Victoria Rayskin
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Victoria Rayskin

vrayskin@math.ucla.edu

http://www.math.ucla.edu/classes/faculty...

Math Sciences, Room 5352

3102066958

Rating

Not Effective
4.08
Very Effective
Very Hard
3.89
Very Easy
Not Concerned
5.26
Very Concerned
Not Available
5.32
Very Available
Not Good Overall
3.76
Very Good Overall

Evaluations

Posted 02/17/2004
Course(s) taken: PIC10A

I had zero programming experience going into this class and I learned a great deal from Professor Rayskin. I thought her lectures were clear, the homework projects were helpful, and her grading was more than fair. She always went out of her way to make sure that everyone understood what she was lecturing on. The only complaint I had was that the midterm was way too long for the time we had, but she made up for that by grading it on a friendly curve. This is an intro programming class and she taught it as such, (just keep in mind that it is a university-level intro programming class).

Posted 02/09/2004
Course(s) taken: PIC 10A

Wow... where should I even begin. She is such a horrible teacher. Her lectures consist of her reading her PowerPoint presentations in her barely understandable accent. Never go to class: she posts the EXACT lectures online. I guess the only reason anyone would go to class is to see all the mistakes in her lectures pointed out to her by others so you don't fall into the same pitfall she did. The homework programs are pretty simple. Her tests are straightforward and not too difficult. Programming is just a thing you either get or you don't; if you get it, read the book and you'll do fine. If you don't get it, you definitely shouldn't take this class with Rayskin because she won't teach you anything.

Posted 01/20/2004
Course(s) taken: Pic 10A

If you study, do the homework, and ask for help you will pass the class. If you've had any programming experience, particular in C++, than this class should be a piece of cake. Alot of people say that going to the class is worthless because you can get her lectures online or from the text book but actually you need to be there. She tells you stuff that is not ephasized in the online lectures or lectures notes from the textbooks because the reason why she ephasized them is because they are on the test. I don't agree a lot of people saying the class is hard for an introductory. The introductory class I took somewhere else for C++ language I had two days to do Homework and they were a lot harder than the one Professor Rayskin gives. She gives homework on the right pace that doesn't too much demand outside thinking. She curves VERY generous. Also to prepare for the tests, I recommend that people do the excersises in the book. They help people get use to reading the language and writing it without a computer and also enhances on speed in thinking( this would become very nifty when doing her midterms). She does have a thick accent and does little mistakes but that shouldn't distract people from learning I hope.

Posted 01/07/2004
Course(s) taken: None

Professor Rayskin, is not a very good professor. Her exams are very hard especially for an introductory class. Her midterms are very long specially for the time allocated. There is no point in attending classes. The only good thing about her is that she is always available to help a student outside class. She does not explain things good enough and this class was a nightmare to me. Her homeworks is really hard and I would not recommend her to anyone who has no background in programming. She does curve.

Posted 12/18/2003
Course(s) taken: Pic 10A

I found Professor Rayskin to be a very good professor. True, she speaks
with an accent and makes many little errors, but they are not important
for the understanding. Her grading was fair and the homework projects
were excellent choices. I learned a lot by doing them. Professor Rayskin
is very
concerned about the way the students learn and she is always willing to
help.

Posted 12/09/2003
Course(s) taken: PIC 10A

I'm sure Miss Rayskin is a nice, competent human being outside of the classroom. However, in the classroom she is an inadequate professor. I changed my major after attempting PIC 10A with Rayskin. Her first midterm contained too many programs to write given the allotted time. This is supposed to be an intro to C++ class, however, I found it needlessly difficult.
In fact, I might go out on a limb like others have mentioned here and perhaps declare Rayskin the worst professor at UCLA. Also, the TA I had was such a pompous jerk - I don't miss computer science.

Posted 12/06/2003
Course(s) taken: PIC10A

Professor Rayskin is not all bad as others here might think. Sure, she makes some mistakes during her lectures, but she always corrects them, or someone in the class will correct her. The mistakes are usually just typos in her Powerpoint slides, and not mistakes as in the information that she gives you. Everyone makes mistakes, so this is not a big deal for me. I thought it was good that she posted her lecture notes online for people to download. She also tells you exactly what to study for for the midterm and final. The homework projects are not too hard at all, the TAs are always willing to help and she will also help in her OHs. And her accent isn't THAT bad. It's definately understandable, unlike some people who exaggerate it. It alot better than some other professors at the school, who you just can't understand for the life of you. Anyway, I would recommend Professor Rayskin, she is organized, concise, and her exams are not difficult at all.

