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Judith Challinger
Professor in the Computer Science department
at California State University Chico, Chico, CA
are you Judith Challinger?
Overall Quality
1.8
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
1.7
Clarity
1.9
Easiness
1.8
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09/01/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CSCI311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

What you would expect of a Computer Science professor. Despite getting a C, I found her more than helpful, in both advising and teaching. Gives VERY hard tests, but provides the material to succeed if you take the time to study. You'll pass if you know what you're doing.

04/21/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CSCI311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Tough grader, but she knows what she's talking about. Professional and succinct. She expects a solid understanding of terminology and materials. A solid foundation in programming is recommended before attempting this course.

02/05/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCI 311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

People considering taking this class read all of these comments to prepare yourself for this class. I assure you all of them are 100% true. She never interacts with the class or gives visual examples, she reads off of her slides thats it. The exams are not code based they are pseudo code based. Be prepared to teach yourself all topics. Best of luck

01/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCI 311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

One of the worst teachers I have ever had in my life. I spent hours and hours working on assignments only to recieve zeros on them. She basically stands up and reads directly from the textbook during lecture. When you ask her questions in office hours she takes you as an idiot and asks 'did you read' and 'we went over this'. Terrible CLass.

01/02/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCI 311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Horrible, you will be shocked with her teaching style. Thank god I passed.

12/10/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
CINS 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I agree with the comment below: She doesn't teach. Class materials were online tutorials. Test questions written ambiguously and some had mistakes. Considering this is an entry-level class, I was disappointed that she gave explanations as if the students already had an intuitive grasp of programming. Didn't engage students at all in lectures.

10/11/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
cins110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

doesnt teach. everything I learned I taught myself

04/30/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CSCI 551 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I don't understand all the comments here. I thought she was pretty nice. Helpful outside of class. Tests require studying like any class. I put in mediocore effort and will likely pass with a B. What more can you expect Chico?

04/22/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CSCI551 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Hit and miss. Some days she seemed friendly and willing to help. Other days she would just get annoyed and say to figure it out on your own. I'm sure its because she doesn't enjoy teaching students that don't appreciate her hard work. She needs to be a bit easier on grading though. I understood the material and still got low marks.

04/09/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CSCI 551 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Terrible. Just terrible. I'm not sure which she is worse at; advising or teaching. Pretty useless at both. She is not explicit about requirements and decides them AFTER the assignment is due. I'm convinced that the only reason myself and others passed is because she was too lazy to actually grade the final project, and so just gave everyone 100%.

06/01/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCI221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Make sure to do ALL of the lab assignments and programs, which aren't too difficult because her tests are INSANELY difficult. I got an F and two D's on the midterms and final and managed to pass with a C ONLY because I did all of the homework and labs. She is completely unforgiving when it comes to grading!

07/21/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCI221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The bane of the computer science department. let me warn you now. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. This lady dont know anything about computer science(she cant even operate the projector) Shes always angry, a pitiful advisor. and when you ask for help she will tell you how she thinks u could approach the problem, then on grading she denies it and marks u down.

05/11/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCI221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She isn't a teacher, she just reads off notes that she copy/pasted from the ancient book the course is based on. She give almost no partial credit, so if you don't do it her way, you're wrong. Any question you ask will result in one of 3 answers: "Its in the book," "Google it," or "Check Appendix B." She is useless. Avoid her at all costs!

05/09/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
csci221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

(Diabolical-5 out of 5), Beware... this class does not need to be difficult, but she makes it so. Her attitude is difficult. Usually Im not too harsh on my professors, but this time I feel compelled to warn others. DO NOT take this class at CSU Chico, go to Butte CC. I should have done the same.

04/25/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CSCI217 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Challinger is incredibly condescending and hypocritical. She will miss multiple classes and refuse to discuss any material you miss should YOU miss a single class. The text is infinitely more helpful than she is. If you enjoy computer science, be warned: she can completely ruin it for you.

01/26/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
csci221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I took her for assembly language. If you going to ask her a question just punch yourself in the face and sit back down. it will probably help you out more than if you went and asked her.

12/19/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CSCI566 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very confusing. She's very nice, but you really have to go out of your way like crazy in order to get anything out of her material wise. I don't think she doesn't care, I mean despite what people have said, she will answer your questions if you're specific enough and show that you've tried everywhere else, but come on. That usually doesn't work.

11/01/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Csci221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Abandon all hope ye who enter. terrible terrible terrible

11/03/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
csci102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Not really a good class to take for GE. There are better ones. Attendance is mandatory and part of your grade. You do weekly journals and participate in a debate and a few very short presentations. Lectures are very boring. Everything is read off of websites she made. No textbook required and everything is online. No final. Easy, but tedious.

04/21/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
csci221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

the comment before this one was obviously writen by challenger herself. i work my ass off in this class, and got a D. she cant teach, lazy lazy lectures. talk about horses with her if you want to get on her good side. the book is horrible.

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