Ratings for Computer Science 61A

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Average Ratings

81

Based on 582 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.

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76
Exams
67
Helpfulness
76
Enthusiasm
81

Instructor Ratings

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DeNero, J S (CS 61A, Fall 2015)
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100
Exams
70
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: top notch, one of the best intro cs courses in the nation and it shows

Submitted May 3rd, 2016

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DeNero, J S (CS 61A, Fall 2015)
Assignments
100
Exams
33
Helpfulness
83
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: He is amazing teacher. He organizes the class very well so that I think everyone would enjoy learning computer science. HW and assignments are fun, but the exams are tough.

Submitted Dec. 25th, 2015

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DeNero, J S (CS 61A, Fall 2015)
Assignments
100
Exams
71
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
92

Comment: This is the most well-organized and useful class I've ever taken, and it really demonstrates why Cal is the place to be for CS. The curriculum is rigorous and fast-paced, and really teaches you how to think like a computer scientist. Homework and projects are fantastic and test understanding really well. If you have no prior programming experience (like I did) just be aware there will be times in the semester where you really struggle. Don't worry though, it will all work out in the end. I look back with fond memories, and I'll really miss this class. DeNero gives challenging exams (and they only get harder each semester) but don't worry about them too much - just do your best. He is very lenient in computing your final grade (just about everyone ends up getting one grade level higher than the official cutoffs would otherwise suggest). Bottom line: if you have the chance to take CS61A with DeNero, take it! I can't imagine anyone other than DeNero at the helm of this wonderful class.

Submitted Dec. 24th, 2015

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DeNero, J S (CS 61A, Fall 2015)
Assignments
94
Exams
78
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
96

Submitted Dec. 20th, 2015

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DeNero, J S (CS 61A, Spring 2015)
Assignments
81
Exams
70
Helpfulness
86
Enthusiasm
86

Comment: Professor DeNero would sit on the floor with you at OH and help you with HW. He is so nice! Loved watching his videos.

Submitted Dec. 17th, 2015

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Hilfinger, P N (CS 61A, Spring 2014)
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71
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50
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
50

Comment: Not much to say - the TA's run the class, so taking 61A with Hilfinger doesn't make much of a difference. That being said, his lectures are really dry and it doesn't help that he has a monotonous voice. Overall, legendary 61B professor, not so much for 61A.

Submitted Nov. 27th, 2015

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DeNero, J S (CS 61A, Spring 2015)
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100
Exams
100
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Great guy, very helpful.

Submitted Nov. 7th, 2015

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DeNero, J S (CS 61A, Spring 2015)
Assignments
63
Exams
50
Helpfulness
90
Enthusiasm
98

Comment: He's a really cool professor and genuinely cares, but the class takes a lot of time and is very difficult.

Submitted Oct. 6th, 2015

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Hilfinger, P N (CS 61A, Spring 2014)
Assignments
71
Exams
66
Helpfulness
89
Enthusiasm
23

Comment: He is a hard professor, but I learned tons from him and did well in his class. You just have to be willing to do the work...ALL THE WORK (don't copy homework and projects)

Submitted Aug. 27th, 2015

100
DeNero, J S (CS 61A, Spring 2015)
Assignments
100
Exams
81
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Aug. 11th, 2015