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I have mixed opinions on Madrid Padilla. I felt his lectures were a bit slow but I guess better too slow than too fast. What irked me about his class was his exams. He would give a problem on the exam on material from the lecture right before the exam. It felt a bit weird because he would only really tell us the basic definitions of those concepts and thats about it. His homework schedule was very random as well. We had 6 homeworks total. He has a bit of an accent and I honestly found it hard to understand what he said sometimes. Also, his handwriting isn't amazing (but also isn't terrible!). With all that out of the way, he is one of the nicest professors I have had. He is VERY generous with grading. The medians for the two midterms were 19/25 and 21/25 and undetermined on the final. I scored a 22,21.5 and a 49/60 respectively. After calculating my final grade, I had a 87.3% so I should have gotten a B+ but I ended up with an A! Maybe the final exam had a very low average or something but regardless, I am very happy he curved so generously. He said he was not going to fail anyone and after discussing in the groupme, it seems like most people received A,A-,B+,B,B- My TA Robert Housden (Robbie) is one of my favourite TAs in the department. You can tell he cares about each student and really puts his all into it. His material was significantly easier than Raymond's (the other TAs) stuff. Raymond carried us for homework, essentially doing every problem during his office hours. Overall, I am quite happy with my experience with this course.
131B is definitely not an easy class. However, Padilla cared about out learning and he reminded us that he's not going to fail anyone. He curves the class to where most people will get A's and B's, and only a few will get C's. He told us that he will not fail anyone so he really cares about our learning.
He lectures with Apple Notes, which is quite odd and inefficient since he sometimes struggles to erase something from his notes. His lectures are pretty slow, and he does go overtime by 10 minutes often. He goes slow because he really wants us to learn and he doesn't want to rush any topics. Because of this, we didn't cover all the topics that we were supposed to cover so weeks 9-10 felt a little rushed. He does have an accent and his handwriting is a little sloppy but you get used to it. Aside from this, I think his lectures were pretty good. He tends to remind us every 10 minutes that if anything is unclear, then come to office hours, but he does that because he cares about us :]
The exams are tough, but that's to be expected with real analysis. There are 3 questions in each midterm. The first midterm had an average of 18.58/25 (74%) with a 18% standard deviation, but the second midterm was better with an average of 20.23/25 (81%) with a 12% standard deviation. Not sure what the final exam average was but he curved this class a lot. I got a B- with a 60% in the class.
We had 6 homeworks this quarter. The homework is difficult but our TA Raymond saved me this quarter. His discussions were helpful because he did some of the homework problems, and also he'll walk you through the homework solutions during his office hours. He hosted extra review sessions too!
Overall I would recommend this class. It's not easy but he won't fail anyone as long as you're trying. And if anything is unclear, then we can discuss this during office hours.
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