Glynis Hamel - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Professor: Glynis Hamel
Department: Computer Science
College: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Homeworks are graded the harshest I have ever seen. Very strict on grading and quizes. Doesn't really teach, has you watch youtube videos before class so you understand the concepts.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She teaches nothing. She's the type of teacher that basically just has memorized the lectures and can't answer a question in more than one way. Her exams are based on tiny little things and are super annoying. She took off points for missing a semicolon (it's handwritten exams). She's probably the worst CS professor I had, so it gets better!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Hamel gets a bad rap. She teaches the intro CS class to kids that already know how to code so they have a hard time adjusting to Racket which is a really weird language. But I was someone who had very little experience and thought it was easy. If you humble yourself, ask for help, and put in some work you should get an easy A.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She doesnt really teach anything because she probably doesnt know how. She relies on us watching videos every night of some other guy doing stuff and then expects us to be fluent in Racket. Her tests are unreasonable, and if you dont care you are going to fail
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Took Cs1101 with her. Most of the lectures are online so you are not required to go to class except on quiz days (depends on whether you take the class in A or C term. If you take in A term, quizzes are everyday but for C term its only Thursday). Her tests are relatively easy. She also gives bonus points if you work with a partner
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Personally I found the lectures really clear and helpful. There was a plan for every class and no sidetracking or rambling. I found her very approachable and she responded pretty quickly when I would post a question on the forum.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Extremely unreasonable exam problems and grading, excessively focusing on trivial things rather than true KNOWLEDGE.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I wasn't the best at CS and expected this class to help with that, especially since it was stated that this class was an intro to programming (using Racket), but boy was I WRONG ��. Her lectures are hard to follow, the tests are way to difficult and the point system on the tests fails to recognize the parts of the code you did get right
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CS2119
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof Hamel is a very nice lady, and I have to give her credit for this, and for being available for help. However, her lectures are quite boring, to the point where even if I payed attention, many lessons did not make their way into my head because the material was just not taught in an engaging manner.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Hamel is a great professor, but CS1101 is a tough class. Her lectures are helpful and she does her best to clear up any confusion. The material isn't too hard to understand, but homework and tests are graded very harshly. Start the homework before the day it's due.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Quizzes every class, usually on the material from the previous class. Make sure you show up at least for the beginning of class. However it's usually good to stay as what she teaches will likely be on the next quiz. 3 Exams, not too bad especially if you use the sample exams. Use the grading rubric before submitting HW. She also posts class code.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I had professor Hamel for 2102 and 1101. 1101: Easy class really only need to show up for quizzes and tests 2102: Essentially AP CS, the class is called object oriented concepts. Concepts is the key word there isn't much coding more theory stuff. Not very fun. The tests were ridiculously harder than they should have been.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you have prior programming experience don't assume that you'll breeze through this course. 'Racket' is an understandable but difficult language. Many students have a problem with the language and subsequently the professor, which is why she's underrated. Professor Hamel is accessible and helpful, I have no problem with her teaching.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CS1011
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
You have to watch the videos in order to understand the class/homework/labs but if you do that you should be fine.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CS2102
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is nice and patient outside of class. Online notes are more helpful than her lecture. Homework takes time but not so hard; however, figuring out her confusing instructions is way harder than doing homework. Tests are hard and she is a very tough grader. Learning Java isn't too hard, following Hamel's logic is the real challenge of this course.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CS2102
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Not as bad as people say, but not great. Encourages good OO programming practices so you will not get an A for correct code if it's not sensible. Homework is time-consuming and autograders are annoying but the assignments are good. Lectures kind of boring; you learn more from reading online. But she really isn't that bad and you'll learn Java.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CS2102
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
First thing first, she is really nice and helpful if you would like to meet her in her office hour. She would explicitly explain everything you ask with great patience, and would like to hear and accept your arguments on homework and even tests, definitely helping you improve your grade. So this class is all about No pain and no gain, simple
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If you do all the homework and pay attention to class you should be able to ace this course. I did all the homework and it made her tests seem really easy.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CS1101
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Made the class much more complicated than necessary, a large percentage of the class received an NR. Pop quizzes almost every day and only three tests make grading almost unfair. Poorly explains new topics.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CS1011
  • Grade Received: Audit/No Grade
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class is extremely difficult and is especially difficult if you have never programmed before. Racket is the worst programming language to learn on and there is no help online for it.
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