Judy Etchison - SMU - Southern Methodist University

Professor: Judy Etchison
Department: Computer Science
College: SMU - Southern Methodist University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CS1342
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof Etchison's class has so far been the hardest class I've ever taken. I have received a 100% on every assignment, every lab and every quiz, but I don't know if I will pass. Her tests are incredibly difficult and her grading is very unforgiving. Lots of people drop because of this class. Take a different professor. She doesn't do online well.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CS1342
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Etchison gives a good intro to C++. Although the participation assignments in the online textbook were annoying, they were very easy. The lectures were repeats of what was in the textbook but I guess that helps people new to coding. She is very good at responding to questions about the programs so don't be afraid to ask for help!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She will respond to your emails so fast and is always willing to help you program! She is so caring and although sometimes lectures can be boring since this is an intro class its because she really takes her time to help everyone at every level. There is no reason to fail this class if you utilize her resources.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CS1342
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class becoming online hurts the quality of this class. You are forced to buy and use the online textbook and she is the type of professor that cares about tests. Her tests are worth 60% of your grade so if you're into that she's the professor for you. If you're a bad test taker be prepared to study big time for exams.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CS1342
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I loved Dr. Etchison! She's very helpful and available outside of class, and she explains things in an easy way to understand. Some people think her tone of voice makes her sound condescending, but I truly think that's just how she talks. Some of the concepts are hard, so just be ready to dedicate yourself.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are super useful and she explains everything in amazing detail and helps you understand it all. If you don't pay attention and don't take notes you won't do well. Always (even right before midnight deadlines) accessible by email, and always willing to help you. Test content is always made very clear, and explained in detail in lectures.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1341
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Etchison was by far the W O R S T professor I've ever had in the engineering school. Unless you did super well in Java and have an extensive background in computer science, she goes way too quickly to understand anything. She's also just flat out condescending and rude if she thinks you're not catching on to things. Def DON'T recommend.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Etchison is the perfect person to teach C++. Everything is explained in detail, and she's always available by email (even for the midnight deadlines). The quizzes aren't hard if you took notes and paid attention in class.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Etchison is the best computer science professor I could have hoped for coming into my first semester. Not only did she make learning C++ easy and enjoyable, she is always accessible to students through office hours and email, even on short notice. She has inspired me to continue learning computer science even though it isn't my major.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1341
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I took her for CSE 1341. I really enjoyed the class. Assignments were spelled out easily. In my opinion you have to try to fail this class. If you do all the assignments and turn them in on time you won't have any issues. Professor Etchison is amazing with replying to emails instantly. Anything above a 90 is a solid A.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Took C++ this past semester and had a great experience. Pay attention in class, do your assignments on time and you will do well in the course and be well prepared for future courses. The material is interesting with labs and programs that ensure you have full understanding. She encourages questions in class so make sure to raise your hand.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She is a great professor who clearly presents the material in class and is always encouraging questions. While attendance isn't mandatory she makes it clear that your attendance is typically directly correlated to your grade because her lectures cover more test material than the readings (I went to nearly every class). Start you programs early.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Both in class and during office hours, Professor Etchison is helpful, enthusiastic, and patient. Tests are open book and correlate directly to reviews, weekly homeworks, and programs. Lab quizzes provide more than enough time and come with lab aid to help ya out. Programs are time consuming but doable. Overall, a caring and competent professor.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Etchison is always willing to help you and clarify any questions you may have, especially when debugging code. The open book policy is nice, but you should only use it to double check your answers; don't get too caught up looking up answers in the textbook.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Her test policy is open book because "in the real world, if you don't know something, you can look it up". Having said that, doing well in the class still boils down to how well you understand the general principles of CS (since the syntax you can look up). Do the homework even though it's worth like 1% each, it helps. And speak up if you're lost
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very clear lectures and always wiling to help. The class wasn't hard for me all all but may prove challenging to some people. Test were very easy plus she lets you your book during it which can be a life saver. Responds to emails quickly and will at times give out extra credit for her exams.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1342
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took her C++ class, I found that she presented the material rather well. In addition, she goes out of her way to ensure that you understand all concepts at a high level. Tests are about average difficulty, know what you're doing and you'll do fine. Fantastic professor and wonderful person, I highly recommend her.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
A decent teacher. Very friendly & fairly helpful. She answers her emails very promptly. Tests are not too hard if you study & HW is always easy. Still, she does not present the material extremely well, and she uses weird, abstract examples. Sometimes it gets confusing. She's a LOT better than some of the CSE teachers! I'd recommend her.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took this class Spring of 2008. She is a nice lady but the class sucks. The labs arent hard but the class sucks. Tests are VERY hard. I had to take this for my major, I would NOT RECOMMEND this class for anyone unless they have a good amount of programming knowledge beforehand. She is nice, but its a hard class. Dont get fooled like many of us di
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CSE1340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof. Etchison does not present the material well. I took a java course in high school and aced it, but when I attended her class it just confused me. Many non computer savy people tend to struggle in this class. She may not be good at presenting the material, but she is always offering review sessions and is always available for questions.
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