All Ratings and Reviews for March Boedihardjo
This class was much easier than I expected. This professor is amazing and students at UCI will be very lucky to have him this upcoming school year. I wish the professor nothing but the best as he will also be leaving for Switzerland shortly after teaching for a bit at UCI.
The only graded assignments are quizzes (5 weighted at 5% each), two midterms (22.5% each), and the final (30%), which makes it difficult to track your progress versus March's expectations. I say versus March's expectations since that is how your work will be graded: this professor is only ready for one method of proof on any exam and will give you a 0 if you don't use that method exactly, or if it is "too hard" for him to read. On the plus side, he tells you exactly which method of proof to use: look at the answers to the homework and exercises and try to interpolate which exam question corresponds to which homework problem and then proceed from there (oh the benefits of open book tests). Overall 131B isn't that heavy of a workload with March, but whatever level of work and understanding you put into the course is unlikely to be reflected in your grades. Oh, and March isn't rigorous or clear in lecture, but expects you to be on exams. I would suggest you take this course from another professor, and good luck!
I feel that I learned what I was supposed to without going into that much more detail than was needed. March is pretty dry but gets to the point. Would take again
March is so derpy and eccentric, which made this class pretty funny and interesting at times, but other than that, his lectures are very straightforward and a bit monotonous at times, but it is never too roundabout or filled with fluff. If you're like most of the people in this class, this branch of math is probably something that you've never had experience with before, so there will be a lot of WTF moments in lecture where he teaches you a shitton of new things that you've literally never seen before, but the important thing is PRACTICE. If you complete all the homework and extra practice problems he gives you, you'll realize that the content isn't actually too difficult, it's just all about really knowing your notes well. If you don't know how to do problems on the homework or practice problems, go to office hours!! My TA was super super helpful and it really helps you because a lot of the times the test questions were pretty similar.
March is such an interesting man. Definitely has a unique personality but I loved it. He's straightforward and his tests are more than fair. VERY easy class if you just follow his lectures and he posts summaries of his lectures after class as well. Also, choose Ben Jarmen/Jamen? sorry I forgot how to spell my TA's name lmfao but he was the best TA and literally gave identical practice problems as the tests. 10/10 recommend this professor and TA for this course :)
March is an ICON. once you take this class you will know what I mean. Sometimes in class he'll spout a bunch of equations and random steps on the board without really explaining what he's doing, and you'll feel overwhelmed, but trust me you will figure it out either on your own or the TA will explain it to you (try to get Ben Jarman as a ta, he's amazing). The tests are exactly what you would expect based on the homework he assigns. Just stay on top of your homework and you'll be fine. I was scared bc I wasn't good at probability during high school pre-calc, but somehow I was able to figure it out, so you will too. overall highly recommend this class.
Honestly, his class is very straightforward, he is just difficult to understand. He doesnt really explain concepts, he just does examples and expects you to understand the method he is using. I got through this class bc of the amazing TA i had (Ben, take his section). He explains everything so well and goes over the quiz material right before we took each one. His quizzes were fine, homework was helpful, but his exams were made to be tricky.
I'm writing this just as our final has been moved online due to corona virus. March, at the very last minute, decided to change his grading scheme to make the midterms worth 30% each. He did this because he does not care at all about student wellbeing or have any empathy. While most teacher took this opportunity to be lenient and show kindness he decided to bash us down even further. He is horrible at explaining, he talks to the board the whole time, and never gives examples like the test. He is mean and a horrible teacher, he should not be teaching. He is some child prodigy who has come here with the emotional intelligence of a rock to fuck over students in math who don't live and breathe math.
Overall, I do not recommend taking 3C with him because the material itself is not that hard, he is just unreasonable.
I took Math 3C with March in the Winter 2020. In a nutshell, March is an approachable instructor, but he’s simply not good at teaching this class. I found his teaching style to be dull, and outright boring at times. He often struggles to explain concepts or answer students’ questions. Now, this might be due to language barrier or it could be because March is a supposed “math genius” (he’s only 21 years old). The unfortunate thing is this cruel genius can’t teach. In fact, I learned more from my TA, Ben, than I did from March. Ben was an amazing TA and I was lucky to be in his section. The emergence and spread of the COVID-19 virus only contributed to my dissatisfaction in this course and in March as an instructor.
In response to Covid-19, March made our Final exam a take-home final. This is understandable -- in fact, many instructors opted for this. What March also decided to do was that on Saturday (less than a week from the time of the final and a few hours after UCLA instructor evaluations closed) he changed the course’s grading scheme by reducing the weight of the final. Originally, the scheme was 10% Homework, 20% Quizzes, 20% First midterm, 20% Second midterm, and 30% Final. He notified us by email that he would be increasing the weight of the midterms(that we had already taken) from 20% to 30% for each one and lowering the weight of the final from 30% to 10%. Effectively, this made it such that there was little to no room to improve one’s grade, and caught everyone by surprise. Obviously, such a last minute alteration to the grading scheme and syllabus upset a lot of students but apparently UCLA gave professors the ability to do this in response to coronavirus- although I find it reprehensible the manner in which apathetic March went about this. Most professors opted to make things easier on students during this time, but not March. This whole fiasco with the multiple changes to the final really put a lot of stress on students during finals week and left a really bad taste in my mouth.
March is a very straightforward professor. His homework was ungraded with answers provided. His tests are very similar to the homework. He always says what will be on the test and sometimes writes practice questions. This makes him a pretty easy and stress-free professor. He does not try to trick students.
At the same time, he would often gloss over what things were conceptually. He would often write things off as just some concept in physics and not give a very good answer to what things actually were. He also only scrolls through a pdf as his means of lecturing.
Overall, would take class again, especially since I had a large workload from other classes this quarter, but definitely would have liked more visualizations and better descriptions of what things were conceptually. Also, not sure if he will continue to be so easy in the future as the averages for tests were often close to 100% and I'm unsure if the department is fine with that.
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