George Novacky - University of Pittsburgh

Professor: George Novacky
Department: Computer Science
College: University of Pittsburgh
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CS0008
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
GO TO LECTURE. There are a lot of assignments but they boost your grade if you do well. Go to recitation and ask questions. Dr. Novacky is hilarious and a nice guy if you don't ask surface questions. Give undivided attention in lecture and you don't even have to study.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CS0008
  • 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:
Great professor, really energetic and funny. The projects are do-able but you need to start early. Easy to do well if you use resources (TA, office hours) available to you. Tests are straightforward. No surprises.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CS0008
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
he's kind of loud but at least he's enthusiastic about it. he's funny and the tests are fair in terms of difficulty and grading. i learned well from him
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CS1501
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Super awesome at explaining algorithms.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CS0441
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He's an only guy who's mind is failing. He's very sporadic and you won't easily get bored of him, just the material he teaches. Once you're off topic and you get any bit lost, kiss the rest of class goodbye. You're not gonna know what's going on then. Overall an easy pass. Just do the homework and you'll be fine.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CS441
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Would not take again. He does not teach so lectures are basically a waste to go to. If you must take his class, utilize the powerpoint slides that are available for the book. This will teach you more than showing up for class.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: 441
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is a great guy and is really smart, but doesn't know how to teach. Would be very vague about what to expect on tests and quizzes. Homework problems were a lot but really useful. Lecture never helped because he always went on so many tangents
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CS0007
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Really funny. Sometimes disorganized but I thought he did a good job teaching overall. I had no programming experience before this class and was able to do really well. Many people struggled, however, but just make sure to practice and work on the assignments on your own and you will be fine.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CS441
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He can try and be the funniest, most entertaining professor at the University all he wants. Don't let if fool you. He's completely disorganized. He frequently puts things on quizzestests that he said wouldn't be on there. At the end of the day, he's just an unfair, disorganized, and unprofessional comedian masquerading as a college professor.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CS1502
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Easy class. Just show up for exams and put some effort into the homework and you'll be fine. Dr. Novacky can be hard to reach when seeking clarification, though. He also has a tendency to get lost in problems he's trying to work through in lecture.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CS0007
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you are a comport science major, he will prepare you for your future classes. If you are not a computer science major, do not take him for this class.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CS441
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's a nice guy, but I'd advise you to stay as far away from this unorganized mess of a professor as humanly possible.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CS441
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's a super nice (and very quirky) guy. Lectures are hilarious and he drives the information very powerfully. Homeworks really help students learn, although there are a lot and it isn't always easy. Practice exams and quizzes help prepare students for the midterm and final.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CS1501
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Fair grader, sweet disposition, and expectations are pretty clear but beware, he's disorganized. Get familiar with where his office is because you're going to be visiting it a lot.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: COE1501
  • 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: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I always take Dr. Novacky when I get the chance. He is a great professor and always very willing to help students. His projects are doable and he provides practice exams which are very similar to the exam he will give so there are no surprises. Definitely recommend him!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CS1501
  • 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:
I have taken 3 courses with Novacky, and I really like him! Fair exams with no surprise, and he is very helpful at office hour! Projects are definitely doable
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CS445
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His lectures are pointless. I found myself skipping class and simply reading the sections myself. Easy-ish tests -- the assignments were a nightmare, though. His instructions are hazy but his expectations are precise. And he is nearly unreachable; it seems as though he doesn't read his emails (though he will respond). Good luck with this one.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CS0445
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I once asked him two questions via email but he replied one word "NO" after 24 hours.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CS0008
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very interesting professor and a nice guy. Really wants to help you to learn. Not the most organized, but a good choice for intro to programming.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CS0445
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Novacky is a really nice guy, but he has a tendency to ramble on about meaningless topics. He's a fair grader though and wants to help students. The projects can be hard sometimes, as he doesn't explain how to use the techniques needed to complete the projects, but the exams aren't so bad.
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