Agronsky, Steve  

Mathematics

3.71/4.00

85 evaluations


MATH 141


Sophomore
D
Elective
Aug 2001
An excellent professor all around. Explains concepts in a meaningful and simplified manner. Very humorous (which is a real bonus in a Calculus class).


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Possibly the best professor I've had here at Cal Poly... definitely one of the top math professors.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Jan 2004
Mr Agronsky was the BEST math teacher i've ever had! His tests were questions off the homework and he drops hints about which types of problems to study. The midterms weren't overbearing and the final was just a "long midterm". He is helpful in class as well as office hours. His subtle humor keeps the class from being a snooze. Take Agronsky if possible!


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Feb 2004
Agronsky is definitly a really good professor. He really cares about his students and can explain things so you can understand them. His tests are pretty hard, since he is used to teaching upper math classes, but if you study you should do ok.


Freshman
D
Required (Support)
Jan 2007
i deserved my grade, probably deserved an f from this man. very straightforward lectures and DO YOUR HW. The format of only 2 midterms and the final screwed me, but i deserved it. He is awesome at office hours and is a very nice grader. recommended


Freshman
F
Required (Support)
May 2007
We had daily homework, which was graded by other students in the class. You got credit if you turned it in and no credit if you didn't. Pretty simple. The first half of class each day was going over questions from the previous night's homework. Then we turned it in, then he lectured for the rest of the class. He went through examples a bit quick for me, and the tests were pretty difficult. The questions were similar to homework, but they usually required a combination of techniques from various sections applied to difficult problems. I though he was alright, but I wish he went slower when lecturing to give students more time to understand what's going on. I also took the workshop and still failed. The course in general is very fast paced and requires a lot of work outside class and assigned homework. If you have any difficulties, get help immediately or you won't be able to understand the rest of the stuff.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2007
He is an extremely good teacher. Presents the material very well. First half of class is usually going over homework, then second half is the lesson. I don't prefer this because it causes you to do the homework blindly and everyone will ask questions the next day. It basically turns into half the class being the previous lesson, then the last have will be the current lesson. It would be helpful if he could do more problems rather than explain every concept with one problem, but hes still a very good professor.


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
Jan 2008
Probably the best math teacher i've ever had. My fault for getting a C+ because i did poorly on the final which is a huge part of the grade. Until then i was in the upper part of the class because i went to office hours where he was extremely helpful. I'm no genius at math either, and i think i improved a lot from Agronsky


Freshman
D
Required (Support)
Feb 2008
I looked at poly ratings before signing up for Agronsky and thought it would be a great class to take. Agronsky is really funny and a great guy, but he's one of those teachers who knows his material so well that he leaves the class behind sometimes. If anyone has homework questions, he'll usually spend at least half the class time going over the problems. This sounds great, but you're left not knowing the lesson for tonight's homework all that well, and the vicious cycle continues. He tends to use one example to explain a lot of different concepts, so I suggest you write down everything he says because he rarely writes down the thought process behind the examples. I was really bummed with my grade since I went to class every day and did all of my homework the whole quarter. I didn't go office hours, but I have a feeling that would have helped me. Actually, I'm pretty sure I should have gotten a straight F, but he really was a nice guy and gave me a D+, so my GPA didn't suffer too much from it. Unless you have taken Calculus before, I don't recommend Agronsky.


Freshman
F
Required (Support)
Feb 2008
This class was so much fun. I just didn't get the foundation that I needed to move ahead. Make sure you understand everything as you go. If not, get help and ask him to make analogies. It helps. Tests are hard. And they are the entire grade.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2008
Agronsky was the same in 1985. Great teacher; good man. Thanks for dinner Steve, when you lived out on the farm. Glad to see you on full time staff. Mark Falkenstein


