doing poorly even after countless days of studying.

MATH 115AX Submitted June 27, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Excellent professor, very open to questions and concerns and cares a lot about student learning. I recommend going to office hours because he really goes out of his way to answer student questions.

Also, I thought his lectures were organized and easy to follow.

MATH 33A Submitted June 5, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

You could tell that he was really trying to help students learn, but he said on the first day of class that this was his first large lecture class and it really showed. 90 percent of what I learned came from the textbook, which I though was pretty good. His lectures were still worth going to to get a sense of what was going on, but not much more.

We had a sub at one point (can't remember his name) and I honestly learned more in that one week than I learned from Burke the rest of the quarter.

His tests are pretty easy and very straight forward, but he made the first midterm way too easy, and his grading scheme coupled with that first midterm mad the entire class basically just based on the final. Most people therefore got between a c and a B+. You basically needed to ace a final (with your raw score) on a final with and average score of 65 to get an A in the class, which made and easy class actually very hard to get a good grade.

Overall, he was new and it was obvious. I really hope he improves because he seems like a nice guy who's really concerned with his students learning.

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