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    Feb 26, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    For me, this was a required class as one of the pre reqs for my major. I'm being completely honest when I say this was the HARDEST class I ever took. It's not for the faint of heart. If it's not a required course for you and you're thinking about taking it, I'd listen to the rest of this. This class requires a lot of work. There is a lot of homework and it's definitely not easy. Most of the homework is harder than what you learn in class, so unless you've taken the class before, you will need to read the textbook, go to study sessions, or go to office hours for extra help. It's a very analytical kind of math that gets very complicated. The reason I do recommend this class though, is that it really opened my perspective to new ways of thinking and studying. I really had to change my typical habits to accommodate for this class. I don't "strongly recommend" because it is a very tough class, and it definitely kicked my butt, so I think anyone who isn't required to take this class and is thinking about it, should really think about if it's worth it. It is likely to affect your GPA negatively if you don't put in your best effort. The lectures are really just a couple example problems, with little to no explanation. You are expected to read the textbook and understand the concepts on your own. Dr. Pezzoli strongly believes in struggling through problems on your own, and offers very limited help. She also gives harder problems on tests and homework, than she does in class so I highly recommend going over past exams and going to review sessions. They will be your lifesavers!

    Course highlights:

    Honestly, for me, this class was a nightmare and I couldn't wait for it to be over. It kicked my butt. It was a whole new way of thinking for me and it took time to adjust. Time I didn't have. I do think it definitely opened my eyes to changing certain habits and forcing me to look at things with a new perspective. It also showed me that you can't just skate by in all your classes. I had been so used to getting all A's with barely any work, and if you think that will be you in this class, think again.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study study study! You will not pass this class if you don't put in extra time outside of lectures and quiz sections. You may think you have it all nailed from what you do in class, but it is much harder on the exams and homework. I strongly recommend going to tutoring and review sessions. They were my lifesavers. Dr. Pezzoli was not very good at explaining the concepts, if she even bothered to at all, so going to get help from graduates students who had been in the class before was one of the most helpful tools. I also highly recommend finding websites that offer step by step solutions to your problems. I found that if I could see it solved the right way, I use it as a guideline for the rest of my problems and just tweek a few things here and there to fit each individual problem.

    • Winter 2017
    • Elena Pezzoli
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Meetings Outside of Class
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    Feb 22, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Toro was a fairly good teacher. She knew what she was talking about and moved at a reasonable pace. She was more than happy to answer questions, and got to know some of the students, which was nice. The only downside was sometimes, if left uninterrupted, she may start to drone. Overall a solid class though.

    Course highlights:

    Highlights of the course, for me, definitely came from working one on one with Toro. When not in a lecture context, she is very very efficient at communicating and making sure you're following along. There were plenty of times, after working with her, she just let me take her notes as a study guide, which was incredibly useful.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make use of the math study center! People there are always willing to help, and it's useful to have multiple people working on the same problem. Also your TA's office hours. And make sure to talk to Toro one on one, if you have the chance.

    • Fall 2016
    • tatianatoro
    • Math-heavy Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Nov 30, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I came into class knowing a lot about calculus and having taken 2 years of it in high school. If I didn't have that, I definitely would be struggling a lot more. The material isn't too difficult and lot of it is intuitive but it's also a lot of material in not a lot of time. It's helpful to organize your thoughts everyday after lecture and attend quiz section! The homework is also way harder than the tests will ever be so don't get discouraged.

    Course highlights:

    I solidified a lot of concepts I already knew. None of it was new material for me. It's a good refresher course but not a great first time with calculus class because it is so quick and nuanced.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    REVIEW YOUR NOTES AFTER CLASS. Make sure the day you learn something that you try the homework and make sure you get the big picture of what the heck calculus is all about. It's easy to keep your head down and just barrel through the class but the concepts won't connect or make sense to you the way they need to. Also definitely attend quiz section because there are some problems that make no sense that will be explained to you.

    • Fall 2016
    • Drusvyatskiy
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours

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