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Professor Conley is amazing. I had him for two quarters and I wish I could have him as my teacher again. He is the best.
-Helpful during office hours and really gets things to make sense
-Tests are extremely fair and very similar to his midterm and final review packets
-Classes are entertaining hes very funny
Take him if you can- use your first pass because his classes tend to fill up very quickly. He is an awesome professor- it always amazed me how he never even used lectures slides or referred to any notes, he just had everything in his head so he writes the notes along w/ you. He also color codes everything and organizes all the material on the board so it's easy to digest and write down.
Conley really does all he can to help students- he will stay after his scheduled OH to go over concepts at times and he will stay as long as possible for the review sessions to cover everyone's questions. He is also very patient and friendly w/ students, and it's clear that he just loves doing what he does, which makes the learning environment better. He will also curve the exams or grades only if it helps students, or take out problems in the hw if he feels like the questions were not fair.
I found the midterms to be pretty easy, and I did not have a strong math background (only took up to precalc in HS, and I was a transfer student who hadn't taken a real math course in years). the midterms were almost identical to the practice exams, w/ basically just different numbers or slightly different scenarios. Make sure you attend the review sessions cuz they help a lot.
However, I found the final to be considerably more challenging than the midterms. There were some surprise questions I was not prepared for, and overall it seemed like ppl in my class did worse on the final than in the midterms. I'd make sure to study well in advance for the final if I were you- I think everyone studied for the final like it was the midterms and basically waited until the review session to really start studying, which obviously was not good since the final deviated from the practice exams considerably more than the midterms did.
Labs were pretty challenging imo but luckily I had a good ta. Even if you're ta "isn't good" you can go to another TA's OH so I would not worry. Just make sure you go to OH if you're stuck on any problems, and don't feel bad cuz the majority of students in my lab section struggled w/ the coding
Professor Conley is one of the best teachers I've ever had. He is incredibly clear and thorough with his teaching. He's also very understanding and helpful for anyone who gets lost or confused. His prerecorded lectures taught me so many concepts that I really struggled to grasp in high school. I HIGHLY recommend taking any course he teaches.
He's the best seriously! I always struggled with math but he really made it easier to understand. I couldn't have had a better professor.
Will Conley is the GOAT. The midterms were very reflective of what we were learning in class.
Nothing was unfairly graded in my opinion and it seemed like the grading was actually done in a way to give the student the highest possible score with the work that was turned in. The homework is a bit more difficult than the worksheets and tests, but this actually helped me to further understand the course material. Conley is extremely nice and always provided resources that allowed us to succeed in Math 31AL. I would 100% recommend him to anyone.
Dr. Conley gives the best lectures. He goes over every question with great detail in office hours and hosts 3-hour review session before each exam. He truly cares about student learning, though his homework sometimes would take a while to finish. 115A struck me as a hard class at first, but I ended up way better than I expected thanks to Conley. I wish he could teach more upper divs in the future! 🥰
If Peter Parker became a math professor. Conley was extremely accommodating with the online learning format. He didn't make live lectures or discussions mandatory, recorded his lectures, etc. He stays over his scheduled office hours time to help out students and even gave a 5 hour review session for the final.
Since this is technically the second time I'm taking this course (I took AP Calc AB in high school but didn't get a 5 on the exam), the course was manageable for me. However, the difference between my high school teacher and Conley is night and day. While my high school teacher wasn't bad, I never felt like I fully grasped the material based on her lectures alone. With Conley, I had a significantly deeper understanding of the material because he explains topics so that you understand them conceptually.
Great professor and great guy, I felt lucky to have him as a professor.
Professor Conley is one of the best teachers I have ever had. If I could take every math class with him I would. He is a very clear speaker and his lectures are very helpful. Homework is completed on Sapling. During COVID he allowed us to have infinite tries on the problems. He assigns challenging questions, but if you go to office hours he can show you how to properly complete them.
His midterms were challenging for me and I failed the first one. But this was because I didn't attend his review session and I didn't spend much time on the provided practice exams. For the 2nd Midterm and Final I went to the review sessions and completed the practice exams. They are very similar to the actual tests. Definitely take advantage of his review sessions. He puts a lot of time into them, sometimes spending 4 hours going over material and answering everyone's questions. He gave us 24 hours to complete the exams. I took about 5 hours on the final because I tend to make silly mistakes but the review sessions and practice tests prepare you well.
Professor Conley allows for 2 grading schemes and chooses whichever one will give you a better grade. Since I did well on the 2nd midterm and final he dropped my 1st midterm (which I failed) and I was able to pull through with an A-. There are also short quizzes every week. I did ok on them, but if you do well you can get a few extra points with them.
If you have the chance to take a math class with Professor Conley definitely do it. He is such a dedicated and approachable teacher. He also showed us his dogs at the end of the final review session, which was nice after 5 hours of reviewing material. If you do not do well in this class it is because you are not taking advantage of all of the resources Mr. Conley provides.
Will Conley (and Artur who taught with him) are quite possible the best professors on the entire campus. I took this course during the pandemic, and they have been so accommodating and understanding of student needs. LS30B is harder than LS30A, but not only does Conley make difficult linear and multi-variable concepts understandable, he also cares so much about student learning and well-being. He's a fantastic lecturer and is so clear with explanations! Only downside was that we had pre-lectures on top of normal lecture, so the workload was more than a usual in-person class; however, the professors allow you to watch at your own pace since its podcasted and drop your lowest assignments. 100% recommend!!!