Einakian, Sussan  

Computer Science

1.90/4.00

40 evaluations


CPE 101


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Apr 2016
Don't get me wrong, she's a nice lady, but her lessons and some instructions are often times hard to follow. I advise actually reading the book before and after going to class if this is your first time coding because that is the basis of what she will be teaching except in slightly broken English. She is willing to answer questions, but there is usually a language barrier causing often misinterpretations. She's willing to help in office hours, and is sometimes effective in assisting with concepts and labs. If you do well on her quizzes and midterms OR labs and projects, you will most likely pass the class. If you do well in at least 3, you'd get a B, or maybe an A. The class was still very fun despite receiving such a low grade.


Junior
N/A
Elective
Apr 2016
First off I want to say Sussan is a sweet, nice lady. With that being said I dont even think she knows what teaching is. She writes the book material on the board, gives minimal examples and then gives you projects with coding that I have no clue what to do. This is my first time dealing with any type of programming and may never want to use a computer again after this class. Honestly you could pass the class with a loot of effort but the projects, unless you get a tutor as a first time programmer, you will never get. This teacher blows chunks as a teacher even though shes a sweetheart.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
May 2016
She hardly speaks english, misspells words and writes illegibly on the board, and purposefully calls on students in class who don't know whats going on. Her midterms and quizzes aren't bad. The projects are extremely difficult, though they are the same projects as done in all sections, Einakian doesn't teach us how to do them. She has incredibly poor lecturing skills. If you have never coded before don't take this teacher. If you already know python, then probably don't take her either because her lectures are a waste of your time, yet she takes attendance.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Aug 2016
Dr. Einakian often has trouble communicating concepts in a way that is easy for students to understand. Her accent and broken English can make it difficult to understand what she wants, especially in a subject as particular as programming. She is very nice and willing to spend time to help her students, however. While you could probably find a better professor, you can do well in Einakian's class if you start on your projects early in order to give yourself time to go to her office hours and clarify any ambiguities or misunderstandings.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Feb 2017
She has a very hard time communicating with students clearly due to her problems speaking English.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2017
Do you enjoy figuring everything out on your own? Do you enjoy doing projects without learning any of the material until two days before it's due? Do you enjoy TA's that never come, and vague instructions with broken English for projects? If yes, take Einakian. If no, take anyone else..


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2017
Honestly, Sussan is the most underestimated professor I have ever seen on Polyratings. First of all, her accent is not that unacceptable, at all. Her lecture is actually pretty clear from my point of view, you definitely could understand what she trying to say. 2 midterms and 4 quizzes + 5 projects + 8 lab assignments, those are not hard if you study the lecture notes and ask for help. However the final actually is brutal. Since CPE department makes common final for all fundamental CPE classes, the final is really hard. 14 pages, and you need entire 3 hours to complete them. I was having a B+ before the final and after taking the final yesterday I'm pretty sure it drops my grade to a C (don't know if it's a C+ or C-). But after all, if you have to take Sussan, go ahead with no doubt because she is a good professor. And you have to make sure that you get top scores in class so you won't be killed by the common final.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Aug 2017
Overall, I would give Einakian about a 2-2.5 on polyratings for CPE 101. She is a very nice lady and overall her class is pretty easy. If coding comes naturally to you there isn't as much outside work as a typical 4 unit class. Her lectures aren't amazing and sometimes (pretty infrequently tho) she will give incorrect information. The textbook for this class is very good and pretty succinct, so I recommend reading it if you can't understand her lectures. It is very doable to get 100% on all of the projects and labs. for some projects she'll tell you exactly what the output of your code should look like, so just take the time to make yours match it exactly. The tests are not particularly hard if you feel you understand the material and are able to do the labs and projects. As for the common final, she prepares you pretty well for it. I didn't study at all for it and was very sick and still got an 88%. While Einakian may not be an amazing teacher, I think her polyrating is unfair and would recommend taking her over someone like hollister if you have the choice for cpe 101.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2018
Honestly people make Einakian seem worse than she really is. She's a really nice lady and presents the material fairly well in class. The course load is fairly spread out, making deadlines easy to make so long as you start on time. Some people complain about her accent, but MOST people get over it fairly quickly and is not a problem by the end of the quarter. Overall, Einakian is a great professor for CPE101 and I would recommend her regardless of what her poly ratings might say!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2018
Einakian is a literal god. The only reason she gets bad ratings is because of dumb people.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2018
Einakian is super underrated. She gives you everything you need to know in lecture and the labs/projects that will teach you the fundamentals of computer science. The only negative is her accent, which is nothing compared to some of the professors I've had. She only has low polyratings because of people who are lazy and don't start the projects early. Overall, she is a god, a legend, and deserves much higher polyratings.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2018
Sussan is really not as bad a people think. She actually teaches the material unlike Hollister. I have a god set of notes that were really helpful on midterms and quizzes. We started quizzes like the 7th week for some reason. Even though she has an accent it is not terrible to the point you can not understand what she says. Labs super easy if you copy from https://github.com/justinnuwin/cpe101. Only thing you should actually do are the projects. Like actually do them and you will learn. Literal GOD and one of the best. Only bad part is the common final.

