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    Apr 20, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Mr. Budzyn is hard on his students, but fair. He will push you to your utmost limits and your breaking point with an army of wisecracks and homework assignments. Ultimately, however, he will teach you one of the most important lessons that life has to offer: everything in life that truly matters must be earned. If you dedicate yourself in pursuit of a goal, and work hard for it, you can definitely achieve it, but there is no guarantee. Sometimes, you may fail once, twice, or even a thousand times, so the only option will be to pick yourself back up and try harder.

    Course highlights:

    Some highlights of the course included: An 80-problem homework assignment, due the next day. Realizing that a 3-problem pop quiz, with 15 minutes given to complete it, is much more difficult than it sounds. Getting your first "B" on a test after having spent the past month studying; there was a 20% curve. These examples may sound counterproductive to the idea that Mr. Budzyn was a good, fair instructor, but in reality, they are quite the contrary. In AP Calculus, I not only learned how to be a better mathematician, but also how to be a better student (and worker, overall). It was one of the first classes that truly challenged me, teaching me that I needed to dedicate myself hard to my studies, and not just put in long hours, but also focus on what I was working on during those hours. I learned that the little things, like sitting in the front, sitting next to a friendly classmate who knows the material well, and actually visiting the teacher for advice on a lesson all go a long way and are just as important as studying the material. Asking questions about material that you are not clear about, no matter how "dumb" or "basic" they may sound, is important, but so is listening to the answer that is given. It took some time for the material to click in my head, no matter how much time I dedicated to studying or how much I listened in class; this was all mostly due to the sense I had that I could do it all. Mr. Budzyn, through his toughness, taught us that no matter how much we had accomplished before, that if we did not give our all to something, we would not succeed, and this was really driven into me. Once I started following his advice and doing the aforementioned "little things", as well as stepping up in terms of my work ethic, I truly blossomed in the class. Without his constant wisecracks, copious amounts of homework assignments, refusal to move deadlines, and his simultaneous dedication to making sure we were prepared for the real world, I would not have learned three of the most valuable life lesson I have ever gained: 1. Nothing is given, everything is earned 2. Do not lose confidence in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds; anything can be overcome if you want it enough. 3. Coach-ability is one of the greatest traits that we have the capability to possess.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Listen. Do not go in with a chip on your shoulder, or an attitude that you are the biggest thing that this world has ever seen, because more than likely, you aren't. Or at least, not yet. This course will give you the character and the tools to become the best "you" you can be, and it all starts with listening and investing yourself. The "little things", like going to office hours, asking questions, and sitting in the front, are just as essential to reaching success in Calculus as they are in life in general. Soak up all the knowledge you can, and work hard to make your own. Do not let Mr. Budzyn's quips get to you; more than likely, he's only targeting you because he wants you to focus harder on the material. He only wants the best from and for you. In fact, if you let him teach you, you'll learn a lot more than you will ever have hoped to learn. Calculus, with its variety of graphs, derivatives, and equations is both fun and beautiful, but you must keep up with your studies in order to truly appreciate this. Deadlines are real here, just as real as they will be today or tomorrow when you begin college or your first job,

    • Spring 2014
    • victorbudzyn
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours
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    Nov 30, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The course itself is inspiring, and it promotes higher level of thinking as well as different methods of thinking. The course itself is hard, but if you practice you can't fail! AP Calculus was the greatest math class because it all made sense on a logical level for me, a student who has struggled with math since freshman year.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight was definitely it all making sense as well as the open lectures and atmosphere in class. I learned so much about myself in this course, like that I could do multiple equations in my head as I got faster at it.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely study!!! There is no way to learn math without practicing some of it first. Pay attention, it'll make the difference between an A and a C in the course. Overall, if you try your hardest and dedicate about 1 hour every other day to this course you should get an A.

    • Fall 2015
    • victorbudzyn
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    Nov 30, 2015
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this calculus class to those who enjoy mathematics and are willing to put in a lot of time and effort in order to do well in the course

    Course highlights:

    A highlight for me was when I began to take the class seriously and began to see an improvement in my grade.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would tell students considering this course to really make it a priority because if you don't do the homework or practice, then your grade will show it.

    • Fall 2015
    • victorbudzyn
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours

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