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Comments:MTH 1321 - Calculus is naturally a difficult subject but Trey took the concepts to an absurd difficulty. The content itself is quite digestible. However, the exams are notoriously tough (with averages around low 50s) and outside fair assessment. To exemplify the exam difficulty further I was shocked at how simple the departmental final exam was in comparison and even passed with a B on it while I failed two of the class exams. Despite failing two exams, he’ll provide plenty of partial credit. Quizzes alternate between in-class open note and take home formats that should be automatic As (assuming you completed the homework for the material beforehand). During the one time I attended office hours, Trey’s instruction felt more of what’s expected of a professor. The online homework is the resource I’d practice the most in relation to preparing for the final exam. Although still manageable, the quick lecture pace and workload will be overwhelming if your precal and algebra skills aren’t exceptional. If you simply want this credit for graduation I’d recommend taking this course at a community college.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2022-05-16

Comments:MTH 1320 - Mr. Carpenter wasn't terrible in explaining precalculus concepts. He did a decent job, although sometimes he could go a little too fast in lecture. Doing the XYZ homework before some lectures helped me keep pace with the material for sure -- in certain cases I know I would've been lost otherwise. Carpenter unfortunately isn't the most tactful of individuals, so there are times he comes off abrasive or unsympathetic. You need not be on the receiving end of it though, if you consistently show effort towards learning -- ask questions right after class! In terms of the material, I absorbed the most through working practice problems on SI sheets or on the provided practice tests. The quizzes are also good practice too, on the weeks that they're take-homes. When they're in class, it can be rattling under the time limit, but those quizzes aren't graded super hard (and should eventually be grade boosters). The tests, more often than not, have too short a time limit for the length that they are, which can be challenging. In the end, if you're willing to power through and put in the work, you'll survive precalc with Carpenter.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-05-06

Comments:calculus - Trey Carpenter was probably the worst excuse for a teacher I have ever met. He openly admitted multiple times that he did not care about grading, teaching, etc. because he would rather be working on his research. He was not joking because when we took our final, we had no idea what our grades looked like because trey had not input half of our tests, homework’s, and quizzes. Because of this I ended the class 0.5 points away from a C but he refused to help in any way. This semester I am retaking calculus and have skipped almost every class and yet still have a 95 going into my final because of how much time and effort I spent learning calculus to pass treys class with no success. I studied and worked harder for treys class than any other class in my life. I can whole heartedly say that if you are doing bad in trey’s class it is not a reflection of you or your learning abilities he just makes his class impossible. Me and two girls in my class would study for a test all weekend working on the practice tests he gave us (he intentionally made the practice tests impossible to solve) and when we went to his test review sessions and asked him questions he would insult our intelligence and tell us that we should know better than to ask questions about a practice test HE MADE because there would never be anything like that or that hard on the test. I could go on giving examples of times he told people in our class that they should drop, was unprofessional, or just plain mean but I think it is clear to see from every other review on his page that he is a terrible person and horrible professor :)  - Grade In Class:D

Date: 2022-04-30

Comments:1321 - I took calculus throughout high school and did extremely well, but this class was too difficult for me to keep up in. I studied a lot of this class, but it was never enough. There is a quiz a week, which were very difficult. On the third quiz, I had answered all the questions correctly, but received a 54 because I did not work one of the questions correctly, and because I did not box my final answer. He is extremely condescending to his students, and outwardly makes fun of students for asking questions in class. He is on an ego trip. PLEASE AVOID! Good luck guys!  - Grade In Class:DROP

Date: 2022-04-20

Comments:MTH1320 - Trey Carpenter is by far the worst teacher I have ever had. He speeds through the material and expects everyone to have an immediate understanding of what is going on. If you have a question, beware because he will be in utter disbelief that you as the student don't understand a concept perfectly and he'll be sure to let you know that. The homework he gives is irrelevant to what you're learning in class and the quizzes are an easy(ish) way to boost your grade. Luckily though, his tests aren't the worst thing in the world. Just make sure you copy down exactly what he writes on the board and understand questions that relate to the content he's writing. It's possible to do well, just try and use all the resources you can besides asking him for help, because he won't help you. Good luck!!  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2022-04-19

Comments:1320 - AVOID AT ALL COSTS. I was one of the students who did better in his class. I had an A up until the end when he decided to put in what were some B.S. grades in my opinion. Regardless, he is a horrible teacher and a bad person. He goes against all of Baylor's values, he is unkind, unhelpful, rude, unreasonable, etc. Trey called a classmate of mine an idiot and told him to drop out after the student asked him a question he deemed stupid. I was as kind as possible to Trey and he was rude back to me. Those who didn't drop did not do well. The only reason a small percentage of the class did alright (myself and a few others) is because we went to SI sessions. If you want to hear a man talk about how smart he is and how he works at SpaceX, then you should absolutely take this class. If not, STAY AWAY. I wish I could use expletives to describe this man. Trey, if you're reading this, you suck.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2022-04-19

