Andrew Nicas - McMaster University

Professor: Andrew Nicas
Department: Mathematics
College: McMaster University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: 2X03
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Great prof, very nice and approachable, also very helpful during office hours. Really wish I can take one of his class again.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1AA3
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
not a bad guy, but definitely a bad teacher. almost as bad as Gail ;). This old f just stares at the mf board and mumbles to himself. don't go to class just learn from YouTube videos or textbook. someone honestly put this old f in a retirement home.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATH2X03
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Provides hints in his midterm and exam review that are EXTREMELY helpful as well as lecture and homework material that is relevant and is chosen to really help you understand concepts that you will be evaluated on.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MATH2X03
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Really great prof. He works so hard to make jokes and connect with students. Super approachable outside of class. If you pay attention in lectures and do lots of practice problems, you will do well!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1AA3
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
to be honest if you read the textbook you should be able to achieve a fine grade. personally i think the textbook explains more clear. certain in-class examples were helpful for the midterms. he once admitted that his voice was monotone.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1AA3
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Nicas is a funny, nice guy, but I found lectures left me confused. He didn't do enough examples in class for concepts (did unnecessary proofs) that turned out to be more important than he made it seem. I ended up teaching myself some things with the textbook or other online resources. You can still do well, but I'd go with someone else.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1AA3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
the worst prof I've ever had. He spent each lecture with his back to the class and never answered questions. It was almost easier just to teach myself out of the textbooks than go to his class. He made absolutely no sense in lecture and didn't try to make sense. The TAs in the class are the only reason I passed. He's awful. Do not take his class.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1AA3
  • 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:
He turns his back to you for the majority of the lectures and speaks relatively quietly, making it very difficult to learn. He was also extremely dull, making it even more difficult to understand what he is saying. I was forced to learn the majority of the subjects on my own via Youtube and the math help centre. Overall, don't recommend.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1AA3
  • 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:
Looks at the board the whole time while giving the lecture and doesn't explain anything well. One of the most monotone people I've met in my entire life too.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1AA3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
states at the back wall while giving his lectures
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1AA3
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures were very badly organized where you don't really know if you're on a new topic or not when coming in. He doesn't look at the class at all (so you need to call out his name for him to answer a question), pretty monotone and boring, but sometimes has his moments.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: 2R03
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Great prof. Very fair and his tests and assignments are very straight forward.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1B03
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great prof!! Easy tests if u how to do the review problems.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1B03
  • 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:
Brilliant guy, extremely fair midterms and final. A little quirky, but it's all part of his charm! I pulled an 11 without going to class, but I'm sorry I didn't go more because I really enjoyed his lectures; a little dry (this is linear algebra people), yes, but he sometimes inserts amusing jokes and cartoons and he does try to enthuse the class.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: AA3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
hes 1 of my best prof so far. his lecture is kind of boring, but hes really really smart. hes very approachable .... although i dont like to attend his lecture but i would definitely love his office hr
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1AA3
  • 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:
No, not like Mr. Bean more like "Blackadder II". Anyways, by far the best professor I've had at McMaster.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MATHBEAN
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This is Mr Beans twin brother, Dr Bean. Oh, yeah I'm the one that drives that blue 3 wheeled car, so stop running me off the road!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MATH1AA3
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great prof, very reasonable tests and exam.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MATH3X03
  • 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. Nicas is a good instructor. He is clear and his tests and very reasonable. His lectures are sometimes dry, so his jokes sometimes fall flat...but he is a very nice guy and is very smart. Great semester.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MATH3X03
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The class was somewhat boring, however his lectures are still pretty valuable and he's a very smart man.
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