Casey Cremins

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Average rating: 3.03




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STAT400

lactaid 01/27/2019
I found Dr. Cremins to be a great professor. He gives a lot of past exams to review from, does examples, and is especially helpful during office hours. I recommend him as a professor.
STAT400

Expecting a B
fellowterp2022 01/21/2019
The only reason I earned a B instead of a C+ is because I worked my ass off for the final. Finessed a 192/200 on the final, don't know how, probably curved. His finals definitely maintain a pattern from his past semesters in terms of what kinds of problems he puts on it. I went to the first lecture, and didn't go to anymore after that (except for midterms and the final of course). This man's teaching ability... I don't even know. It's difficult to understand his mumbling/thick accent (he's American but... idek), especially with a lecture hall of students and without a mic. And you can't even see his sloppy handwriting on the CHALKBOARD. Me and a lot of other people were better off learning from the textbook for quizzes and exams. This was my first experience ever learning stats (didn't do AP Stat) so I can officially say this experience has made my view on statistics a negative one.
MATH135

Expecting an A
Anonymous 01/05/2019
Reads off slides and does examples directly from textbook. Chooses the hardest questions for his exams, but are not too hard overall. Learned majority from textbook, not from him or the TAs.
STAT400

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/19/2018
You will have to read the book very well in order to pass this course. Lucky for you, the book is one of the most well-written I've ever had and is super easy to understand. Lecturing is admittedly not one of his greatest strengths, but he is a nice person and cares about his students. Further, his exams are fair, and can be challenging, so even though he didn't teach as much, I left this class with a solid grasp of introductory statistics and probability.
STAT400

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/13/2018
I learned nothing from him nor his TA. I learned everything on my own, and from the book. His quizzes are very easy, they are direct questions from the homework. As long as you study the book and do the homework problems you will do fine.
STAT400

Expecting a B+
Anonymous 10/28/2018
He is a nice guy but sucks at teaching. You have to learn from the book because he will not teach you the necessary material. He will test you on the stuff in the book that was not taught in lecture.
STAT400

Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/09/2018
The good: Casey is a nice guy and is respectful to his students. His quizzes and exams are basically the homework problems so there are no surprises. He allows for a formula sheet for exams which you can just cram example problems onto. His infamous Austrian/British accent is weird and is often full of stutters but you get used to it over time and it does not really take away from his lectures. He tries to makes jokes occasionally but no one can really understand them. The bad: His handwriting is inconsistent as it can range from neat and legible to straight up Egyptian hieroglyphics. He does speak a little too soft and his mic is trash so sit near the front. His lectures get stale fast and a lot of the times he will start doing proofs of equations and concepts which you will never need to know for quizzes/exams. Advice: You don't need to put in a whole lot of work into this class but make sure you understand all the related homework problems before quizzes/exams.
STAT400

Expecting an A
Anonymous 04/11/2018
Cremins is a really nice guy, but pretty inept at lecturing. If you go to his office hours, he's happy to help you or even just chat, but his lectures basically consist of him mumbling into the microphone and writing vague things on the board. He follows the textbook exactly though, which makes up for it. The quizzes and exams are also really easy, especially if you keep up with the textbook problems.
STAT400

Expecting an A
Anonymous 04/11/2018
Not as bad as everyone makes him out to be. His lectures are VERY slow but exams were a joke and so straight forward. No surprises, easy to do well in his class. He makes subtle jokes no one laughs at but are actually kinda funny. Side note: this man has the most ambiguous accent ever.
STAT100

Anonymous 04/25/2016
reads off PPT slides, usually the not-important stuff, you will not learn a single thing in lecture so don't bother going nice guy but terrible prof. be prepared to teach yourself/get a tutor if you take his class
STAT100

Expecting a B-
ElishevaGlix 04/21/2016
Dr. Cremins is not a good teacher. He's a fine person but doesn't convey any material clearly and then doesn't answer questions because he assumes people just aren't listening. I had to start going to Mezullo's lectures just for anything to make sense. Having a TA who didn't speak English or know how to teach didn't help either.
MATH246

