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I took 31a with radio and 31b with someone else, got an A in both.
Radko was very available, but she was hard. Her midterms were pretty difficult and her final was very difficult. Just study as much as you can because the classes is graded on a curve so if you fail but others fail worse, you will still get a good grade lol.
What I did was, I would go back and reread and do all the problems again in the book, I did this for 31a and 31b, and it helped.
I took Radko for 31A.
She is a very caring professor and openly accepts questions from students both in lecture and office hours. She does have an accent, however it is still pretty easy to follow her lectures. The lectures are pretty straight forward with most of her example questions coming directly from the book. Towards the end of the class she did rush through a lot of complex material in order to finish everything.
Her midterms were very doable if you took time to study and she also gives practice midterms which are harder than the midterm itself. The midterms were graded extremely quickly (I got one score the same night I took the test).
The final was extremely harder than both of the midterms. You really had to be familiar with the concepts so study!!!!
I took 31A
If you took calc AB in high school you should be able to manage this class quite well. If you never did, it may be quite challenging.
2 midterms were not that hard. The final was WAY harder than the midterms.
She cracks some funny jokes but no one understands them because of her accent. Her accent is not horrible. She is a chill and good professor. Just the final was too hard.
***tip: Don't study Volumes and revolutions too much. She emphasizes SO MUCH but only 1 sub question on the final.
I am just going to be honest… I really don’t understand how people on here say that Radko is a great math professor. Her lessons, and the majority of her examples, are identical to the textbook and she really doesn’t explain the topics very well. The only thing that kept me going was my calc. knowledge that I learned in high school. Almost every time I went to class, I sat there barely knowing what was going on. The only thing that helped was the textbook and my TA. We had quizzes on the homework every week in discussion, which are super annoying. For me, the quizzes were not that helpful. I ended up memorizing homework answers just so I could do well on the quizzes. The majority of the time she picked the worst homework problems that were evens, so you couldn’t even check your answer. As for the exams, they were very tricky. After taking her exams, I feel like there is not really any way to prepare for them because the tests are more difficult that the problems in the textbook. The averages on both the midterms were 50%. She also puts multiple choice questions on the midterms which are worth a ton of points. They apparently are used to test understanding of theorems and such, but it seemed more like a guessing game to me. Even my TA, thought that it was not fair that they were worth that much. Overall, Radko is not as great as others say that she is. This may be that I am not a math genius, but I wish others would have been more honest on the past reviews. Beware, her teaching is not that great and her tests are tricky. I could have studied for days more and it still wouldn’t have helped me. I am just glad that I am done with her class!
I thought Radko was a fantastic professor. She is very kind and sweet, and she made some jokes in class that had me laughing. She does have a good amount of office hours if you ever need help, so do take advantage of them.
Now, onto the class itself. Math 31A was definitely one of the harder classes I took this quarter, if not the hardest (math doesn't come naturally to me). However, I went to all of Radko's classes and she's a very good teacher. She will go through the steps and make sure you get it, and then do some examples to reenforce the concepts.
The first midterm was difficult and caught everyone by surprise. The average was a 50%, and was a kick in the ass to people like me who weren't taking the class seriously at first. The second midterm was of the same difficulty, and the average was still around 50%. The final exam was actually better than both midterms, which is good since it's worth more than both. The average was a 59% and it was graded out of 110 points.
The grading is similar to most math classes, in which the average is a B-/C+, so if you're scoring in the top 25% of the class you'll probably get an A.
If i were to give you advice, I'd say first: TAKE THIS CLASS!! Second, make sure you read through the book (just skim) and make sure you get what they're talking about before starting the homework. Review the homework and do practice midterms she sends out before going into the test, and early enough that you have time to ask questions if you don't get anything. And lastly, do go to class. Even on Fridays, when you don't want to. She will make it worth your while.
Radko is a really kind, good professor. You will really understand calculus after taking her class. But, her tests will be challenging (especially the first midterm). She will use many different math topics (absolute values, double angle trig, largest integer function, etc.) Do extra problems for each section beyond the homework problems and do the practice midterms. If studied for correctly, Radko's tests can be dealt with. And if you go to her office hours she will give you a lot of help :)
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