Hector Corrada Bravo

3 reviews
Average rating: 3.00




Information Review
CMSC320

Expecting a B
Anonymous 06/11/2018
Hector is a decent guy and research professor, but he's honestly a horrible lecturer. My friend (who was a TA for the class) hyped up this class a lot, and it was a big disappointment. About 75% of students stopped going to class after a few weeks because his lectures were fast-paced, hard to follow, and he mumbles/glosses over important concepts. Nobody tells you that calculus-based stats is a needed prereq for this course, and on top of that, Hector uses his own statistical notation in his notes (which often differs from the standard). The bi-weekly homeworks aren't too bad, but his exams are conceptual and weirdly difficult. Be warned - it's hard to learn anything from this class. If you take it, make sure it's on a semester when Hector teaches Python (R is useless the way he teaches it).
CMSC320

Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/23/2018
Pros: Was a really, really nice guy when I went to talk with him during his office hours. You can tell he's very knowledgeable in his field. He is also the most lenient grader I've ever seen (apart from Meesh) and gives a lot of extra credit. Cons: His lectures were pretty horrible. They were very hard to follow and required that you knew a lot about statistics going into the class (he mumbles a lot and tends to gloss over the basics). Calculus based statistics is basically a hidden prereq for this course, which sucks because I didn't take calculus based statistics. The biggest problem I had with him as a professor is that I actually didn't learn anything all semester. I honestly don't know any more now than when I started this class. He is a lenient grader, but what that really means is that you can basically stop going to class and BS every assignment and still come out of the class with a decent grade. I got a B, but I did NOT deserve a B. I will say that I learned some VERY basic stuff about the R language, but that's about it. I didn't learn the stats, I didn't learn the ML, I learned how to pretend I knew stats and ML.
CMSC320

Expecting an A+
Anonymous 05/23/2018
CMSC320: really interesting lectures imo. Apparently lots of people disagree, as very few people attended lecture (maybe 25%? of ~180). He was pretty lenient on assignments: he gave extensions on ~50% of the projects due to people asking on piazza.