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Shailesh Tipnis
Professor in the Mathematics department
at Illinois State University, Normal, IL
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Overall Quality
3.4
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
1.7
Helpfulness
0
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03/02/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAT260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B

Dr. Tipnis will make you earn a good grade in his classes. He is not an easy professor, but he is very intelligent and will help you as long as you seek his help. I got a B in the first class I took with him, but then took an elective with him because I learned so much from him, and got an A in that class. Great professor overall.

06/19/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
MAT120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is a very smart man and knows a lot. The class can be very confusing, but if you do the homework and ask questions when you don't understand you will be fine. Also, he gives partial credit on tests which is really helpful.

05/22/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Mat 175 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Hated him... and was happy to receive a C in his class which is saying something because I'm a straight A student.

11/20/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
mat146 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This class with this teacher has made me greatly hate math

11/20/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
mat006 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

All the financial turmoil we've witnessed since 2008 is a byproduct of preferring calculus over statistics. When I learned calculus, I wasn't taught to "understand" it. It was taught as a set of tools. A derivative is essentially the slope, an integral is essentially the area under a curve. Class with this professor is lifeless and uninteresting.

04/11/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAT362 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr.Tipnis is by far my favorite teacher in the math department. His classes are hard, but he's *very* good at teaching the material, and is always willing to help anyone who needs it. Also, he speaks clear english, which unfortunatly can't be said for quite a few other department members.

12/12/2011
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
MAT260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Tipnis is a very mean math teacher. He knows his stuff, though. He'll criticize you whenever you ask a question--he hates reviewing material. Overall, the class was on the difficult side, lots of homework, lots of info to digest. I squeaked by.

11/28/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAT260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A word to the wise: study up for your first test in his class - it's very difficult. The class average was 54/100, but he gave us a 10 point extra credit quiz to boost it up. After that, it gets much easier, with average test scores around 80. The amount of study you'll put into this class is quite high. Difficult class, but good teacher overall

06/25/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
MAT147 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I went in and saw him every day for help, and he was very helpful. You will do awful in this class if you don't want to work.

04/05/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
MAT175 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very good teacher, but VERY challenging. You will learn ALOT from him, but his tests are extremely hard! I got my first B in this class, but I was happy with it because he makes you earn it. If you want an A he isn't the teacher for you, but a B is very attainable. (75% and up is a B) Overall good professor if you like a challenge

12/08/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
MAT260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His tests are near impossible, and he's really boring. He makes you feel stupid for asking a question or giving the wrong answer, and then never does give you the answer. It's virtually impossible to get an A in his class, although a B is attainable with a lot of work. The only good thing about him is that his English is decent.

05/06/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math147 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Although I received my first ever C in his class, I feel like I learned more in his class then I would with an easier teacher because since his tests and quizzes were challenging they made me work harder. His notes in class were unorganized and hard to learn from so be prepared to teach yourself. However he is always willing to help his students.

05/01/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
mat147 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

to all these people saying he is awesome, i bet it was because you were one of his favorites. his guy is terrible. he just tells you how stupid you are the entire time

04/13/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAT175 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Overall I felt that his class was worth taking. His tests were very challenging, but I feel that i learned a lot more in his class than I would have if I took it with an easier teacher. Tipnis has a habit of insulting or talking down to his students, but dont take it personally and you'll do fine. An overall capable professor.

03/19/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
MAT147 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

His nature is very duplicitous. I've spoken with him outside of class. He was very cordial and all around good guy. However, I have spoken to classmates. Some of them have not found any help in his office. He knows his math, but his criteria for who he is or is not cordial to is somewhat a mystery. Finally, He makes his class VERY challenging.

12/02/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MAT147 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took this class about a year ago. He was not helpful at all. In class, he would tell you to come to his office hours to answer questions. In his office hours, he would make you feel stupid by talking down to you. Though he curves his grades slightly, his tests don't reflect what was taught in class. He is a great 175 teacher, but TERRIBLE at 147

10/10/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH362 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I completed two courses with Dr. Tipnis. He is an effective, helpful, compassionate teacher. He makes himself available on weekends and evenings via email and his office door is always open during the day. Additionally, his ability to relate various combinatorial subjects: LP, game theory, graph theory, etc is amazing. He is truly outstanding.

09/30/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MAT147 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Anyone who badmouths the Tip should be shot in the temple. He is by far the best teacher at ISU, which puts him high in the runnings for best worldwide. His tests are hard and even though you'll end up with a 50%, you will get a sure A or B. Also, in class, NEVER contradict the Tip. I have seen the limits of his mercy.

04/10/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Calc 3 (Mat147) Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Excellent teacher...willing to help out and take as much time as is needed on any given subject. His tests are usually harder than anything you see in the homework but the basics are covered well enough to figure everything out.

09/28/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

All around good teacher. Made class fun. Keeps you on your toes. Knows lots of math tricks.

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