Ratings for Kamil, A A
Based on 14 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Kamil is a decent professor. He tries to lecture but he is a bit boring/slow so people stopped coming or fell asleep. But he does help! He is on piazza so much I think he even pulled an all nighter once just to answer questions. He also attends the group office hours sessions on wednesdays and even came to a few project office hours and helped out. The exams started out okay but I think it was too easy in the beginning so he cranked it up and the finals was pretty tough (they had to curve it because the average as too low). Anyway, a pretty good class because the TAs were awesome but sometimes I wished I took it with the other 61a professor instead in the fall because he seems more enthusiastic.
Submitted July 27th, 2013
Comment: Kamil was a decent professor. He was pretty boring most of the time, his tests were ridiculous, but his homework was always doable with Piazza and office hour help, and he was always willing to give huge in depth answers to questions if you didn't understand something. But like I said, his tests were HARD (judging from other reviews, tests in 61a are always hard). A good gsi will help you through this class.
Submitted July 21st, 2013
Comment: I came into CS 61A with no programming experience, but I came out of it with an incredible amount of knowledge and inspiration to switch my major to Computer Science. It was honestly one of my favorite classes. Kamil isn't super engaging at first, but he definitely improved in lecture as the semester went on. I've talked to him a couple times after class, and he's a kind, great fellow who will chat with you about random CS things. I loved that the assignments were graded based on effort. That removed the stress from weekly assignments while providing lots of problems to practice programming with. The exams were quite difficult and challenging, but they were doable if you tried practice exams beforehand (plenty are provided on the class page). My performance trended upwards (below average on midterm 1, above average on midterm 2, top 100 on final), and I realized that hard work allows you to quickly catch up to those who come into the class with previous programming experience. As for the projects, I loved most of them. I learned a lot, and I especially enjoyed making the Ants vs. SomeBees project (like Plants vs. Zombies). The last project (Scheme interpreter) is really difficult, so make sure to start early. Good project partners are important, and hard work and good time management will help you excel. I personally loved this class, and I'm now a lab assistant in the summer semester! Good luck! :)
Submitted July 15th, 2013
Comment: CS61A. Oh yeah, you knew this was coming. Let me start off by saying that I had NO programming experience whatsoever entering this class. First off, Kamil was a super nice, polite, and humble lecturer. That being said, he wasn't very engaging. When I went to lectures, he seemed rather passive and would constantly joke about how no one was really paying attention. Indeed, it seemed the entire lecture hall was sleeping. However, Kamil was very helpful throughout the course. Everything was communicated well and questions on piazza were answered quickly. Second, let's talk about the homework. I HATED how the homework was due on Wednesday. That seriously SUCKED. Because of the mid week due dates, I would often struggle to start them in a timely manner (I know I wasn't the only one) and would fail to grasp the material and instead I rushed to put something down and submit. Homework due dates were my biggest gripe with this course. I won't be over that for a long time. Make them due on Friday next time? Please? Lastly, exams were manageable. Everything that was tested was fair, even if the questions were hard. Ultimately I felt they were what they should be. Overall, I still don't really know how I feel about the course. I felt like the course lacked a true goal. Some parts were enjoyable, other parts I hated. Still, the course will definitely help you determine whether computer science is for you or not. I know it certainly helped me in that regard.
Submitted May 21st, 2013