Ratings for Yalcin, S
Based on 9 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Prof. Yalcin was a great teacher – his lectures were clear and his course was designed to be as pain-free as possible for the student. No textbook, no big exams to cram for, just several short quizzes and weekly homework assignments. There was even a lenient grade-drop policy. I really enjoyed the material and felt I gained a good foundational understanding of formal logic. Overall, I would highly recommend this course with Yalcin, especially if you're looking to fulfill that Philosophy breadth.
Submitted Feb. 24th, 2015
Comment: For a lower-division, breadth requirement class I struggled significantly with this class; this class was much harder than all of the upper division classes I took and I greatly regret having signed up for it. The grade for the class was based on the 12 HW assignments and the 7 quizzes (there were no midterms or final) so it was imperative to keep up with the material. There was also no textbook (which I did not like) but he posted supplemental readings. There were also optional discussion sections which we signed up for during the first lecture (you don't sign up for them via telebears when you sign up for the lecture-that really surprised me at first). The class was also not curved. I found the material too abstract to follow and very boring. I felt like Yalcin did a terrible job of explaining valuation and interpretation in logic and I found first order logic impossible to comprehend. If you fall behind it's basically impossible to catch up as all of the topics build on each other. Unless you are already familiar with logic or know computer science/abstract math, then logic will be too hard and not enjoyable. I suffered greatly and hope no one else suffers my fate.
Submitted Dec. 20th, 2014
Comment: If you do the readings in time for lecture and pay attention, Prof. Yalcin is a riveting and clear teacher. If there was something I didn't understand before class, I would understand it afterwards. He homed in on the topics that were most confusing and most interesting. A few outspoken students complained about him, but it was mostly unwarranted. He doesn't jump around and wave his arms to make you pay attention, and some take this as a lack of enthusiasm. This is simply a misinterpretation of his demeanor. If you do go to lecture, you'll find it well worth your attention.
Submitted May 8th, 2014
Comment: Yalcin was totally awesome! Really funny guy with a sarcastic twist. Kind of a hipster dude (in like a good way). Logic is NOT like any other discipline you have taken. At best it is similar to theoretical mathematics (not basic math like calc or other things). Fun class. You meet great people while working on the problem sets together.
Submitted May 8th, 2014
Comment: Yalcin is a decent professor at best. I really didn't get much out of his lectures and you could tell he really was not interested in teaching. He's a really smart guy, but he sometimes has a tough time explaining the material properly. If you are not a philosophy major, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS.
Submitted April 7th, 2014
Comment: The material is interesting and the Seth was a pretty good teacher. The exams and assignments are rated lower because there barely were any. The daily psets should be no problem if you pay attention in class. Readings can be dense but lectures always clarify the main points.
Submitted Oct. 5th, 2011