Sen, Naresh 
Cumulative GPA: 0.77/4.00 with 13 evaluations
Presents Material Clearly: 1.15
Recognizes Student Difficulties: 0.85
Physics Department, Cal Poly, SLO
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PHYS 133
Freshman
Grade Earned: A
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2:22 am, Jun 6, 2014
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  Think what you want, but at least for lab, I think Prof. Sen did a satisfactory job. He had no trouble explaining concepts that hadn't been covered in lecture yet and he was always willing to talk with students and help out. He does have a traditional approach on the classroom, so you might need to grow up a bit, but other than that I didn't see any problems with labs. I cannot speak for lectures, but if you are willing to work hard for what you're paying for and willing to a work with his expectations(which are reasonable for lab), don't even worry. Expect to get out early and take the three hours others, but again, you aren't paying for an easy A and a twenty minute lab, you are paying to learn. Keep this in mind and you'll be fine with a relatively guaranteed A.
 
PHYS 133
Freshman
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7:37 pm, Jun 2, 2014
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  Yo fuck this guy. If you care about school in general just don't take this professor.
 
PHYS 133
Freshman
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General Ed
1:41 am, May 17, 2014
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  He makes you hate him. He cannot ever accept that maybe he might be wrong. If you do something wrong, there is no mercy with your grade. He grades 100 question labs out of 10 points (if you get 10 wrong, you fail) One of my friends is gonna give him a 4.0 and write a good review as a goof. This professor has his head so far up his ass. I thought he would be fine the first day but it turns out that he is a total ass hat. If you try to reason to him over why he should give you a point back because Mastering Physics didn't accept K as being equivalent to 1/4pi epsilon naught. He expects you to know the material before you learn it. DO NOT TAKE HIM!
 
PHYS 133
Sophomore
Grade Earned: B
General Ed
12:31 pm, Mar 31, 2014
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  his homework is what saves your grade. Doesn't teach well but assigns homework so can teach yourself. I have had way worse teachers here and his tests are not that bad
 
PHYS 133
Freshman
Grade Earned: B
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11:59 pm, Mar 26, 2014
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  Maybe Professor Naresh is actually a smart man....the world may never know because his god-awful teaching disguises any true grasp of the material. NO order whatsoever in his lectures. NEVER answers questions clearly. I honestly spent more time looking through my year-old AP Physics notes than looking through his lectures. This course was not hard, but Professor Sen did a fantastic job making it sure seem hard. Only take him as a last resort.
 
PHYS 132
Freshman
Grade Earned: C
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3:50 pm, Mar 19, 2014
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  Brace yourself! The hype is real. The first day to first midterm will be going easy for you, then everything after that will be going downfall. He tried his best to teach, but he just can't teach. Midterm averages are D simply because his tests doesn't cover his lecture. If you ask him question, he never gives clear answer. He will always say "ah well, maybe, what do you think" , and always leave you with vague answer. And be prepared to hear a lot of 3,2,1 andddddd stoppppp!
 
PHYS 132
Sophomore
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Elective
9:12 pm, Dec 4, 2013
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  It was a dark and stormy night, I was walking back to my apartment after an average day of classes when suddenly a little bird came down carrying a message from the depths of the large Hadron Collider. In a curious stupor I read the message "Professor Sen is not to be trusted with the Staff of Knowledge." "Strange," I thought to myself "I have never had this professor Sen before, what could make him so undependable?" I set it upon myself to discover the answer I so desperately craved. After a long journey culminating in the scaling of MOUNT OLYMPUS itself I received my answer. I arrived at a convocation of the gods who promptly glared at me with a look that had never been seen by mortal eyes. After which felt like an eternity Almighty Zeus spoke and said "You must have the book for he will not pass on the knowledge of physics himself!" Having fulfilled my quest I quietly returned to my humble abode... So overall after never actually having this professor I'd rate him a solid -3/12 jackrabbits in a hole.
 