Anonymous 12/18/2015
Casey was a pretty bad teacher. When I signed up for MATH246, I had Mellet but they did a professor switch and I ended up with Casey. Going to lecture was pretty pointless because there were the online notes for you to reference, and what he taught didn't always follow the notes online. When we got the study guide for the final (written by Levermore, the course chair) we realized we were at the disadvantage because methods Casey taught us were either slower and more steps than other classes learned, or simply we never learned the material on the review which was then on the final. When asked about a curve he laughed and said maybe 1%. There was no curve for my class. A lot of the learning I had to do was independent and through the online homework because what he taught in class was not all that helpful. He also took a while to get started. There were times at the end of the semester where he took half the class to prepare and talk about the final, but there were still things we had to learn up until the last class before the final. Overall I was pretty disappointed with Casey. I don't know if Levermore would have been better because I heard his tests were harder, but we didn't get a curve - even with test #2's average being a 60%.
MATH130

Expecting an A
sandra m 12/30/2013
DO NOT TAKE THIS PROFESSOR. You dont learn anything in lectures, all he does is narrate the book. The exams are fair, however you get A LOT of points taken off for trivial stuff, even though you still come up with the right answer. I had an A in this class RIGHT UP UNTILL THAT STUPID FINAL which brought me down to a C+. THE FINAL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WE LEARNED AND WAS NOTHING LIKE THE EXAMS. HE MUST HAVE BEEN POSSESSED TO GIVE US A FINAL LIKE THAT. TERRIBLE MAN. TERRIBLE PERSONALITY.
MATH241

Expecting a B
Anonymous 06/18/2013
YES. He talks in monotone the whole time and is boring but he definitely is a nice guy. He didn't put anything unexpected on the exams; do the assigned homework problems. There were quizzes every week in discussion sections and I think we got to drop 2 quizzes (there were 12 quizzes). There were 4 MATLAB projects which were super easy. 3 midterms and a final. Unlike other MATH241 classes, we DID NOT get to bring a formula sheet to the exams (except for final) and I found it VERY unfair. Also, grades were posted on canvas throughout the semester but we NEVER got to see our grades online; he muted them and never unmuted the grades even after the final. I misplaced few quizzes so I had no idea what grade I had until the final grade was posted. VERY ANNOYING. Overall, the class wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but I would take it with Justin if I were to take it again. I had to take his class because Justin's class didn't fit into my schedule.
STAT464

Expecting an A
Anonymous 11/18/2012
Really nice guy. Very easy class that can get boring at times, but Dr. Cremins does his best. Quizes everyweek, you can drop one.
MATH463

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/23/2012
I thought he was pretty good. Never put anything unexpected on quizzes/exams.
MATH131

Expecting a B
Anonymous 11/16/2011
Personality: B+ He's a great guy, kind, patient and always available outside class to answer additional questions. His only flaw is his accent and monotone voice. Teaching skills: B- He is a good teacher but you will need to read ahead before class because he is not the best at breaking down a concept. If you read ahead though it makes his lecture far more clear. TA: F+ Joe is just an absolute idiot. He made quizzes harder than they needed to be with no time to complete it! We had to form a group of like 10 just to finish. Each of us answered 1 question and then copied each others answers. Is this really the best way to teach a concept Joe? All your years of school and you couldn't see that this didn't make sense? Luckily I had a lot of friends in my class so I was good. So were the Asians and Africans. But I felt sorry for the new folks who worked alone or in groups of 2. They never finished. Joe also grades the exams! This needs to change b/c he's clearly some nerdy kid who is anxious to use his red pen. He needs a life or a girl friend to relieve us from the spread of his misery. Kelly A+ was amazing! She actually taught the class. In short, if you sign up for Cremins, avoid the TA Joe and you should be good. Read one lecture ahead so you know what questions to ask in class. There's no homework. Only quizzes and exams and no multiple choice easy point questions either. Good luck!
MATH131

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/05/2011
I don't see why he has 1 star rating at all. He was an awesome professor who made everything straight forward and easy to understand and also a very approachable guy when you're in need of help. He clearly knows what he's talking about in class and can actually TEACH. I think this class is the easiest math class I've ever taken. I got a 85% on the first exam and 100%s on the last two. As for the class structure itself, there are 3 tests and a final overall. You have two discussions per week, one for biology and one for math. My math discussion TA was Joe Galante and my biology discussion TA was Kelly Pippins. They are both really nice and are eager to help you. At the beginning of the semester, Joe was an absolute asshole. He just WANTED you to fail my taking as much quiz time away from you as possible. He takes almost 30 minutes to explain shit that we already know and then hands us the quiz to do and we only have 15 minutes left, leaving us unable to complete the quiz. People soon complained to Cremins and he eased up on the quiz questions and FINALLY gave us enough time to do it. At the end, he turned out pretty well... but I still hate him. Overall, everything is clearly laid out for you; I don't even know how you're supposed to fail unless you're exceptionally retarded or don't know what's going on.
MATH131