Freshman
N/A
Required (Support)
Mar 2008
Agronsky is a good teacher. he presents the material pretty well. his midterms/final comes off homework, but he wants you to understand the concepts so it can be a bit tricky sometimes and he's willing to help you in office hours.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Apr 2008
Agronsky was horrible at recognizing students' needs. Everyday I would walk out of class not knowing what the hell he was trying to teach. You would spend 3/4 of the class going over last night's homework so he would "teach" that night's lesson in about 5 minutes. So the cycle continued of never knowing how to do the homework. He expected you to already know vital information even though it was a Calc 1 class. His tests are extremely difficult. He doesn't give any review sheet or anything he just tells you to "know the homework" which meant going over hundreds of problems. But even if you studied every homework problem and knew how to do them he would throw in tricks on the test which made every problem horribly difficult to finish. I would never take Agronsky again unless I plan on studying for hours and hours and still getting a shitty grade.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Feb 2009
When I took this class Freshman year, I didn't know what to expect from this college. They threw this guy at me. Possibly the coolest old dude I've ever had the pleasure of learning math from. If you take him fall quarter, his halloween outfit is the best. His tests can be difficult if it is the first time you've seen calculus material. I think they were fair overall. I just didn't know what to expect from the math department. I was doing quite poorly, but he reasoned out a way that the homework grade and the final could help me and I got by with a C. However, I am now in 241 pushing my way through triple integrals and the Jacobian methods and I am so happy that this man challenged me so that calculus 4 is a breeze. Take him if you want to succeed!

MATH 142


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Agronsky is a really cool teacher. He's easy to approach and always helps when you don't understand. He has no problem taking an extra day to go over a concept. I sometimes wonder how we got thru everything.


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Dr. Agronsky was willing to help me with concepts I had been struggling with all quarter, even though I waited until right before the final to ask for help. He was really understanding and gave me a fair grade in the end.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Nov 1999
This teacher is funny, gets the material across in a way so everyone understands, really cares for the students.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Feb 2001
If only every instructor was like him.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2002
Everyone says it but it is true. Dr Agronsky is the best math teacher you will find. He never makes anything more difficult than it needs to be. He does have some challenging problems on some of his tests and especially the final. One thing to remember is if he emphasizes that a problem in the homework is REALLY important, then study that problem for the final because it will most likely show up. He is a really fair grader and is willing to discuss your grade on a midterm or homework. He accepts late homework too, but only up to like 3-4 times in the quarter. Overall he is a great teacher and you would be an idiot to pass him up. Plan your schedule around his class.


Senior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2005
Is Agronsky really as good as his reviews make him out to be? Absolutely. He is not just the best math teacher I've ever had, he's also the best one I've had at Cal Poly. He presents the material in an easy to understand way. He goes over any questions on the homework, no matter how long it takes! If the class didn't understand something, he postponed doing the next section and went over the previous one. One of the best things about him is that he doesn't give pointless quizzes every week. They eat up a lot of time and make teaching rushed. Also, with weekly quizzes you are constantly studying and worrying about them. Instead, he grades the homework and has two midterms. You just have to attempt the homework questions to get credit. You don't have to finish them all or get them right. If you can't do some of them, just ask him to go over them in class. All the tests are fair and are very similar to the homework. I went back and did a few questions out of every section to prepare for the midterm and did well. Don't misunderstand. Calculus II is a lot work no matter whom you have. You have to complete and assignment every night. If you're not willing to put in the work, you'll fail the class, just like with any other teacher. Make sure that you show up every day! Don't blow the class off, ever. Otherwise, you'll miss his easy to understand teaching, get a zero on the homework, and have to figure out the next homework on your own, which is not fun.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2005
Agronsky is really a stand up guy. Homework almost every day, and he went over the homework like the first half hour of class every day. If there was an unexpected amout of trouble on a given section, he'd help the class on whatever problems they had then just say to go give it a try tonight again. the midterms wer fair and straight forward. In 142, when you come to L-hopitals rule, study it... he likes that for some reason. I got a D on the second midterm (and I still pulled a B in the class) just for the simple fact that I didn't feel it was very importand that wouldn't be on the test...wrong. Other than that this is one of the best...wait, THE best professor at Cal Poly, period.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2005
Agronsky is such a great professor, he acutually makes coming to class easy. Homework is counted but it helps and he doesn't assign that much compared to other professors. There are two midterms that are exaclty like homework problems, so once agian do the homework. The final isn't bad just like the midterms, take him if you can even if it's a bad time.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2007
BEST MATH TEACHER I HAVE EVER HAD! DEFINITELY TAKE HIM IF YOU CAN! HIS CLASSES FILL UP FAST AND THERES A REASON WHY! HE"S THE MAN. PRESENTS EVERYTHING CLEARLY GOES OVER ALL HOMEWORK AND TESTS ARE PRETTY STRAIGHT FORWARD.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2007
Prof. Agronsky is very good at explaining the concepts and prestents the material in a clear, easy to follow manner. He is a very good teacher and would highly recommend him.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Apr 2007
BEST TEACHER EVER !!!!!!! I should have done better. I did the homework and studied for tests but I blanked on the second midterm and screwed my grade! Overall he is funny, very nice, and always makes sure we understand everything


