Fall 2020 - Professor Filipazzi is a really good professor and I thoroughly enjoyed this class with him even though it was pretty hard. The exams were definitely very challenging and long while given the 24 hour window to complete them. The exams are definitely very long to begin with but I think it's important to note that when you're given a 24 hour winds to take an exam you're definitely going to be trying to perfect every single answer and taking your time solving ones you don't know etc. I took like 8+ hours on the second midterm and final but that was also because I was studying the topics along the way to help me answer the questions lol. Though they were long, they weren't TOO hard as the average for Midterm 1 was a high B, almost low A. Second midterm was definitely harder and the average was a high C. The final however was long but easier in my opinion than the midterms and the average and median were A's. The exams were doable you just had to study and be careful showing your work. Also a lot of people told him midterm 2 was extremely long and difficult and in return he sent us a long email explaining his perspective on the midterm and apologized for misjudging the length of the exam. He also further tried to help us by giving us tons of practice problems for the final and they were very similar to the final which is probably why the scores were so high. He also wrote long explanations about optimization and Lagrange multipliers since those are harder topics in the class to try and help us prepare for the final. Also to the person saying he addresses his mistakes through cryptic code in the email: his email are from CCLE announcements. He writes them as announcements and then CCLE sends them as an email as a notification. When you read the announcements on CCLE they have the correct math symbols etc. It's not cryptic code lol I'm dumb so I got a B (pretty sure a good chunk of people got A's since the averages were always so high) but I actually learned a lot from professor Filipazzi and recommend him as a professor. He cares about his students and genuinely wants them to succeed. edit: he actually curved up so I ended with a B+. thank u filipazzi <3
Fall 2019 - Stefano served as an amazing introduction for my first quarter at UCLA. He goes above and beyond in caring for students. If you want to master the material and are willing to put in the time, he will make sure he can help you in any way possible. For instance, we received our final grades less than a day after the exam. On the next day, he opened up office hours for students to check their finals and make sure no mistakes were made. That kind of dedication shows that he isn't at UCLA only for research, rather he cares for undergraduate students and wants to ensure our success. One of the most phenomenal math teachers and classes I will ever have the pleasure of taking.
Winter 2021 - Professor Filipazzi is an analysis GOAT. His lectures were engaging and he covered a lot of material in class. He was always willing to answer the smallest of questions and always explained concepts in an intuitive manner in both OH and lectures. The homeworks were time-consuming and sometimes quite difficult but they test your analysis fundamentals. Professor Filipazzi is always happy to give hints in OH. The homeworks helped me prepare for the midterms and final which were on a similar level of difficulty if not less. The weekly quizzes were sometimes ruthless as they had around 10 questions and even getting one question wrong would drop 10% of the quiz grade. However, professor compensated for the difficult quizzes and homeworks by dropping 2 of the lowest for each. I gained a very good understanding of concepts such as cauchy and convergent sequences, integrability, differentiability and continuity and would take any class with professor Filipazzi. It's unfortunate that he is probably leaving at the end of the spring 2021 quarter.