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polyratings post

CE 207

Grade Received: A

posted 2018

I think majority of the reviews on here aren't painting the correct picture of Guyader. Here's how it is, this is the first class that feels like a true college class. That means he isn't gonna spend time reviewing things you should have already learned in CE 204 or all of calculus. This is directed towards people who complain about him setting up an example and not finishing it all the way. The examples are for you to see how a certain method of analyzing something is done and isn't intended to be a step by step guide(r) (By the way if you have this class, be prepared for jokes like that). The homework is where you try out what you learn and shouldn't be an easy task necessarily. Then after the homework is turned he will give you those step by step solutions you are asking for.I will admit that his lectures do get boring and his jokes can be quite bad, but I think people wouldn't have such an issue with him if the class wasn't set up as a three hour lecture once a week. It's too easy to lose focus and zone out. His office hours are better if you small talk with him first or else everything is kind of awkward and uncomfortable. He loves to talk about football if you need any talking points. Overall I would say, if you felt fine in CE 204 and you feel comfortable with integrals, this class should fly by. The final was hard I have to agree, but if it's hard according to everyone then you're lucky because all of the midterms and final is curved! His grading on homework focuses a little too much on formatting, but you can't complain about getting points for putting labels on two columns!

polyratings post

ME 212

Grade Received: B

posted 2018

Guyader gets a somewhat unjustified bad rap, but some of it is justified. Let's get the bad parts out of the way (and some reasons why I thought they aren't too bad all the time).Con 1: You'll be a bit bamboozled by how quickly the class moves at the beginning. Guyader isn't really the type of professor to work through a problem fully like Chen (bless up).Why it isn't so bad: By moving through material quickly he exposes you to a much wider variety of problems and encourages you to think more about problem setup and care less about the final answer (although sometimes you'll be fuming because he moves on before you write down something you needed for notes).Con 2: He makes some jokes that aren't exactly unfunny, but not exactly funny either. Nervous/pity laughter ensues.Why it isn't so bad: Name one professor that doesn't make cringe-inducing "somehow-makes-the-room-more-quiet" jokes (obviously the answer is Chen because he's great).Con 3: You'll sometimes feel like the class isn't structured very clearly, as he moves throughout the book in a fairly liberal fashion. Unlike a professor like Chen (love that guy), Guyader's lessons are built more around his feeling of the class than the textbook delineations between topics.Why it isn't so bad: Gets you to think about Dynamics problems as more than just problems with one way to solve them, which I guess is important.Con 4: He's kind of a boring version of Andy from The Office.Why it isn't so bad: Andy BERNARD punches holes in walls. Guyader would only do that to demonstrate impulse momentum.Con 5: His PolyLearn is kind of a mess. Why it isn't so bad: He uploads a bunch of supplemental problems (worked and unworked) and lecture notes. You just have to figure out what they are by clicking on them. Some straight-up pros:1. He has a Twitter account that for the class that, aside from the occasional random inspirational tweet, is pretty useful for learning objectives/HW hints2. He assigns around 6-12 HW problems a week. It may seem like a lot, but honestly, you need this to understand Dynamics.3. All of his HW problems are Cheggable4. He responds to emails quickly5. He uploads grades quickly and regularly (the midterm was graded and posted in two days. TWO DAYS. Our GE professors can't grade scantrons in that amount of time.)6. His office hours are pretty useful if you come in with a clear questionDynamics is a hard class. If you treat it like that and take your studying seriously, you'll pass.

polyratings post

CE 207

Grade Received: B

posted 2017

If you are taking CE 207, odds are you will have it with Guyader. This allows him to play god the entirety of the quarter, when it comes to being vague and unhelpful during office hours and class, taking unfair amounts of points off of midterms, and leading you to believe that he is god's gift to this earth. The best thing you can do is format your homework well, hope that you have a helpful recitation leader (if this means switching sections, this is 100% worth it), and overall trying to avoid him and his 7am class. Best of luck friends

polyratings post

CE 207

Grade Received: B

posted 2017

I did not enjoy having Guyader as a professor. His lectures were, as many have said, pointless. All learning will be done in the recitations and that will depend on whether you have a competent TA or not. Over the course of the quarter I was acing everything. I went into the final with over 100% in the class and came out with a B. It was incredibly long and he put problems that were not like the midterm or homework. I was comfortable with the material but spent too much time on problems I hadn't seen before. I ended up not finishing. I recommend doing the higher point problems first; work from back to front. If you study thoroughly for the final, you should have an easy time with it. Good luck.

polyratings post

CE 207

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2018

The best was to describe his class is putting my dick through a cheese grater Holy shit it was PAINFUL to listen to Guyader for 3 hours lecturing about mechanics. He's nice don't get me wrong but his lectures are SO FUCKING DRY and boring. His lectures are more dry than the burger patties at fucking campus market (I am not exaggerating on this) A big fuck you to the CE department for getting rid of the activity sections.