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
Jul 2007
He is an awesome professor. I really wish I would have done better in his class. I got an 88 on the first midterm, but I guess I just went down shit creek after that. I enjoyed his humor and he's a really nice guy. I really want to get him again.


Freshman
F
Required (Support)
Feb 2013
he does not know how to teach. after waitlisting this class and seeing the ratings for him, i was excited to get a decent teacher for calc 2. He will go over homework for a good 40 minutes of class, then expect everyone to understand his 10 minute lesson clearly and be able to do the homework without a problem. What he doesn't understand is that he cannot teach by simply doing examples without first telling the class what the new concept is first and foremost, and how it is building on what was previously taught. I saw below how someone said not knowing the material caused confusion night after night, COMPLETELY TRUE. Every time I walked out of class I was confused about the lesson that was sometimes even taught in 5 minutes...


Freshman
N/A
Required (Support)
Mar 2013
Dr. Agronsky is a great professor! His class is really fun & he is simply hilarious! He will help student with homework problems at the beginning of the class (like it or not, it's your choice, but that is not my favorite part). The tests are rather easy if you pay attention to the questions & he gives lots of partial credits. Also, he is willing to help you to get a better grade if you show improvement in tests and exams; he will weight your better tests more than the other tests.

MATH 143


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Nov 1999
Very informative teacher. Really cares for the students. Goes out of his way to make sure everyone understands material.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2000
He is a professor that really knows his stuff and will not move on until every student in the class understands the concept. The two midterms are based on notes in class and homework. I almost forgot he allows you a page of notes for each midterm and two pages on the final exam. Memorization is not the key to mathematics in his mind. Understanding what you are doing is. Great personality and is always there to help in office hours. Take his class if you can.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2001
He collects homework every day, but it's graded on whether or not you tried, which is cool. The tests are easy if you study and keep up with the class. I totally recommend getting him.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2001
He's a very nice guy who knows his stuff. His lectures are clear and he's easy to follow. He can be pretty funny sometimes too. I highly recommend this guy. You'll have a great time while learning what you need to.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2001
Agrosnky is a great teacher. He explains things well and if you don't get he will explain it again another way. He will take the whole class period to go over homework. But he will keep you in class up to the last minute and then one or two more. He is very nice and actually wants to see you do well in his class. He is very approachable in office hours. He also has a sense of humor which makes lectures a lot more interesting. I am taking him for 241 he was such a great teacher.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2001
Dr. Agronsky is awesome! He is so funny & is always cracking jokes in class. His tests are straight from the homework/text (the final is a little harder...), plus he lets you write down all the notes you want on a piece of paper for tests... front and back! His classes fill up usually by 4th priority, but if you are a math major or minor, you won't have much of a problem crashing his class.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2001
Agronsky is great. He presents the material very cleary, and he goes over the homework! He will use an entire class day going over the homework until everyone understands it. His tests are really fair, although I still have no idea where the final came from. Overall, he is a great teacher, especially if you have trouble in math.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2002
i know it's been said a thousand times, but prof. agronsky is most likely the best professor you will ever have. he helped me to understand calculus like i never have before! he is clear and concise, and you leave the class amazed at what you have learned. try to take him if you ever can!!! you will not regret it.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2006
Agronsky is the BEST teacher that I have ever had....TAKE HIM!!!


