Olivera Notaros

School: Colorado State University
Department: Electrical Engineering
Location: Fort Collins, CO
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Pros: -Tests are simple and she allows notesheets.
-Posts detailed solutions for all homework
-Gives you plenty of chances for extra credit (activities, homework)
-Helpful in office hours
Cons: -Textbook is bad; it's difficult to follow and doesn't work well with this class. It also has no solutions in the back.
-She goes through a lot of examples, but rarely solves all the way through, so it can be difficult to follow your notes.
-Goes on tangents about things only electrical engineers would be interested in even though the class is already rushed.
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Easy class, Notaros is a great person but she does teach the wrong thing sometimes. She completely taught ones and twos compliments wrong.
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Pros: Extra Credit
Book isn't too bad once you get into it, but towards the end she doesn't follow it much
Exam reviews
Cons: No curve, but 5 bonus pts on ea test.
Won't post old exams
Start your homework early, even the Mastering Engineering homework. It is very time consuming, but it is pretty easy to get 100% on all ME and written homework. Make friends or go to office hours if you trouble with problems. Oh or go to the optional recitation time (I never went to that). There is a lot of extra credit that goes towards your homework (atleast 100 pts worth) If your HW is already at 100% then all of the extra credit will equal about 5 extra points towards exams.
Exams: Pretty easy in my opinion, but study for them and know the material well. I read the book alot. Olivera was difficult for me to follow in class. She went thru examples fast and didn't give you any background on new topics. For exams, have a good cheat sheet (there are a lot of equations) and try to make it to Josh's exam reviews. He will go over 1-2 past tests (that she will not ever post anywhere). If you can get someone else's past tests that is helpful too. Exams are out of 105 ish %. But only counted out of 100, so you get 5-6 bonus pts on each exam which is why she doesn't grade. She does post her notes online, but if you don't go to class it is hard to understand them. She will talk in class alot about what could be a possible test question and what things wont be. But an hr and 15 mins of ECE is rrrrreeeaaaalllllyyyy hard to sit through. I skipped a fair amount of class, but read the book, did all of my HW and got a A+. It is definitely do able. I also studied the mastering and written HW before tests and that seemed to be good practice.
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Pros: she knows what she is talking about, class is all examples.
Cons: she talks fast and solves problems faster. Fast paced for taking notes. likes to jump back and fourth between problems. huge class sizes
She does know what she is saying, and the Russian accent is minimal. I feel that information is relayed poorly. Not mention the speed of how she can draw circuits and then have it solved as your just finishing drawing the circuit makes it difficult. do recommend going to the optional recitation, can get more in examples and understanding then what i did in class.
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Pros: None
Cons: Complete bitch
Olivera is a horrible professor. She nit picks at everything, takes pride in upsetting her students, and has expectations that far exceed the scope of the course and forces us to do work that is completely unnecessary. The idea behind Senior Design is to gain insight to what industry and research are like, not return to third grade with notebook checks and waste my time doing website development.
She is a joke and this class is a joke. I can't wait until I get my final grades and can say it to her face.
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Pros: She is very flexible when you need extra time to do a project or if you are having problems with your homework.
Cons: She never curves her exams.
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Pros: One of the professors that cares most about you and the department. There for the students.
Definitely one of my favorite professors at this University
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Pros: Helpful homework
Cons: Not enough time on tests
Can be hard to follow her lectures, moves very fast through her examples
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Cons: litttle hard to understand english
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Pros: Funny, witty, quite good at explaining material.
Cons: Unfortunately the class was too large to ask a lot of questions
Often goes over on time - I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. You get your money's worth =)
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Pros: The class is Easy
Cons: Shes Russian
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Pros: Shes goes through a lot of examples and is good at understanding when a point isn't getting across or something is more difficult and must be covered more.
Cons: Large class size
Basically not a lot of cons, but not many pros either. Having every sophomore engineer (except electrical) in one classroom does make it difficult to find individualized attention, or get the motivation to go to every class. Supposedly her previous classes got extra credit opportunities weekly. So far, I've only seen that she gives us 105 possible points out of 100 on our tests. (Nice but considering I know someone who got like 108% overall last year...)

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