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I loved this class so much! I highly recommend Professor Varvarezos because he is such an engaging lecturer. He always pauses to ask if anyone has questions and answers them to the best of his ability. He draws very informative figures that help students visualize new topics well. I've attended a couple of his office hours and I would definitely say that it was worth my time! Overall, Professor Varvarezos is super approachable and very understanding. 10/10 experience.
I didn't go to lecture because all lectures are Bruincasted. He lectures very timidly, but he gives a lot of examples and answers questions well. I didn't find the content of this class all that hard, and it was pretty easy for math 32b I think. Homework is 15% of your grade and he drops your lowest grade (you can definitely get 100% on this section). Reading the textbook is good for homework. Discussion is 5% of your grade which is annoying for a math class but if you do 8/10 worksheets you get full credit, plus some bonus if you do some surveys. Midterm weight depends on if you drop one, but the two midterms were ridiculously mind numbingly easy. Aced both. 4 simple questions that most of the class finished in 20 minutes and we were given two hours. Average on first midterm for my lecture is 97%. So I think he's going to try to amp up the difficulty lol. Which is probably appropriate. Basically, don't study for midterms. The final was harder, but omg our piazza was flipping their shit after it because it was significantly harder than the midterms. This was true, but we still had 2 hours for 4 problems and most people left early. I know this sound very teacher's pet - y, but the final definitely should have been harder because the average on a midterm for a multi class should not be 97%. But literally people were begging this man for a curve, spamming him, while they were walking out the door of the final, like BEGGING. and the average turns out to be a 87.5. SO STUPID. Anyone here who whines about the final at least for this quarter needs to like actually chill. The annoyingish thing about this class is no matter what you have to slay the final. There are two grading schemes and one of them is 45% final and the other is 40% final. Kinda yuck. But anyway, this class is cake, take him.
Konstantinos is a very special man. This was his first quarter teaching out of his PhD program, and he did such a great job. He explains the concepts quite clearly, and is very helpful during office hours. He just seems like a really kind and bright person in general, and he has a sweet demeanor. His midterms were really easy, and if you understood the concepts on a surface level then you would do well. The final was definitely harder, but it was a pretty fair test. There were 4 questions with about 3 parts each, and you had 3 hours in total. He also has a really great sense of humor and being in his lecture always brightens my day. Overall, having Konstantinos has made my quarter and education so much better. If you have the opportunity to take this professor, please do!
Konstantinos is by far one of the best math professor I've had. He is so sweet, articulate and extremely helpful with explanations. The exams are very fair and the homework is designed to help you understand the material the best you can. After our first midterm, we all applauded him when he walked into class. He records lectures, and office hours are very helpful. We also get credit for worksheets that solely help with understanding and do not negatively affect your grade. 10/10 recommend this professor!!
Really good glass. The homework was very manageable and had a lenient late policy. The exams were reasonable. The lectures were also recorded, but I usually went to them in-person since they were very engaging helpful. Would highly recommend taking Varvarezos if you can
This class pleasantly surprised me because Prof. Varvarezos was not previously reviewed on BruinWalk. He, however, was a very normal lecturer and he described concepts in a clear manner. We were allowed a notes page on all tests and both midterms were very easy; he does not try to fool you on exams. Some people complained that the final was more difficult than the midterms but I did not think it was too bad. If you do bad in this class it's kinda just on you.
Konstantinos is an overall amazing professor!
I didn't attend about 4 lectures due to travel, but since the class is BruinCast it's very easy to keep up with the material.
His homework is VERY reasonable- only 6-10 problems per week and is really good practice for tests.
His midterms are also very fair- I found both midterms easy, and they were direct applications of the content learned in class.
The final was relatively difficult compared to the midterms but not unreasonable (just required a deeper level of thinking/understanding).
Konstantinos is a very kind person and always pauses his lecture for people's questions. He is always willing to help students out, so definitely go to office hours if you need help!
Totally recommend this class to prospective students!
Professor Varvarezos is an excellent lecturer with reasonable homework and exams. However, I did not enjoy attempting the discussion worksheets. If they were shorter and more manageable to complete with a group during section, I would have enjoyed this course much more.
Good course - the professor explains concepts very clearly in lecture (though he does adhere pretty closely to the textbook), and he does a good job answering questions during class and office hours. The workload is not especially high: one homework (approx. 8 textbook questions of average difficulty, graded on correctness) and a discussion worksheet (graded on completion) every week.
The exams were all relatively simple - pretty much all of the questions were just straightforward calculations using things from lecture. Notecards were permitted for the midterms, and a single cheat sheet for the final.