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2006
Dr. Agronsky is an incredible professor. After reading all these reviews of him you'll think you have a good idea of the guy, but you won't. He'll come into class the first day an you'll think the wrong professor walked in the door, but no, it's Agronsky, and he'll blow you away. Hilarious, presents material FLAWLESSLY, and incredibly helpful in office hours. Homework every night, but it is graded credit/no credit based on completion, but to honest, graded homework every night in a math class is a good thing, and you know it. Other than the homework, which counts for almost none of the grade, too, are two midterms and a final. The midterms are either really easy, or really hard depending on if you know the material (which means doing the homework). The final, contrary to the consensus on these ratings, is also easy or hard, depending on how well you know the material. If you have the choice, you'd be an idiot not to take Agronsky.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Aug 2007
Most helpful math teacher there is. He is fair, funny, and always willing to help. Whenever I missed lectures, I would go to his office hours and he would reiterate all the concepts for me so that I could have notes to use for my homework. Don't hesitate to take him, his classes fill up crazy fast.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2008
The Greatest of All Time!


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
May 2008
Had this guy last year for Math 141, 142, 143. After finishing up through Math 344, I can say with ease that Agronsky was the best math teacher I had. I feel like I have an advantage in a lot of my engineering courses because I can do integrals and derivatives with ease. If you have the opportunity to take him (and it really is an opportunity), then do not even hesitate to enroll in his class. Also, he is by far the nicest, kindest and most genuine teacher on campus. You really can not go wrong.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Apr 2009
Professor Agronsky is the best math teacher i have ever had. He teaches things in a clear concise way and doesn't go too fast like a lot of other professors do. He is also extremely helpful during office hours. His midterms and finals are challenging but if you study hard you'll do fine plus you get note sheets. Definitely recommend him and take him if you have the chance!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2009
Hands down the best math professor here, take him


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Apr 2009
Agronsky is one of the best math professors at this school, hands down. He knows his stuff and he teaches well too (which is more than you can say for the majority of the department). He takes the time to make sure you actually understand the concepts and he really cares about helping his students learn. Also, if you need any help or clarification on topics covered in previous calculus courses, he's more than willing to review it. Syllabus-wise, homework was due almost every day, but the majority of your grade is 2 midterms and the final. If you ace the final it's worth more on your final grade. I flat out failed the 2nd midterm, but I got a B on the final and he gave me a C+ overall. In short: TAKE AGRONSKY IF YOU GET THE CHANCE!!! Even if you're not intuitively good at math, he makes it make sense.

MATH 206


Junior
B
Elective
Aug 2001
He is one of the few humorous math teacher that I know. He tried to make the class fun. He also cares about the students understanding the course materials. His tests and grading system are fair.


Junior
N/A
Elective
Aug 2001
Great teacher but lots of homework.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2004
Best math teacher I've had at Poly (not saying much since I've had Van Lingen). But he was wonderful, and there were only a couple times in Linear Algebra where I was confused, and it wasn't for long. Plus, he's very forgiving with grades, if you can prove you know it on tests. Truly an awesome teacher. Also funny.

MATH 241


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Nov 1999
Steve is a great person, and really knows his stuff. I recommend this teacher for anyone taking a calculus course. I had him for four quarters in a row.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Dec 1999
Agronsky is an excellent teacher. His lectures are easy to follow and he answers questions very clearly. Homework is required but not graded, you get a check or a zero. There were two tests and the final. He said if a person's grade on the final was higher than their combined grade they would get the final grade. Take a class with him if you can!


