All Ratings and Reviews for Monica Visan
She honestly is such a legend. Loved 33a with her.
Best math professor ever.
Visan is a fantastic professor! I took Math 131AH and BH with her and she is my favorite professor at UCLA. THE BEST, period. Her teaching is so clear, and she writes everything on the board, so even if you don't understand it right away in class (analysis is hard, and honors class is no joke), you can totally go back and review your notes and you will be able to understand it (of course you should be willing to put in effort to this class). She has beautiful handwriting by the way.
Visan has a fantastic memory -- she lectures without notes, and never makes a mistake -- and she takes the effort to memorize every student's name (she will know how everybody is doing, so don't shirk and expect an easy A). She is extremely kind, patient, and encouraging during the office hours. Her homework is not easy but is carefully chosen to help us really master the material. They are relevant to what is taught in class and is very good for preparing the exam.
Her exam is fair and reflects the material taught in class and the homework. Going over the exercises in Rudin really helps. Often there will be a problem from the homework and a problem from Rudin on the exams (they are the giveaway points). The best thing I like about Visan is that her wording is very clear, never ambiguous. Unlike other professors, you will never be confused about theorems or problems due to ambiguous or careless wording. This makes studying so much smoother. She is quite generous about letter grades. If I am not mistaken, the median grade is about A-/B+ (of course as an honors class, many people drop the class midway because the material is hard and whoever persists are generally capable of mastering the material).
Just as a final word, the above is for pure/applied math majors intending for graduate studies. Professor Visan really prepares you for the basic exam. Take her class, and she will train you to be a mathematical analyst. If you are not a math major or not interested in "pure" math, Visan's class might be a little bit hard for you. (I audited her Math 33A class, and although I loved it very much (she just NEVER makes a mistake, which is unbelievable), I could expect freshmen complaining that it was very hard because Visan did a lot of proofs (the same proof I see again in my 115A class), but she does help lay a very very good foundation for math majors. Put in efforts, and I promise it will be rewarding.
Professor Visan tells you at the beginning of the year that her tests are just as difficult as her homeworks. Take this advice strongly and do your homeworks and you will do well in the class. I redid homework problems (including textbook problems) before each midterm and the final and got an A. Simple class.
Monica Visan is probably one of my favorite professors at UCLA. Her classes were one of the few classes I actually referred to my notes in. Her exams are straightforward - if you master the material she provides in class, she's not going to through any curveballs. Unlike some professors who give blatantly difficult exams and rely on the curve, her exams are unweighted and you definitely get out what you put in.
She is very straightforward and expects you to learn and review the material, but is very clear in her explanations. I would highly recommend taking Math 33B with Monica Visan!
Amazing lecturer! Professor Visan made all the concepts necessary in the class extremely clear, walking you through all the steps clearly. Her assignments were reasonably lengthed and exams tested what was covered in class. If she's teaching for 33A or 33B, I highly recommend taking her course!
Actual course taken: 131AH. Her materials are different from Rudin. So attend the lectures. Her exams are slight variations of homework problems, not very hard.
Monica Visan is a great professor. She is stern, sharp, and does not put up with any ruckus in the class. That being said, she is a very kind lady -- she's funny and serious at the same time. You can tell she cares about her students. Not to mention, she is a mathematical genius. Just don't ask a dumb question in class or you will get toasted.
Her lectures involve lots of writing (and she can write fast). You will likely fill up a notebook. The notes are very helpful though -- the exact problems she does in the notes appear as test questions.
33A is pretty tough. The first few weeks you will be trying to figure out what is going on. But soon, you will get the hang of things.
Her tests are very fair and heavily computational. The midterms are more difficult than the final as they are pressed for time, but they never have any proofs or anything unordinary.
All in all, difficult class, good professor, would recommend.
SHE IS THE G.O.A.T. I have never made an account to write a bruinwalk review but this professor is so good that I just have to do it. She is the best math professor I ever had at UCLA (compared to her husband, Killip lmao). In lecture, she might seem really strict but personally, I like this about her because that's how you know that she means business in teaching. During her office hours, on the other hand, she is a completely different person. She is so nice and patient with answering your questions so I recommend going there if you need help. She is extremely clear and brutally efficient at getting you know exactly what you need to know for the midterm and final. She doesn't teach you nonsense that you'll never see again in the tests. The midterms were very easy conceptually and were purely computational. The hard part about the midterms are that they are EXTREMELY computationally heavy within a small 50 minute time frame and so it's easy to make arithmetic mistakes and get the question wrong. The killer for these tests are solely arithmetic mistakes. The final is also easy conceptually but also has intense computations. For the final, it was almost exactly like her practice final and she spent the whole last lecture going over how to do questions that did show up on the test. It is no exaggeration that she does everything possible to have you do well. The only really major concern you'll have with this class is that she prepares ALL of you really well for her tests. That means you'll probably have a decently challenging time trying to be within the top 25-30% of students to get an A as the math department have quota's for people getting grades and you're competing with other students who also know the material really well. Despite that, I still HIGHLY RECOMMEND her class. 10/10 would take again. Visan's the homie <3
Professor Visan is definitely the best math professor that I have had at UCLA. While her notes may seem a bit confusing during class (they're mostly definitions and proofs), if you read through your notes again, it's much clearer. The concepts of Math 33A are not difficult, but it's definitely necessary to understand them to do well. Exams are computational (except there was a few true or false questions on the final-which is another reason to definitely know and truly understand theorems). Although they are generally computations done before in class or on the homework, sometimes there are a few minor curveballs thrown in to make sure you know the theory and thus can figure out how to do the computations. Honestly, the hardest part about the class is doing better than everyone else on the exams-since it's fairly doable, a lot of the class gets an A, so make sure to still take the class seriously if you want to get an A. The exams all had averages around 70-75% and ~25% of the class would still get an A. The grading scheme is 10% homework, 20% per midterm, and 50% final. I definitely recommend taking Professor Visan (but just know her class fills up really quickly! It was full by around 2 PM on the day of freshman first pass and she does not give PTE numbers since the class was so full that people were sitting on the steps of the lecture hall).
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