All Ratings and Reviews for John Garnett
This class in general should only be for people who like math and proofs! Do not take this class if you don't have to. As for the teacher, he is not all that bad for such a complex course as analysis. He knows his stuff, and just goes over theorems and proofs from the book. Midterms are easy, and the final is the most difficult. HW is graded heavily so do HW correctly and 60% on midterms and final can get you a B or higher depending on the class average. It is all proofs so make sure your a proof lover.!
Garnett goes through the material too fast. I actually dropped the class after the first midterm because I just could not get what he was teaching.
It is hard to follow Garnett in class; however, if you learn the material from the book yourself you will do well on his tests. I always went to class, but the majority of the class was absent on any given day.
UCLA must be in serious budget deficit to hire him as a professor. Throughout the quarter, I missed only one lecture, took and study notes seriously, did more problems than he assigned, and even got a math tutor, but I still did bad on both midterms The problem with his tests is not that it's difficult, but rather it has many tricks and can ruin your whole grades even if you just make a few mistakes. Worst of all, his attitude is as if he teaches only because it's part of the contract. Out of the three times I talked to him, two ended up unhappy for me.
The first midterm was easy--100%. Second midterm and final were so hard, I just felt like crying. However, this class was a coordinated one, and my TA told us, the tests weren't hard because of Garnett (he had actually written the easy, if not easiest, problems on the second midterm (first three), and he was also against the second midterm being completely mutiple choice). But I dunno, it's hard to say if he was hard or not because the fact that it was coordinated.
His lectures...somtimes they can get pretty boring, but I suppose he was the best this quarter because I sat through the lectures of almost all the other teachers, and some of them were really hard to follow. He does make a few mistakes now and then in his calculations, but I suppose that's just another thing to keep you on your toes.
I had taken two years of calculus in high school before taking this course and I still did not understand a lot of what was going on. I am a math major and used to absolutely love math- after taking Garnett I am thinking about changing majors. His lectures are boring and hard to follow sice he scribbles on the board and tends to mumble. I believe he is a smart guy but one who can't teach. My TA Tim Hu tried his best but often seemed unsure of himself and would change his mind 3 times on how to do a problem before completeing it-- he also seemed smart but could not bring things down to a lower division level. Overall I found lectures almost useless unless we had a sub-- Brosnan was great--if possible take another teacher.
This is perhaps the worst teaacher at UCLA. All his "A22, A11" bull crap only made me wanna poke myself in the eye with my pencil. He doesn't explain nothin. In fact do yourself a favor and don't go to class. Just read your math book! Afterall he just rewrites the freakin thing over again on the board. If I ever see the guy again it'll be too soon.
Seriously, reading the book is much better than hearing Professor Garnett's lectures. He is just so incoherent and speeds over examples it's difficult to understand what's going on. If you are taking 31B, take it with another professor.
Lectures are kind of pointless. I must agree that the difficulty of the course had more to do with the coordination of the class with the other lectures of 31B. I never could really have an idea about the test difficulty beforehand. I think Garnett is very intelligent; however, I think that his lower division teaching skills are a little rusty. He makes calculation mistakes during lectures, but it's calculus. I thought Patrick Brosnan was a better teacher when he subed for Garnett for a week. However, Garnett is not too bad. Read the book before lecture and you should be fine. Avoid coordinated courses.
garnett is nice but his lectures are kinda hard to follow. i went to three of the thirty lectures but did all the homework and studied really hard. the midterms are a lot harder than the quizzes so make sure you understand the concepts
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