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2000
Excellent teacher. Does not test too hard and explains concepts thoroughly and clearly.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2000
He is by far one of the best teachers I have had here at Cal Poly. He explains the material very well and is a very fair grader. I had trouble in the previous calculus classes, but with him I understood everything.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Feb 2000
This guy rocks. Great explaining, grading, partial credit, and most of all jokes! The jokes are great and come usually when you least expect them. They woke me up on many occasions when the usuall spacing out during lecture thing hit. I firmly believe that he is the happiest guy on campus.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2000
I wish this guy was teaching 242 next quarter- he's a great teacher and definately worth pulling strings to get. Don't think you'll be able to crash his class, though because his waiting list was 20 people long this quarter. He teaches the material well, goes over any homework you don't understand, and tests the material fairly. He even takes the time to learn your name. Homework is easy, and overall the class is well taught and fair.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2001
The Best teacher you will ever have. Period.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2001
Far and beyond the best math teacher at CalPoly. Is fair with grades and is easy to understand. The best period.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2001
Agronsky is simply awesome. He teaches math very well, in an easy-to-understand way. The homeworks may be a bit hefty at times, but you'll be glad you did it when test time comes. As for his tests, he doesn't give you any trick questions, and he plainly tells what he expects you to be able to do before you take the test. Make sure that when he says a problem is important in class to know how to do that problem blindfolded, 'cause there's a 99% chance it'll be on the test. If you have any sense, take Agronsky.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Oct 2001
Argronsky is the bomb. I had him for 241 and 242, and he is easily the best math teacher I've come across here at CP. The students grade the homework and all you really need to do is turn in a paper with your name on it. The tests are tough but fair. I could have gotten an A if I actually studied, but you get the idea.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2002
It has been said over and over again for a bazillion times. Agronsky is great. The best math teacher next to his best friend Mueller. He knows math really well and teaches in a way that most students can understand really well. His teaching is right to the point. His jokes make attending class entertaining rather than boring. Homework is due the next class period, but all you have to do is try to do your homework to get full credit. The students take turns checking, so you need to make only a minimal effort. He assigns a fair load of homework problems, not too many. Test problems are from the homework, so make sure to study it. The tests are reasonably graded so that little mistakes will not get you a huge deduction as long you know what you are doing. The tests did have some really challenging problems and the final has some really hard problems. But nothing impossible is on the test and lengthwise, they are doable in less than 50 minutes. You get a sheet of notes on the exam, so you do not have to do any strenuous memorizing at all. So do whatever it takes to get this guy. It fills up fast, but it is well worth it, even if doesn't make sense in your schedule. You will want to have him again.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2002
A great teacher. He makes the class easy and enjoyable. Don't pass him up if you have the chance to take him.


Freshman
F
Required (Support)
Aug 2002
OK, my grade doesn't show it, but I really enjoyed this class. I struggled with the material more then anything, and actually think I left the class with a good concept of Calculus. Really you must study for the exams a lot, look over your homework, and go to his office hours. I didn't until the very end, if I did I think I would have been able to get a better grade. Agronski clearly presents the material and he is a definite A of a teacher. Take him if you can.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Oct 2002
THE MAN. this guy "steve" is an amazingly caring person and loves to teach. whats better is that he also does an amazing job. He makes sure that you are fully comfortable with the material before he goes on. For the midterms he didn't really care if you made a little mistake of a minus sign or messed up while adding terms. He just cares about if you really understand how to do the problems. If any one had a problem with this guy then they really are just messed up. He is so friendly in class, loves what he does and makes us actually start to love math as hard as that sounds. TAKE HIM although he will probably fill up first infront of all other teachers so if you can take him go for it.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2003
Cal Poly needs more professors like him. He is simply one of the top-of-the-line professors who will make you want to come back for more. He knows everything and he teaches the material in a way to help you adapt to math. He is humorous such that math is a fun to learn. His tests are definitely not easy, but very doable. Take him if you can because you will probably not have the opportunity to take such a genius anytime soon. Do whatever it takes to get a class with this awesome professor.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2006
This was my second time taking Calc 4. Agronsky is quiet simply the man! Theres so much stuff to remember in this class and Agronsky knows it. He ALWAYS answers questions and was always very clear in lecture. Theres perty much nothing bad you can say about this professor.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2007
He gets a A+++ in my book. Explains material thoroughly and clearly, gives fair tests, and answers every quesiton you throw at him with care and with as much clarity as any simple example problem. He is the best professor I have ever had.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Jul 2008
Agronsky carefully prepares his lectures to maximize student understanding. Do the homework and you will have no trouble in this class.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2010
Fantastic teacher. Explained things clearly, homework and tests were not too difficult. Cared for students, learned names of everyone. Would highly recommend to any student who could take him. Too bad he\'s retiring after next year :\\


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2010
This teacher is probably one of the best teachers at Cal Poly! He truly understands how students learn and how to convey concepts that make them easy to understand. He is a very funny old man and loves taking days off and showing magic tricks and cracking jokes during class. The class itself is fairly easy. There is homework every night, but students grade it, so as long as you turn in something, you will get credit. The first half of class is dedicated to going over homework problems, so you can show up late and he really won\'t care. Steve understands how long it takes a student to complete a test, so the tests aren\'t too difficult. If you really understand the material at the end of the quarter, you\'ll notice that each problem has a trick that makes it very easy. Take Steve! Great class!