Expecting an A
Anonymous 04/28/2011
Professor Cremins is a good professor. People may think he is boring - well he is a little boring. But you can tell he is really into mathematics and its content. i think people don't really like math, so they don't really like him because he wasn't peppy or outgoing and he didn't make math really interesting. BUT I learned a lot from him. His lectures were in depth; he even showed us how to derive all the formulas used. Overall, his teaching style was excellent - he taught the background of the section and gave examples. His tests were fair. Make sure guys that you do practice problems before the exams. The discussion quizzes were hard - I think they were made by the TA's? but you can always ask them questions and they'll help you. Just work hard and you'll earn at least a B
MATH130

Expecting an A
Anonymous 02/05/2011
This class is impossible if you take it with Cremins. The TA quizzes are hard and Cremin's exams are impossible. Don't take it with Cremins at all.
STAT464

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/22/2010
Dr Cremins is not an exceptionally good teacher for stat464, but he tries the best he can to teach you the material and he genuinely cares about his students doing well in class. Success in this class: Go to class always and write down every single questions he will work on in class because chances are he will bring similar or the exact question on the questions or exams. It is overall good and A doable class.
MATH130

Expecting a B
Anonymous 12/16/2010
The quizzes in class are impossible, thanks to Joe the TA who is bitter because he's never been laid, but the projects are easy. Class is very boring. He knows the material but has the worst tone and accent in the world. He didn't curve this semester, which really sucked, but is understandable because the average was a 78%.
MATH130

Anonymous 12/16/2010
Casey Cremins is a really nice guy but not a very good professor at all. It takes him half an hour to go over a single example sometimes. He really knows his math but he just comes off a bit...awkward in lecture. I didn't learn very much from him, and if you have Joe Galante as a TA, you're screwed. Joe thinks it's his personal responsibility to create quizzes 10 times as hard as Cremins's tests to "prepare you properly." If you have the option, don't take Cremins for MATH130. There's no required homework and the tests aren't terribly hard, but you won't learn anything and you will fall asleep in his lectures.
MATH130

jel07 12/16/2010
Dr. Cremins is a very nice person, he's just not an especially good lecturer. His class is deathly boring but not exceptionally hard. He's full of arcane knowledge and loves to go on unnecessary tangents. He explains things well, if you can stay awake. I did like his accent and the fact that he was a good sport about being a bore. Weekly quizzes and worksheets in discussion help your grade. You need to study to do well but don't kill yourself studying, the material is not that difficult. Not bad overall, remember that it's calculus that sucks, not Dr. Cremins. The main problem is the boring material, not the prof, hence the 4 stars.
MATH130

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/15/2010
I feel bad leaving a lukewarm review for Dr. Cremins because he really is a nice person (though he may not seem very approachable in lecture) and because he does care about the material. The fact is, Dr. Cremins just isn't a very good teacher. He pretty much taught straight out of the book, occasionally using similar problems on an overhead projector. It wasn't always very easy to follow what he was doing, and he always took FOREVER to do things. So class got boring quickly. He also did not seem to communicate very much with the TAs. He'd say one thing about how our Monday quizzes would be, and then they'd turn out to be completely different. Or he'd go through all the steps of solving a problem on the board only for us to do the same exact problem on a worksheet in the Wednesday discussion. He can't teach but his tests are predictable. It is not impossible to get an A.
MATH131

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/22/2010
I took this class with Dr. Cremins after having taken MATH140. Compared to 140, 131 was a breeze! Dr. Cremins' notes weren't really helpful - a lot of theory and derivation of formulas, but the math discussion section each week was pretty helpful in terms of content review and questions. I had a great TA (Hana Ueda) and she did a good job of covering necessary material. That being said, go to class and take notes because on occasion, when class has been particularly empty, Dr. Cremins will put a question on an exam that comes directly from class notes and may not be in the book. The exams are straightforward, lots of partial credit is awarded, and I thought it was fairly easy to get an A!
MATH131

