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Sarah McMains
Professor in the Engineering department
at University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
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Overall Quality
2.2
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.0
Clarity
2.3
Easiness
2.3
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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24 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
05/02/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
E28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Not well organized and the class is a ton more work than it should be. Ridiculous homework assignments and lab assignments are also assigned. Overall, just not a good professor.

02/25/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
E 28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Assigns a ton of work. Homework can range from 5 to 9 hours a week, and the labs often go over the 3 hours allotted. She will actually give a lab assignment (ie: lab is not time to work on the homework). Project was very unorganized and took a lot of time to sort through. Her assignments are not very clear and its difficult to know what she wants.

02/15/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENG 28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Her assignments take forever to complete. Really loves taking points off in exams & HWs. Also, spent way too much time discussing minor details and breezed through important stuff. Extremely paranoid and asked too much of stuff to turn in just to prove you had been working on the project every week. Highly recommend avoiding this professor.

12/23/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ME101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

WORST PROFESSOR EVER! Lectures were dry, inconsistent and incomprehensible. She is extremely paranoid, doesn't post hwk solutions online thinking future students will cheat. Only dishonest people like her can doubt others honesty. Extremely anal about everything and has a terrible grading scheme. Stay away from this freak at all costs!

07/24/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
E28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Class was very very hard. Homework takes forever (some assignments took over 10 hours, while most assignments averaged about 5 hours of work). The most painful tests I have ever taken in my life; test averages were all around 50-60%. Prof is okay, but is an extremely hard grader. Wait for another professor. You'll thank me.

10/02/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
E28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Lectures were pretty interesting and for the most part useful. HW wasn't too bad, just go to OH if you need help. Midterms were hard. Most of the questions came out of nowhere (definitely not representative of the hw questions). Do the past midterm/finals

05/16/2007
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
E28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She's OK professor. She's pretty clear and I like her slides, but there were several times that she didn't cover enough materials for our hw assignments which left us confused and frustrated. I tried to use book, but it wasn't helpful.

05/06/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
e28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Darth McMains. Homeworks took way too long. Did not inform us on how to do required material, extremely long midterms. All around poor teacher. Take it with any other professor. She is also extremely stingy when it comes to any kind of grading.

09/09/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ME101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

These sophomores didn't like her, but if you're really studying to be an engineer or are a grad student, she's fine. she does her best with boring material and she's always there to help you out. And come on! this is Engineering school. who cares if the professor is hot? Jeez

09/07/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
E28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Awesome prof.

09/04/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
e28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

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07/06/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG 28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is incredibly horrible teacher. She was my first engineering teacher and I tell you I wanted to drop out. Long homework assignments that were not explained how to do in class and scrutinized in grading. Meticulous and Absurd. Take Lieu if you need to take this class. Avoid McMains.

06/30/2005
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
e28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

material is straight out of the book and cd, her lecture slides are straightforward, pretty easy to learn. but she is totally anal on the homework and midterms and must be careful on every tiny detail

05/14/2005
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
E 28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Forced to go to lecture through PRS, brutal because they were at 8am (a tradition, I hear). However, I never read a page of the book but understood all of the material and doing pretty well on exams-- largely through staying awake during her lectures. Which aren't too engaging, c'est la vie.

04/26/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
E28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

mcmains can easily be made fun of as Harry Potter, the Glad commercial lady, and just a straight up nightmare. the GSI's did not like her when i was in the class because she forced us to be absurdly accurate to her own specifications. hw is horrible. midterms aren't a walk in the park either.

04/08/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

No Comments

02/21/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
E28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

stupid stupid. aiya.

12/13/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
E-28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

There is a reason why she doesn't have tenure. Take Liu if you can, she uses all of his materials, so why not get the guy that wrote your text book and lecture slides.

06/23/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
e28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

is not a mechanical engineer, should not be teaching engineering graphics to mechanical engineers... she only parrot's Lieu's lectures.

05/05/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
E28 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Her lectures were prepared and she tried. I learned quite a bit in lecture...

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