Ratings for Hilfinger, P N
Based on 172 ratings for this instructor.
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
Comment: He is a great professor who is really into what this course covers. I enjoyed this class and feel #blessed to have taken it under Hilfinger. If you work hard you will do fine.
Submitted Aug. 27th, 2015
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
Comment: This is one of my favorite classes at Cal. Until I took this class, I never really knew how to code. His lectures may seem boring, but he does a great job explaining the concepts of the course. Exams were tough, but note that exams do not constitute a large amount of your grade. Projects were extremely time consuming and frustrating sometimes, but in my opinion worth it for the glorified feeling that you've created something special with your own two hands. Overall, this course is pretty tough, but once the bleeding stopped you'll realize that you've become a better programmer.
Submitted Jan. 29th, 2015
Comment: This class! I threw all the free time I had this semester at the projects, and I really feel how much it paid off. I CAN code anything! I don't know how much this semester was Hugified, but it was a hell of a ride, and an enjoyable one.
Submitted Dec. 23rd, 2014
Comment: TA's were the best! They definitely made this class interesting. The quizzes are moderately difficult, with a few tricky questions. Be sure to not fall behind and this class will go by pretty well.
Submitted Aug. 21st, 2014
Comment: I feel like 61B with Hilfinger is one of those classes that people would call "binary". Either you like it (1), or you don't (0). However, be prepared to learn a TON in his class. If you are one of those people that loves to learn by doing and aren't so much into reading then this is the class for you. If you get close to full score on projects (100% do-able if you gather a good group and live in Soda for a semester) and get about 50-60% on exams you're basically guaranteed an A. Also, his projects are very difficult but if you start early and ask for help when you're stuck you will finish. If I could go back i'd definitely take the class with him again.
Submitted Aug. 1st, 2014
Comment: Hilfinger does not teach this class. The GSIs do. Hilfinger gives lectures, but these are honestly almost pointless. I found that I really learned the material through practicing - doing the homeworks, projects, labs, and discussion problems. The assignments were interesting and fun to do. Sometimes it was frustrating, but there are a ton of resources available. The GSIs put so much work and time in to this class with extra office hours and review sessions when there are projects and tests. The labs and discussions are not mandatory so I mostly did the labs at home but I did go to discussion. The exams- also written by GSIs. They weren't too bad, and they all follow the same format as past exams (usually). If you do a lot of practice, you can get really high marks. Take this class, you will love it!!
Submitted June 9th, 2014