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/19/2010
This class consists of three exams 100 pts each, quizzes every Mon. for 100 points total and bio worksheets every Fri. for 100 points total. The final is 200 points. (700 pts total). The exams are not difficult but sometimes he throws in an obscure problem that he mumbled through in lecture. Doing the suggested homework problems will generally prepare you for the exams nicely. Cremins is a NICE person but not a very good lecturer. If Hana U. is your TA for quizzes - you're golden. She's EXTREMELY nice and knows her math. If Kristen is your other TA, well let's just say that she should really cut down on the Hohos. Unhealthy food makes you unhappy. She's arrogant and thinks all students in MATH131 are idiots. She relies on the answer key for everything and can barely teach calculus. She also grades harshly.
MATH131

Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/16/2010
Dr. Cremins is not a very great professor. His lectures are extremely boring and the majority of the time he goes over material that you do not need to know such as history of mathematics and proofs of the material you are learning. I am not one to normally recommend skipping lectures but in this class it truly is alright to skip the majority of the time. The text book (which is very good) will teach you the material just as well as he does. Definitely attend discussions because the TAs will clarify anything he goes over in class. That being said, his class is not very difficult. 90% of the time, it will be obvious what he will ask you on the exams. Furthermore, the final simply tests you on the same material that was on the three midterm exams so there will be no surprises. Do not blow off the quizzes and projects as they are major grade boosters. The quizzes and projects are equal to an entire exam each. As long as you either attend lecture OR read the textbook and attend discussion, you should be able to get the grade you desire. Good Luck!
MATH131

Expecting a C
Anonymous 05/06/2010
If you've had Cremins before, you know that his class is unhelpful, and going to discussion is what is going to make or break your grade. He does unneeded proofs, and takes about 45 minutes to do one problem in excruciating detail. He's very into history, and will go on a random tangent about how, why and who came up with a certain theorem or equation. His exams are very tough, but it's easy to pick up the patterns of the questions he will ask. Whatever you do not understand will be on the exams. The format of his exams are awful (5 Questions, 20 points each). On a personal level, he's rude- and always treated me with disrespect. After a year with this guy teaching me calculus (had him for math130)...I'm happy to say I am done with it. If you are forced, however, to have his as a professor for this course, make strong relations with your TA- they will absolutely help you.
MATH130

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/19/2009
Cremins is an Ok professor. He definitely teaches you the material pretty clearly and goes over it very slowly. He teaches it to you by proving how things work. If you like to just learn the shortcuts and memorize them this will be a drag. If you like knowing how and why things work in Calculus, this is the way to go. The discussions are very helpful. I learned more in the discussions than the actual class. 1 day a week are quizzes where the TAs go over the material and use very similar problems on the quizzes and they are easy 10/10s every week. The other discussion are projects where you get worksheets and can work in partners which are also 10/10s. My TAs were Wei and Paula. Wei was a very good and nice TA who did a good job of going over everything. Paula I wasn't a fan of. She really didn't answer questions about the worksheets very clearly. Overall, if you like learning why things work take this professor. Due to the size of the lectures you can also teach yourself out of the textbook if that works better for you.
MATH130

made4tv09 12/18/2009
Professor Cremins did not do such a great job teaching this course. He knows what he's talking about but it was very hard for him to explain some concepts and questions when students asked. He also did not give review sessions or make up any review sheets to prepare us for exams and made the problems that we focused on in homework and applications way more complicated than what was taught. I do not recommend him for this course.
STAT464

kbe12478 12/25/2008
Good class, but definitely challenges you to think. The textbook was very convoluted and confusing, as it would jump from examples to definitions and formulas and back to more examples. Cremins was a good teacher, and knew his stuff, even though class was boring at times. Four exams and weekly quizzes.
MATH462

Expecting an A
allie 06/04/2008
Cremins is a decent professor, but I had to teach myself from the book a fair amount. If you need to save money, you could just photo copy the necessary pages out of this book because it is small and you only use about 1/3 of it. Or you can get the 1st edition. Tests and quizzes weren't too bad, they were mostly based on the homework questions, so do all the homework and get help if you can't figure it out, and you'll do well.
MATH461

Expecting a B
Anonymous 03/03/2008
good prof. gives out practice tests which are very close to his real tests. very good teacher as well. explains everything really well.
MATH241

Expecting a c
Anonymous 12/21/2007
teaches it clearly and straightforward