Yevgenya Shevtsov
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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: N/A
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Feb. 18, 2022

do not take this class. very difficult material and professor is hard to understand.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
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June 19, 2022

I took this class in the winter and it was by far the most unpleasant teaching experience I have had thus far. The class material is rather confusing on its own and in conjunction to her teaching style, it was even worse. I took this class when there was a mandatory lockdown and for the first four weeks, our classes were held on zoom. These four weeks were misery. The professor would have 7 slides on average each session with one or two pictures on them and no words or written work. We would, for literally 1 hour and 15 minutes stare stare a schematic of chaos while she talked the whole time. When we went back in person, it was much better since they would use the whiteboard to go through concepts, however it was sometimes hard to hear her, so sit in the front. The labs in this class were also very confusing and a large step from what you saw in 30A. So be prepared to work with your groups or TAs or literally anyone else in the class because the coding in this class is just thrown at you for and hour and 50 minutes and never spoken of again. The professor also assigns a large amount of work. We had more homework problems than the other 30B classes with different professors. We also, going into finals week, had around 46 questions of HW (with multiple parts for each) and a capstone project, both of which took forever to complete. And that was in addition to the studying and work you had for your other classes. The homework in this class also involves coding problems which was something that other classes rarely had on their homework. I would not say she is the worse lecturer, but she is very close. She rarely would expound on some concepts and would just assume you would read the textbook. Part of the problem is, I think, is that she was one of the leading authors of the textbook. This means that everything that she could possibly say or want to say is IN the textbook. So, she probably felt she did not ever really need to explain concepts. However, perusing textbooks to learn math is very difficult for many in addition to being ineffective. The first midterm was okay, there is an individual and group portion, the latter being more difficult obviously. She also gave previous midterms to help you practice, however they did not really resemble the actual midterm. The final was outright egregious, there was also a mistake on the test. When multiple people asked on Campuswire if there was a mistake, the TA literally told us, with great confidence, that there was no mistake, despite the fact that there in fact was (they later confirmed this). The final was very hard and did not reflect the type of learning we had done in the previous weeks. If you asked me five weeks into the quarter, ten weeks into the quarter, or even after the quarter ended what I learned in the class, I would give you the same answer: nothing. However, this class is probably easier than the other math series so if you are an LS major, then just bite the bullet, your GPA will thank you.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
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Dec. 29, 2020

This class is manageable. Class structure is lecture on Thursday and Q&A on Tuesday. Jane is a really nice person. She’s interested in interacting with her students and she was very considerate of her students.

The lectures are somewhat slow. Also, every Thursday she assigns a horrific amount of videos for you to watch. Learning from about five to eight 15-40 minute videos every week is not ideal, but this class could be much worse.

Homework and notes are assigned everyday Thursday and due the following Thursday. They’re all graded on completion, so don’t worry. There’s a weekly quiz, but it’s not that bad because you get three tries and unlimited time. Labs are somewhat difficult, but I had the best TA ever (John), so I got the help I needed.

The midterm and final weren’t bad because it was open note for 24 hours. The tests are very similar to LS 30A tests. However, I wouldn’t have been able to get an A on the tests if they weren’t open note, so I’m glad I took this class online. We also had a group project instead of a second midterm. Project was fine and you can ask the TA’s for help.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
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Dec. 18, 2020

If you take 30A and 30B-do it with Dr. Jane! She is a really helpful professor. During covid, she made herself available for extra help and office hours more than any other professor. She genuinely wants you to learn and understand the material. She gave us a PDF of the textbook -which she wrote herself- and it's a useful addition to her lectures. The homework felt like busywork sometimes, but come exam time, I was happy to have had all the extra practice. I disliked the pre-class videos each week because they were so long, but otherwise her lectures were worthwhile. She also picks stellar TA's who are very knowledgeable about writing code.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
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July 26, 2020

Professor Shevtsov is a great professor. I took this class when quarantine started, so there was a bit of an adjustment period for online classes, and Prof Shevtsov was very understanding and accommodating. She's really helpful during lecture, answers questions clearly, and is thorough in her explanations. Lectures can be slow sometimes, but that was because she went through each problem step by step to make sure everyone understood the process and how to do it. She's also one of the people who wrote the textbook, and it is clear that she is passionate about what she teaches!
Compared to 30A, 30B is pretty similar in terms of class logistics but more difficult in content overall. If you did well in 30A, then 30B shouldn't be too bad.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A+
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Feb. 1, 2022

Dr. Jane is wonderful! The topics covered in LS30B are a bit more complicated than concepts in LS30A, especially when you get to chaos. Labs aren't too difficult as long as you remember the stuff you learned in LS30A (you can always go back and read your old CoCalc files anyways). The class structure is interesting but I feel like it works; one lecture a week introduces new content and the other lecture is a Q&A session for clarification. Homework isn't too bad, most of the time I completed it the day it was due (do not recommend). The midterm and final exam were both online over a 24-hour period, so there was plenty of time to complete the work. The exams weren't bad at all, I felt like they were fair but challenging. Overall, the class isn't difficult as long as you do the homework. Minimal work is required outside of the homework. Dr. Jane hosts study sessions for the exams that are very helpful, so please go to them if you'd like to do well on the tests!

