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Vytas Baskauskas
Professor in the Mathematics department
at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
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116 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
01/13/2015
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Math 20 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Tests are tough" "Skip class? You won't pass."

If you have a history of struggling in math, do not take his class. I was not looking for "hand-holding" (as was often implied) but some of us need more help and clearer lectures than others. He's very casual and laid back, which is cool if that's your thing, but I prefer a more structured environment. Definitely not a good match for everyone.

12/23/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
20 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Hilarious" "Lectures are long"

Learned the material and was better prepared than most for my next class. Smart teacher. Won't help you if you're not helping yourself.

12/23/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
20 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B
"Lectures are long" "There for you" "Clear grading criteria"

Good teacher. I learned a lot. Stayed with me after class one time for almost an hour to explain something.

12/23/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
20 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long" "Clear grading criteria" "There for you"

Solid class. Learned a lot. He'll help you if you ask for it. Sometimes he would lecture for more than 2 hours without a break though. Always takes questions but half of us were bored and the other half too dumbfounded to ask.

12/23/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
54 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Pop quiz master"

Reading the comments below I'm a bit confused. He definitely wasn't a hand-holding teacher but he explained things clearly and made sure to go over any questions in class. In fact, he spent most of class on HW questions sometimes. Every once in a while he let out early, but overall, he made great use of class time. Take him for sure!

12/20/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Math 54 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Tests are tough" "Skip class? You won't pass."

He is super arrogant and cocky. He can be nice if he wants to but mostly makes you feel stupid for asking questions. Dismisses class 30 minutes into a 3hour class. You will have to teach yourself. He makes it clear you need to be exceptional for an A. If he feels like teaching the material, he does it well though.

12/02/2014
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math 54 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: C
"Assignments galore" "Hilarious" "Skip class? You won't pass."

I did next to no homework and managed to get a C. Very understanding that after this class, stats has little to do with our actual lives. GET THE CALCULATOR AND LEARN TO USE IT!! That's 70% of the class. Tests were pretty straight forward. He is awesome though. Makes classes easy to stay awake during and very entertaining.

11/30/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH 54 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: WD

Professor Baskauskas, has a poor interest in teaching statistics. I had taken him in summer 2014 and I had to withdraw from his class. This professor dismisses a 3hr course by 2 hrs or does not show up at all and talks more about himself than teach. Be aware that you will have to teach yourself the material if your planning to take him, good luck.

11/16/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math 54 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Sure, he is chill and pretty easy, but the worst professor I have encountered by far. He is extremely cocky, puts minimal interest into his class, and gets enjoyment out of making students feel stupid. You will have to teach yourself everything because he rushes through everything so the he can leave. I do NOT recommend him

08/27/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Math 54 section Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B

His test are easy, but he is a rude professor and does not like to answer questions. You have to teach yourself and when someone asks a question, he makes them feel dumb. He is cocky and talks about himself that sometimes he doesn't go over the material and then he expects his students to know it.

06/25/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
Math 26 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B

He is nice and cool professor. He is hot and smart. He makes everything simple for you. The tests are multiple choice with some short answers. His tests are not hard if you work hard. He let you leave early and sometimes absent. The class is very chill. I got a B even i did not work hard. If i do, i'll get a A for sure. Just put effor in your work.

06/16/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
math 26 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

his lack of caring is hard & really affects the class. No structure, he thinks he's helping by preparing us for grad school professors like him but quite the opposite. You'll end up just teaching yourself the material in this class.

02/27/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math 84 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Chill dude, a little too chill. as far as teaching goes he's awesome! if it seems one ounce too complicated he'll drill it to the class until everyone understands or goes over it the first time very well! Reviews the homework, actually cares, a little arrogant but i guess you can't have it all in a professor. Id take him every time!

12/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
math 85 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

really chill! he never gave back test results but the test were easy. very clear and explains well so it makes it easy to learn. kinda goes of topic a lot but its fun. talks a lot about the show survivor ....Eliminated!!! lol. awesome teachers and very good teachers

06/07/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Math 85 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 the chillest professor ever! Your classwork would mostly be about homework problems that classmates/you didn't understand. Also just go over review problems. Mostly grades on homework and quizzes/test! So do your best on those.

05/09/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
math85 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's active as soon as he walks into class, he sometimes gives the 411, but he goes straight to the front and ask students if they had any questions on the homework; he goes over them on the board. He's not difficult, homework is giving everyday the class meets, but he explains it so easily that makes you fall in love with math.

02/11/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Math54 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Super chill and laid back dude and pretty straight forward with you. you will have to teach yourself the subject and he'll just recap it. I liked it this way. MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS!!! it doesn't get better than that in a math class!! FINAL WAS A breeze as he reused all old questions! overall he wants us all to succeed.

02/07/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH54 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is as good as it gets for a math professor. There is a lot of work on your own but that is what you should expect from a college class. He does a good job teaching you the material and making it as simple as possible.

12/14/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH54 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He had a great initial impression with me but over the semester, I lost respect. He took forever to grade tests, reused old exams (with questions that didn't apply to what we were learning), came late every day, and often let us out early bc he had things to do. Who uses SCANTRONS for math? Too lazy to grade our exams and give partial credit.

12/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH54 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Stats is pretty tricky, but he makes it really easy to understand. Homework is due on day of exams; there are 3 exams and a final, with quizzes assigned randomly. Most of the work is done on the calculator, but you have to understand the idea behind the calculations. Really nice guy & really funny. Also kinda looks like the lead singer of Bon Iver.

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