PHYS 132
Sophomore
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3:43 pm, Dec 4, 2013
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  This guy is absolute trash at teaching. At the beginning, he seemed like a cool guy teacher with a lot of potential. But as the quarter progressed, it became apparent, he could not teach AT ALL. His lectures were of 2 powerpoint slides full of fun facts that he didn't even make. He did plenty of demos that all went horribly awry and wasted a good amount of class time trying to fix. Whenever we asked him questions, he would refer to some equations and never give a direct answer. He would spend 10-15 minutes on an example, only to say that it was completely wrong and just know the equation from the book. However, this teacher is great if you do not want to attend lecture as did half of my class and teach yourself everything. His exams were relatively simple if you studied on your own.
 
PHYS 132
Sophomore
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1:57 am, Dec 4, 2013
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  I don't know why everyone is hating on poor Mr. Sen ! He is truly a great guy! He isn't like most professors who teach, he actually cares about his students by not wasting their time with petty informative lectures. No, instead he redirects us to the BOOK which is the basis of all learning in the universe. Obviously the book can explain material better than a mere mortal human being, because it's a book ! If you feel stupid and confused, NO WORRIES just go back home and stare at the mastering physics homework due every Friday night preventing you from enjoying dangerous activities such as interacting with other humans. Furthermore, his overuse of large shirts is actually a fashion statement that promotes a healthy physics learning environment. His use of clickers also makes the class much more engaging as the average student attendance is around 25 for an almost 50 person lecture. The questions are usually hard but it's okay you have a BOOK !!!! Overall, he is an amazing professor and I would gladly, EVEN FORCEFULLY RECOMMEND him as a Physics teacher. Without him I would have never realized my true love of Physics. P.S get ready to hear AAAAAAAND STOOOP a whole lot!
 
PHYS 122
Sophomore
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11:30 am, Nov 24, 2013
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  Naresh really, truly, pisses me off...he has absolutely no idea how to teach his students. On his syllabus he writes that we should ask him questions in class but whenever we do, he just says to look it up in the book because it's better at explaining than he is. He also gets angry with us in lab if we aren't sure about something and ask him. I'm not even exaggerating --this guy sucks. I'm surprised Cal Poly even hired him, that just makes the school look bad. He also threatened to lower our grades if we evaluated him poorly, which is really not okay..I think that's illegal. According to him, the department will be on "his side" whatever that means. We haven't even done evaluations yet, and haven't gotten out midterm grades back either...so really he's just ranting about nothing. I try not to rip on professors but this guy legitimately angers me..thinking about taking this to the Fairness Board, he's truly that bad. BOTTOM LINE: If you enroll in a class and see that he's the instructor, get out! It's worth waiting for another teacher, this is by far the worst one I can almost promise you that.
 
PHYS 122
Sophomore
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7:47 am, Nov 22, 2013
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  I have never been so insulted by an instructor. Like the previous reviewers, I am appalled at the behavior of this one. He does not clarify anything. He goes through material much too quickly without pausing to make sure everyone understood. On his syllabus he says questions are always ok, yet he never answers them. If he does answer, he will give vague answers such as "maybe..." or "it COULD be." Also he is completely unfair. He started grading labs very harshly because he assumed people weren't reading his comments before. And when the morning section of the lab displeased him, he took it out on us (the afternoon section) by saying "today I will treat you like kindergartners..." and then proceeding to draw a diagram of all the desks in the room on the board. He then called out on a desk to read a portion of the lab handout. This in itself is acceptable, but his condescending manner and ceaseless (and causeless) frustration are horrifying. When a student asked him to help us instead of refusing to tell us if anything was wrong with our lab setup, he challenged the whole class to give him a bad rating on the evaluation because "all the professors will be on [his] side." He then said that he was not an "answer-giving machine" and would not help us with our lab after that. We asked him again for help and he said "I'm not going to tell you. Cal Poly's motto is Learn By Doing, and you are not willing to do." I am sure he knows the material, but his bedside manner is a huge F on the report card of his teaching skills. Do NOT take this instructor if you can help it. If I could, I would get him banned from teaching at Cal Poly.
 