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2010
BEST TEACHER AT CAL POLY. Seriously, I have never had a professor I loved this much, or really loved at all. He\'s hilarious; I would laugh out loud every single class, and pretty much laugh in my head at everything he said. He is a fabulous teacher and is great with his students, he is also very helpful in office hours. His tests are kind of difficult, but if you stay caught up with the homework and study a lot, you\'ll do fine. I was honestly really sad this class is over -- it would make my day and is one of the only classes at Cal Poly that I looked forward to each day. I miss Steve! He isn\'t teaching until Winter quarter, but if you get the chance, TAKE HIM!


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Mar 2011
One of the best professors here at Cal Poly. Too bad he's retiring after this quarter :( Excellent at teaching the material. He loves his colored chalk. Midway through the quarter he showed us a magic trick which was neat. The class was great. The test were hard, but were based off of the homework. He gives a lot of credit for knowing how to do the problem, without necessarily getting the correct answer. Cal Poly will miss Steve.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2011
Agronsky is a wonderful teacher. Unfortunately he's now retiring, but if he ever comes back to teaching, he's fantastic. He was hilarious in class, and was always helpful with answering questions. I wish he would have spent more time doing examples rather than proving theorems, but maybe that's just me. I got a C because Calculus isn't really my thing (I never understood Calc 2 and 3 all that much, or Algebra 2 for that matter), but if you fully understand the homework, you'll do fine on the tests. They were fair. Anyway, Agronsky was great.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
Dr. Agronsky was simply amazing. I was in his very last class before he officially retired, and I truly felt honored to be a part of that. He explained everything so well. I never even needed to go to office hours. All the tests are based off homework, so it's nothing too surprising. He constantly made me laugh. I really hope that he teaches occasionally in the future, because I think more students need to have him.

MATH 242


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
I've taken Dr. Agronsky for 5 quarters now (142-318) and he is a very fair grader and a funny teacher. He collects homework but people in the class take turns grading, and you can turn in late homework anytime. He is a great partial credit giver and even if you screw up the midterms you can still get a good grade if you do good on the final. The only thing I hate is that he talks until the very last minute of class, and then assigns homework, so don't have a class across the campus right after his. Overall, a good teacher.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Nov 2001
Dr. Agronsky is, without a doubt, the BEST profesor I've ever had at Cal Poly. I had him for MATH 143, 241, and 242. Now, I'm in my third year, and no one has ever came close. He's just the greatest all-around profesor. He knows the material extremely well, and loves to help out students. He just loves students, and wants to make sure they succeed. Something which, unfortunatly, a lot of profesors lack. He assigns a standard amount of homework for a math class, but you can easily get away with not doing it. If you come up to him, and tell him: "I didn't understand it. I'll turn it in tomorow." You will get full credit. How fuckin cool is that? His midterms aren't too bad, I thought, and he gives really good partial credit. That is, if you know what you're doing. But besides his superb teaching abilities, the best part about Dr. Agronsky is his hilarious sense of humor. It has this really dry sense of humor, that new students don't even catch onto until the second week or so. But it's just fucking hilarious. If you ever get the chance to take a class with Dr. Agronsky, please do so.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Nov 2002
Dr. Agronsky is my all-time favorite professor at Poly. I had him for MATH 143, 241, and 242. It's currently my 4th year here, and no one even comes close, except for maybe Profesor Kaspar. What makes him so great? 1. Dr. Agronsky is a great teacher. He knows the material extremely well, and teaches it even better. He's always willing to make sure students understand the material, and is very helpful. But combined with that, is that he is FRIGGIN' HILARIOUS. He has this very original sense of humor, which new students don't catch on to until about the second week. But if you take him for multiple classes, you're already used to it, and it's seriously some funny shit. He's probably the only profesor who could make "Differential Equations" a FUN class. On grading...He is more-than-fair with grading exams. You'll get loads of partial credit, and you'll love it. And, if you've had him for more than one class, and he knows you, he'll "help you out", if you know what I mean. I should of clearly got a B+ in 242, but he gave me an A. So basically, he's an awesome guy, and an awesome profesor. If you ever get the opportunity, TAKE A CLASS WITH HIM.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Mar 2003
hey you all, i just want to say im a charismatic kind of guy. i hunger for carefree, funny, intelligent conversations. Sports, Entertainment, and Music are some of my interests. i'm an alcoholic. I also like to poke hamsters in their butt. If you like what you see, email me and we can get to know each other better. btw, love agronsky's math class!