polyratings post

CE 207

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2018

So here's the thing. I don't know where to start. Guyader has somehow managed to be both super creepy towards his students and also treat as like preschoolers. Preschoolers who should be able to complete a 3 problem midterm in 18 minutes. His lectures are LITERALLY 3 hours every week, but somehow I walk out with less of an understanding of the material then when I walked in. Worse than that, HE LITERALLY SCRIPTS HIS JOKES. At least every class gets the same experience, or should I say excruciatingly painful assault to their ears. Some people giggle because they are so uncomfortable since he "pauses for effect" and then makes comment like "the other class liked it"... Most of us just stare at him with a defeated hatred radiating out of their eyes. Currently everyone, except for those students able to completely teach themselves the material (everyone knows those students), are doing poorly. He will give you an F on the midterm for making one mistake. Overall, prepare to suffer. I hope you make it out without destroying your life and GPA for a 2 unit class.

polyratings post

CE 207

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2018

By far, unchallenged, the most awful professor and human being I have ever met on Cal Poly and will probably ever meet in my life. 1) Has no concept of fairness; he assigns 4 different versions of quizzes and "mini-midterms" and your grade in them relies purely on which midterm you will get, and he has 4 of those bad boys. The 4 different versions in no way shape or form have relatively similar difficulties. In fact, on two of those 4 mini-midterms, some of the versions had completely different concepts and topics than what was allegedly going to be tested. He continuously tells us what can be expected on a midterm or a quiz, and believe me that is not what you will get. I had the luck of getting the worst version in 3 of those mini-midterms, and when I talked to him about in office hours, the only replies I get are extremely condescending and rude. In fact, he told me "keep your fingers crossed you get an easier mini-midterm in the next one." I can't stress enough how unfair this is; while students are done with their midterms 10 minutes early and getting very high grades on them, others like me literally need 5 extra pages worth of work to solve a particular version (for one of them in week 8 it wasn't even on the topics being tested, but something that we did in week 1 that has nothing do with it). Needless to say the averages for midterms were more scattered than himself. 2) You will literally not learn in his class, and it's a brutal 3 hours. The nice thing is he assigns 10 min breaks during this god-awful lecture; I'd usually hit my suorin so hard just to get over whatever traumatizing experience I just had with a quiz or a midterm (you have 1 every week.) All the learning you will do will be self-taught 100%. Definitely buy the book or get it online because without it, you will average 20% in the class. I have went to study sessions for the class, ESS and tutors, and come in confident about a mini-midterm only to get absolutely analed by something you have never seen before, even if you did every. single. assigned. problem like myself. 3) Don't go to his office hours, you will come out more confused than you did going in. Refer to other professors, tutors, student services, but not him. The frequent times I would go in, I would only be greeted with the most unfriendly tone, and then get shat on when I try to ask for explanations for mini-midterms. He will straight up make fun of your answers in the most condescending tone I have ever seen a professor have, extremely rude. 4) God-awful human being. Here's how his explanations go: He has his notes pre-written on his iPad that he projects onto a screen, and whizzes through them. You won't have time to copy anything down, you just have to watch his mouth and listen to what he's saying intently. Also, a lot of the learning material is color coded, and you need to know the different labels that he colors so you know how to do the problems, and he'll print out the notes for you in black and white. Genius professor I don't know how he has a PHD.5) He also wears the same black french beret cap every day, never takes it off. I don't know why it but it pisses me off I never got to see his hair. My prediction is that his huge ego can't have his students see him balding and expose his insecurities.

polyratings post

CE 207

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2018

Guyader does not know how to teach, grade, or even communicate to other humans for shit. I don't know how he got so far in life with whatever shitty attitude he's got right now. He has 4 mini-midterms, and if you make 1 small mistake, you're getting an F in that midterm. He doesn't carry any errors forward, doesn't even look at the technique and how students analyzed the problem. Instead, and he literally told me this word for word, he looks at numbers -- if the number he wants isn't there, the whole thing is wrong. I have seen him grade midterms and quizzes in his office hours. For 20-30 point midterms that determine a quarter of your grade, he spends an average of 2.7 seconds looking at your paper before assigning a grade, and its usually dependent on his mood at that point of time (l literally had my stopwatch out this is a real statistic.) As a guy who the last time he cried was when he was 12 to hear about his sister's car accident, his class was the closest I've ever been to crying again since then and that feeling is every week. You will put in the most effort you ever had for a 2 unit class that inevitably will single-handedly ruin your GPA for the quarter. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. Graduate a year later if you have to, but don't take his class unless they change the format where you can have a TA for the 2 hour activity part of the class.

polyratings post

CE 207

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2017

GARBAGE. Guyader is the only option for this class, which is very unfortunate. He goes unbelievably fast during the 1 hour weekly lecture, to the point where you won't learn or retain anything valuable. You'll do all your learning in the 2 hour recitation, so go to those. There's homework due once a week, and you truly should try to do the homework on your own. That being said, the solutions for his homework are out there; just ask friends who have taken the class previously for them. His 3 "mini midterms" weren't too difficult as long as you pay attention during recitation. Final is rough, and 50% of your grade. Take Htet Htet for recitation! Good luck.

polyratings post

CE 207

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2017

Utterly useless in lecture. I only bothered to go to the 7am lecture because that's where you turn in the graded homework. Otherwise I would have always skipped, because I never got anything out of it. He is downright awful at presenting the material in an understandable way, and fails miserably at understanding our difficulties. The activity section with the TA is where you'll get all your learning done. Always go to the activity. The lecture, taught by Guyader, is garbage.