PHYS 122
Senior
Grade Earned: N/A
Elective
11:58 am, Nov 18, 2013
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  Just writing this to back up what the first reviewer said. In my four years here at Cal Poly, I have never even come close to witnessing one of my professors being so unbelievably insulting and condescending to his or her students before. Every chance he got to insult us, he did. It was the last lecture before the midterm and he chose to spend all of 15 minutes going over new material that we needed to know for the exam. Then he continued on his rant. One student even asked for some clarification on the material he presented, and Sen replied that we just went over it and if you are still confused you can look it up in the text book. And then he continued on his rant. Rephrasing all of the points he had gone over two or three times already. Beating a dead horse doesn't even do it justice. At this point I couldn't handle it anymore and walked out of class before I called him one of many names that came to mind. There are two principles he clearly just doesn't understand. 1) As a professor, if your entire class is making the same mistakes or not meeting the standards you are expecting, you are doing something wrong, not the class. 2) If you are easy going on the grading and give out 100% for incomplete work, why on god's green earth would college students spend more of the precious little free time we have on an assignment when we can get away with sub-par work? especially when it's a class that most of us care very little about retaining information beyond what is required to get a good grade. I think he won many of us over early on in the quarter for being down to earth and easy going despite his very mediocre teaching abilities, and now he has lost any and all respect any of us ever had for him.
 
PHYS 122
Sophomore
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4:33 pm, Nov 16, 2013
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  This professor is new to Cal Poly and taught at the University of Toledo —please search for his name on the internet to view his past evaluations. -------------------- Our class on 11/15/2013 convinced me to evaluate this professor. I don't really do this unless something truly stands out about a teacher. -------------------- First though…an accurate, unbiased evaluation of Mr. Sen’s teaching. Most students would agree that in the beginning he was kind, quirky, and pretty funny in class. As time progressed things began to change. In the course syllabus he encourages us to interrupt at any time in class if a concept is not clear. On several of these occasions, Mr. Sen becomes annoyed and tells us to “do the reading” (meaning the textbook). Frequently he rushes through diagrams and says that the book is better at explaining the concepts than he is. During the lab portion, Mr. Sen wanders from table to table to ensure we are learning the material properly and to see if we have any questions. If one group is doing something wrong, he will likely stop the entire class and scold us for not following instructions. More than once I recall him saying, “It’s not that hard, people!” This instructor also utilizes Clickers to ensure learning and to provide a small percentage of extra credit. However, many questions refer to concepts we have not learned yet therefore making it extremely difficult to answer them accurately. -------------------- Now for the reason I'm sharing this. In past years I've had my fair share of average/sub-par instructors, and that is perfectly normal in a college environment. What's not normal, however, is a professor that vents his anger and frustration on his students. Up until now I felt Mr. Sen was acceptable (fair grading, average teaching techniques, etc.). But on this particular day he completely changed my mind. He began by reprimanding us for our laziness and careless mistakes in the lab section without going into further detail or examples. After skimming through the day’s material he then proceeded to complain about how long it takes him to grade our assignments, and that we aren’t showing enough appreciation. He argued that we should already know what to do in labs without having to ask many questions. He stated that we “bombarded” him for three hours and that it’s unacceptable. Mr. Sen then concluded, word for word, that “...never in my six or seven years of teaching have I had a class so irresponsible and sloppy.” -------------------- He later handed back an assignment with noticeably lower grades (D to F range). After telling us he only spent and hour and a half grading hundreds of them, he asked us why we thought the grades were so low. His answer word for word: “This is what real grading feels like.” He then proceeded to warn us that the next midterm will be graded harshly and that this is the only way to get our attention. Why? I quote his fear of students becoming lazy: “I've been very generous so far in my grading, and I think it’s going to cause some of you to ease off and not learn the material.” -------------------- Clearly there’s a disconnection between the students and Mr. Sen, but under no circumstance should a professor punish his students grade-wise for something they didn't even do. This appalls me. On what evidence or basis does he have to make such claims? Several of my peers (including myself) are still wondering why he is so angry with us. It doesn't make sense for a professor to become defensive and harsh simply because he thinks his students might “ease off”. His threat to lower our grades really pushes me over the edge. I find it hard to believe that the Physics Department lives up to their mission statement when somebody like Mr. Sen is hired. On that particular day, several students understandably left before the end of class out of disgust. This issue does not end here. An incident report will be filed, and I plan on taking this to the Physics Department, Dean, and Academic Personnel. I'm absolutely disgusted with this instructor and will be doing everything in my power to make sure he does not return next year (for the sake of future physics students).
 

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