Penelope Kirby - Florida State University

Professor: Penelope Kirby
Department: Mathematics
College: Florida State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Kirby was one of the best math teachers I've ever had. She's there when you need help and everything is very clearly stated so you know what you're being tested on. Even though its a flipped classroom, she makes sure you understand the material.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • 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:
Kirby was such a great professor. If you struggle or have anxiety when you flunk your first test or think you're not doing well, JUST PUSH THROUGH. Honestly, she replaces the lowest test grade with the final. Also if you do the homework early, you'll get 10% more on each homework. So def do the homework early. As well as doing an extra discussion.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
You will have homework on WebAssign three days a week. She has a flipped class set up so you do notes ahead of time , and then go over homework in class. I had tests in person. She gives extra credit and her exams were fair even though there were seven of them. I am by no means a math person but she helped me understand very well. best choice
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Kirby was nice and was very willing to help her students. The class was pretty hard and I barely scraped by with an A. There are lots of opportunities for extra credit. I took AP Calc in high school, got an A and passed the exam with a 4 and this class was still very hard.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Take Dr. Kirby if you can. She is kind and fair and will give you the chance to earn extra credit, which will motivate you to keep on top of things. Her class is not difficult IF you learn your materials on your own. Class time is usually spent solving problems.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Do not take this class during remote. I dont know what these reviews were before COVID but now, Kirby is terrible at teaching. This class was just a lack luster TA attempt of teaching(useless). Test have little amounts of questions that have topics you didnt cover. Only people doing good were people who already took Calc. I norm. get As in math
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
These awful reviews are not true. The class itself is HARD and you have to work for your grade. There was lots of homework but there was extra credit on every homework assignment. You have to put in the work to learn and actually do well. I have an A in the class but I have worked really hard for it. Dr. Kirby is very caring and understanding.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Literally the worst class I've ever taken. The tests are basically impossible to do well on because the lectures are horrible. She gives like 10 assignments each week that you have to do but are worth barely any points. Most of your grade is from the tests which are almost never multiple choice and are graded very hard. Do not take this class.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Ridiculous amounts of homework and pointless lectures. There were 5-6 assignments each week that could take hours each depending on the lesson. The lectures only went over a few homework assignments that weren't even from what we were currently working on.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I don't know if she struggles with teaching online or not, but this class is impossible. She grades her tests very harshly and does not teach. We go over 1-2 problems in an hour on zoom for a HW that would be due 2 weeks from that day, have about 6 HWs due weekly, and have no aid whatsoever on studying for tests. This class is hard as it is.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • 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:
Literally AWFUL. If you have to take her online classes, itd probably be easier to wait for an in person one. The class time was useless, she went over examples that were sections ahead of what we were currently studying. You basically have to teach everything to yourself, and then just hope for the best in the tests and quizzes
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Take this class with another professor if you can. Homework after homework every single day without having time to actually learn the information. Lectures are useless and only goes over a couple specific hw questions. Videos for the material are mostly taught by TAs/LAs that don't explain well or assume you took calculus in high school.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
In essence, I had to teach myself Calculus. Never in my life have I struggled in a math class, but this is just ridiculous. The material is not hard, but everything is overcomplicated and you have 0 time to sit down and learn the material. You complete one homework and have another right behind it. Expect to learn 4-5 lessons a week. Good luck...
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I was expecting this class to be hard considering what people have said about it... It's calculus. But the fact of the matter is that I feel completely unprepared doing the homeworks, and the prehomeworks. Class is a waste of time as the teacher only goes over 2 problems. Expected to watch videos before class. Meanwhile i have had A's in all math
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MAC1140
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
As a summer class, the amount of work put into it was insane. A TON OF HOMEWORK it was almost unnecessary. She doesn' t teach, she makes you watch videos and teach yourself which is very frustrating. The tests and quizzes are difficult but if you do practice tests it'll be fine. Your grade really is up to you and how well you can teach yourself
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MAC1140
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took this as a Summer course and the amount of homework given is pretty ridiculous. She doesn't actually teach the class but makes you watch videos before to you teach yourself. With that, if you're not good at math you will struggle in this class. The tests are difficult, but if you do a bunch of practice tests it helps a lot. No extra credit :(
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She's a really good professor and actually cares enough to put effort into teaching the class. Super nice woman, super good teacher. I really liked this class and it was easy despite it being calculus. There's a lot of homework but the homework is basically exactly what the tests will be. If you can choose a specific teacher for calc 1 choose her
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Kirby is a very good teacher and makes sure that you understand the material. There is a lot of homework, but they are similar to the problems that will be on the tests, which make up 60% of your grade. You need to show up to class to understand the material, especially later in the course. If you put in the work, you will succeed.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
One of the best math professors at FSU. She explains things well and never has you feel dumb. Gives extra credit for going to office hours and is so helpful! Lots of homework on Webassign, but the test problems were similar to hw/ notes exmaples. Curved tests. The class moves fast but she cares & wants you to learn.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MAC2311
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class wouldn't have been too difficult if there wasn't soo much homework. I took this class with four other classes, including orgo, and felt like I was drowning. I think with a less busy schedule, it wouldn't have felt as overwhelming. She offers a fair amount of extra credit, curves the tests, and was generous with final letter grades.
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