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Professor Margaret Smoller
Wayne State University
Overall F
1 ratings,  [AVG: 60 min, 37 sec]
Workload: Responsible Grading: -

Enjoys Teaching A Arrogance: None
Speaks & Writes Clearly C- Respect for Students: High
Sensible Lectures C- Appreciates Creativity: Some
Organized course C- Student Feedback is: Considered
Instructor Effort B
Mostly "concepts"
Grading System:
Course Requirements:
Assignment Instructions
Exam Design:
Badly written
Exam Coverage:
Unknown or Unclear
Grades Reflect:
Just did the work
Final Grade Verification:
Monitors students
Gets class involved B
Competent with material C-
Friendly/Sociable A
Adds to content A-
This instructor is:



Overall: F
The class follows a book that assumes that you already have a basic understanding of derivatives.  It is very confusing at times,and is hard to follow and understand.  It is very theoretical and it seems that it has a lot of information just to fill the book.  There is not enough explanation of the actual strategies that you would need to use in real life.

The book is too theoretical to the point where it becomes hard to understand and follow.

The course was very fast and very confuse.

Every chapter has very little to do with every other chapter.  The book is stuffed with a lot of information that doesn't really get you to learn certain strategies that you can follow in real life.  It is far from being what I expected.  Waisted time and money.

After each class session we used to ask each other if anybody understood the concept that has just been explained.  Every colleague I talked to said that he is more confused than before the class.  Many people expressed their fear of failing.

I spent money and time to get knowledge in a subject that interested me.  I certainly didn't hope to pay so much money to get this mess in exchange.

Should do to do well...
Didn't have a chance to understand the concept through simulation.  Being a derivatives class normally it helps to get the mechanics through practice (homework that will help you assimilate the material easier, not just calculating some numbers) however this is not done, so make sure you really understand what the calculation for the final writeup mean, otherwise you will get to end and have to write the paper and have no clue what to do and why your portfolio is the way it is. 
Should know...
Take a look at the book before the class starts.  There is a lot of reading during the semester that you have to do, and if it seems to you that there is a lot of garbage and no substance to the book, do not take the class.  The teacher follows the book and she is just as confuse as the book is.  The book contains separate chunks of information that you will hope that if you miss something you will get it later, but that is not the case. 
Student Competency: Beginner
Student's Grade: A
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