CSC 101


Freshman
N/A
Elective
Feb 2016
I am a business major and I was considering a comp sci minor so I took 101 with this prof....I now have decided NO WAY on the minor because of the experience I had with this prof. She doesn't teach the correct pace of the class and her English is so bad you cannot understand her verbal questions or her questions on the exams. If you have any prior experience with coding you will be ok, however if you dont, you will be struggling a ton in this class.


Freshman
F
Required (Major)
Feb 2016
First off, I want to say that Sussan Einakian is a very nice lady, and she always has a smile on her face. But that's the only good thing I have to say about her. As a computer science major who has never programmed before, I have never been more lost. Her experience in python seems limited, her grammar is absolute garbage, and her ability to teach is nonexistent. Labs and quizzes aren't as bad, but the guidelines and specifications for projects will be the end of you. The only way to get a decent grade if you haven't coded before is to cheat. It pains me to think that the Cal Poly administration thought she would be a good teacher for some people's first experience to coding, and I am on the verge of switching majors because of her class.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2016
Please don't take this teacher if you are new to coding. The projects she assigns are difficult and basically rely on how well you can google the material. She is incredibly nice, however, she is useless when it comes to instructing an introductory computer science class


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Although I agree with the students below that professor Einakian struggles with conveying some aspects of computer science (partly due to English not being her first language), she is a very kind professor who truly endeavors to help her students learn. She doesn't ignore her student's struggles, will give extensions when needed, and her lectures mirror the textbook she uses. I had no background in programming before this class and although it was definitely a challenge to do well in this class, I do NOT blame the professor, but just the essential challenge of the major itself. TLDR; she's not the worst out there.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2017
For those who got bad grades and blamed Einakian for not teaching well, unfortunately, this is how life is. By complaining about what you are given, you are setting yourselves up for failure by blaming external circumstances and not yourself for putting enough time in the course. Obviously, you have other courses and a social life to attend to but be reminded, you are a student. And in the end, if blaming your professor for a substandard grade feels correct, then you have yet to learn a lesson in humility. Now, that's not to say Einakian is a great professor. She is definitely difficult to understand at times, etc. However, I walked away from this class realizing that if we do recieve an amazing professor who is willing to go the extra mile for us, we are LUCKY. It's not a requirement; we are just extremely fortunate to have this opportunity. Many people necessitate having a good professor but they do not realize that most people in this world are average. With that said, Einakian is just an average professor. However, even though she is average at what she does, I walked away learning how to fend for myself in this cruel field. In short, if you want a good life lesson in both learning how to work and recognizing that having a good professor is luck, not a requirement, take Einakian. Otherwise, if you want your hand to be held, take someone else.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2017
The accent wasn't that bad. The bad part was that she wrote on the board completely incorrect material and assumed we understood what she meant. The bad part was that she gave us labs and projects which she never taught us how to approach until the day they were due, and then wouldn't accept late work. The bad part was that she made spelling mistakes on quizzes, midterms, and finals that cost students a lot of credit then she refused to accept her mistake. I honestly don't even know how she is a CS professor, or a professor at all. Obviously, like everyone else said, she's sweet and always smiling, but that is no excuse for her complete inability to covey accurate information. She wants you to learn, and that's great, but she has no idea how to teach. Stay away from her at all costs.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
May 2017
Einakian is a very sweet lady who genuinely cares for her students to succeed. Unfortunately, her lecturing ability isn't effective at explaining the material clearly, her thick accent on top of that makes actually learning useful material in the class very challenging. On top of that, the lectures rarely actually match the topic of the lab for that day, in fact it's more often than not simply chance that she will lecture about the lab that we're currently doing. There are weekly quizzes (that are relatively easy) and weekly labs that are due once per week (usually at midnight on Saturday). The final is a common final with all her classes and also isn't too challenging. The class itself isn't too difficult compared to other professors, and if you have past coding experience you'll be able to make it through pretty easily, but stay away if you don't know much about coding.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2018
Einakian is actually the best Computer Science Teacher. Better than Hollister. People complain too much about her because they fail the class. She teaches everything pretty well. Just do work and don't slack off. Literal GOD


