All Ratings and Reviews for Manuel E Villasante
tests are unbelievably hard
ok .... i took AP Physics in high school and got a 5.. breezed through that class and exam..
Villasante somehow.. made this class unbelievably difficult.. the exam questions are so hard it is ridiculous..
the homework problems and examples he gives in class do not reflect his exam questions.. the first midterm average was in the 30's %
taking this class i expected an A.. B+ at the worse.. he expects us to solve complex problems when he lectures to us just the basic concepts..
not taking anything away from him.. he is a great professor, but his problem is that he gets really boring and u start to fall asleep... besides that, he puts his random definitions on the board that make sense only half of the time..
i ended up with a B- in this class.. i am very upset that i didnt read this before i took him.. do NOT take this Villasante, his exams are way too difficult. Even with a good physics background i struggled to get anything right on his exams.. the class discussions are pointless.. dont bother cuz they're instructed to "guide" students to the solution.. yeah like that works...
There's really not too much more to say about Professor Villasante that most of these reviews don't already cover. I guess the only thing that they failed to mention was that they were modest in their description.
Villasante has got to be the MOST difficult professor. Not only are his tests EXTREMELY difficult (no numbers, all variables), but if you mess up in part a of a question, you WILL BE docked for part b, c, d, etc. I have no idea what he is trying to encourage by this type of policy, but that is the way his grading system works.
Furthermore, his system of grading homeworks is VERY bad as well. When you turn in a homework, don't expect to see it back for at least 2 weeks. Also, expect 3-4 random problems to be graded just like a test.
What do I mean just like a test? Well, the way his graders operate is simply marking that you've missed a problem, telling you how much you got, and that's it. No why, what the correct answer is, or any sort of explanation. You have to go to his website to check his test answers. I'd also like the add that his own solutions to his own test questions (as posted on the website) were incorrect for both midterms that he gave. If that doesn't epitomize how hard his tests are, I don't know what does.
Bottom line - just a rehash of what everyone else said - DO NOT TAKE VILLASANTE.
When you take Villasante, mastery of the material is not good enough; you must be omnipotent in order to do well.
I only took Villasante instead of Buchanan because of scheduling conflicts (i.e. 2 finals on the same day), and I'm wondering whether or not the torture would have been less if I had just sucked it up and gone for the 2 finals on the same day... I mean, the guy isn't a bad person in any way. He's unbelievably passionate (no joke!) about what he has to teach, but his demeanor by which he goes about it is rather distasteful to a student. Any professor that is so unapproachable (for fear of being insulted and screamed at) does not deserve to stand up in front of a group of student no matter how qualified he is. Granted, his lectures are not too bad, he covers the material (only if he decides it is important) decently, although his tests do not reflect the hw or the lectures in the least. He is just mean! On top of that, the class covers stuff that is not meant to be emphasized in 6C! We completely skipped over Gauss's Law, for example, and it's supposed to be the crux of the course. And we are covering a bunch of BS that really trivial if you consider how in-depth the other class is covering what we're going through. We barely touch what should be learned and dive into what doesn't matter. A real interesting case if you ask me. One thing he is VERY good at is responding to e-mail. I can e-mail him a question on the homework (which he writes himself, so it's impossible to find help/comparison), I can sit and count to 100 and he would have a reply in my mailbox. It's amazing! The guy must sit at the computer and wait for students to e-mail him about his impossible homework problems! I call that a false sense of popularity. :) After saying all this, no, I am not doing poorly in the class. I actually have an A, but I find that this class has been an unequivocal waste of my time thus far and I can't wait for it to be over! DO NOT TAKE THIS PROFESSOR IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT!! Unless, of course, you're a glutton for punishment.
I am amaized with the comments I just read about professor Villasante. I guess all the students that wrote these reviews have never been to his office hours, and have not had a chance to realize how brilliant and nice Villasante is. But that is not so important really. What I am most amaized with is the fact that a UCLA student could write something like this. Isn't UCLA supposed to be one of the hardest universities in California? If it is, than proffesors such as Villasante shouldn't be considered hard proffesors. I guess UCLA is not what it used to be... Professor Villasante is challenging and he makes you learn the stuff he is teaching, by giving challenging exams, which are by the way not any harder that they should be, and which have a lot in common with the homeworks and suggested problems. The exam problems are only worded differently and made a little more challenging than the homeworks, but they are very doable. One thing I agree in with the previous reviews is the fact that his curve is great, so you end up having a good grade. So, if you are up to a challenge, go for it... If you are afraid of it, go back to high-school...
expect averages of 30% on all tests. he tells you in class you won't have enough time to finish the test
This professor gives great lectures. Very thorough and he explains in detail what he is discussing. His exams on the other hand are unnecessarily difficult and long.
I had 6C with prof. Villasante. Contrary to most of the posts here, I think he's one of the best profs at UCLA. His exam might be a bit challenging but very doable, if you can draw parallals and think critically. His lectures are very clear and to the point. All in all, it was a pleasure having such an energetic prof passionate about his stuff and students understanding. GREAT PROFESSOR.
Yeah, he doesnt lecture very well, and spends way too much time writing obscure statements on the board instead of explaining what he has just said.
And his tests are nothing like the homework, which he writes himself, so we have no way of checking examples or using the book at all...
all I can say is I got an A in Physics 6A, 6B, and then a C- in Villasante's Physics 6C class. Good luck if you end up taking him!!!!
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