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Roy Simpson
Professor in the Mathematics department
at Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, CA
Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
C-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
3.9
Easiness
2.2
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0
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77 Student Ratings
4 Professor's Notes
Rating Class Comment
01/06/2015
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 400 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: WD
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

He's not the greatest teacher and it is so difficult to do well in the this class. I studied hard and even went to tutoring but still could not make it.

01/02/2015
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
401 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Amazing lectures" "Tests are tough" "There for you"

He is a really great professor. Granted his tests are more difficult than your average professor. However, if you want to transfer to a CSU or UC, don't take an easy professor (sure you will get a better GPA, but that won't help when you take upper division classes). His tests are difficult, but fair. I thought it was consistent with our hw.

12/24/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math 401 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: D

He uses Webassign for online homework, which was confusing. Then when you take the exams the problems look way different than the online problems so you crash and burn.

12/23/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 400 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: F
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

Not the best for Calc 1. Test were hard and lectures confusing. I would not recommend him.

12/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 370 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Gives good feedback" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Tough Grader"

Professor Simpson is super passionate about Mathematics. Amazing lectures. He makes coffeewhatever he is drinking that morning look really good. Helpfulness: 100,infinity) Clarity:100, infinity) Easiness: DNE

12/20/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
13891 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Clear grading criteria" "Skip class? You won't pass." "There for you"

Great teacher. Prompt responses to questions. The homework are mostly done on WebAssign - a very helpful tool. Exams are difficult, but if you finish all the assignments he provides, you will certainly pass the exams and even get good grades on them. It's a 5 units' course so TONS of materials to digest. Be prepare to spend TIME to study hard!

12/19/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH370 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Amazing lectures"

Professor Roy Simpson is probably the best math lecturer ever, really clear, concise, and straight forward. He is extremely passionate about math, therefore he helps students, challenges student, and gets you prepared for the next level. Although, his exams are really difficult you have to really work hard for what you deserve. Final werent as hard

12/11/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Calc Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

I have always enjoyed math in the past but I don't like the way Simpson teachers.I was planning to transfer but now I am going to have to repeat which is very frustrating .

12/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 401 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long" "Tough Grader" "Tests are tough"

He's not a bad person just not a good teacher for calc. 2 At times I was confused and the he seemed to not know what to do . I would not recommend and he grades hard.

12/01/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math 401 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tough Grader" "Tests are tough"

He is a good teacher. The resources he provides with the online homework is limitless. More than enough for you to pass. Or even get an A. But a VERY tough grader. To me at least. Try to provide as much information on your work as possible. You would be fine. But the online homework website provides more than enough info in order to do well

11/26/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 401 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Tough Grader"

Too much emphasis on technology and too little teaching of the concepts for an upper level class. The class is not online but homework is online. He is a poor teacher that relies on technology to teach the class.

11/21/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math 335 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Tests are tough" "Would take again" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Took him a while ago for trig. Very open to questions. Very passionate about his work. If you are making a real effort to pass the class, then you will pass his class. His class is challenging the way all classes should be. Easy to talk to and I learned a lot. Prepared me very well for pre-cal and then some.

11/19/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math 401 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "There for you" "Pop quiz master"

Professor Simpson is great. Super down to earth guy. The material in this course is dense. He does a very good job of explaining it & giving alternate ways of thinking about the concepts. He listens to students and will change practices that aren't working to ensure success. He makes himself extremely available, is always online to take questions.

11/16/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 401 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Lectures are long" "Tests are tough"

Do not take this professor! Homework is online, but is very different from exams, making it hard to pass. I put a lot of time in on the class, but still not doing well. His teaching sucks!

11/12/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
335 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: WD

Do not take this professor! at least NOT FOR TRIG class. He goes by too fast and all he talks about is about Pre-Cal or Cal 1. If you're new to Trig you'll be LOST in this class since this professor is too concern about teaching you pre calculus and not trig. EXAMS ARE DIFFICULT!! and all homework is online.

09/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math 401 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Clear grading criteria" "Would take again"

I had Professor Simpson for Calc one and I am taking him again currently in Calc two. He has CLEAR expectations of his students and is NOT unreasonable. His tests are not that hard I always felt the homework was harder. His tests will show if you did the homework and showed up so if you skip class and don't try you will NOT pass.

08/13/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH 400 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Really nice guy.However his tests are extremely difficult.He said during the semester he was going to switch how he will approach teaching math, as if we and previous classes were his "test dummy's (for a lack of a better phrase).My self esteem in math went low.I took Stewart in the summer and though she is also hard,she is more better/experienced.

06/22/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 400 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The class is not online but the homework is online with webassign. The online homework is very different from the problems on exams which makes it tough to do well. He also has a big ego which interferes with trying to concentrate on the concepts at times.

06/13/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 400 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The class is very difficult and it did not seem like he wanted to take the time to answer questions when I was confused during lecture. His exams are also very different than the homework so it is hard to succeed in the course.

05/27/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH120 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Do not take this professor! Only three people passed this class with a C. No A's or B's. Makes his exams way more complicated than they should be. Assumes you know everything.

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Posted on: 05/13/14
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I make no illusions about the fact that I have high standards. A college degree is for the dedicated and is a statement to future employers that you have the persistence and critical thinking skills to be a major asset. If you can do no more than mimic formulas without introducing a shred of original thought, then you're done in college.

Posted on: 05/27/14
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Regarding comment on 5/27: The rater is absolutely correct - only 3 of the 11 students passed; however, this course was a TV course (which traditionally have VERY low pass rates due to low attendance). The traditional course taught in the same semester with the same scoring system had 11 out of 17 pass. As for the exams, they are college level.

Posted on: 06/16/14
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Re 6/13 comment: Math 400 is understandably a tough course for many students. Every meeting, I made sure to ask for hw questions and I constantly stopped to clarify concepts and respond to questions. The exams were actually at a difficulty level below the homework! Finally, why would I ever use hw questions on an exam? You've already done the hw.

Posted on: 06/23/14
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Re 6/22 comment: I admit I can come off as self-absorbed. Since that gets in the way of learning, I will make a stronger effort to change - I apologize. You mention that the hw is online, but I did online hw for Math 400 only once (and that was a while ago). The grades from THAT class were stellar - probably the highest class averages I've seen.

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