All Ratings and Reviews for Spencer Unger
He is a great professor. He's explanation is clear and precise. He will always patiently answer your questions after class. His lecture is inspiring and interesting if you keep thinking about what he is saying. Moreover, he is a really nice guy, friendly and cute. Strongly recommended.
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He makes concepts really clear and nearly write all his explicit oral explanation on the board. He likes to use graphs and easy-to-understand imagination to shape our perspective to the conceptual and proof-based course.
The Midterm1 is relatively easy, Midterm2 is relatively hard, and Final is about the middle, more like Midterm2.
And he gives study guide before each exam which really helps.
Moreover, he is definitely not a procrastinator, you will see you grade posted late in the day you take the exam...including final.
I am wondering next quarter which undergraduate course he will be teaching, no matter which one, I will take it!
I had him for both Math 61 and 131A.
For Math 61:
I had friends who both liked and disliked this class. I personally thought he was clear, concise, and effective. I think the issue with Math 61 is that the class generally is full of CS majors-- who in many cases are better at math than math majors, for whatever reason. So the competition was stiff, which rubbed some people the wrong way, particularly since Math 61 has a reputation for being an easy math class for a lot of people.
I studied a fair amount for tests but kind of half-assed most of the homeworks, and ended up with a B+, which was generous considering I did average on almost everything.
I was warned beforehand that 131A was one of the most challenging math undergrad courses. It certainly wasn't easy, but taking it with Unger was a smooth ride the whole way through. Honestly, he has a knack for explaining more abstract concepts or complicated definitions in a way that almost anyone can understand. I think I was able to appreciate his skill as a teacher more as a student in this class, compared to Math 61.
He also didn't hesitate to draw diagrams to help explain certain things, which was always helpful.
In both classes, one cool thing he did was post study guides for tests so that we'd know exactly what was being tested, and to what extent we had to know certain things.
Exams in general were always moderately difficult. Usually a range of easier questions (sometimes just definitions) to more difficult (asking you to extend your knowledge beyond what you studied or apply it in some way). Nothing totally out-there though.
Oh yeah, he's a pretty friendly guy too, which is always a plus.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend him. Go to class, and put time/effort into the homework, and you'll be fine.
Unger does a good job explaining the material, and his midterms and final were both on the fairer side in that they covered material that we did in the class. However, for whatever reason, he missed like half the quarter, and that was also the part with much harder material. I ended up not doing the best in the class, but I think that's more on me. He's also very accessible for office hours, though his office is always crowded if you don't get there early.
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During lecture, he explains the general ideas and works through some examples. Sometimes, you may need to read some extra stuff he didn't cover in class to do the homework. He replies promptly to questions asked on the CCLE forum, which is nice.
His tests were relatively straightforward. The problems were about the same difficulty as those encountered in the homework.
Overall, I'd say he's a pretty good professor. His lectures are worth listening to, and he taught us what we needed to know.
Unger is a pretty good, funny professor that gives clear lectures. Reasonable weekly problem sets. The tests are mostly easy, with a couple problems that are too difficult. Easy to get a B, hard to get an A.
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