Ratings for Gronsky, R

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Gronsky, R (E 45, Fall 2014)
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50
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Helpfulness
100
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100

Comment: Gronsky's enthusiasm and helpfulness are practically unbeatable-- he'll talk through questions for 10+ minutes after lecture. Lab reports were annoying, but the repetition has actually helped me crank out similar assignments very quickly now.

Submitted April 27th, 2015

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Gronsky, R (E 45, Fall 2014)
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66
Exams
50
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Easily one of the best profs I had at Berkeley. His lectures are clear and you can learn a lot. His HW is annoying due to formatting...Tests are basically all conceptual and hard. He said he was going to retire and I felt really lucky and happy to take E45 with him. GRONSKY IS THE BEST.

Submitted Jan. 1st, 2015

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Gronsky, R (E 45, Fall 2014)
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50
Exams
50
Helpfulness
85
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Dec. 30th, 2014

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Gronsky, R (E 45, Fall 2014)
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83
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72
Helpfulness
92
Enthusiasm
96

Comment: Kind of pointless to rate him now since he is retiring this year but I would have to agree with most other people, Gronsky is a great professor if you listen to his lectures and an even better person. Exams are based largely on lectures. High workload but he drastically raises the curve because of this. He was one of the few professors who has actually taken the time to understand the position students are in. He understands engineering students' lives and stresses and his attitudes and teaching reflects this.

Submitted Dec. 24th, 2014

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Gronsky, R (E 45, Fall 2013)
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100
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46
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Jan. 20th, 2014

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Gronsky, R (E 45, Fall 2013)
Assignments
70
Exams
91
Helpfulness
84
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Easily the best professor that I've had at Cal. The problem is, there's only so much he can cover in a 50-minute lecture. I'd recommend recording his lectures and taking pictures of the diagrams he draws and the slides he puts up, because he tries to get through a lot of material in a short amount of time and you can fall behind pretty quickly. He's receptive to questions despite the time constraint, and just a nice guy in general as well. The problem sets feel like busy work a lot of the time, but I thought his formatting requirements were actually quite helpful for future engineering training. Exams are entirely conceptual (almost no calculations) and quite long, so hurry through them.

Submitted Jan. 15th, 2014

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Gronsky, R (MSE 104, Spring 2013)
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50
Exams
71
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Gronsky is a great and engaging lecturer. He is incredibly clear and also has these interesting anecdotes related to the subject material. The grading scheme is very lenient - 20% HW, 30% labs, 20% midterms, 30% final, so only 50% total tests. HW felt very disconnected from lecture. His OH were packed on Fridays with students asking for help on assignments. Labs were actually easier than E45 labs. Midterm were fair. Final was very unrelated to what was covered in lecture -- it focused on stuff we talked only for 15 minutes about. Overall, a good class that I learned a ton from.

Submitted May 31st, 2013

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Gronsky, R (MSE 104, Spring 2013)
Assignments
50
Exams
68
Helpfulness
86
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: This class was weird in that the lectures and presentation style were very good, but homework assignments more often than not covered material that we hadn't gone over in class, and bear no resemblance to exams at all. It was just hard to know what to expect. The lab section is pretty good though, it's just that the lab reports took me forever to do (although they're not graded as harshly as the E45 reports). Gronsky is a great teacher and enthusiastic lecturer overall, but the problem sets and exams left me feeling a bit annoyed with him.

Submitted May 18th, 2013

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Gronsky, R (E 45, Fall 2012)
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96
Exams
93
Helpfulness
95
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: One of the best professors! Gronsky made the class so enjoyable and interesting and is extremely helpful during office hours.

Submitted March 20th, 2013

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Gronsky, R (E 45, Fall 2012)
Assignments
100
Exams
100
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Feb. 9th, 2013