Dave Sumner - University of South Carolina

Professor: Dave Sumner
Department: Mathematics
College: University of South Carolina
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MATH574
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Best teacher i've had so far! he's retired now but if he comes back to teach another class definitely take it. he challenges students if you want it and i found the material really interesting. he really wants everyone to succeed and to love math.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MATH511
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Doesn't explain well at all! You never know where he pulls out the numbers from and he doesn't explain it either. Very smart but doesn't know how to help kids that just don't get it off the bat. Weekly quizzes that are not too bad. Hw is not turned in, but do it if you want to pass!! He tries to help but not very effective.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATH574
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Excellent professor; very skilled in his field, very knowledgeable, and very helpful. Definitely a challenging course.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MATH142
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I've now taken classes for 15 years (multiple degrees). By far in the top 3 of the best teachers ever - regardless of degree or subject. He wasn't easy - also rated in top 5 for difficulty and worked hard to earn a good grade (B that time). He explained concepts so well, made class fun, and even after five years I still remember what he taught!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MATH250
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Sumner is a really good teacher to take for Vector because he is very interested in making sure his students learn whats behind the material instead of just memorizing the material. He gives you practice exams that are very representative of the actual exam. Overall, a really nice professor with interesting stories.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MATH250
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Sumner is one of the best teachers I've ever had. He knew exactly what he was talking about, and made sure we did too. Homework is accounted for in the form of quizes. Exams are harder than quizes, but are the same difficulty as practice exams. Dr. Sumner isn't looking to screw anyone, but he won't just give you an A; you get the grade you earn
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MATH250
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best math teachers I've had. Good sense of humor. His tests are very similar to his practice exams. Entertaining teacher, I never missed a class.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MATH250
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pretty good
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: SEVERAL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Probably my favorite all time professor. The classes I had him for were difficult by their nature, but he made them fun. Has the best sense of any math professor of how to get his students to understand difficult material. Participate in his class, it will help you. Not only does he give out quarters for good answers (nice to buy a soda between classes), but if you participated he's one of the best recommenders out there. While most math profs are either smart or good teachers, he's both. Take him.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CALCULUS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr Sumner is one of the best math teachers I've ever had. I found he explained concepts very well, made class fun, and was interested in his students as people. I found his grading fair and his approach easy to understand.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MATH250X241
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I love this man's sense of humour. He is sort of awkward but in a very endearing way. He knows a LOT about math and is very enthusiastic about it. Be prepared to understand a lot more about calculus. I will definitely go to him in the future about math problems.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MATH250X241
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He has a very funny wit, and makes class fun. His tests are very fair, and his exams are just like the practice ones. Highly recommend taking his class!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MATH5745
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very good teacher and very smart. He really wants his students to learn. The concepts in 575 were pretty difficult for me though. Best to keep up with homework and there are weekly quizzes but they're usually pretty easy.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MATHS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
An extremely clear and precise teacher. Explains concepts I already knew so well that I could use them in ways I hadn't thought of before. His classes are challenging, but also interesting. He is easily the best teacher I've had in my life.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MATH
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Excellent teacher
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MATH574
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Excellent Teacher
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MATH142
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No Comments
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MATH142
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
very hard, but very good, nationally known mathematician
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MATH142
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The subject was confusing but he made it as easy as possible
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