Stephen Garoff at Carnegie Mellon University

Stephen Garoff

  • 2.4Overall Quality
  • 2.6Helpfulness
  • 2.3Clarity
  • 1.9Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
5/29/13

Phys111

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

The class was not easy, but Dr. Garoff was very willing to explain things to try to help me understand what was going on.

2/20/13

33111F

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. Garoff may very well be a good physicist, but he is not a very good teacher. His explanations do not clear up misunderstandings, and often cause students to be even more confused. He often gives the impression that he doesn't really know what he's talking about but would rather make up an answer or obfuscate the issue than admit to not knowing.

11/14/12

PHYS111

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Difficult class, requires a lot of effort. All classes are mandatory and constant test, quiz, hw, etc. Had a hw and reading due, online assignment, and quiz in class all on the same day. Not abnormal.

2/3/12

PHYS111

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is earnest in teaching, but earnesty is not equivalent to imparting actual physics knowledge. He has passion for physics, but his explanations are not very straightforward, and at times, confusing. I didn't have much of a physics foundation, so this class was hard. If you had a good physics teacher in high school, this class might be easier.

12/15/11

PSS111

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

He means well, I think.....But he is probably much better suited doing research somewhere, not trying to teach freshman physics. If you have credit, or can place out, DO IT. He posts old exams online, but they don't reflect the actual exams. His class is painfully boring, and unnecessarily difficult. Maybe do something besides show powerpoints?

3/31/09

PH111

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Hope that you have a good TA for Physics 1, since you will learn everything in recitation. As for lectures, showing the solution to a problem on Powerpoint slides is not teaching physics. Neither is vaguely explaining concepts without making the connection between the math and the physics.

7/14/08

MPL340

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

MPL explanations were helpful.

5/9/06

Physics I

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

This was a fairly difficult class, but it wasn't nearly as bad as Physics II with Swendsen. I didn't mind it too much.

4/27/06

33-340

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Tries very hard and is quite approachable, although the intensity with which he approaches the material could be viewed as a negative quality if the student was not interested.

11/19/05

Phys. for Sci

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Reaallly hard class in general. He doesn't really explain well though. Good intentions, but hes sort of difficult to talk to. Kind of awkward in terms of communicating. Seems like a nice guy though.

1/1/05

33-111

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very difficult class. Garoff tries hard, but is not successful in explaining the material.

12/19/04

33111

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Teacher does not explain everything that well, however recitation is very useful. Overall material of the course is difficult, hence the teacher will get a bad rating in most cases.

11/18/04

Physics I

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

10/15/04

33111

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

10/10/04

33-111

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

10/5/04

33-111

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Terrible class. Not clear or understandable at all. Pop quizzes constantly. Not a good class.

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