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Alex Ryba
Professor in the Computer Science department
at CUNY Queens College, Flushing, NY
are you Alex Ryba?
Overall Quality
4.5
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.4
Clarity
4.5
Easiness
3.8
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69 Student Ratings
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01/07/2015
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
csci 111 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

He is super nice, but gives moderately difficult tests. The curve is amazing, 3040 is an A.

12/29/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CS111 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Amazing lectures" "Would take again" "Respected by students"

Crystal-clear lectures with a bit of wit and charisma. Wish he taught more CS classes.

12/25/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
111 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "Hilarious"

I do not how I got an A. I got around the 25's40 in both midterms and the final murdered me but I got a perfect score in Lab. Either he curves big time or he counts lab more! Either your grade will be much higher than you expect! I recommend you get a good lab instructor!

12/25/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CS 111 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "Participation matters"

Great professor. If you do all the review questions, you're fine.

12/25/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CSCI 111 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"There for you" "Would take again" "Amazing lectures"

Show up to class, listen to what he has to say, take labs seriously, try to understand 400 review questions he puts up before every test. Curves big time. Easy A.

12/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CSCI 111 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Gives good feedback" "Hilarious" "Respected by students"

A really good professor. Always available to students to answer questions over email ect... take him if you can

12/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CS 111 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B

One of the best professors at QC. Take him if you have the chance.

12/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CS 111 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Got a B in this class only because I did bad on the 2 midterms. But this guy is so nice that he only counted your final exam. In order to pass this class, you must review the 418 questions that he gives before taking the final exam. It really helps. Study them for both midterms and finals and you will pass.

07/14/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CS111 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

Best Professor at QC

12/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CS111 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great professor! The material is easy by itself but he makes it extremely clear!

11/19/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS111 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

By far the BEST professor I ever had at QC. Dr. Ryba is an awesome professor, outstanding human being with a little sense of humor. He is gonna make you to love C++. His style of teaching will force you to go class although attendance is not mandatory. I registered for his math 618 and will register every class he teaches at QC :)

06/02/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CS 111 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Good professor with a sense of humor. There is a textbook however you can most likely do without. Attendance is not mandatory but recommended. I recommend doing practice problems before the exam and really reading the questions, he's a very clever when it comes to them - nothing serious but no point in losing a few points.

05/30/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math 618 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

his is a dumb course. I got an A, but I didn't enjoy the course at all. Very confusing at times, and always rushed through the material. You'll literally have to spend your weekends or free time working on the problems and making sense out of them. Proofs can be long, because it always included proving a lemma first, before the actual proof.

05/28/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CS 111 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great Prof. Makes you excited about C++ and super fair grader. Attendance not mandatory but recommended if you're a newbie to C++, since he explains concepts better than the textbook. Just doing that, attend your labs, and practice writing code guarantees you an A...

01/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CSCI111 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Attendance is not mandatory but you better go if you don't want to be lost. GREAT teacher, GREAT attitude, LOVES comp sci and will make you love it too. I'm excited for 211. Gives one A+ grade per lab and I got the one for mine. Practice tons, but your lab will probably be harder.

12/29/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CSCI111 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Makes a very dry topic somewhat interesting but you will have to do a lot of work on your own. You will need internet to practice. Class was very rushed so teach yourself. Do the prac qs bc the exams will cover the same topics. Curves and counts lab so you can do well.

02/03/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math518 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

i love Ryba.. he's so funny!! Anyways I took him for cs111 and math 518 both classes I received an A, for 518 you really should memorize all the theorems because he can make his exams a bit hard. I totally agree with the comment below. His second exam was hard. You don't really need the book.

01/06/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
MATH518 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is the best. The first test was fair, the second test was ridiculously hard, but he drops the lowest grade, and the final was actually enjoyable to do. Just know how to prove the important theorems and you'll get an A. I had him for CS111 too, same thing, made C++ easy to understand and his tests/grading were very fair. Easy A & you learn a lot.

01/04/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CS111 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

His lectures are easy to follow and are enjoyable, and he is very charismatic. Though he assigns a textbook, you will learn plenty from lab and lectures. Exams are also very fair, though his second midterm was oddly excruciatingly difficult. Very fair grading structure and a very good professor overall.

12/21/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CSCI111 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Brilliant mathematician, but keeps CS stuff simple enough for computer noobs. Hard to talk to him due to huge class size. Worse midterm counts less, a good thing as the topics get harder. Great class to start out the CS major.

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