Elwood, Jason  

Mathematics

1.65/4.00

20 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 118


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2017
Honestly, this guy is great. He presents the material well, is super flexible, and is pretty comical. The things I have a problem with are how he assigns 100+ question homework assignments and gives super short notice of when they’re due. He did this in my class during a super busy week and the class literally harassed him over it. He said he thought he only assigned 90 or so questions when in reality he assigned about 130. Not to mention he doesn’t mention when he posts assignments — he literally posts them at like midnight and expects you to see it right away. On top of the ridiculous homework assignments, he takes soooo freaking long to grade his work. He’s very unorganized. He does try to do review sessions for the midterm and final, but they’re really unproductive. On a positive note, I personally struggle with math but overall I didn’t find the class all too hard. He has weekly 1-2 question quizzes that kind of suck but make sure you do well on them and the homework as well because it makes up a decently large amount of your grade. If you’re willing to put up with a teacher that procrastinates to the max and goes on pointless, directionless tangents, this class is for you.

MATH 142


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Oct 2017
Elwood is the man. Yeah, he comes in 3-5 minutes late every day. So what. But he's a really good teacher and he has a LOT of patience when you don't understand something. His office hours are also super productive. Cool guy. He only wears like 5 different shirts which is p funny. Fun fact: he works out at the rec like every night SUPER late. So maybe that's why he's late to 11am class. Too busy getting some late night swole? TAKE ELWOOD.


Freshman
D
Required (Support)
Dec 2017
Honestly, this class wasn't a hard class, Elwood just made it extremely hard. He always shows up to class late. When he assigns homework it is always a big load and when he gives a test, the test or quiz questions are 10X harder than any of the homework or practice problems. His office hours are helpful but I had class during most of them so I couldn't attend. He always has a weird problem with the last question on midterms. He doesn't bump grades or give any attention to how to better your grade. He thinks that he gives enough opportunities to pass the class but not really. He is a nice person outside of class I just think that he has a hard time getting his point across in class. He skips a lot of steps on notes and you kinda have to figure it out by yourself. When he assigns homework the 25-35 doesn't apply, it's closer to 45-55 because he adds a ton of problems and sometimes expects them to be done the next day. He seems to jump off topic constantly and talk about his pet lizard. He grades with partial credit. Most other professors let the students use notes on quizzes, not Elwood. All in all, if given the opportunity I would choose another professor over Elwood if you want to pass.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2017
Unlike most of these other comments which have been saying what a terrible professor Elwood, I have to disagree. Now I'm not a student who sucked up to the teacher or was a natural born prodigy, I'm just an average student. The class may seem really tough because according to the extremely low rating Elwood has been given, however that isn't really the case. If you studied hard enough and did all the homework you could do well on the tests. Each midterm and the final had plenty of chances to get extra credit, albeit it was a bit tedious due to them all being brain teasers, but hey it's extra credit and most teachers don't even give any opportunities. Now here's what you all really want to know the pros and cons. The cons: First of all, he comes to class on average of 7 minutes late, taking away from some valuable class time. Secondly, he teaches STRAIGHT from the book. All the example and the reasonings are straight from the textbook with near copies of what is written. He does explain it a bit better but they're all mirror images. Third, he posts homework really late-a Thursday at 10 pm when it's due on Monday. Fourth, he sometimes spends too much time in class talking about his life and whatnot resulting in the cramming of a lesson on limit tests in our last two days of class causing the whole class to have no understanding. Finally, he takes quite a while to grade and return past assignments and what not. I believe it took him almost three weeks to grade a quiz for the class. That's it for the cons. Now onto the pros: While he does almost strictly teach from the book he offers explanations that are more helpful from solely reading the book itself. Also since he teaches this way it's easy to look back onto examples and see how they're solved. His homework is graded and has many problems so you always have enough problems to do however it's not like just doing the homework is enough to get an A in the class, this is COLLEGE, more effort is needed. All his homework is posted on poly learn so you have access to it wherever. Additionally, he also posts original problems he makes himself on poly learn, they're usually decently tough. If you have trouble understanding anything, go to his office hours! He's very helpful and understanding. Near the end of the course he held a study session where we could ask him any questions we had on any of the lessons, he even did homework problems for us. This really helped prepare for the finals. Finally the fun stuff: Jason Elwood is a very nice guy and is very easy to talk to. He gets personal with his students and even let a few call him by his first name. He's a very swoll guy, whose biceps are as big as most of our heads. My friend thought he was an Olympic athlete on his first day in class. He's insanely ripped and breaks a lot of chalk due to his overwhelming strength. His fashion taste, however, isn't quite as good as his physique. He only wears like 5 shirts to class. Sometimes he came to class with a random shirt and dress slacks. He's pretty young so he may not be rid of the college fashion yet but sometimes it gets weird. On top of this, he once brought his lizard Mr. Schmee to class because students wanted him to. He got very offended when some people called it fat. Basically, he's a very easygoing guy with a great personality. I'd recommend him to anyone, I love this guy. I can't understand why people bash on him so hard I mean the guy replaces our lowest midterm with our final if we do better. That's it for my review, I hope you take it with a grain of salt when deciding on who to take for your math courses.

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.