Michael Jakobson

15 reviews
Average rating: 2.53




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MATH246

Expecting a C-
Anonymous 12/23/2018
Jakobson may be the worst lecturer on campus. His speaking, writing, and teaching style make it nearly impossible to learn anything in his lectures, resulting in less than 10% of the class attending each lecture. My TA was the only reason I learned anything in the class, as his website and provided textbook are a mess to navigate and get information from. The homeworks and quizzes we had did little to build on what we did learn, even when we had an assignment or quiz every week. Avoid at all costs.
MATH660

Anonymous 08/09/2018
Not a particularly good lecturer, but fair grader.
MATH246

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/17/2014
Firstly I gotta say that before taking DFQ I knew nothing about this course, and Dr. Jakobson just screwed it up even more severer. I never absented but all I could do in his class this whole semester is merely sitting, napping and playing my cell phone. I totally got no idea about what he was talking about. Thanks for my lovely TA I didn't screw up whole things at the end before finals. So 4 stars for TA, 1 star for Dr. Jakobson(for his hard work awww). DON'T TAKE HIS CLASS UNLESS YOU GOT BALLS IN MATH
MATH246

Expecting a B
grumble 12/17/2013
If you're good at self-teaching, this professor is the one for you. I'll just go ahead and say it outright; he's not a good teacher in any sense of the phrase. Most of the notes that were useful when the exams came around came from my discussion sections, although the TA wasn't superb either. The problems and concepts aren't difficult or complicated at all; they're just incredibly numerous and Jakobson doesn't do a very good job in explaining them. If you're preparing yourself to take this class, understand that either you'll: a) be on the same page as him as few of the students were, or b) be pretty lost a lot of the time and will be engaging yourself heavily in the textbook. While he might be hard to understand, it certainly helps to read ahead and study the textbook prior to the lectures because you'll actually understand what's going on. However, I will say that his exams and quizzes are very fair. Simply teach yourself the rather basic concepts, do the suggested problems, and you'll probably be okay. Of 6 MATLABs, he drops the lowest grade for a total of 100 points and out of 150 earnable quiz points, he only accepts 100 in the final grade and he never really explained how that part works. 3 midterms are 100 points each and the final is worth 200.
MATH246

Expecting a B+
TerpGuy 01/15/2012
The review for Jakobson was misleading. He is portrayed as a really horrible professor but in retrospective, he was not bad mostly because his exams and quizzes were straightforward. Although some matlab homeworks were pain, they were doable since we were allowed to work in a group of 3. We only had about 5 matlab projects. Also, he gave out 5 extra credit points for each matlab projects if the presentation of the assignment was pretty. However, his lecture notes are very messy and I had to mostly self teach myself or rely on my TAs. Speaking of TAs, I got cheated out of an A because my TA never revealed to us that we could get extra credit points for matlab assignments until around the time before 3rd assignment was due. If you do the suggested book problems, you should do well on his exams. I would recommend taking him if you do not wanna be bothered by huge amounts of matlab assignments and terribly difficult exams.
MATH246

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/27/2011
Because of all the low reviews here, I didn't have very high expectations for Jakobson going in. As it turned out, Jakobson was much better than his reviews give him credit for. He usually teaches much better than the book does and always says what exactly is expected of you for each type of problem on a test. The book is good for the easier topics (integrating factors, exact equations) but becomes pretty useless later on in the course. At this point, you definitely want to go to lecture and he will make things pretty simple. He doesn't really try to trick you on tests or quizzes. If you can do the majority of the problems in the suggested homework, the tests are simple. He never really gave any integrals that were too tricky to evaluate. He ended up dropping our lowest quiz grade, and our lowest test was only weighted as half of a test. Gives pretty good partial credit, and is very organized. Homework problems are suggested and not graded. Matlab can be very time-consuming and annoying because you have to work in a group of 3, so I would recommend joining a discussion section with a few friends who you know are reliable, because it is a real hassle if you get stuck with random people who don't know what they're doing. Overall, I would definitely recommend Dr. Jakobson.
MATH246

Expecting a C
TinyOne 12/21/2011
It's not very hard to do well with this professor if you stay on top of your homework. I barely did homework and I got a C in the class. If you go to the lecture and discussion right before an exam, hints are dropped like bombs about the problems that will be on it. Even without the hints you get, the problems are pretty straightforward. The final was made up of easy problems, it was just long. Also, this professor dropped half of the the score of the worst exam and he gave extra credit on the Matlab projects. And while he wasn't the best lecturer, he certainly wasn't the worst.
MATH246

