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Professor Andrews was seriously the best professor I have had. His lectures were literally just him coding in xcode on the projector and were very easy to follow. He would allow plenty of time for questions of all kinds and would give very clear answers. The homework was sometimes time consuming, but as a complete beginner to any kind of programming I found them engaging and definitely doable. I loved this class and mjandr really opened my eyes to the creative possibilities of coding. I cannot recommend this class or professor enough!
I took (and failed) PIC10A with a different professor so I feel that my perspective is well informed.
The other professor used slides and did NOT treat this class like a beginner's class. I struggled hard core in that class, and I ended up failing it.
Andrews was very clear - he coded as the class went on so it was easy to follow along and not fall asleep. I also loved that he treated the class like a beginner's class, the way it is meant to be. If you do not know C++ ahead of taking PIC10A, Andrews is your best bet. The homeworks were still difficult, but far less difficult than my previous instructor's assignments. Same with exams - they were VERY doable compared with my previous instructor (instead of having the entire exam be 'write this entire code/program' it was 'what is the problem with this code?').
If you are not a coding god, I cannot recommend Andrews enough as a very fair, but still slightly challenging, PIC10A professor. Shoutout to him for helping me save my GPA.
Tips: START THE HW at least a little early so you have time to ask for help during office hours if need be. Make friends with students who have their sh*t together. Do practice problems from the textbook (i.e. coding functions) because similar ones show up on the tests. If your TA is crappy go to another TA's discussions, because they help.
As someone who has no idea of c++ ahead of time, the class is hard for me. It's not the false of this class but the false of c++. He is a nice and funny guy and actually tries to help students. The homework was harder than the test, so try them hard. The test was fair and nothing surprising. This grade was all I could do. Wish that I could have done better, but really learned a lot.
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