James O'Connell - Pace University (all)

Professor: James O'Connell
Department: Mathematics
College: Pace University (all)
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I made the mistake of taking this class because I'm usually a great math student and thought I'd be fine despite all reviews I read about him. DON'T MAKE THIS MISTAKE. Loves to go on tangents about an imaginary party in Brooklyn and how the Chainsmokers and Ariana Grande are the greatest artists. He doesn't use email either. Your GPA will DROP!!!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's very rude to students. Makes mistakes constantly. Cannot provide any extra explanations beyond the textbook. He talks down to students. He misplaced one students test and told her that she didn't give it it. when a student had a complaint about a quiz he said loudly in front of the class that "your just upset because you didn't do well."
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
For someone who doesn't pick math up fast, I would not recommend. He doesn't spend much time explaining problems, he'll refer you to look at the text book for more information. He takes attendance everyday. Everything he does on the board is what is on the exams. Take notes and start a class group chat for exams!!
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's a really sweet older gentleman. I'm not good in math and I did really well in his class. Just show up take notes and review them for the test and you'll get good grades. I appreciated his method of using colorful chalk on the board to explain topics. Definitely recommend for anyone not good in math.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He only sticks to what the book says, so if you have a question, he cannot answer it. It is like he is deficient in his own teaching matter. He messes up a lot and rarely notices until someone calls him out for it. I DO NOT RECOMMEND.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He had no clue what he was doing and his instructions were very unclear. There is an end of course excel project that even the tutoring center didn't understand. People have told me that instead you should take this online and get the credits transferred.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures are boring and never make much sense, if you ask questions he will just ramble until you forget your question. doesn't explain the basics very well. DON'T BUY THE TEXTBOOK. However his tests are very fair and are EXACTLY what you do in class. Don't take if you need to understand it, but it's an easy A if you just need to pass.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Boooooring. This class was so boring. All we did was sit and watch the professor write questions and answers on the board in colorful chalk. Don't get me wrong, he is a decent person and he is willing to guide you if you need it. Just not during class. It takes him 20+ mins to set up and take attendance. Spends 30mins talking about his life.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
O'Connell interrupts class to give irrelevant "life lessons". Doesn't give help when asked. Just gives you formulas but doesn't explain how to find the numbers within the problem. Makes topics seem more difficult than they have to be. Refuses to teach w/ a calculator. Will not let you use an easier method even if you know one. Avoid at all costs.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Yes, he is old but what he writes on the board is EXACTLY what you will get in the test!! easy class, fair grader. I would recommend him for everyone.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MAT103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is a super old guy. Makes so much mistakes while teaching . promises to give everyone A- if you do good on the last two assignments I go a B. Says he will drop the lowest score and then doesn't . Currently in a grade change conflict w him. I would avoid him if you don't want the confusion. And he goes on rants about life and waste time.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: 104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
By far the worst professor I have had in my entire academic career! Stay clear because his class is a waste of time! You will not learn and he will make offensive jokes. I would not recommend taking him because he yells at you when you ask for help and he is never clear. He will not answer your emails and you will always be left in the dark. AVOID!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No homework, tests are straight and EXACTLY from the notes. EXACT. Don't really need the textbook. If you take notes and actually study for the tests I promise you will get an A. It is extremely difficult to pay attention in this class, so if you can't learn by studying on your own, this class is not for you. Nice man but boring class.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MAT205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I am currently a freshmen taking O'Connel's class. Senior year in high school I was in AP Calculus so math comes easy to me. One word to describe this class and professor is "SLOW". He moves like a snail and uses different color chalk to do problems (which may be helpful to some students). However, the material is extremely easy
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • 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:
Teaches really slow but easy to understand and not difficult at all. It is really easy to get a good grade. This professor is really old, but you shouldn't have any problems with him.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MATH100
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Very helpful. teaches at a slow pace, reviews a lot. allows you to attend his other classes to study. Cares if you get it or not. messes up on his own problems sometimes. doesn't allow you to eat in class
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MAT104
  • 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:
Amazing professor that will never give up on you and make sure you leave knowing what you need to do well in the future.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MAT117
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Take this professor. Everything we did in class was on the test, sometimes the exact problem. Homework is optional, attendence is optional. Everything is crystal clear, he's an easy grader with partial credit, and he goes over it so many times, it's impossible to fail his tests.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MAT102
  • 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:
unfortunately he was not the easy grader people have bragged about. Recently, been hard to understand and tells you to do a problem one way, but when you do he marks it wrong on exams. not helpful, should think of retiring..he tries to be nice but dont be fooled
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MAT102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Horrible Professor! He spoon feeds you. There's no work in the class. I took a test and couldn't understand a question, so i asked him and he gave me the freaking answer. If you want an easy A, take his class. If you want to benefit and become an overall better student, stay away!
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