This class was tough.
Course Overview:
The coursework is manageable and the professor is always willing to help solve a difficult equation or extend the deadline for assignments. I entered this course with a worried mind since math is not my best subject. However, I left the course at the end of the semester with a stronger sense of confidence in learning math and happy with my progress. I was surprised to see that the professor would respond to my e-mails about a math problem with a clear answer and photographed a paper with her work and calculations. She also provided very helpful tips in order to memorize formulas and solve complicated questions.
Course highlights:
At the beginning of the semester, the professor provided a video that discussed the importance of learning trigonometry for future careers. Coincidentally, the video had the example of architects (my career path of choice) in order to show how trigonometry is used in real situations. As mentioned, I was worried about taking a medium-to-high level math course but was very pleased to have passed the class with an A. While the Final Exam was prepared by another professor, I was very pleased in receiving a score of a B, which showed me that my professor was interested in both helping her students learn while also keeping up with the coursework. Another very useful resource of the course were the exam reviews that were held by different Trigonometry professors on the weekend before an assigned exam. This class felt difficult to me since I had a hard time concentrating on my homework, especially since I've never been very keen in math-focused subjects. But the support provided really helped me to learn and even made me like math a little.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Since the professor seems busy even during office hours, I would suggest to email her with a picture of the equation or math question that is giving you trouble. She responds quickly and shows how she got the calculations. I also advise students to begin the online assignments as quickly as possible (perhaps before the class of that lesson in order to ask questions), especially because the points accumulate and can really bring up your grade. And do all of the offline homework assignments, because those are really heavy on your grade. The professor is also willing to help to do those. The best way to learn math is through plenty of practice and, therefore, a lot of mistakes. So, if you are like me and don't really enjoy math, just remember that giving it your best will show to the professor that you care, even if you don't get the highest grades. :)
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Outstanding professor! Her lectures are easy to follow as she breaks things down to their basics and performs the steps on the board for a couple practice problems for the class to follow along. She does a great job at offering herself as a source of help for students in this course. She responds to emails quickly and is quite lenient with homework deadlines.
Course highlights:
I was able to discover that math can be interesting and fun. This professor has a wonderful attitude. I also found that I study best by looking for intricate questions I can ask the professor. I never thought studying triangles could be so stimulating but the amount of ways I learned to interpret them really opened my mind.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Study ahead of time! There are many questions about rules applying to particular situations that you can ask and get clarified before the test! It is difficult to study a couple days before the test because there may not be a chance for questions to be asked. Practice is very important! Many problems are a test of experience.