Deirdre Smith - University of Arizona

Professor: Deirdre Smith
Department: Mathematics
College: University of Arizona
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MATH129
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Just don't. As soon as the semester starts you know the class will be awful. The lecture is just a "fill in the blank" lecture, no explanation at all; homework from chapters get no help at all from regular class, you have to really work to do them. Professor is condescending all of the time, making the class feel dumb for not answering.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MATH122B
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
One of those teachers who, when you ask a question, belittles you because you didn't know something she hasn't taught. Constantly does the "And the answer should be..." and the answer is really up to how she's feeling, however you never get it right because it's some stupid phrase that she mentioned once during the first week of class.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATH122B
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I had no option to chose my professor for MATH 122B. I saw the reviews on here and tried to go in with an open mind. She is difficult, there is no getting around that, however you will learn the material thoroughly. She is a hard grader, but that in turn makes the common final a breeze. If you do your work, she will recognize and reward that.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MATH122B
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Tried to go into her class w an open mind but everything on this profile is true. Shes disrespectful, patronizing, has a fill in the blank style lecture & expects you to finish her sentences with terms and insults the class when we have no idea what shes getting at, her grading is ridiculous. Youll never know when hw is due. UA should fire her.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: 122B
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She fails to teach what she expects you to do on homework. She is not approachable and will treat you like an idiot when you try to ask her for help.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MATH122A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The worst professor ever. She only teaches the basic and expects you to understand everything that comes out of her mouth. Her lectures don't cover 95% of the things that are on the homework and online. If you want to test into the 'B' portion of Math 122, get a calculus tutor the first day of class.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MATH122B
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is the epitome of awful. She cannot instruct the material and instead expects the students to know all material beforehand, and simply gets upset with students when they are confused. She is unhelpful and disrespectful, as she will leave the classroom before most students do despite the students waiting to ask questions. DO NOT TAKE HER. SWITCH
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MATH122B
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Smith has aided in giving me perhaps my worst ever academic experience. She does nothing to engage anyone in the class, which is even more detrimental when she goes through 2-3 full sections in 50 minutes and expects homework and gives quizzes the next day. She is disrespectful, dull, and simply seems inconvenienced by students.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MATH122A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Horrible Teacher. Grades hard and requires to much of the students. She expects everyone to be amazing at calc right off the back and she is not good at explaining the process. Just avoid her at all cost.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: 122B
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Calculus is never an easy subject for anybody, so to say the professor is responsible for it being hard is unfair. Deirdre expects work to be done 100% correctly with the right notation or she will take off points, she gives a lot of homework but in the long run, it gives you more practice. Tests are tough, but it makes the final exam more easy.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MAT129
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Good teacher, at least she explains things clearly. She doesnt use d2l so had no idea where my grade stood. There is written homework and a webassign for each section, seems like a lot but did good job helping prepare for test. No quizzes. Math comes easy to me so I found this class easy, not sure she is best for someone who struggles with math.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MATH163
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This was a hybrid class so mostly online, and a lecture for taking a quiz. Exams are graded pretty tough, but if you study you're fine, I got Bs on all of them. The hardest part about this class was staying on top of the online work, really easy to miss due dates. I'll probably retake the course because of that. I thought Smith was a fine teacher.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: 122B
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She is awful. She does not use d2l and homework deadlines are ambiguous . She grades homework very hard and does not seem to care much about the students. Her lectures are bad and she makes lots of mistakes. It is hard to stay engaged all semester and push through. Take it with anyone else.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: 122B
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I was switched into her class last minute and didn't know much about her, but now after the semester, I would not recommend taking MATH 122B with her. She was not very easy to talk to and her tests are difficult if you don't pay attention in class. She was very harsh at grading homework also. Take this class with ANYONE else.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MATH163
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I had a 4.0 going into the spring semester and I studied my butt off in this class. I'm normally really good at math, so I tried going into office hours to see what I was doing wrong and it was useless. Statistics isn't that bad itself, but she makes it ten times worse. Avoid if possible!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MATH163
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class is a hybrid so pretty much everything is done online. She doesn't teach well and isn't helpful and office hours are pointless. Lecture is used to go over the ch that was assigned online the week before and to take a test. She doesn't answer questions even if its about a test. The class average is an F. I don't recommend this class.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MATH163
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The course is hybrid, so homework and most learning is online, while lecture periods are for clarification and tests. Lecture is pointless, since she doesn't even understand what she is supposed to be teaching, or if she does, she doesn't know how to teach it. Office hours are useless as well.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: STATS163
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
DO NOT TAKE HER CLASS! She is a terrible teacher. She doesn't teach you anything at all and she gets annoyed when you don't understand the material. This class is basically impossible.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MATH122B
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
avoid at all costs. She can't teach at all and won't do anything to help you or the class even when the average is 45%
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MATH109C
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class was by far my hardest class. She is absolutely awful I would 100% recommend getting out of the class do whatever it takes! Class is very confusing, she never gives reminders when she assigns online homework & the tests are very difficult. She's very mean in her office hours almost to the point where she becomes disrespectful and rude.
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