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Just failed another midterm, yet again, by yours truly *cough* Rachel Greenfeld *cough* a math professor who can’t teach math. Wait what? A math professor who can’t teach math? Yea that’s right... Professor Rachel you’re ruining my life, please do all your students a favor and stop teaching:) thanks xoxo
This may be the worst math professor of UCLA. I have no clue how she received her PhD let alone a math degree.
She can’t explain even the most basic concepts; she didn’t once define what an integral was during her lecture, so many of her practice problem solutions are wrong and she gives you problems that require calculators and then she forbids them on her exams. She makes so many mistakes on the chalkboard and her writing is near illegible. She literally has no idea how to teach and then she gets annoyed when people leave her class mid lecture. I walked out of one of her lectures more confused than I was coming in. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS!!!
I know deep down that Professor Greenfeld is very knowledgeable in regards to calculus, but she fails miserably when attempting to convey her topics to class. Most of the time, she confuses herself while teaching, causing 75% of students to stop coming to lecture around week three. Her inability to teach reflects easily in her averages of her tests, which are 58% and 64% respectively. The material on her tests are nothing that we have covered in class or homework. Homework is far more difficult than it should be, which makes it incredibly hard to study. The professor is a really sweet person, but has serious trouble explaining topics, in lecture and office hours. I would not recommend her to anyone who actually wants to learn. Hopefully, UCLA requires their professors to be taught how to teach before giving them a class in the near future.
This is Rachel's first quarter teaching at UCLA and me and my friends were lucky enough to have her. She has incredible difficulty explaining concepts to students as she doesn't have a handle on the English language very well. She is intelligent but cannot articulate her thoughts to the class. You can't even ask her questions because she legit dances around it and just says "yes" or "no" and moves on because (I'm assuming) she doesn't know what you are asking her. Many students stopped attending lecture after week 3 because she doesn't really teach what is on the homework and assigns not only many problems but the hardest problems in the book so it is very difficult to complete the homework at times. It is Nov. 20 and I have not taken the final but the first two midterms were terrible. This past midterm average was a 58... an F. She puts incredibly difficult problems on the midterm that you have never talked about which makes it difficult to study because you don't know how to prepare yourself. If you have already taken calculus in high school then you just use your knowledge from the previous year to help get you through but for those who this is their FIRST calculus class.... well they are doing terrible in the class and I feel really bad for them. My advice: find a better teacher especially if you want to really learn and understand calculus concepts well.
DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS YOU WILL REGRET IT. This has to be by far the absolute WORST professor at UCLA, never would I have imagined coming here and seeing a professor confuse them self on a topic they were trying to lecture us on. It is crazy how oblivious she is to her TERRIBLE teaching skills, she once asked the class if we understood what she was teaching for that day and the whole class responded with no's. Greenfeld seemed overwhelmed and honestly I hope she contemplated quitting teaching at that very moment. We have had substitutes for her class who do a MUCH better job at teaching than she does. The ONLY way to pass this class is either coming in with an in depth knowledge on single variable calculus, teaching yourself literally all of the curriculum or going to tutoring provided by one of those professional frats at least weekly.
Do not take this class with Greenfeld. She is unclear about the concepts herself and a bad teacher
I took this class having taken calculus during junior year in high school, but I didn't touch algebra or calculus at all in between. Overall, I didn't dislike Professor Greenfeld as much as other people, but I wouldn't take a class with her again. The averages for both midterms were pretty abysmal, so there was clearly something wrong with how concepts were being taught. Often, during lectures, I needed to repeat what had just been said to make sure I understood it myself since it wasn't always clear. Professor Greenfeld seemed like she knew the concepts, but it was difficult for her to articulate her knowledge to the class. There were also questions on the midterms which didn't reflect what was in the homework and lectures. While I don't recommend taking 31A with Greenfeld, if she ends up as your professor, just know that you'll probably have to do practice problems and/or read the textbook to give yourself a better grasp of the concepts.
DO NOT TAKE THIS AND I CAN NOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH THIS PROFESSOR.
Although she seems like she would be a nice person, she is not a great professor. Lectures are not as helpful, the TA does a way better job of explaining the material.
practice midterms are nothing like the actual midterm. Class Average was a 68% for our first midterm. The homework is A LOT. Trust me there are way better professors out there. I am not trying to bash on her but honestly do not take Math 31 with her. It is not worth it.
Thank you for coming to my TED TALK.
I wanted to refrain from posting my review until I received my final grade. Let me tell you that I am beyond surprised that I have a B-. I am appalled to think about how giant the curve had to be. I did not do well on either midterm or the final. I had only taken precalculus in high school and was nowhere near prepared for this class.
I will say this, often you could tell that Rachel was passionate about what she was teaching. Unfortunately, she falls into the elite class of academics that are knowledgeable yet do not know how to explain concepts clearly. This is not a great quality for a math professor, especially not one that teaches a foundational calculus course.
She was vague when she would answer questions, skirting around answering directly. We were wary that maybe she did not know what she was talking about, often reading off of a piece of paper to write on the board. Many times she would make computational errors or write down incorrect equations, but who doesn't make mistakes here and there.
It is true that the exams were nothing like the homework or problems given in the lecture. I can only assume she combined many concepts into the limited problems in the test. Surely this would be fine if we were adequately prepared; we were not. A lot of the exam questions were theoretical.
The homework itself was not time-consuming or strenuous, completely manageable. Unfortunately, it was not helpful.
I am not naive enough to know that it was possible to do well in this class. There were students that received As. However, it is frustrating to have a professor that is not going to be helpful in your learning. If you want to succeed in this class you need some sort of combination of prior knowledge of calculus, a tutor, help from the TA, and help from online sources.
As for Rachel herself, she is a very sweet person. However, I think she was personally affected by some of the comments we expressed during our reviews, even stating that she felt disrespected. Hopefully, if you take this class in future quarters, she will have had reflected on her teaching style and abilities.
I personally would not take this class unless you know you have a prior foundation in calculus and will do well.
To describe Rachel's Calculus teaching ability would be like describing COVID-19, horrific. Rachel has no clue what she is talking about 100% of the time and copy/pastes Wikipedia word for word into her powerpoints and expects you to understand it without question.
Rachel stated that she moved here from Israel within the last year and her English shows. I understand it is not her first language, but if you are getting paid 6 figures to teach rudimentary calculus, please please please know what you're talking about and how to say it in English, not Hebrew.
I took Calculus in high school and received an A; however, I have never been more confused in my life in a math class. Rachel confuses herself and stops at the board for 5+ minutes to look at the work she has written down on her notes. When a student has a question, she goes back to the slide and rereads the slide, never answering anyone's question.
Her tests are damn near impossible for anyone. The averages were roughly 50 and 52% on both midterms. Most people in this class have also taken calculus before, which shows Rachel goes out of her way to confuse her students and make the tests unbearable.
For all things that are good in this world, DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT take class from her. Suffer through the 8am like I should have. Rachel, I hope you please read this and realize you need to stop teaching.
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