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Paul Kolen
Professor in the Engineering department
at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
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Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
3.2
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05/23/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
EE 330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Prof Kolen is the epitome of a real professor. He knows his stuff and explains things in a way any civil engr would comprehend. If you understand the HW's, and I MEAN UNDERSTAND THEM, the tests and projects should be cake. I got an A and honestly I would have given a B for my performance. 4 midterms, relatively easy. Just watch out for the test 2.

02/06/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
EE340 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 know how this idiot is still teaching! If you want to take a class and learn absolutely nothing useful, this is what you want, otherwise it's a horrible experience. If you like vector calculus (like me), it should be easy but completely pointless. If you aren't good at it, prepare to suffer. He is unenthusiastic and boring.

05/22/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
EE340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

One of the worst teachers I have ever had the misfortune to suffer through. He is dull, lazy, and makes reduces a fun subject to memorization of homework problems. You will learn nothing in this class. People like him (and the ones who love him) make SDSU seem like a joke university. Stay away at all costs.

08/23/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
EE330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Kolen was straight forward, easy to understand and an easy grader. Do all the homework. Although, he will take it late finish it early, some of the test questions are homework problems with numbers changed! Attend the last day of class and take notes 20% of my final was based on the last 10min of class!

05/13/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ee340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class is very interesting. If you liked physics electricity and magnetism...this is part two. Kolen is funny which keeps you awake during lectures. Challenging class but worth it.

02/05/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
EE340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is good professor

05/14/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
EE330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher, but lectures a little fuzzy; he doesn't read the book for you, he just surveys it, your responsible for your own reading. The tests are exactly like the homework. His grading is fair, but no curve. If you read the book like he tells you, do your homework when your supposed to, your OK. One of the better SDSU EE prof's.

01/11/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
EE330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Kolen is a decent teacher, but is obviously not enthusiastic about this course. Other than that, his tests are predictable, his SPICE assignments are doable, and there is a solution guide for the homework that'll point you in the right direction.

12/30/2008
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
EE330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Grading: 8 HW (10%), 3 PSPICE (10% each), 2 Midterms (15% each), Final (30%). Some love him, some hate him, I didn't like him. His weird personality overtakes his lectures at times so it's hard to learn. The book is crap. I am a COMPE, not a EE, so good luck to those taking this and future courses that follow after. Study old exams!

01/26/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
EE330 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 really enjoyed this class and feel like I learned a lot. Prof. Kolen focuses the material toward the pragmatic side and is a bit eccentric - but I would recommend his class and will take more of his classes if I can. Tests are very straightforward.

07/12/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

You must attend and do the homework. I passed only because the class avg on the tests were in the low 40s. very hard subject matter. kolen even says the book is useless yet you have to buy it "not cheap". best advice is to get study groups

05/23/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
EE330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great professor! Lots of material covered, follow syllabus, do the work early, and you will be OK!

05/15/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ee330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Not the best person in the world but teaches the subject extremely well - his way. Takes the time to break the book material down for students but you must go to every class. Tests are tough but straightforward.

02/11/2007
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
EE539 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He may know his stuff, but he is rude to students who ask questions and aren't satisfied with a "turn the crank" approach. grading was harsh because he won't give you points unless you do the work EXACTLY like he tells you in class. very unprofessional outside of class too. no idea about your final grade until the report card.

01/12/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
EE539 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This was the first class I took as a graduate student here at SDSU. The tests were fair, although you have to go to class to understand what is going to be on the Exams. Other then that it was a good course.

12/28/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
EE330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Go to class every day, do the HW, and finish all the PSPICE. Exams are tough, so don't fall behind. And go to class early because he always starts writing 5 mins before class.

12/18/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ee330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Do the HW and all the pspice assignments and do avg on the exams and youll pass with a B. My buddy Pete did below avg. (by below avg i mean a Z+) on every test but did the pspice and hw and pass with a C+. Wow. So study with your homies for great success.

12/18/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ee330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Cool guy. The dude has a monocle! The earlier reviews don't reflect my experience. He was always early to class, never missed a single day. Taught the material well, and always answered my questions. If you do the work, and study, the class is not too hard.

05/28/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
EE230 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I hate this professor. So RUDE! SO UNPROFESSONIAL! you won't know his grading scale until he gave you the grade! stay away. MEAN dude

05/28/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
EE330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

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