Einakian, Sussan  

Computer Science

1.20/4.00

20 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.

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.

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.

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!