Anonymous 12/16/2011
He is not the teacher to teach the materials however he is not a harsh professor. He makes adjustments in the class to help students. His exams are not difficult if you do all the home work and he usually tells you before the exam what is on there. However he doesn't make the final. The final is different from what he does in class. The wording of the questions and the style of questions are different.
MATH246

Expecting a C
Anonymous 12/14/2011
His lectures are 100% a waste of time. He is very difficult to understand and he barely erases the chalkboard so it's difficult to read his notes. The only time his lectures made sense were when I studied the topic before class, and even then I got lost about 20 minutes along. That being said, his exams and quizzes are generally a lot easier than some of the other instructors. Compared to Balan (the other option this semester) the exams were easy. If you can afford the time, wait to take DiffEQ when there is a decent professor teaching it. The subject is so boring that a terrible teacher makes me lose interest in studying for the class at all.
MATH246H

Anonymous 08/18/2011
Hands down the worst math professor on campus. He blatantly does not care one bit about the material he is teaching or about his students. He avoids students when they're trying to reach him for help. He makes absolutely no effort to explain anything, his handwriting is terrible and narrated in useless comments that emphasize irrelevant or unimportant aspects while failing to build any sort of understanding. The homework he assigns often doesn't cover what's on the exam. If you have him, switch out immediately. I've had him twice for MATH246 - failed the first time and will likely fail again. He was listed as "Staff" so I didn't know what I was signing up for the second time around - I should have dropped the class the moment I saw him walk through the door.
MATH410

Expecting a B
timbade 07/25/2011
Jakobson was truly disappointing to learn from. He came to lecture and scribbled down some notes while mumbling in broken english. He did not want any input from the class, nor to talk to any of his students. He clearly had better things to be doing, and it seemed like this class was at the bottom of his priority list. His proof methods are sloppy, and I have a feeling that if he were the grader the grades would have been fine, but that was not the case. Some grad student the class never met did 100% of the grading, and was ultra meticulous. He is a fine guy, but I would avoid his class at all costs. I ended up with my first D ever, completely to my surprise. I am however, looking forward to redeeming myself with a better professor. Just don't take it with him, flat out.
MATH410

Expecting a B
Anonymous 12/18/2010
Jakobson was completely useless in lecture. It's hard to understand him and he never was helpful when it came to the homework. HOWEVER, he is pretty generous when it came to grades. He drops 4 homeworks, gives some extra credit, and will round up your final grade. May not be the best teacher, but you are more likely to get a better grade with him than some of the other professors. Teach yourself and do the hw with a friend and you will be fine.
MATH461

Expecting an A-
Anonymous 05/19/2010
WORST PROFESSOR. 20 people went to class regularly (armory room is full on test days) because his lectures are that bad. Can't understand him. Can't read his awful handwriting. Tests have many curve-balls and are completely different each time. Very hard to study for. Tests did not represent knowledge of subject. I retook this class because I didn't get transfer credit. Got A+ last time - barely, barely squeezed an A- this time even though the material was the exact same. Stay far away from this professor.
MATH461

frakking_geek 05/07/2010
The overall material itself was mildly interesting. I wish I could say the same however for Professor Jakobson's lectures. After the first 15 minutes on the first day, I realized that I was never going to learn a single thing from his class and that the semester was going to essentially be an independent study in Linear Algebra. His lectures are dry and boring, assuming one can read his handwriting on the chalkboard or understand his accent. And if you can get past both of them, that's also assuming that you can stay awake after listening to a couple of minutes of his monotone speech. Overall, going to lecture was a waste if you try to pay attention and learn from him. However, they were very productive as a good study environment if you took the textbook in class and just taught yourself the material from the book as he was lecturing on it. I can guarantee that most of the other people in that lecture would agree with me in how only a handful of us would show up to lecture each time. Even then, the number of students in lecture would exponentially decay as time went on, starting from the first couple of minutes of class, with students leaving as though they came to lecture with the hope that it would be somewhat effective in learning the material, forgetting just how bad Jakobson’s lectures are and then being hit with the same revelation each time that it really was pointless to show up to class. Again, I was probably one of the few that regularly came to class and that was due solely to the fact that I realized that if I was able to tune out the lecture, I was able to teach myself the material from the book and understand it on a much deeper level than I could ever hope to gain from listening to Jakobson’s lectures. I can confidently say that this class has by far been the one with the least effective professor I’ve ever had in my entire time I have been in school, going as far back as pre-k.
MATH246H

Expecting an A
fiddlerkrt 01/22/2009
Tests and quizzes aren't very difficult as long as you know what you are doing. Lectures are extremely boring and the matlab assignments are pretty time consuming. The class overall is not too bad. You should have no trouble getting an A or a B.