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
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Jan. 10, 2022

EDIT: I had this review in drafts for about a year, and didn't realize that I forgot to post it

Overall, I really enjoyed LS30B with Dr. Shevtsov. Let me preface by saying that I did coding in high school. I enjoyed LS30A and B labs quite a bit, any though admittedly, SageMath is a tad annoying, even if you already know Python. I also still sometimes do single digit addition and subtraction by counting with my fingers, so if I could do well in a math class, I wager anyone could.

Grades were, I think, very fairly calculated. We had pretty low stakes midterms and finals with a final project at the very end. We had the chance to make up 50% of the points we lost in the midterm, and there was a decent amount of extra credit to help pad out any points lost. The final project was also very generously graded (my project was absolutely awful, and our groups still managed to do well).

Exams were 24 hour, short answer exams. While I do believe they were decently challenging (especially the final), the questions still felt fair, they were just more challenging than examples we had in class. I personally didn't do spectacular on either exam, but because neither exam made an overwhelming part of your grade, I still managed to pull away with an A. Labs were challenging, but doable since we had a week to solve all the lab questions (I finished most of my labs during lab section itself). Some labs were definitely more irritating than others, but I never had a lab that I felt was impossible.

I really think Shevtsov was a great lecturer. She really took time to throughly explain the hard to understand concepts of LS30B. Because we were assigned videos before lecture that went over the basics of the concepts we'd go over in lecture, Shevtsov had more time to go over harder to understand elements of the course's mathematical concepts. This may be subjective, but the way she explained concepts just made sense to me, she really allowed me to visualize and understand what certain equations and concepts do, along with what implications they may have on a system. She was very quick responding to emails, she agreed to look over my group's final project before we turned it in (which keep in mind was Friday of Final's Week). She definitely gave us the resources necessary to succeed.

Overall, 8.5/10 class, would take again.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A+
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Sept. 26, 2021

Jane is super sweet and funny. She is the only professor that genuinely made an effort to help students get to know each other during covid that I had. The group project was really fun and interesting. The tests were quite easy if you payed attention to what she said.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: N/A
Feb. 18, 2022

do not take this class. very difficult material and professor is hard to understand.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
June 19, 2022

I took this class in the winter and it was by far the most unpleasant teaching experience I have had thus far. The class material is rather confusing on its own and in conjunction to her teaching style, it was even worse. I took this class when there was a mandatory lockdown and for the first four weeks, our classes were held on zoom. These four weeks were misery. The professor would have 7 slides on average each session with one or two pictures on them and no words or written work. We would, for literally 1 hour and 15 minutes stare stare a schematic of chaos while she talked the whole time. When we went back in person, it was much better since they would use the whiteboard to go through concepts, however it was sometimes hard to hear her, so sit in the front. The labs in this class were also very confusing and a large step from what you saw in 30A. So be prepared to work with your groups or TAs or literally anyone else in the class because the coding in this class is just thrown at you for and hour and 50 minutes and never spoken of again. The professor also assigns a large amount of work. We had more homework problems than the other 30B classes with different professors. We also, going into finals week, had around 46 questions of HW (with multiple parts for each) and a capstone project, both of which took forever to complete. And that was in addition to the studying and work you had for your other classes. The homework in this class also involves coding problems which was something that other classes rarely had on their homework. I would not say she is the worse lecturer, but she is very close. She rarely would expound on some concepts and would just assume you would read the textbook. Part of the problem is, I think, is that she was one of the leading authors of the textbook. This means that everything that she could possibly say or want to say is IN the textbook. So, she probably felt she did not ever really need to explain concepts. However, perusing textbooks to learn math is very difficult for many in addition to being ineffective. The first midterm was okay, there is an individual and group portion, the latter being more difficult obviously. She also gave previous midterms to help you practice, however they did not really resemble the actual midterm. The final was outright egregious, there was also a mistake on the test. When multiple people asked on Campuswire if there was a mistake, the TA literally told us, with great confidence, that there was no mistake, despite the fact that there in fact was (they later confirmed this). The final was very hard and did not reflect the type of learning we had done in the previous weeks. If you asked me five weeks into the quarter, ten weeks into the quarter, or even after the quarter ended what I learned in the class, I would give you the same answer: nothing. However, this class is probably easier than the other math series so if you are an LS major, then just bite the bullet, your GPA will thank you.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
Dec. 29, 2020

This class is manageable. Class structure is lecture on Thursday and Q&A on Tuesday. Jane is a really nice person. She’s interested in interacting with her students and she was very considerate of her students.

