Elwood, Jason  

Mathematics

1.38/4.00

16 evaluations


MATH 116


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Nov 2015
Jason is hands down one of the best professors at Cal Poly! He is a grad student so he's super young, but he definitely cares about his students and their success. He is a goofy guy, but I enjoyed going to this class over my major classes because he made it so much fun. The class consists of two midterms, a final, and weekly 10 pt. quizzes on Friday. For someone like me who is not good at math, the quizzes could get difficult because there were only two questions on each, so if you missed one completely, you would fail the quiz (he drops your worst quiz grade). However, he is also very generous with extra credit! Go to his office hours!!! He is so so so helpful and accommodating. He is very funny too, so even if you aren't doing math you will hear his stories about his cats. 10/10 highly recommend


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
Highly Recommend! Wonderful teacher! Presents material in a clear easy to understand way and keeps the lesson interesting. He is always willing to help! Tests are strait forward. He is a very interesting guy and tells some very funny stories.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2017
Truly an awesome guy, super easy to understand, very straight forward, relatable, (as he is a college grad. student) and he cares a lot about his students. Take this class if want a relaxing, easy way to understand math and someone who presents it in a completely fair way.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
Elwood is the most scatter brained and easily distracted professor I have had. He literally has the attention span of 7 month old carrot. This was especially annoying around the time midterms and finals..he would spend 20-30 min of our 50 min lectures talking about random unrelated shit that only a few students found funny. Getting off on tangents is always a nice break, but he would do it a distracting amount and would often not get through all the material/have time to answer any questions. Very obvious he is an inexperienced professor.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
WORST TEACHER!! Doesn't know how to explain, worst way of grading.


Sophomore
C
General Ed
Oct 2017
He was not that great at explaining things in a way that a non-math person would understand but he wasn't horrible. I got a bad grade in the class but that was entirely my fault. My main problem with him was that he would do this stupid chalk throwing thing and take up an average of 10 mins per class (out of a 50 minute period) doing this pointless game. I would rather he take that time and let us go early or answer questions. It was so frustrating to sit in class and waste time watching people throw chalk into a trash can or at the board.

MATH 143


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
I would not recommend Elwood as a Professor for this class. He showed up 10-15 minutes late to every single class, including the first day and the final. Added up this resulted in way more than a week of lost instruction time resulting in the end of the class feeling very rushed and us spending an entire extra week on series. He also wasted a massive amount of class time with personal stories, annoying chalk throws for extra credit, and tales of how Erin Pearse, was a way more difficult professor than he was and that the class shouldn't be complaining about the difficulty of the homework because it could be worse. The homework itself rarely consists of problems from the book (he doesn't seem to like the book very much) and is mainly made up of ridiculously hard proof problems that he came up with. The notes do not cover how to do these problems as he only passively mentions that certain "facts" used to derive functions in the notes will have to be proven by you in the homework with no real context or knowledge of how to do so. This was frustrating since the homework was assigned infrequently and almost as a surprise. Out of the 10 week quarter, we received only 4 assignments, which wouldn't have been bad if we had 2 weeks for each, but instead, he would post late Thursday night or early Friday morning and have it be due by the following Tuesday. Meaning your weekend would be gone. He was not helpful in office hours only pulling examples straight from the book and only reciting the text. Lectures are also straight from the book with the exact same problems, diagrams, and numbers. It would have been a better learning experience to just use text to speech on the textbook's pdf. In addition to this, the lectures rarely included practical examples that represented the homework, exams, or quizzes. Instead, exams would be exceedingly difficult problems with one weird and ill-planned extra credit problem at the end that relies on everyone in the class being able to coordinate answers without being able to communicate. On the second midterm, he realized while grading that the integral on one part of the exam was really difficult, took him an entire weekend and two pages to solve, and relied on math he hadn't shown us yet. Instead of removing the problem from the exam, curving it, or even giving and extra bump to those who managed to do something with the integral he just left it. In the end, I only got the grade I have because he must have curved the final by a ridiculous amount since it was 10% higher than one exam and nearly double the other. Unless he seriously changes some of the ways that he conducts class time, plans lectures, and approaches exams I would not recommend Professor Elwood for 143.

MATH 162


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2017
It feels like he doesn't care that know one understands the material. He acts as though that because he has office hours, he's doing all that he can to help. In reality, he just doesn't know how to teach at all. The content he presents is confusing, and he claims that the homework will help. It actually just serves to confuse us more. He also didn't care for how much we tried to express our concerns with his teaching. The best part of all of it is that he shows up late to every class and spends a significant portion of lecture telling anecdotes no one cares for. Just take Jenkins over this piece of trash


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
I'm personally doing fine in the class but he has assigned multiple homework a couple days before they're due with an unreasonable amount of problems. Also on multiple occasions he tried teaching a lesson in the homework with a paragraph a couple days before the midterm or final. The worst part is that he assigned a homework assignment the Monday of finals week, due right before the final and again tried teaching a hard lesson in the homework.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2017
hello well to say the least elwood was one of the worst professors i have had. I usually give professors a real open mind and understand that teaching college students is difficult but he is very scattered minded and would come into class about 10-15 minutes late EVERY SINGLE DAY which 1) rude to the students that are there on time and 2) a waste of our precious class time that we paid for. He would never give examples in class and the lectures were just read out of the book essentially. We would ask questions in class and his answers would lead us in the wrong direction or wouldn't even be helpful. In office hours he wouldn't help answer questions but made other students explain answers to you. He taught more than the necessary curriculum so we were never able to apply the math that we learned to actual biological situations. Overall, the only reason i succeeded in this class is because i had previous experience with calculus.

MATH 221


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
Does not use class time fully. Shows up late. Wastes time in class. Unreasonable grading and timeliness of assigning and grading assignments. Would not recommend for Jason to teach.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
He's a horrible professor. He always shows up 10 minutes late and doesn't use class time to the fullest. He tries to be cool by doing chalk throws for extra credit, but don't be fooled. The grading, especially homework, is very harsh and he just assumes that we know how to solve the hardest problems because he can do them. The midterms are impossible to do well on because he takes the weirdest and most difficult problems. If you are an attractive girl, take this class. If not, pray for a C.


Sophomore
D
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
Shows up late to every class and office hours and uses the exact same examples from the book. Very dry lectures and 2 question quizzes worth 10 points once a week so if you get one problem wrong, you receive an F. In class examples are 2 step problems and then midterm questions are completely different and much harder. He also grades VERY harsh on the homework. Can be funny on occasion though which makes class slightly bearable.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
Harsh grader, problems on the midterm go from like 0 to 100 compared to the homework, everyone in my class currently is looking at almost failing (he spent 15 minutes persuading the class not to drop the course and showing us we could still barely pass), examples straight out of the book. However you do get out of every class 30-45 minutes early so thats chill


Sophomore
D
Required (Support)
May 2017
The actual worst teacher I have ever had. The main problem I had with him is that he would give us in class examples that were quite easy but then the homework would feature hard problems and then the tests would have even harder problems! Literally, the tests would be so unreasonably hard and ended up not testing our abilities on what we had learned but rather our math skills in general. Just everything about this class was a mess. Oh, and he was absolutely no help in office hours, usually answering your questions with "figure it out." Basically the opposite of a professor.

EHS 905


Junior
B
Elective
Nov 2016
What else is there to say? Fine person, nothing interesting. Class was meh... Blah, blah, blah... Fine person.