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not sure why his name is gannoth on here but tom GANNON is a goat he is really engaging, funny, records lecture, and is super understanding. Manageable homework. it was my first math course at ucla and i loved it
Hands down the best professor at UCLA. Weekly quizzes super helpful in understanding the content of this course. Midterms and final were an accurate representation of the homework we were assigned. 31A with Gannon is 100% worth it.
Tom was a great professor overall. He gave very accurate practice exams, and his homework was short and concise. He lectures at a pace easy to follow and never turns down a question. He videos all of his lectures for viewing later, or if you miss lecture. The final was more challenging than the midterms, but overall very doable.
I doubt I'll ever have an instructor as well rounded as Tommy G. He explains the material clearly and his tests are very reasonable. Some reviews on here complain about a very difficult final...I don't think it was harder. It was just later in the year so the material naturally got a little difficult. That being said, from an instruction POV, this was the perfect math class.
Now onto the experience
He's funny. He's talented. He's handsome.
Tommy G does his best to make everyone feel welcome in the class. Never have I intentionally attended so many consecutive classes throughout the quarter. He gave out candy, took pictures with us, cracked jokes, and gave very entertaining lectures. He's admittedly a bit geeky, but he's a perfect professor. When I took him, he was teaching 33a (linear algebra) and 31A (calc ab). I decided ah, since I need linear algebra..i'm going to kill to get him. Low and behold, it turns out he's not even teaching 33a in 2023-2024. I have never been so disappointed by anything.
If you can't tell, pretty much the entire class loves him. You're making a big mistake if you don't sign up for this class. Wish I could retake this, love you tommy
He is one of the best professors in Math. His lectures are straightforward, engaging, and enjoyable. He is an enthusiastic teacher and keeps you hooked for the entirety of the class. His office hours are great, and he helps you develop intuition to avoid confusion. He is very lenient and allows exploration of various ways of approaching the problem. Also, he is okay with unfinished arithmetic as long as we know how to solve the question. I definitely would take his class again. 10/10 recommend.
As someone who took AP Calc AB, this class was mostly review but the professor does go over it as if you have no prior experience of calculus. The hardest part of this class might have been the final, since the midterms felt easier compared to the final.
His class was made up of quizzes in discussion sections every two weeks which were solid practice for the midterm. There was also weekly homework turned in through gradescope. There are also two grading schemes, one where both midterms count and the other where only one midterm counts.
MY GOD. I loved this professor. He's new here I think, but oh my god this class was such a great way to start my quarter here at UCLA. Also his name is Tom Gannon, not Gannoth, not sure why they did that but thats besides the point. Amazing lecturer. The homeworks were doable as long as you paid attention during class. Me personally I never took a single calculus class in high school, so that's probably why I got an A- (I'll explain in a bit). The course consisted of biweekly quizzes which were VERY fair and basically reflected on the homework from the previous week. The midterms were very doable for me, all you needed to do was study the homework problems and understand conceptually as well. It wasn't too stressful. However, the final was pretty hard, at least for me. I think I got like a 70 on the final but ended up with 2 90's on the midterms, which is why I dropped from an A to an A-. Honestly, if you took calculus before in high school then it wouldn't have been as hard, but I thought the final was unimaginably hard and nothing compared to the midterms. He does give us practice tests tho, and those are extremely useful because sometimes he literally just copied an exam question (literally the exact same number, problem, and everything) and it would help for the midterms and finals. I got lost quite a few times in his lectures I guess, I think he spoke a bit fast but everything would get cleared up if I just went to one office hour. He's super nice and funny, and I would definitely take him again and recommend him to any person taking Calc 1. The grading scheme was pretty fair too, and he had 2 different ones (and would choose the one that helps u the most). Overall, 9/10 class (just because the final was really hard in my opinion compared to the midterms), but if I could, I'd definitely take him again.