Allan Yashinski

7 reviews
Average rating: 4.57

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Expecting an A+
Anonymous 06/14/2020
Dr. Yashinski is a very good professor at upper-level math courses. You learn a lot in his lectures.

Expecting a C-
Anonymous 12/21/2019
Alan is a really nice teacher but lin alg can be really boring. If you sit in the back, it may be hard to hear him or see what he is writing on the chalkboard so sit as close as you can!! This was one of my mistakes. Honestly I thought this class would be my easy A but I was wrong. Once you fall off, you really fall off since every lesson is based off the previous. (It was hard for me to be on top of doing practice problems for this class b/c I was focused on CMSC216 and CMSC250). This class is not challenging but that does not mean that it is not a lot of work. Doing the recommended practice problems really help for the weekly quizzes and definitely do the practice exams!! I learned the lessons better by going to discussion!! My TA (Chula) was really good at reteaching it in a more simplified way and I learned more from going to discussion than lecture.

Anonymous 09/05/2019
Yashinski is quite organized in presenting mathematical theorems and then doing practice problems to help us understand what they look like in application. This is a huge plus compared to the other lecturers. He also avoids that fatal flaw with math professors/lecturers where they teach one thing, and then the whole exam is much harder than the practice problems or there's some derivations that you didn't learn in class. If you're looking for success in math, as tough as it is, he is your... second best bet. Nobody can really beat Justin Wyss-Gallifrent in teaching math at UMD.

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/04/2019
God tier. Easy to understand; presents theorems followed by examples. Midterms are mostly straightforward with one or two fun, more challenging problems. Interesting material.

Expecting an A
Anonymous 04/06/2019
Really good lecturer, kinda funny. Exams are pretty easy as long as you study.

Expecting an A-
Anonymous 12/11/2018
Great professor. Funny and engaging, explains concepts very well and is fair with grading and exam questions. I wish midterms had more time but what can you do? I feel like I really understood linear algebra from the way he taught it. I know his style isn't best for everyone, but his style was perfect for me.

Expecting a B+
Anonymous 12/31/2017
Teaching: He's a great teacher, explains concepts well, pretty much on par with the required textbook. Chill guy. Format: There are two midterms. The second one is harder than the first. The difficulty with getting an A in this class is the true false questions. A lot of them are similar to his optional homework problems, but there are so many of them to study that most people end up losing points on the true and false. I got a 93 on the first exam and a B- on the second one due to mainly true and false errors. I ended up with a B+ in the course, since the final was hard. The weekly quizzes are easy and based off of examples quickly taught in lectures, even though they're supposed to be based off of the optional homework. The matlab projects are very straightforward. The hard part is the exams. Since there is so much material to cover, its very easy to forget important varieties of problems, some of which you may have hardly seen which surprisingly appear on exams. MATLAB Projects 15% Quizzes 15% Midterm Exams 40% Final Exam 30%