James Smolko at Lakeland Community College

James Smolko

James Smolko
  • 3.5Overall Quality
  • 3.5Helpfulness
  • 3.5Clarity
  • 1.4Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
11/19/12

Calc2500

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Best math class ever! I learned so much but had to work really hard. If you are serious about learning the material, take Smolko and you won't be disappointed!

8/14/12

math2500

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

I took the summer course and it was probably the worst academic experience of my life. Smolko definitely has the idea in his head that everyone taking the summer class is just looking for an easy credit. This obviously isn't true. He grades unfairly. Plan on putting in about 3 hours of studying a day to even pass. AVOID HIS CLASS. Take Armstrong.

8/1/12

math2600

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Smolko has extremely high standards and doesn't lower them for any reason. But if you're a math major or going into engineering you will come out of the class knowing the material inside and out. Be prepared to work REALLY hard. He's got some safety nets worked into the class, but you have to WORK. If your skills are shaky, save your time and $$.

9/8/11

MATH2500

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

I took his calculus 1 summer course. Trust me, if you do all of your work and study, you'll be fine. One of the best math professors I've had. I needed a 100% on the final exam to get an A for the term. I honestly don't think I got that. But when I checked my grade, I recieved an A. If you show him that you care, you'll get the grade you deserve.

2/4/11

MATH2500

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Smolko is the master of Calculus. He gives out better definitions than are in the book, and makes sure every student knows them. First time I was ever challenged in a math class, and I learned much more then I thought possible. He pushes you to do the absolute best, and I have done fantastic in my math classes since

8/17/10

calc2

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

I took his calc 2 summer class and it was the hardest class i've ever been in. The amount of information is far too much for the time period. He expects you to know everything as well as he does. grades very hard. i have no idea how i passed. DO NOT TAKE HIS SUMMER COURSE!

5/24/10

MT2500

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is a great professor!! He teaches in a way that everyone can learn from. He gives countless examples of each problem and is always willing to come early to class or stay after to help you. He give A LOT of homework but like he says, math is a skills class. You have to practice it in order to understand and become good at it!

4/22/09

math2500

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

this teacher's goal is to fail everyone. my class started with about 20 and by the end there was 8. This teacher thinks he knows everything but just does problems on the boards and keeps telling you things that aren't in this class but will be for the future. Grades tests impossible. Took this class before got high B, with him C. Don't Take Him.

1/23/09

Finit1890

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

This guy is the worst teacher. He solves example problems on the board with out explaining what he is doing. He takes deducts points from quizes for incomplete sentences, who ever heard of being quized on defenitions in math? If you are taking math at Lakeland take Armstrong.

11/28/08

Math2500

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

9/15/08

Calc151

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is one of the clearest calc teachers I've meet. I will use those notes for the rest of my college career. However his standards is ridiculous. Even if you copy off the board onto his test he would take off points. Also you MUST do the homework and study.

9/11/08

calcall

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

I took him for the entire calculus track. He is the best teacher I ever had, and after his classes i decided to major in Mathematics. If you take one of his classes you better be willing to work! The information he offers in invaluable! Take good notes, you wont hear this stuff from any other teacher! I spent about 4 hours studying per meeting

7/17/08

Calc1

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

This teacher makes you feellike a unintelligent. When ever you ask a question he gives a rhetorical question back. My summer class started with 27 kids and now half way though there is only 7 of us left.Do every thing in your power so you dont have this guy. The worst part is you dont use book, he make his own math laws and language for them.

7/17/08

MATH2500

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

If you want to actually learn something, this is the teacher to have!

2/24/08

Math950

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very fast paced and prof is nice guy,do not recmd to those who have been out of school for over 1 year. Found class terribly hard, even doing every single hw problem and had tutor. Have found great success now with other instructors.

4/26/07

Math800

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I've seen some people say that he's really hard, which may be true for the upper level maths - but for beginning algebra he's phenomenal. He knows his stuff, and has a way of presenting material that makes it clear and easy to understand. I'd take any class he teaches any day.

9/29/05

CALC 2500

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

VERY DIFFICULT. Expect to study a few hours per night for him. Tests are harder than the material/homework he assigns, and he even admits this bc he says tests should challenge you. Agreed, but if you cant handle it, take Armstrong. Also, 20 people start the class and by the end usually only 4-6 people havent dropped it. DONT TAKE DURING SUMMER!!!!

9/22/05

calc 2

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

He was willing to help...but class moved really fast and if you want to do good...dont fall asleep like i did in the very front of the room...i think he knew when i was sleeping. sadly he was my only C at lakeland...but i was happy to pass

8/24/05

MATH 2500

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

grades the class as though everyone is a math major, which makes for ridiculous test scores. teaches fast, which can be hard sometimes. HE answers questions with more questions. can be very frustrating. unless you love math and are very good at it, say no to smolko.

7/5/05

MATH 2500, 2600

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I really like this teacher.He has a sense of humor and is willing to give you all the help you need.He doesn't even mind if you call him at home at 3 in the morning, although he would prefer that you didn't.He's a great teacher,but he can go a little fast sometimes and he makes you know everything and I mean everything.If your interested in math an

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