Professor Alex York Reviews
Prof: Alex York / Fall 2021
Feb 13, 2022
Calc 1 sucked. The exams were rough.
He was ok, but he could've been better/explained exam strategies or something more.
That I would have to memorize so much.
Feb 24, 2023
As someone who never took AP Calc, I found the course to be a bit difficult to understand at first. It's not impossible to get an A in but you really have to apply yourself to understand some topics. I personally found the first exam to be the easiest (an unpopular opinion) and the third one to have the most challenging material. It is very manageable though.
York is a fairly good professor. He knows what he's talking about and he breaks down the topics fairly well. He tries to keep the class engaged, which is nice. His examples he gives during class are not nearly as difficult as those on the Xronos, and sometimes he'll explain something in depth only to tell us we don't need to know the explanation for the exam. Those were my two biggest pet peeves about him but I do definitely recommend York for Calc 1.
Go to the teaching center tutoring! It is probably the only reason I finally understood topics like logarithmic and implicit differentiation. I was able to pass with an A without Study Edge, but if math is not a strong suit, I recommend either camping out at the teaching center in little hall or getting study edge. I found that a good time to go to the free tutoring was in my free period before my calc discussion. If you can, do all the practice exams he provides before the exams. I got a 30% on my first practice exam for exam 1 and by the time I finished taking all the practice exams, I was getting As.
Dec 17, 2022
This course wasn't too bad, but you need to put a lot of effort if you want to pass. There's so many assignments due every single week, but I probably spent about 1 hour max on everything. Since this was online, I could just watch past lectures from other professors and take notes I could use on homework and quizzes. In my opinion, it was a lot easier than Calc AB I took while in high school.
It had 5 modules in total: precalculus, limits, derivatives, application of derivatives with antiderivatives involved, and definite integrals. It's a lot to memorize for exams but if you done previous practice exams, you'll be fine. Weekly quizzes on the lectures are timed but open notes so be sure to write down anything important from the lecture videos and their additional examples.
Honestly I don't understand why a lot of people thought he was bad. To me, he was very nice. Always there to help me whenever I had an issue with Xronos or whenever I had a question about material on a midterm and the final. Midterms and final are worth 110 points (there are 10 bonus points) but they are graded out of 100 points. In addition, he also assigns a review before each exam that's extra credit. You don't have to do all the problems or get every single problem correct to get all the extra points.
Practice, practice, practice. BEWARE OF EXAM 3!!! That was the toughest out of all the midterms because you had to memorize a lot of theorems such as Mean Value Theorem and Rolle's Theorem, concavity, L'Hopital limits, steps to do constraints problems, and related rates problems. Study Edge was also a useful additional resource.
Dec 12, 2022
Overall, I didn't think this class was particularly difficult, but I did take AP calculus in high school and have a background in the concepts. There wasn't a lot of homework and the xronos were pretty helpful in practicing the concepts. Overall, it could have been a lot worse lol.
We learned Limits, Derivatives, and the Integrals, with rules and theorems sprinkled in between. Unless you are taking higher levels of calculus, the content isn't super useful.
I didn't like York as a lecturer. His explanations were drawn out, he would do proofs with no indication as to what they were for, and he often sped through the algebra and trig very fast. It is possible to do well with him as a professor, it's just more difficult than some other professors.
Study edge isn't necessary, just hope for a decent TA and do the previous exams before tests. If you really need help I would make a study group, talk to your TA, or go to the teaching center.
Prof: Alex York / Spring 2022
Apr 27, 2022
At the beginning, I attended every lecture and scored high on the first two exams (99 and a 104). I think I got too comfortable and stopped going to class + hardly studied for the next exam and got an 83.5 on the third one. Then, came the final which was cumulative. Was not expecting for it to be as hard as it was. Luckily he makes it out of 110 points, but thank god I had done decent on the first couple of exams to still end with an A after that final. Overall, try hard and get high scores in the first 3 exams which are going to be much more straightforward than the final where you have to memorize all the derivative, anti derivative, integral rules + all the trig and inverse trig functions AND related rates and optimization. Not fun, but that's my best advice.
Prof: Alex York / Fall 2021
Jan 8, 2022
Dr. York is a really good lecture and explains all the concepts really well. There are homework problems for each lesson and a weekly quiz but most of your grade comes from the 4 exams. Not too difficult if you do the past exams he gives and practice a lot.
past exams are your best friend