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Denis Labutin
Professor in the Mathematics department
at University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
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Overall Quality
2.5
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
2.2
Easiness
3.4
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65 Student Ratings
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04/01/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
math 3a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Warning: do not take math 3A with Labutin if you are not already an expert at calculus. His homework at first is relevant to subject material but later becomes increasingly hard and irrelevant to final material. Class attendance is usually low due to his disorganization and lack of clarity during lectures. Most use CLAS to understand material

03/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH 111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A little hard to understand, and I would appreciate some more organization to his lectures. Overall, good professor who aims to help you understand the big picture, which then helps you understand how the little pieces and concepts fit together. Take-home exams. Very likable guy.

03/12/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math 3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Labutin is a very confusing teacher, don't recommend if math is challenging to you. If math comes easy to you take this class u can learn from CLAS or Math Lab in SRB and don't have to attend lecture. I aced first two midterms, final is 50% of grade and way more difficult than other exams.

02/01/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
MATH 3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Stopped going to lecture halfway through the quarter. I walked into lecture understanding the material and walked out confused. Section was a joke. I took CLAS, but I didn't really need it. Never taken calc before but the tests were EXTREMELY easy.

01/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math 3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is not a good lecturer, but he lets you use a full page of notes for the midterms and final. Homework was not very important and if you learn the information you will be fine.

12/31/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
MATH28928 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

His lectures are not that interesting but if you actually paid attention you could learn a lot.Sections aren't helpful at all. Exams are easy.

12/28/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math 3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Confusing and not helpful... the class was pretty easy initially. One take home final, and one in class... then we got to the final. A little over half of the class failed the final. He also doesn't curve; avoid him if you can.

12/28/2013
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math 3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Do not take this class if you don't have any prior knowledge of calculus, or if you're not very good at it. Very confusing lecturer whose homework problems poorly correlate with those on the tests. FInal was extremely difficult. Be prepared to teach yourself in this class because you won't be getting a lot of help!

12/26/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math 3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Labutin's class overall isnt very difficult and with some effort you can easily pass. 2 Midterms(very easy) 1 Final (Difficult) practice exams were posted online for all exams and were almost identical to exams. Hw is done online, book inst needed at all. I suggest signing up for CLAS at least until you get used to his accent (love the accent btw)

12/21/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH 3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

No point going to lectures, go to CLAS instead. Sections were also very helpful. Take home midterm and second midterm were fairly easy. Final was very hard. Don't even bother buying the textbook, he never uses it.

12/14/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math 3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Good teacher but could be deemed as confusing because of his accent. 2 midterms were easy but the final was pretty hard. Join CLAS! That is what saved my grade.

12/13/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
math3a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Easy midterms, easy lectures. Final was brutally difficult.

12/07/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math 3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Smart guy, bad teacher. He knows he is confusing so he makes tests extremely easy.

11/19/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math 3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Midterm and quizzes are fairly easy. He's difficult to understand in lecture, and his notes are very unorganized. Sometimes he'll make the material seem harder and more complicated than it really is. Lots of people used Khan Academy and Youtube videos to learn the material instead of lectures. If you don't know any calculus, I would not recommend.

11/16/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
3A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's confusing but the tests are easy. Only take this class if you have a solid base in math. Go to lectures it may seem useless but it will help.

11/14/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH34B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This class is not to bad if you actually pay attention and learn how to do the problems. Labutin is not the easiest teacher to understand because of his accent, however he knows that and therefore makes his tests rather easy. The final was also easy because we went over similar questions in class right before too. Did I mention he is hot.

03/19/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
MATH124A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Perfectly good professor. Take home midterms and final,got an A+ and barely studied.

12/19/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math5C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's a nice guy and seems to be available to help often. Gives 2 take home midterms which aren't too bad, and a final. He teaches really conceptually

12/17/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH5C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Upshot: Easy math class with a professor that explains math conceptually.

04/22/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
math3b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

lectures were boring but if you copied down everything exactly as he did, and looked over them after afterwards, they'll make sense. it's a hard class and he doesn't help much, but the notes, CLAS, and doing the HW will save you. the midterms are take home.

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