Posted 10/07/2003
Course(s) taken: PIC 10A

It is true that she does have an accent, but who in the math dep't doesn't. Her notes are very clear, and she presents it in a slow deliberate fashion. When she does have errors, she corrects them clearly. She always makes sure you know how to do the homework in time to actually get it done. Her lecture notes are available online aswell for those who can't understand her accent in lecture. The class is not all that interesting, but as far as professors go she seems pretty organized.

Posted 06/05/2003
Course(s) taken: Pic 20A

STAY AWAY!!! Her accent is very difficult to understand for starters. The class had to continually correct her mistakes during her lecture. If not for my roommate who had JAVA with another prof. the quarter before I would not have survived through this class. Her lectures were rather unnecesary to attend. She posted the course material that she was covering on the class website. The postings came straight from the Sun Microsystems Tutorial (designed to teach people the JAVA language) and were much better at teaching me than her lectures. Her first few homework assignments had nothing to do with the content being covered in the time. And there were other parts of assignments that were covered only very briefly, and were not talked about in the book at all. I did not like the class at all, but it did help me teach myself JAVA, so I guess I learned something, but NOT because of Prof. Rayskin.

Posted 03/13/2003
Course(s) taken: Pic 10A

I would NOT recommend Professor Rayskin. I took her class because someone recommended her to ME. Even though I had an A/B in the class at the time, I still dropped the class. (I wasn't going to waste my time anymore) If you need this class and don't plan on continuing in the PIC series, go ahead and take it. But if you plan on going CS, DON'T TAKE IT!! You won't learn very much. It may even discourage you to go into the major {like it did to ME}. The curve is very generous. This is good for your grade ... but it reflects how badly the class is taught. I mean, the cut off for a B was 13 out 40 on the second midterm. Lectures are pretty worthless to go to. She has a reader and notes online ... yet she spends the WHOLE lecture + more time writing everything you see in the notes on the board. WHY? I have no idea!!! Discussions were stupid as well. She never communicated with the TA and he also spent the whole period writing worthless programs on the board. If this is the first time you are taking PIC, you may want to take another teacher. Her class requires more projects and more reading than other 10A classes. She expects a lot from you yet her lecture and the TA's discussion are pretty much worthless to go to. She also has a horrible accent and consistently spells things wrong. For the midterms ... first midterm was free response, 1 "correct the errors" program, 1 write your own program, and 10 fill in the blank. The second midterm was 20 multiple choice questions and 2 programs. The programs (point value) blows the m/c questions (point value) away. But the programs are really hard. There is not enough time to do both ... so choose your battles I guess. Get all the multiple choice right for 50% of the grade of program for the full time and get 50% right? Well I wish I could give you a heads up for the final but I was gone by then. Good luck. You will need it!!

Posted 12/15/2002
Course(s) taken: None

Prof. Rayskin is a VERY fair grader, and always willing to re-grade...she really wants to help the students, so she puts all the lecture notes on-line: I had trouble reaching them, and she printed them for me and left them by her office so I could pick them up at my convenience...you have to read the book to keep up, but that's part of being in a college class...the accent isn't awful, and she is good with e-mail and making extra hours before the final...I recommend her.

Posted 12/06/2002
Course(s) taken: PIC 10a

Prof. Rayskin expects you to know the material before you come to her lectures. She doesn't explain why certain things work she just gives you examples to give you an idea of programming topics. Only with previous c++ experience will you succeed. Also, compared to the other PIC class projects, Rayskin assigned the hardest ones.
She is a very difficult and fallible teacher. I recommend you to drop PIC if she is your only choice.

Posted 03/27/2002
Course(s) taken: 20A

Homework assignments for java were either a joke or off the wall or both. One was copied verbatim out of a textbook. Granted, that textbook was the supplementary readings book, but still, the very least that could've been done was to dig up something from a book we wouldn't likely get our hands on. And the tests, they didn't seem relevent at all. True/False exams for a programming class? Maybe that in itself is not bad, but all we were "tested" on were nitpicky details which you normally don't think about (but know nonetheless) when you write code. Her accent is bearable, but maybe that's because I didn't really notice after I dozed off EVERY LECTURE, which probably weren't worth attending in the first place as she is very scattered in her line of thinking and takes a few minutes to think up answers to simple questions posed to her about her code. Take if you want a fairly easy A, pass up if you really want to learn.

