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Ivan Gotchev
Professor in the Mathematics department
at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
are you Ivan Gotchev?
Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
D
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
2.4
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07/14/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: D

Gotchev has a bit of an accent but he's not hard to follow at all. Even though I didn't do well in the class. I must say if you go to him for help he will try his hardest to make you understand the material. Don't be afraid to ask for help in his class.

06/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you want to learn the material well, take it with Gotchev. He has a little bit of an accent, but it really isn't that bad. The take home tests are harder/longer than the actual test. So if you understand the take homes you'll be fine. Wish I could have him for more classes honestly.

01/01/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor Gotchev knows the material very well. He does have a Bulgarian accent but he is easy to understand. This class is very challenging but if you utilize the book, online math lab, and his office hours you can pass. Make sure to ask questions in class, he will clarify anything you have trouble understanding.

12/05/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH 152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Oh my goodness. His lectures are very hard for me to follow. Maybe if you've taken calculus before, he'd be easier to understand. I never took calc in high school, so I have such a hard time following along. Tests and take-home exams are pretty hard. Just so many analogies about hot air balloons and fathers and driving from Hartford to Boston.

12/05/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Inspirational quote from Gotchev: “Math is like driving a car. It’s hard at first, but with practice it gets easy.” If his class were a car, most people would never make it out of their driveway. Lectures are hard to follow unless you study before every class and most people who understand what he attempts to teach in class still do poorly on tests

11/15/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
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MATH 152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

HORRIBLE! It will take at least 2 weeks to understand his accent.. His take home exams and exams are horrible. The average of our last exam was a 50! and theres 25 ppl in the class!! DONT TAKE THIS CLASS IM SERIOUS!!!!!

11/05/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you get a class with this man, switch out immediately. As a first semester freshman math major, I hopped right into Calc 2, admittedly a hard course, but Gotchev is awful. He makes no attempt to level with students, rambles and is rude and hard to understand, and the take home exams and homework will make you cry. Doesn't show up to Off hrs.

05/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH 152 - 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Calculus is second nature for him. Lectures are very fast paced, you may stop and ask questions. Homework is outrageous; take home exams and strenuous amounts of online homework due the same day we have to take a test. He offers retakes, but study MUCH harder for those.. they are difficult. Use your resources: book, tutor, office hours.. GOOD LUCK.

01/29/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is the definition of crazy hard. He gives you the option to retake your quizzes but with a catch of course, they are twice as hard as the first one so think twice before retaking your quizzes. Be prepared to learn the material on your own because you will walk out of class every day without learning anything.

12/13/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is hard to understand. All the Calculus test are easy except for Test #3 which was a real pain. He keeps you later than the 3:20 and spends too much time on 1 problem. He puts simple equations on the board and super hard equations on the tests. No study guide for the Final, no hints, suggestions, nothing. It was TERRIBLE.

12/06/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
calc221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I absolutely hated this class. He could not meet with me any time but his office hours, so no matter how much i asked for help, i couldn't get it. Lectures are boring, and they are extremely hard to follow

04/11/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is a great teacher,do the take homes by yourself and if you have any problem with it, go to him for help,you will do well in the exam,don't expect the exam to be exactly the same as the take home though, you have to really understand the material,do not miss any class is the key!

01/05/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

One of the best math teachers I've had the pleasure of learning under. He is sometimes hard to understand, but if you have a question he will make sure you understand what is going on. The only catch is that you have to make an effort to learn, but if you put in the effort he takes a difficult subject (in this case calc) and makes it very easy.

11/10/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
MAT469 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He has very high standards and sometimes gets carried away with problems, but he's a nice guy and does seem to want you to learn. He gives retakes but they harder than the original test and you have to take the second grade regardless of how you do. He's not a pushover but if you state your case well enough he'll think about what you're saying.

05/01/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Sometimes it's hard to follow his lectures. If you are able to find someone to help you outside of class, they can be done easily. Also, I did poorly the first exam and aced it when he let me retake it because they were almost identical. It makes you study and appreciate how he gives you a second chance. He's a really nice guy at heart, seriously.

04/18/2011
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Gotchev has extremely good intentions,but thats good and bad.He wants you to think.He's all about theory rather than being straight forward and telling you how to do the problems, and calls it real math.It's hard to understand him and his teaching will put you to sleep.He doesnt interact with the class, just stands for a couple hours and lectures

03/16/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great smart man, but his explanation take forever. It's like taking a detour from "Hartford to Boston" class would know what I'm talking about. He a fair man though, his exams are easy... its the same as take home if you fail than no comment mate. Recommended for sure.

12/18/2010
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I read the reviews for Professor Gotchev and thought he would really help me understand math, wrong. He was the worst teacher i have ever had, you cannot understand a word he says and my entire class failed most of the tests. Terrible teacher, retaking with someone else. DO NOT TAKE HIS CLASS

08/26/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Don't worry about his accent it is really not that bad. Very very very inteligent professor. He knows what is talking about. Does a good job explaning. He won't become your personal friend but he will be more than glad to help you during his office hours. Takes into considiration what students say so you can negotiate. Take him, but study!!!

07/07/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Alg101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

By far the best Math Professor i've ever had! I didnt think I had a prayer of passing he cares about your grade, lets you retake exams, hw is not checked, attendance didnt matter. He was able to answer in depth questions and show several ways of performing tasks until you understand it. Do the HW and show up ull do fine. Our entire class passed!

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