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
May 2018
you deserve what you get on those tests. don't blame this prof because of her accent. it's ridiculous.

CPE 102


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
It is beyond my comprehension how this professor manages to teach a university.


Senior
A
Elective
Apr 2017
People are too hard on her. She wasn't the best at communicating the information, but definitely wanted the best for her students. If you go to her for office hours, she will do her best to help you understand the material. Put in the extra work and you will do fine in this class.

CSC 102


Sophomore
B
Elective
Feb 2017
She is patient and willing to help. Don't complain use the opportunities and resource you have.

CPE 103


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Although I slightly agree with the below comments I don't think she's nearly as bad as those below are claiming she is. Like most courses (not just CS) you will need to go the extra mile after lecture and read the textbook/Google/office hours/etc. if something is unclear to you. She's definitely not perfect, but I think if you're willing to put in your side of the effort then you will do just fine. I personally wouldn't think it's the end of the world if you got her due to the high amount of resources there are to learn some stuff yourself. Also, on the topic of her accent... It really isn't hard to understand if you've heard anyone but perfectly speaking English speakers speak English. If you know English you'll understand her. Also, if you don't understand a word she's saying it's perfectly okay to ask her to clarify what she was trying to say. She often joked with our class when we couldn't understand a word or so. Overall, there's definitely better and there's definitely worse out there.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2016
Lol Einakian. I had a different perspective then most because I took 103 with Buckalew and got wrecked by his final. So retaking this class, I had a very solid understanding of everything that was taught going in. I can definitely see how people have trouble with her. Her lectures were not very clear and she does just pretty much lecture right out of the book. Her midterms were not extremely difficult, if you study all of the material on the study guide thoroughly then you will be fine. Her labs are pretty easy although rather confusing at times, you can work with a partner and turn in labs for each other. Definitely avoid her if you've never taken 103 before. Pretty effortless B+ though to me. (Fuck you Buckalew)


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2016
Okay so this class is easy. Easy does not mean a guaranteed A or B though. She posts all of her notes online, so while her lectures are sometimes hard to follow there are many good videos online as other resources. Her exams are easy if you can do her class examples and memorize the Big O notation for each data structure. The partial code sections come directly from labs and assignments so make sure to understand those. The labs and projects themselves are not too difficult but will require you to be a solid coder in java. If you stay on top of the course material, there is no reason for you to not get an A or B. It is easy to slack because the lectures are boring though.