Posted 03/12/2002
Course(s) taken: PIC 10A

bad professor...doesnt know her stuff, makes mistakes all the time, has the worst handwriting, and grades ever so hard...take Englert, one of nicest professors ive seen at ucla...dont ever take rayskin...she's hard and she doesn't know what she's doing...she has bad accent too...

Posted 03/06/2002
Course(s) taken: pic10a

professor rayskin is arguably the WORST professor @ ucla! she makes 10a so difficult to understand, when in fact, it's easy. it's supposed to be an introduction to programming! she's not very approachable...i had to wait five times before she would even talk to be about regrading my program. in addition, her lecture are unorganized and her english isn't that great. her exams are fair though, as long as you read the book and do the programs.

Posted 01/15/2002
Course(s) taken: None

I had Rayskin for PIC10a. She made some mistakes during lecture but the lectures were organized. Her tests were fairly easy, almost exactly like the sample tests she gave. If you want to do well, do the samples tests and read the book! One test problems she gave was from one of the exercises in the book. She is pretty generous with the curve. I got a C on the final but I still got an A in the class and I went in with a B+/A-. I learned the basics of C++ from her, but if you plan on taking 10B, I'd take someone else. Fall'01 was her first quarter teaching here so I maybe she'll improve.

Posted 01/09/2002
Course(s) taken: Pic 10A

If you know c++, your fine. BUT if this is the first course your taking in programming good luck. She doesn't explain concepts that well, and the lectures are usually very incoherent. The grading is very fair.

Posted 01/07/2002
Course(s) taken: PIC 10A

Prof. Rayskin is a wonderful teacher...she gives exact examples...yes, she makes mistakes, but try to put yourself in front of 120 glaring "know-it-all" students who can't wait to point out her errors! Her homework is very "do-able" in the given time period. The hardest hw assignment was also given double the amount of time...I think the problem with many students is that they waited too long to start it! Her midterms were very fair and her grading on both midterms and homework were also very liberal. In class, she lectures and writes exact examples of the code needed to perform the various assignments. I believe she is an excellent teacher and am going to take her classes as often as possible.

Posted 12/20/2001
Course(s) taken: None

This woman is the worst teacher I have ever had. I can't believe how confused she is. She needs to spend her time in the lab and not in front of the classroom. You should see her the dumb expression on her face when she messes up (which she does every 10 minutes.) Her reviews are riddled with errors, she does things at the last minute, she can't explain a dang thing. Don't even bother to go to lectures because she basically whispers and says "uh." I am so irratated by her and I earned a good grade. Go to discussion and you will be saved especially if you have Ryan Daileda, he is amazing.

Posted 12/17/2001
Course(s) taken: PIC 10A

DO NOT TAKE ANY CLASSES WITH THIS PROFESSOR. LECTURES ARE COMPLETELY UNORGANIZED AND SHE JUST COPIES EXAMPLES FROM THE BOOK... LECTURE IS BASICALLY A WASTE OF TIME ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU SPEND HALF THE TIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT PART OF THE CODE SHE HAS ON THE BOARD IS ACTUALLY CORRECT, AND KEEPING UP WILL ALL THE MISTAKES PEOPLE CATCH.. FIRST MIDTERM WAS EASY AND STRAIGHTFORWARD SECOND MIDTERM WAS SNEAKY AND WAS BASED COMPLETELY ON SYNTAX INSTEAD OF CONTENT... THE COMPILER IS WHAT TELLS YOU YOUR SYNTAX MISTAKES TESTS SHOULD TEST UNDERSTANDING OF THE MATERIAL NOT WHERE A COMMA SHOULD GO.. FINAL WAS HARD SIMILAR TO SECOND MIDTERM. SHE SAYS SHE WILL CURVE THE GRADES LETS SEE HOW THAT GOES.. OVERALL NOT A GOOD PROF. HARD TO UNDERSTAND AND LECTURE IS VERY CONFUSING BECAUSE SHE ERASES HALF OF THE MATERIAL SHE PUTS ON THE BOARD BECAUSE OF ERRORS.. BE CAREFUL UNLESS YOU HAVE PREVIOUS C++ EXPERIENCE BECAUSE YOU WONT LEARN MUCH FROM THIS CLASS