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Tsun-Zee Mai
Professor in the Mathematics department
at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
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Overall Quality
3.9
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.0
Clarity
3.9
Easiness
2.9
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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Easiness
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07/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH 125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A+

I have good work ethic, but I've never been good at math. I walked away from this class with an A+. If you dedicate time to this class, you can/will do very well. Dr. Mai makes himself very available to help with any and all questions you have. He also has a refreshing sense of humor lol. My favorite math prof so far.

07/03/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C-

Great teacher. Highly recommended. He basically tells you what will be on the exams before they are given. Homework is usually tough but not crazy. Replaces lowest exam grade with final grade (if it is higher).

06/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH 125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I LOOOOOOOOOVE him. What an amazing teacher. I was def nervous about calc, but he broke everything down well and was always available during study hours and then some if you had questions. He knows everyone in the classes name and is just awsome!

04/14/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
MATH 125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: B-

Dr. Mai is the single greatest math professor I have ever had the honor of meeting. He goes out of his way to help students and made everything more than fair. He is also somewhat comedic and that livens up the class a bit. Would strongly recommend to anyone for the future.

11/06/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH 145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's a good teacher and very fun but the class is pretty hard!

10/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
145 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very nice guy. His class is challenging and you have to study outside of class. That being said, I still enjoy his class and would recommend him to a friend.

08/22/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math 100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Loved him! Took his summer math 100 class. He made a point to know everyone by name even though the length of the class was barely over a month. Always gave help when needed and asked for. Really cares about his students and them succeeding.

03/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH 125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This professor truly wants his students to succeed. He took the time to individually go through each student's test work to give back partial credit since the online tests don't give you any. He asks you to come see him if you aren't doing well because he wants to help you to get a good grade. I'm horrible at math and didn't find him difficult.

03/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
MATH125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

As an engineer, I found this class pretty easy. Also, for a math prof. he taught pretty well. His test, were, well they were calc tests, pretty easy too. I never had a hard time understanding him, and he even made pretty funny jokes during class. I would recommend him to a first time Calc1 student for sure.

02/06/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Math125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

TZ was a great professor he was a kind man and he understands when his students don't understand the classwork and attempts to reteach it in a calmer manner.

03/22/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
MATH125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This class was extremely hard. The homework is easy but the tests online are difficult. Because they're online, there isn't partial credit and if you make a small error, the whole problem is counted wrong. He's difficult to understand during lectures as well.

08/02/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH126 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Cal II is the hardest math class you will take, period. That being said, TZ Mai will meet you halfway. HW and Tests are online. Tests are short (20 Qs). Gives EC for doing HW/QZ (still part of grade tho). Will work with you if you ask. Goes over material in class on board (w/examples). Does a test review. Test Qs come from HW/QZ. Its your grade.

05/11/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MATH410 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Mai really cares about his students. His presentations in class were very helpful, and if you ever visit him during office hours, he is more than happy to spend as much time as it takes explaining something to you. He is very friendly and a great teacher. I would take him again in a heartbeat.

03/14/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
MATH126 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Hilarious. Very clear and helps you if you don't understand. Homework is all online and tests aren't hard if you do the homework

12/16/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH237 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor Mai is an ok professor. His tests are usually harder more than what he goes over in class so be prepared. But if you go and talk to him he really will try to help you as much as possible!

07/31/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
math126 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

do not take him. the examples he goes over during class are the same ones from the book. homework and test problems are not ones that he has gone over during class. he is always there to help but not very clear at explaining things.

07/09/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
MATH110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Awful, useless. He explains stuff that we've known since we became cognizant (i.e. why we should save money, what we should buy and so on) but then tells us to figure out the math problems at home because he ran out of time explaining pointless stuff. Can't keep track of time. Has NO IDEA how to teach. I do not recommend him.

04/20/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
math126 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Did a really good job at first, but then he started getting more and more behind until we hit series which he rushed thru in a week. I've gotten A's and B's on the tests, but the test on series was horrible. Would recommend someone else, but if you're stuck with him, it's not the end of the world.

03/22/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH126 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's good. Great teacher

02/09/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
MATH410 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Terrible. Problems are similar to Trivial Pursuit questions. Solutions to study problems for tests often include "Done in class" and concepts not previously covered. Always available for help because he can't teach. All examples are discrete. Doesn't realize he's the only one that understands what he's teaching.

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