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Chiaka Drakes
Professor in the Mathematics department
at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
are you Chiaka Drakes?
Overall Quality
3.9
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.9
Clarity
3.9
Easiness
2.4
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40 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/16/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH 310 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A-
"Gives good feedback" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Amazing lectures"

Dr. Drakes is the most clear, straight-forward math professor at SFU. She is very receptive to questions, and her notes are really good. Apparently she offends some people; I think they need to lighten up. Her exams are difficult but fair; she asks theory questions as well as math problems (you have to use words AND numbers)

10/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH152 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

there is a difference between teaching and copying answers to blackboard, and she didn't show it.

09/09/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH310 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

In my opinion, Dr. Drakes is a rude, tactless person. She is an ordinary instructor, definitely better than an average one, but I had no pleasure to return to the classroom.

08/29/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH 310 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

though she went back, she is a joker more than a teacher. her class is recommended for students with joke major ONLY

08/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATHS 310 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B-

Best Prof ever. You cant complain that you didnt do well on exam because it was hard. Its only because you didnt study enough for her exam. She teaches stuff so well and her notes are ever better than text book. Her final was pretty hard but she scaled one grade at the end. She is going back to Barbados. I am definitely gonna miss her class

08/11/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH 310 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher, but has extremely high expectations of students - very, very very difficult exams, homework and quizzes.

07/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math 157 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Her notes are concise and her lectures are lively. If you do the homework and follow her instructions, the exams will not be that hard. HINT: If you do not know how to do a question make a diagram or just put the formula down. She gives you more then 1/2 the marks for the question if you do this.

07/27/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH 310 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Chiaka is awesome. Her notes are concise and her lectures are lively. She will keep you awake with her humour and will encourage questions after every concept she explains. If you do the homework and follow her instructions, the exams will not be that hard. If you walk into the exam unprepared thinking you will do okay, you're gonna have a bad time

06/06/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH 152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Overall average prof. Exams are harder than other math courses I've taken. She refuses to release averages and information about the exams which is annoying. I personally wouldn't recommend her over other math profs.

05/31/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH158 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I miss her FUN lecture! Hard exams but she definitely want you to learn a lot and prepare for the upper level courses! Work hard and you'll be ok! Trust me you'll miss her when you are taking other math courses with boring profs

04/30/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math 100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B-

At first, I was scared to take a math course, but her optimistic personality and encouraging teaching skills gave my hope to stop being afraid of math. Just because the class is hard doesn't mean it's the teacher's fault. She is one of the best math teachers in the school. I would recommend to take classes with her :)!!

04/14/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr.Drakes is quite the amazing individual, incredibly hilarious with her sarcastic remarks that made me actually want to go to class. Midterms, quizzes, and the final were based directly form the text book. BUY THE TEXT BOOK AND DO THE QUESTIONS. If you study/prepare this way you will be guaranteed at least a B+.

04/11/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH 150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A-

Great prof, easy to understand and has clear notes, also friendly. not exactly easy but that's more course based to most people

04/09/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH 158 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Chiaka is hands down the best calculus professor out there. She is highly energetic and genuinely wants her students to learn. Her notes are very clear and she is available for extra help in the math lab. Taking the class with anyone else is a mistake!

03/12/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH 158 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Never never never never take with her. Midterms are very very hard compared to other math session. And she never give the stats of the midterm. The reason might be that the average is very low.

03/11/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH 158 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: C

She is a great professor. Easy to understand, and she's funny so the class is enjoyable. However, her tests are extremely fast so be prepared to memorize questions and the procedures for them rather than understand the process and apply it.

01/18/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math 157 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B-

Dr. Drakes. ohmygod. she is just so amazing I can't even use words that would justify her amazingness. The class itself is a difficult one but she does a good job teaching it, and is SUPER helpful if you ask or go to open lab when she's there.

01/17/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH 157 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Possibly the best math prof in history. Shows great passion for math & ALWAYS encourages questions. Weekly quizzes and midterms were completely fair, no surprises. Her sense of humor makes the class very enjoyable. Final exam was kind of lengthy but fair as well. Her notes are clear & concise and is always around for extra help. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

12/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH157 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Doctor Drakes, oh, Doctor Drakes. She is seriously my favorite human being. Ever. She's clear, entertaining and helpful. Although math is probably one of my least favourite subjects, I go to class. Always. She's just so awesome! Thus far, her midterms have been fair - just a bit more time would have been nice.

11/14/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH 251 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: INC

AVOID AVOID AVOID Inappropriately difficult coursework. Don't take her class unless you are an actual math genious. She is funny and entertaining though.

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