Dave Tomkins - Thompson Rivers University

Professor: Dave Tomkins
Department: Mathematics
College: Thompson Rivers University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1130
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dave was a great teacher for first year calculus. He has a quirky/self-deprecating sense of humour, and is fairly easygoing. He does a great job explaining some tricky concepts, and is always willing to help. He is quite a tough grader on tests, but also fair. It was a fun class, and I'm glad I had him.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: STAT200
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I highly recommend Dave for Stats. He gives practice questions for every chapter (with answer key) and his quizzes/tests are the same level of difficulty. He's enthusiastic about the material and thoroughly answers any questions that arise in class.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1070
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dave is an amazing and funny prof. He gives quizzes every week to see where your at. He is a very tough grader, but once you know what he wants its not that bad. If you are stuck on anything he is available outside of class for help.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: STAT1101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Awesome teacher had it in my first 2 semesters really good enthusiastic about math and funny overall gives weekly quizzes to make sure you study tough marker though but always helpful
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1130
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Awesome teacher. Yes, he is a tough grader but if you have to take Calculus this is your absolute best bet by far! If you are having trouble in class he will bend over backwards to meet you outside of class to help you go over material that you are stuck on.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1380
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Amazing math teacher. He is extremely friendly and helpful, and shows great enthusiasm for math. He leaves no student behind, he always keeps everyone up to speed and prepared before tests. Probably the best math teacher I have ever had.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: STAT1200
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
100% would recommend. He's such a dork and that's what makes the class so enjoyable. (ask about his rogaine and Viagra mix up). Math isn't my favourite subject in the world, but I thoroughly enjoyed this class. He gives plenty of examples and reviews/ worksheets for his tests and quizzes. Kind of a tough marker, but you learn quickly what he wants.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: 1230
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dave is probably the best prof I've had in 1st year. He gives quizzes once a week to keep you studying, he gives you a very clear idea of what you need to know, and he teaches with total clarity. I wish every course was like this. Dave posts homework etc. so you don't need the textbook (I did calc I & II with no text). Also, fastest marker at TRU.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1230
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hilarious anecdotes (ask about Mary-Ann, or the time he got pulled over). Very clear and helpful, however he grades very very tough. He is however very consistent in his marking, and he is open to discussion of a grade if you believe it should be different. Tests are fair and based on assignments. Very quick to grade and return.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: 1130
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dave's a great teacher and you can tell he reeaally loves calculus, he's always cracking awful jokes and he makes his lectures not boring. Good teacher, would take again. Might have to.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: 1130
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Amazing lectures and always willing to help. The downside is that he is an extremely tough marker! He deducts almost full marks for missing something.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1130
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great teacher, his only downside is that he marks quite hard. But all of his quizzes and tests are very fair, and he does a good job making a boring subject kind of entertaining.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1240
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dave is a great prof. He is very enthusiastic and has a great sense of humor. He explains his math very well and is available any time after class for questions. Dave's midterm and Final are very fair and just make sure you pay attention in class. Every day you learn something new. Overall great teacher and would recommend to everyone.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1240
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Would recommend. Tests are very fair, and he provides you with worksheets saving you from buying the text. Willing to help and very friendly
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1230
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really enjoyed his teaching. Don't really need the textbook, since he has worksheets with enough problems for you to practice. Some of the questions he asks are really tedious but that's just the nature of the course (calc 2)
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: STAT1101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great prof, easy to understand and gives tons of examples. Make sure you attend class and do the practice worksheets and you will do great.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1230
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dave is an awesome teacher. He takes his time teaching important concepts, and does a ton of examples. His tests and quizzes are heavily based on his handouts (which are optional) and in-class examples. Really nice and helpful, funny, and makes great fudge.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1230
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of my favourite teachers I've ever had. Explains things in easily understandable terms, gives tons of examples and worksheets, and bases the tests directly off of tests and quizzes. He's also a hilarious guy; he'd get our class laughing every day with his hilarious stories and anecdotes. I highly recommend taking any course of his.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Son of a b. Got 96% in math 11, 94% in math 12 and then a D in daves class!!! He explains the concepts well enough but then the tests have questions that you've never seen before and he just says you should be able to infer how to do them!!! Ridiculous! I could challenge this course with a test written by a different teacher and probably get at least an A-. Avoid.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: STAT120
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Had a tendency to only help the cute girls, explained things clearly though, i found his marking to be fair, no surprises on the midterms or exams.
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