CSC 103


Sophomore
N/A
Elective
Feb 2016
If you want to learn good code-writing, do not take this professor. Her example code that you have to use for labs is horrendous. She has a very strong accent that makes it hard to understand what she is saying. Additionally on midterms she just makes up the answers from how she would implement things, which as I said before, is not optimal. You'll have to argue with her about how she's doing it wrong if you want points back for doing things right on the midterm. Her lectures feel like high school; she takes attendance and calls on you if it looks like you're googling the subject to actually understand what she's talking about.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
You are better off studying on your own.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2017
Her accent is not a problem at all, but Einakian is an incredibly boring lecturer who doesn't convey concepts very well. Fortunately the code for most of the labs and projects can be found online which makes her class easier than most 103 sections. If you're looking to get by with an easier professor (midterms were pretty much all spacial and not based on code) she's a solid way to go, but you won't learn data structures very thoroughly.

CPE 202


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Oct 2017
Everything about this teacher I despise to another level. She is a nice person. But she is a nice but horrendous teacher. Please switch out of this class to another qualified professor. She teaches us basic functions which is fine. But then she roundhouse kicks you in the face with fat labs and projects that are very hard to do. She does not teach us enough information to do the lab on our own. Instead, we are just fishing for information. Also, what is this curriculum? SLO placed me in a Python class when I don't know anything but Java. What I really hate is the teacher expects you to know Python going into the class. There should be an intro to Python class or better yet, implement an intro to Python chapter instead of making people who don't know Python suffer and people who've been coding since birth succeed. AND PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO CODE PYTHON DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO DO HER LABS, WHICH IS WHY SHE IS SO INCAPABLE AND SHOULD SERIOUSLY RETIRE AND WORK AT A BUTCHER SHOP BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT SHE DOES WITH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. And I'm blocked into CPE 203. Someone pray for me because I will have to suffer for another quarter. I really hope she just disappears because she clearly is doing it for the money and not the job itself. Probably got her PhD, tried to get a job in the computer industry but people saw how useless she was and had to resort to being a professor. Get someone else. I am telling you. If you don't you will regret it.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2017
This was my second time taking 202 and my second time having Einakian as a professor (I previously had her for 102). The first time I took her course it was frustrating and I didn't attend often; however, for 202 I found her to be better at conveying the material and found her to have a better understanding of the course than Hatalsky (my previous instructor). She knows what she's talking about and a good 60-80% of the time when someone asked a question in this class it was because they weren't paying attention or they thought she was wrong (she wasn't wrong very often). The most infuriating part of her class this time around was listening to CSC and CPE majors mansplain data structures to someone with a PhD and then ask a dumb question that would either be below the scope of the course or something that had already been talked about in lecture. TL; DR : Great prof, knows her shit, all you need to do in the class is shut up, listen, take notes, and ask clarifying questions.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2017
Pretty interesting course especially for the labs and projects where I think you can really learn the most. Professor was pretty good at explaining the concepts although had a little bit harder time likely because English is not her first language, but for me personally was not much of a problem at all. If you are struggling in this class my first recommendation would go to office hours at any opportunity you have especially if you have any questions or concerns that you feel cannot be answered through piazza. She is a much better teacher 1 on 1 in my opinion and she can really help if you get stuck. That being said if you want a teacher who is a great lecturer and you get annoyed by smallish mistakes in teaching or understanding questions you may want to try a different professor.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2018
Professor Einakian does not deserve the bad reviews shes gotten on this site. She does have an accent, but it was not hard to understand what she was trying to say. I went into this class with no knowledge of python and fell behind in the beginning because I did not do the work outside of class to learn it. I recommend learning the basics of python before class so you are not confused like i was. Also, she is a very sweet lady who really wants you to succeed and it really helps to get help from her during office hours or through piazza. If you read the online textbook she provides before you start your labs/projects, they will be much easier to understand and complete. Quizzes and exams were relatively easy if you study the textbook and understand your code for the labs/projects. Professor Einakian really understands the material and is very friendly, so dont be afraid to ask questions!


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
May 2018
Sussan is really not a bad professor. Some people are just too picky. Getting bad grades is your problem, not professor's.

