Stephen Drake - Northwestern Michigan College

Professor: Stephen Drake
Department: Mathematics
College: Northwestern Michigan College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MATH121
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Best math class and teacher that I have had. Professor Drake cares that you learn material and will go over as many times as needed. He is available outside of class and answers emails promptly. I highly recommend his class.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MTH121
  • 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:
He is a kind old man, really reminded my of my grandpa. He lectures and writes down the math, he will also give you study guides for the test that have almost the exact problems that will be on the test. Take this class if you already have a decent understanding of math. He always would say you may come across math in downtown TC.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATH121
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Horrible teacher. He almost fell a sleep in class while we were working on a story problem. Skips between subjects and likes to say you already know this. He will stand in directly in front of his white board work while discussing it, so you can't see it. His voice tapers off to a mumble during lectures, sit in the front if you want to hear him.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MATH121
  • 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:
This teacher is not the best when it comes to displaying understandable information in class, which makes you have to study harder outside of class. On the other hand he is a very easy grader and cares that you understand the material or not. He will gladly answer any questions no matter how many times they are asked.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MATH141
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I had this guy in 1984. Best math teacher I ever had.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MTH140
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Highly. Highly Recommend. Drake just does a bunch of math and you copy it down until you understand how to do it on your own. Just grades with the tests and the one group project. Easy A if you're good at math and test taking.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MTH142
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
A great professor who loves math. Encourages students to think creatively and does not severely punish mistakes. Dry humor that is actually quite funny. Tests are somewhat difficult but he is rewards effort. My favorite professor so far at NMC. Take his class before he retires. He makes calculus fun, something that is a difficult task.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: 121
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Hated him at first, know i love him, he is very smart and really knows what he is doing.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MTH111
  • 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: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Really intelligent man, once you ask for help he will give it, keeps things simple to help you for future classes
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MTH111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Best math teacher I have ever had! He is all the good AND bad that is said here. insults your intelligence when the class fail and dont ask for help while motivating you to work harder. he skips useless steps and will ALWAYS go back to explain if questions asked. consistent on testing and teaching tho some may have their feelings hurt by his humor.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MTH121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Drake is very passionate about mathematics. If you don't put forth any effort or choose to think math is dumb then you're going to hate this class and professor. Drake gives many chances to make up for mistakes, as long you show effort. All points come from the 4 exams. His humor is dry and endearing, not insulting. Extremely intelligent man.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MHT111
  • 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:
Insulting students and making them feel like idiots whenever asking a question is what this Professor does best.Very difficult to know where the class was going next. Syllabus had NO chapter homework or test schedule. Rarely used the book, so didn't have many examples to follow. Intelligent man, NOT a good teacher.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MTH121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
his class was fairly easy but I was always left wondering if I was getting all of the info I should be for the semester. felt like I was being taught choice bits and pieces. But overall a fairly nice teacher. The only way you could think that he is rude is if you don't get his humor.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MTH121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Drake is very clearly an intelligent man. However, that hinders him from being a good teacher. The fact that he knows this stuff like the back of his hand makes the class very difficult because he assumes everyone else can learn it like he knows it. Math has never been my strong suit but I've never had this much trouble with understanding lessons.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MATH121
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I have never had a problem with math in the past, but with this teacher I did the first day. He is very monotone, mumbles and speaks quietly. He told us to ask questions and when I did he responded with, what I considered, an insult. He skips steps during instruction and makes things more complex than they have to be.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MATH999
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Best claculus teacher, best OVERALL teacher. His opinions are hilarious, and he's absolutely brilliant. He's probably one of the nicest persons I have ever met, offered a ride home from his wife when I was stuck at school! I didnt need the book at all (Calc I), just waiting until his name is next to Calc II again.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MATH0
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I had Berman for a College Algebra class and was lost. I took Drake for College Algebra and Trig and loved it. I found him to be very helpful. He always explained things in terms that anyone could understand. If you failed him, it's because you were too busy partying and not doing homework.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MTH141
  • 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:
I had Mr.Drake more than once and here is how the class works: He tests you on what he does in class, you do one pt. better on the next test, u get 1/2 your pts. back you lost on the last one :)as he works on the board,he takes all shortcuts,to learn,u have to raise your hand and ask,or else he'll keep going. those who fail,dont ask questions.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MTH111
  • 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:
Really didn't teach so much as wrote problems on the board and didn't explain how he solved them. Expected you to be a math wiz when entering the class and did not accept problems solved in any way except his way meaning that the way I learned some problems from other teachers was completely useless.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MTH111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Older guy, didn't always explain things in a way that made sense, used symbols I had never seen, very oldschool, funny teacher and interesting, made fun of the class in an endearing way sometimes. Something about his voice made me extremely groggy and I wanted to sleep, even if I had a cup of coffee, it was strange.
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