All Ratings and Reviews for Terence Tao


Overall 4.0
Easiness of class 1.0
Workload 1.0
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Clarity of professor 3.0
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Helpfulness of professor 4.0
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MATH 254A, taken Fall 2018 Submitted Aug. 12, 2019 Grade Received: B

This is for MATH 254A (Incompressible Fluids) in Fall 2018. The homework takes at least 30 hours to complete it reasonably. A lot of material on Euler and Navier-Stokes has been addressed, with a bit of differential geometry implemented into the course.

Course not listed Submitted June 30, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

tao is one of THE best math profs at UCLA (one other is Chayes). the homework was loooooong, but that's expected since it was a honors class. but doing the hw prepares you for the exams. the exams are completely fair, nothing EVER pulled out of nowhere -- the kinda test where when you get the solutions you think, "oh, THAT'S how you do it" and kill yourself since its so easy.
another thing is that Tao is extremely fast -- you get your exam scores and solutions within 48 hours! he tallied the entire course results a day after the final. i dont know about you, but its always a plus to know grades and see solutions after a test.
***also, you should look up info on Tao -- he got his PhD from Princeton at 21!!! this guy rocks.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 11, 2002 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Tao is such a good teacher. He's lecture notes are so much better than the textbook. (I'm wondering how come he doesn't just publish them as a textbook.)

His class is rather difficult, however. You will learn a lot from him if you do the problem sets carefully. the exams are difficult but however his policy for awarding partial credits is very generous.

Course not listed Submitted April 11, 2001 Grade Received: N/A

I had Prof. Tao for Math 132 Complex Analysis and Math 121 Topology. He's a rarity - a genuis who can teach. His Complex Analysis class was somewhat boring since he has his notes typed up and you just read the handouts. If you're a math major you'll probably find his Complex Analysis tests relatively easy since he overemphasizes computational over theoretical problems. For Topology, he was adequate but he occassionally fumbled with a proof. Overall I thought he was a good professor and I would love to have him as a professor for a subject he's really passionate about.

Course not listed Submitted March 8, 2001 Grade Received: N/A

You're always afraid that true geniuses like him can't teach. He can, and extremely well. His proofs are very clean, and his awesome intellect gives him insight the texts don't often have. His test are pretty hard, made worse by being open book/note.

Course not listed Submitted March 21, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

he is a genius

Course not listed Submitted May 20, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

I want to know how SMART he is.

Course not listed Submitted May 2, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

The comments about Tao being the rare genius who can also teach are 100% accurate. For once, a math teacher who speaks excellent English (with a touch of an Australian accent)! His lectures are clear and generally pretty easy to follow, but you can skip them if you want since he prepared his own notes (in LaTeX) and doesn't really go beyond them unless prompted. Tests are straightforward and very much resemble the homework, which is VERY time-consuming and consists of proving theorems stated in the notes.
131AH is worth it overall and I'd recommend taking Tao at any opportunity available. Also, he knows a little bit of everything (and a lot of some things), so he's a good person to know if you're interested in further studies in math.

Course not listed Submitted April 27, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

professor tao is definitely the best math teacher ive had. he is a great lecturer, and although he talks fast, everything is in his notes, so in lecture you just have to listen and understand the material. His hw's are very good, his tests are fair, and so is his grading. His class is one of those classes you struggle with but really come out learning something valuable. i would definitely recommend him. however, his honors class is a huge time commitment for hws' but is worth it if you have the time.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 11, 2002 Grade Received: N/A

He's a genius who can teach-although he talks too fast in lecture, he hands out his own lecture notes which is all the material you'll need to understand the course, i only opened the book to copy down hmk questions. he's also very helpful in OH, VERY patient--he'll give you tons of example problems and walk you through it until you understand. his tests are challenging, more computations than proofs, but he lets you have cheat sheets, so overall a very good and impressive professor.

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