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Sep 2004
Agronsky is one of the best professors out there. Not only is he a natural at math, but he also makes classes very worth attending. He answers any questions you have whether it be at lecture or in his office. He will not rest until the class understands. He definitely challenges you in the class, but he does so fairly. For that, he is definitely a professor you want to take for any math class.

MATH 244


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Feb 2005
Yeah, I got a C. But thats because I suck at math. AGRONSKY IS A GOOD, FAIR TEACHER. Just do your @#$%&$@ homework and study for weekly quizzes! At one point you have to realize that your having problems becuase this material is really frickin hard. The teacher wants you to get an A because it relects well on him/her.

MATH 248


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2002
As most people on here have said, the best teacher I've had at Cal Poly. He uses humor and his amazing knowledge to convey all topics clearly. He definutely reads the students, can tell if you don't understand, and restates his point (in different ways) until you do understand. If I could take him for all my classes at Cal Poly I would.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2002
Dr. Agronsky is the man!!!! straight up!!! He makes sure you know the material no matter how easy or how hard the subject is. He has an ability to feel out the general feeling of the entire class and adjusts his teaching to it. He adds these jokes that you wouldn't expect someone like him to say and it makes the class very enjoyable. Homework was credit no credit, his tests weren't incredibly hard if you did the homework and went to his office hours every now and then, then you will get at least a B in the class. Definately one of the best teachers at cal poly!!!


Sophomore
C
Elective
Jan 2002
Professor Agronsky is one of the better math professors I've had. I consider myself a pretty good math student and I think that the grade I earned in the class is not to be blamed on Professor Agronsky. He helped he as much as he could. I was in his office hour everyday that I could be there to get help with this class. He was very helpful in his office hour, trying to make sure that you fully understand the concept. He is much of the same way in class in the fact that he really tries to make sure you understand and he is very understanding if you don't. The only thing that I could possibly criticize is that his teaching style is a little unorthodoxe from some of my math teacher's in the past. His teaching lesson that he has when he comes into the class doesn't seem too concrete when he is presenting it. Of course it just maybe because it was a hard ass class. The material is difficult to grasp, at least for me, some people had no problem with it. But that's besides the point. The point is Professor Agronsky is an excellent teacher and I would definitely take him again.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Oct 2003
There is really no need to type this evaluation because it is already common knowledge that Agronsky is THE MAN, but I must take the time to give credit where it is due. He's the BEST teacher I have had to date, just a tad ahead of Dr. Greenwald, but only because of his ability to inject humor into every class lecture(hard to do in Math). He presents the material as good as any, grades more than fair, and gives straight-forward tests with a little challenge at the end. TAKE THIS MAN FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Dec 2005
Agronsky is an awesome teacher. I would definitely recommend him! Methods of Proof is a HARD class, but Agronsky does as much as possible to help his students through it. I've never met a teacher at Poly who is just SO willing to help the students. He's always at his office hours and will stay as long as necissary to help you through whatever problem you're having. My only suggestion for this class would be to get on it quick. If you don't get the first concept, you're not going to get the second... so go in for help ASAP. But overall, definitely take his class. His lectures are clear and to the point. Homework daily, but it helps for the test. Midterms aren't that bad. Final wasn't either. Pretty much all the questions come from the homework!

MATH 318


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
If you are not very good at math then this is the teacher for you. His grading is very fair, and he does not assign excessive ammounts of work. He is also very easy to listen to. However, sometimes he will go too slow. He will answer every question, even if it takes 20 minutes and he has just gone over it thoroughly.

MATH 414


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2003
EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT. Dr. Agronsky cares SO much about his students, and he makes Analysis bearable. The 412 series is not fun, and he was so helpful in office hours (pretty much how a lot of us survived). He is SO knowledgeable of Analysis, and you can tell that he loves his students. Definitely a FIRST-RATE professor who we're lucky to have here at Cal Poly! OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!

PSC 709


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
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