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Catalin Rada
Professor in the Mathematics department
at University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
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Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
A+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.6
Clarity
2.9
Easiness
3.2
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08/01/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
MAT1320 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is very funny, and his class/notes are extremely easy. He posts practice midterms/finals and the actual exams are based on that. As long as you do the suggested problems, you will have no struggle passing his course with a high mark.

07/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ADM 1302 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A+

Great Prof overall. No textbook required and gives great examples in class with several practice exams online. Very funny and makes lectures interesting. The class moves quickly so if you miss a lecture it is important to catch up as soon as possible. Rada is approachable and cares about his students. Highly recommended.

04/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAT1308 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is absolutely amazing! I enjoyed his class and his humour. He has a distinct style to make everything easier and is just cool in his attitude. One of my three fav profs ever!

03/13/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAT1308 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He tries to be funny and sometimes achieves it - "You know I am the devil right?" But he is hard to understand, so I mostly rely on the textbook to teach me what I need to know. Grade wise, he is very fair and tells you exactly what you need to know to complete the assignments/exams.

03/11/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Mat1322 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Recommended only if you have taken this course with a previous better professor, but are retaking the course for whatever reason and already have a solid grasp of the material. This way his midterms will most likely be considerably easier compared to the ones in your previous course and you won't have to attend lectures.

01/06/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MAT1322 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

You have to be at the top of your game from the very beginning of his class until the very end, because he is terrible at lecturing and the final exam will be absolutely brutal compared to the midterms (more than 3x as long with multiple choice questions that take up as much time as long answer questions). May never be 100% prepared for the final.

12/17/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
MAT1322 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Very hard to understand sometimes because of his accent, but he is a funny prof. His midterms were very easy compared to the final exam, which I found quite difficult. He doesn't provide that many extra materials so don't skip the lectures.

12/07/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAT 1322 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Rada can be hard to understand at times but is a great Prof! His midterms are IDENTICAL format to the practice midterms he gives you. Study them and you will do well!

10/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
MAT1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very funny prof. Assignments are easy cheesy if you go to class and DGDs. The Exam is the same format as the practice exam he gives you. Really nice guy and accent isn't a learning barrier at all. Hate math but this guy makes it worth coming to class.

10/01/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
MAT1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Funny proff, Class was surprisingly interesting compared to high school math. He answers all question and makes sure you understand. He is very knowledgeable. Exams/midterms were no surprises, Assignments marking was strict tho

08/13/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAT1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Tries to make math as interesting as he can for you, I liked his teaching.

01/28/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
MAT1302 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

At first I was really freaked out because I had a hard time understanding his accent but you get used to it. He is very clear and knows his stuff. Go to the DGDs if you are having trouble but overall I thought he was a very good prof and I did not mind going to his class at all, although some people did find it very difficult.

01/14/2013
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATc Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He knows his stuff but his lectures are not structured at all. He starts off slowly and then skips intermediate, sometimes crucial, steps when explaining, and then just keeps speeding up as the class goes by. The last 10-15 minutes are always the worst since it's when everyone gets lost. SWITCH OUT. I had to attend another class to pass the course

01/04/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
matc Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is a very nice guy, but not an effective teacher. His accent is impossible to understand because he tends to mumble and speak unclearly. He also has very small writing and I found that going to class was not very helpful. Expect to rely on the textbook if you take this class.

08/12/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
mat1322 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

First midterm and second midterm were almost same as the old exams that he posted in his website. However, the final exam was tooo hard. in my opinion, students should get good score in the first and second midterms, so they can get at least c beucase the fainl will be bad.

05/24/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAT1339 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

The funniest prof ever :D. He has an accent, but you get used to it overtime. His lectures are interesting and he gives similar assignment question on the exams, so be sure to revisit them. He doesn't take late assignments, so you better be early to hand in on time.

01/13/2012
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAT1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

"f(x) is not a horse, it is a function. We must kill the function!" Really funny prof, good teacher. Marks fairly, the midterms and exams are just like the assignment and textbook questions. Don't hand anything in even a minute later than the deadline though, he won't accept it.

01/10/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
MAT1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He was pretty great. I just started Calc II: Return of the Calc, and it the new teacher is not as good. His accent is hard to understand at first, and his writing is a little hard to understand, but most of what he teaches you makes sense, and after you do a few examples you know what he's talking about. He's a good teacher.

12/15/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAT1130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

To start off, I hate Calculus. I only took this course because it's compulsory for my program. Professor Rada is extremely nice and very helpful if you talk to him. It's sometimes hard to understand his accent but he writes all his notes on the chalkboard so that's fine. Provides tons of examples! Exams were the same as assignments - DO THEM!

08/21/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
MatE Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I LOVE HIM.He is my punsher!!!I took calc 1 and 2 with this guy waht ever i did i ended up in his class. he is really funny ....when it comes to exams and assignments you have to STUDY, which is good coz that's what his job is!!!i love him one of the best profs!!! thank you prof if you r reading this!!!:)

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