Ratings for Holtz, O V
Based on 102 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: I don't understand the hate she's getting -- me and every other student I know in the class thought she did a great job of teaching the material, she always had helpful office hours, really cared about the students. It's also not too hard to catch up if you're behind on lectures since she follows the book closely. The only thing she sucked at was making tests, so it's hard to get higher than a B+ because either really easy or really hard and just messed up the curve entirely. Think she got better at it progressively as the semester went on though. Definitely take the class with her
Submitted Jan. 14th, 2016
Comment: Holtz is a good lecturer: not too slow, not too fast. She gives clear examples and explanations. The problem sets in the class were fair and manageable (about 5 hours a week). The exams were fair and largely do-able. Overall she is a good (not necessarily outstanding) professor to take a math class with. The only flaw in this class was that some of the GSIs were pretty bad at teaching, which is pretty much what I expect in a math class.
Submitted Dec. 19th, 2015
Comment: Love Olga, she's so much fun. Her lectures are easy to follow, even though she can go on to some difficult things from time to time (she doesn't test you on those really difficult things thought). Don't underestimate the exams though.
Submitted April 23rd, 2015
Comment: AVOID THIS WOMAN AT ALL COSTS!!! Her assignments were online-based and the examples followed the book. It's easy to get a 100% on homework. But in terms of exams and teaching I give her a 0. Holtz is obviously too brilliant to be teaching Math 1A. During lecture we talk about calculus (for Math 1A) for about 10 minutes and the rest of the time on tangents. Not the "I like to talk about my life" tangents, but actual tangents about theoretical mathematics.Her lectures don't actually teach us and I found lectures to be a waste of time. I learned everything from my GSI. Her exams are actually doable IF she actually taught us. I felt so disjointed in her class and I regret not taking Yuan (the easier teacher).
Submitted March 1st, 2015
Comment: She is clearly brilliant, but should not be teaching 1A. Her tests were ridiculously hard, more tricky than trying to test what we know. Homework was somewhat helpful but sometime unrelated to what we are learning or being tested on. Lectures were a mess, she often went on tangents or overcomplicated basic concepts. Only passed because of prior calc experience and a helpful GSI
Submitted Jan. 21st, 2015
Comment: I liked Professor Holtz and thought she mostly explained the material quite well, but seemed unfamiliar with it at times (it was her first time teaching the course). Both she and the GSI, Andrew Dudzik, were helpful in office hours, although you'll have to deal with other students asking questions unrelated to the class (though interesting). Exams were fair and difficult. The book is worth having even though you can find it on the web. Also, more analysis than topology, so make sure you know what to expect.
Submitted Dec. 28th, 2013
Comment: Homework was reasonable (one of them was particularly hard, but that's an outlier). Midterm was very straightforward, and the final was challenging, but not unreasonably hard. She's a good lecturer and helpful (especially during office hours).
Submitted Feb. 11th, 2013
Comment: Excellent professor! Extremely well organized. Whenever necessary, she goes beyond the book to other resources that can help students understand the concepts better. Above all, very receptive to feedback. She asks students to assess her teaching in the middle of the semester to make sure everything is going well. Taking her class will be most effective if you like Math a lot and have already reached a certain level of competency.
Submitted Feb. 6th, 2013
Comment: Homework was by far the hardest part of the course. Lectures were very rapid but interesting, since Holtz knew the material inside-and-out. OH were helpful, and exams ended up being much easier than the homework. I think the class is not as structured as 54 was and so Holtz just got to show whatever she thought was interesting. Fun class.
Submitted Jan. 20th, 2013