Ratings for Wilkening, J A
Based on 27 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Professor Wilkening is a great lecturer, enthusiastic, and helpful in learning the material! The homework assignments and programming assignments were very reasonable. However, his exams were very difficult. Thankfully there was a reasonable curve.
Submitted May 3rd, 2015
Comment: A bit of an uneven lecturer but he more than makes up for it in office hours. He's incredibly easy to talk to and his enthusiasm for the subject really comes out during office hours. Book homework was a little tedious but the programming assignments were pretty cool. It helps to have a little bit of programming experience (or at least exposure), but it's not essential. Exams were pretty good, if a little easy. If you plan on going to office hours, Wilkening is the best. Otherwise, he's still pretty great.
Submitted Feb. 3rd, 2015
Comment: Wikening: not that hard as exams, curve so well. Awesome prof. Math 128A: it's quite boring if you ask me, but if you are into CS. this can be easy and fun. some parts of the class were cool
Submitted Jan. 30th, 2015
Comment: Pros: Professor Wilkening was very helpful during office hours and answering questions in class. The homework was a bit tough, but the professor provided a sufficient amount of help, along with other students, in order to fully understand the homework. Cons: The course, in general, was a bit out of it. The textbook did not really have enough examples to help understand the theory that it presented. The professor followed the textbook closely, and at first, did not really provide many examples. I probably should have put in a bit more effort in understanding the basic theory presented. The problem sets seemed a bit detached from the theory, but the exams rested heavily on understanding the theory. A few suggestions for Professor Wilkening would be to (a) provide lots more examples, and (b) make up questions that resemble the theory and exams a bit more. Overall, I think the professor did a great job, but I think a few things can be improved. If possible, I would suggest bringing in a new textbook that has many more examples and questions that link back more closely to what has been discussed throughout the chapter.
Submitted Feb. 11th, 2013
Comment: Prof. Wilkening's exams were some of the most unfair, out-of-place exams I have ever taken in my life. No matter how enthusiastic he was or how helpful he tried to be, no one in that class was the least bit prepared for the midterms and ESPECIALLY the final. I literally thought I had failed that final, though the curve was so big I ended up getting an A-. So, at least he curves exams? Because otherwise everyone would have failed.
Submitted Feb. 4th, 2013
Comment: Homework was helpful, especially if you did all of the assignments. Weekly quizzes were curved (lucked out with my gsi) and there were several extra credit opportunities for section. However, exams were nearly impossible and super long. Half of the exams were "no partial credit" which sucked. Yet this caused an amazing curve and made the class not as hard as it seemed.
Submitted Jan. 21st, 2013
Comment: As a professor I thought he was very kind and really cared about helping his students succeed. However his exams were very difficult and long, especially the final.The curve was very generous and overall it was an OK class. My GSI was very helpful!
Submitted Jan. 7th, 2013
Comment: As a person, he was very kind and obviously cared about the students success - he made sure to add humor to his lectures which made them a bit more bearable. However, his midterms were horrendous. He does add a curve which helps. Both midterms, no one left the class a minute early and as we walked out everyone had the same horrified look on their faces - which was reflected in the class averages. Grading policy is nice.
Submitted Dec. 11th, 2012