CSC 202


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2017
Professor Einakian is a nice woman who smiles a lot. However, her class is, nicely put, a disaster for most. If you have a strong foundation in computer science, this class should be fairly easy for you. The material in essence is very straightforward, quizzes are fairly easy (and she's pretty flexible, our class collectively did awful on a quiz so she replaced our bad grades with the grade of the next quiz which was a LOT easier), and exams are a bit trickier but still very reasonable if you know what you're doing. That being said, if you are newer to CS and are picking up Python or coding in general with little background, this class will be hell. Her English is sub-par so any questions you may have that don't relate directly to the current lecture frequently get misinterpreted, her lectures sometimes seem like a disorganized jumble of theory, pseudo-code, and Python code that's crucial to the current project or lab, and the worst part in my opinion, the PDFs for assignments don't explain nearly enough. The vast majority of them leave you assuming what she wants, then promptly failing her tests (and losing 10 percent of your grade per failed test). The saving grace of this class was the Piazza, a class forum where classmates can post and answer each other's questions. It felt like throughout the class there was a group of 10 or so students acting as tech support for everyone else, keeping us all afloat. My consensus: If you're inexperienced, this class will be very tough and you won't do well. Don't take her. If you have lots of experience, this class will be fairly easy once you get the hang of correctly assuming what the hollow specification PDF is asking for. But don't take her. You won't grow as a computer scientist.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2018
She knew the material well and was always available to answer any and all of your questions. She is a very generous lady who truly cares for her students and their struggles. She knows how to adjust her class to student learning and will never hesitate to clarify anything someone might be confused about.

CPE 203


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2018
To start, Einakian is a nice professor, and she genuinely seems like she wants her students to succeed. But please, do yourself a favor and take another professor if you can. She is inconsistent and unclear when explaining concepts, and misunderstands students' questions the most of the time (as you've probably read from other reviews). Not only that, but her explanations are sometimes just... completely wrong. If you know your stuff before coming into this class, then these mistakes are quite clear, but those who don't know much about Java or OOP and take her word like gospel are going to be misguided. Furthermore, if she doesn't know the answer to a student's question, she either takes a wild guess at the answer or says something along the lines of "It depends on the compiler." No, it doesn't. This isn't C where anyone can make a compiler. Her core teaching style is sloppily coping code from her paper to the whiteboard and reading it out loud. She also frequently calls on students to explain content she hasn't even taught yet. It almost gives the illusion that she forgot how something works and she's hoping someone from the class will know. She gives very little prep material for her midterms, which are poorly worded, and taking them requires wild mental gymnastics, mostly dedicated to figuring out what on earth she's trying to ask. Furthermore, her grading is incredibly inconsistent, and she often messes up the math when scoring midterms. If you do end up taking her, make sure to double-check her math when adding up your midterm scores. Sometimes you can get an entire letter grade back. Her lab assignment specifications are vague, so it's often hard to know exactly what she wants (even after asking her :s). And sometimes she'll mark you down because your program doesn't pass her test cases which, again, were not described by the spec. In general, she seems to have the attitude that there's exactly one right way to solve a problem. Some of the reviews here complain about her accent, but that's the least of the issues about this class imo. Even if you have trouble understanding accents in general, you should be be able to understand her. Overall, if you already know the content being taught in this class, you'll be fine. But keep in mind if PolyLearn ever shows a grade significantly lower than what you expected, definitely ask her about it since it's very likely a grading mistake. If you're new to Java/OOP, try to switch to another class. If you can't switch, then good luck.

CSC 203


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2018
The amount of hate she gets on PolyRatings is honestly ludicrous. Sure there's somewhat of an accent barrier, making class difficult to follow but the commitment she shows to helping her students out whether it be going through java documentation after java documentation or extending her office hours time to help out students is amazing and im honestly extremely glad i had a professor like her. spent a good amount of time panicking this quarter about my grade in this class and she's taken a lot of time to help me out a ton and i dont think the critic of her on here is quite fair tbh

CD 487


Freshman
C
Elective
Nov 2016
This is the first C I have recieved in my entire life. I hope that says something to all of you out there watching their GPA. Do not take him--this class was a nightmare!