The lectures are somewhat slow. Also, every Thursday she assigns a horrific amount of videos for you to watch. Learning from about five to eight 15-40 minute videos every week is not ideal, but this class could be much worse.

Homework and notes are assigned everyday Thursday and due the following Thursday. They’re all graded on completion, so don’t worry. There’s a weekly quiz, but it’s not that bad because you get three tries and unlimited time. Labs are somewhat difficult, but I had the best TA ever (John), so I got the help I needed.

The midterm and final weren’t bad because it was open note for 24 hours. The tests are very similar to LS 30A tests. However, I wouldn’t have been able to get an A on the tests if they weren’t open note, so I’m glad I took this class online. We also had a group project instead of a second midterm. Project was fine and you can ask the TA’s for help.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
Dec. 18, 2020

If you take 30A and 30B-do it with Dr. Jane! She is a really helpful professor. During covid, she made herself available for extra help and office hours more than any other professor. She genuinely wants you to learn and understand the material. She gave us a PDF of the textbook -which she wrote herself- and it's a useful addition to her lectures. The homework felt like busywork sometimes, but come exam time, I was happy to have had all the extra practice. I disliked the pre-class videos each week because they were so long, but otherwise her lectures were worthwhile. She also picks stellar TA's who are very knowledgeable about writing code.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
July 26, 2020

Professor Shevtsov is a great professor. I took this class when quarantine started, so there was a bit of an adjustment period for online classes, and Prof Shevtsov was very understanding and accommodating. She's really helpful during lecture, answers questions clearly, and is thorough in her explanations. Lectures can be slow sometimes, but that was because she went through each problem step by step to make sure everyone understood the process and how to do it. She's also one of the people who wrote the textbook, and it is clear that she is passionate about what she teaches!
Compared to 30A, 30B is pretty similar in terms of class logistics but more difficult in content overall. If you did well in 30A, then 30B shouldn't be too bad.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A+
Feb. 1, 2022

Dr. Jane is wonderful! The topics covered in LS30B are a bit more complicated than concepts in LS30A, especially when you get to chaos. Labs aren't too difficult as long as you remember the stuff you learned in LS30A (you can always go back and read your old CoCalc files anyways). The class structure is interesting but I feel like it works; one lecture a week introduces new content and the other lecture is a Q&A session for clarification. Homework isn't too bad, most of the time I completed it the day it was due (do not recommend). The midterm and final exam were both online over a 24-hour period, so there was plenty of time to complete the work. The exams weren't bad at all, I felt like they were fair but challenging. Overall, the class isn't difficult as long as you do the homework. Minimal work is required outside of the homework. Dr. Jane hosts study sessions for the exams that are very helpful, so please go to them if you'd like to do well on the tests!

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Jan. 10, 2022

EDIT: I had this review in drafts for about a year, and didn't realize that I forgot to post it

Overall, I really enjoyed LS30B with Dr. Shevtsov. Let me preface by saying that I did coding in high school. I enjoyed LS30A and B labs quite a bit, any though admittedly, SageMath is a tad annoying, even if you already know Python. I also still sometimes do single digit addition and subtraction by counting with my fingers, so if I could do well in a math class, I wager anyone could.

Grades were, I think, very fairly calculated. We had pretty low stakes midterms and finals with a final project at the very end. We had the chance to make up 50% of the points we lost in the midterm, and there was a decent amount of extra credit to help pad out any points lost. The final project was also very generously graded (my project was absolutely awful, and our groups still managed to do well).

Exams were 24 hour, short answer exams. While I do believe they were decently challenging (especially the final), the questions still felt fair, they were just more challenging than examples we had in class. I personally didn't do spectacular on either exam, but because neither exam made an overwhelming part of your grade, I still managed to pull away with an A. Labs were challenging, but doable since we had a week to solve all the lab questions (I finished most of my labs during lab section itself). Some labs were definitely more irritating than others, but I never had a lab that I felt was impossible.

I really think Shevtsov was a great lecturer. She really took time to throughly explain the hard to understand concepts of LS30B. Because we were assigned videos before lecture that went over the basics of the concepts we'd go over in lecture, Shevtsov had more time to go over harder to understand elements of the course's mathematical concepts. This may be subjective, but the way she explained concepts just made sense to me, she really allowed me to visualize and understand what certain equations and concepts do, along with what implications they may have on a system. She was very quick responding to emails, she agreed to look over my group's final project before we turned it in (which keep in mind was Friday of Final's Week). She definitely gave us the resources necessary to succeed.

Overall, 8.5/10 class, would take again.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A+
Sept. 26, 2021

Jane is super sweet and funny. She is the only professor that genuinely made an effort to help students get to know each other during covid that I had. The group project was really fun and interesting. The tests were quite easy if you payed attention to what she said.

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3.7
Overall Rating
Based on 11 Users
Easiness 3.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.8 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.9 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.5 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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