Sylvia Brandt - University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Professor: Sylvia Brandt
Department: Economics
College: University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: RESECON213
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great professor. Very passionate and excited about the subject. Not a lot of office hours but will sit down with you for the whole time to help.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: RESECON472
  • 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:
One of the best professors i've ever had
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: RESECON472
  • 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:
She is very passionate about this subject and is extremely knowledgable. Going to class is important because its the only way to get the material but if you miss some classes its not the end of the world. No book and shes a very lenient grader. Interesting class and definitely not too much work (2 exams and a lit review)
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: RESEC472
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Sylvia is passionate about teaching this topic - she cares. Ignore all the previous reviews regarding her teaching of stats if you're taking this class. There is a LOT of material for this class. You've gotta show up or you'll fall behind. Tests are comprehensive but she's a lenient grader. Lets you retake exam 1. Literature review is difficult.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: STATS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Terrible class and terrible teacher. Wont be teaching this class anymore, most likely because of her end of year evaluations. She is rude and it seems like she wants kids to do bad.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: RESEC212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Just pay attention at lecture and skip discussion. The tests use the exact questions from lecture examples and OWLs. I got perfect scores on the second test and final. It's just definitions, concepts and algebra. Pretty nitpicky because of small material covered. She gets pissed at rude people but to be fair the students were immature d-bags.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: RESEC212
  • 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:
Terrible. Terrible. Took 2 hrs to explain something that takes 15 min. Really boring. Gives LOTS of extra credit which is nice. Dan, the TA taught me more in 10 min than Brandt throughout the whole class. Really mean in class and WOULD chase you down if you left early.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: RESEC212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Don't get discouraged from comments below. All in all shes a decent prof shes fairly nitpicky in lectures and has a pretty bad attitude overall. but the bonus point scheme she gives is extremely fair and if you show up to class and do the owls and have a c average you can still get an a. Fairly clear in lectures too, TA's are helpfull
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: RES212
  • 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:
She is terrible. Power points useless. Additude is angry and bitter. I took the class in high school and got an A easy. Here I struggle for a B if even. The tests are ridiculous and you have to teach your self everything. her method of teaching makes simple concepts confusing and defeats the purpose of learning statistics.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: RESEC212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
brutal. useless never ending power points, endless owls. terrible teacher who seems to be proud to see kids struggle/fail. as made clear from day 1.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: STATS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pretentious and unhelpful are the first two words that come to mind when rating prof. brandt. The unhelpful and endless powerpoint slides make easy lessons seem esoteric. There isn't a lot of material that gets covered in the class, but you'll still have to learn it from the book if you expect an A. Lectures are only good for PRS points.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: RES212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awful teacher who doesn't explain the material easily. Also is very boring and unfriendly.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: REEC212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Terrible professor. Pretentious and unlikable.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: STATS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
ended up with a solid grade but she is boring and not a good teacher
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: STATS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Easy class, but all you need is the book to study. The lectures only help because she gives extra credit and PRS, otherwise pointless. She's a nice person if you get to know her and she seems to really care about the students. Take the class and study for an A.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: RESECON212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Soooo boring, plus lectures are muddled
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: RESECON212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really nice. Class isn't that hard, never went and got a B. If she is unclear at times, just ask her to clear it up, and she will.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: RESECON212
  • 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:
I was scared to take this class b/c of all of the horrible comments about her on this site but I have had great experiences with her. She is one of the nicest professors ever and is so helpful in review sessions and office hours. The first test was easy so we'll see how the rest of the year goes.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: RESECON212
  • 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:
Outstanding, very clear presentations.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: RESEC
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
worst teacher that i have ever had at UMass by far!! she is not clear and expects you to know this stuff without her teaching it to you.she might be one of those people who is too smart to teach because she doesnt understand why no one else gets it.TA's were good.she was horrible!everyone hated her
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