Comments:1321 - Avoid this professor at all costs. As many other reviews have pointed out, he is flat out not an acceptable professor. He constantly says if you need help then ask him questions, but if you ask him a question he essentially tells you to just look at your notes or says you should already know this. His lectures are loosely prepared and sometimes will erase full examples problems halfway through solving them because he didn't like it. All in all, he is a professor you need to avoid.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2022-04-13

Comments:Calculus - Probably the rudest professor I have ever had. I also felt scared to ask him questions about the material because he was condescending. Rather than explaining how to do a problem correctly, he'd point out everything that is wrong and say that we'd gone over this in class. The workload wasn't too bad, but he would never tell us when the homework was due. Even looking at the syllabus didn't help. We had weekly quizzes, for the most part, sometimes we didn't have one for whatever reason. Exams were really difficult, no one over got 100's and there were no curves, drops, or extra credit. The test material was way more difficult than the example problems we did in class. I studied my butt off, attended tutoring, and SI and I barely passed, so I'd recommend taking him if you have a strong background in algebra and pre-calculus.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2022-04-13

Comments:1320 - Baylor should be embarrassed to employ this man. I can't believe I'm spending thousands of dollars on this class, and paying Trey Carpenter's salary. He is honestly just mean, unhelpful, and condescending. I am a biochemistry major that took pre-calculus and calculus in high school, and I took this course for a REVIEW. Little did I know, I have to work 200x harder than I should to get B's. This is ridiculous, considering the content IS NOT DIFFICULT. He makes this class impossible with exams that do not relate to the content discussed in class whatsoever. If he offers to "help" you, just know you'll leave his office feeling like you're the most stupid person alive. Taking this class is a major waste of your time and money, and Trey Carpenter does not deserve to be a professor whatsoever.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2022-02-24

Comments:1321 - Trey Carpenter is a young guy who is so extremely smart at what he does that he forgets not everyone is as smart as him. Whether he does it on purpose or not when you ask him for help he will look at you and talk to you like you are asking him for $20 or you are the dumbest thing he's ever seen. Very condescending and not approachable at all, and he will spend an hour writing on the chalkboard.  - Grade In Class:DROP

Date: 2022-02-04

Comments:1321 - Absolute awful professor. He wasn't willing to work with anyone, refused to give you the slides or notes, and talked to you like you were stupid. If you want to fail a class take this one. I have never had a professor make me feel this stupid and talk to me like I was (retarded). Extremely difficult tests and times quizzes every week that he never was consistent on. I have no idea what the tests were based on but it was not the textbook. Also, you could get the answer completely right but if it wasn't his way you would get a zero. I sincerely hope the worst for this man.  - Grade In Class:DROP

Date: 2022-01-18

Comments:MTH 1320 - Overall, he wasn't a very nice professor, and I never felt comfortable asking him questions. He always said we could talk to him during office hours if we needed help, but he honestly would be more insulting than helpful. If you didn't understand something, he would often make students feel dumb, and he took an a very condescending attitude. When I was confused I usually went straight for our SI, and she was super nice and helpful. His homework wasn't hard, but he did not make the assignments and sometimes they would really pertain to the lecture. He does also give a quiz every week, which can he hit or miss with helping your grade. If you can take someone else, I would recommend it.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-12-19

Comments:1320 - Like a lot of people in these reviews I also took precalc in high school, and actually did worse this time around. Maybe his teaching style just doesn't mesh with my learning style, but I can't really say I'm any better at math now than I was in August. I think that's because he's not actually a professor, he's an electrical engineer, which is fine except all of his real-life applications are about electrical engineering when I'm pretty sure I was in the section for pre-meds. The only reason I passed this class is because I kept my high school notebook and used that to study. The homework is from this random website and doing it is just unbearable. It's got nothing to do with what we cover in class and it's all made/graded by a robot, so it doesn't help you learn and Mr. Carpenter isn't able to answer any questions about it. In fact, asking questions in this class in general was kind of more difficult and intimidating than it needed to be. The quizzes are a good grade booster if you put literally any effort in. Lectures are just him running through problems super fast and expecting you to be able to replicate that on a test, which is frustrating. The tests aren't that bad in my opinion but he doesn't curve them. Personally I would not take him again, but if I had to it wouldn't be the end of the world.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2021-12-14

Comments:1320 - I took pre-cal is high school and it was prob one of the easiest math classes I have taken in a while. I found myself having to take it again here and got stuck with this pile of crap. For one he expects you to know everything that he is telling/showing you as if you are a mathematician. The homework is pretty easy and so are the quizzes we have every week, which we can use our notes on. The exams are out of this world difficult. The questions on the exams are nothing like what was given on homework, quizzes or during class. All questions are free response with some bonus at the end. The only slightly good thing I would have to say about them is that he does give out a decent amount of partial credit if you were on the right track. As for his mannerisms, he is extremely rude and condescending. He makes it his job to let you know that he is an electrical engineer, thus making him 100x better than you. Overall, take anybody else for any 1320, or 1321 for that matter.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-11-29

Comments:1321 - Do not take this class unless you already have a solid background in calc. Also don't take if you have a class before. His quizzes start 30 minutes before class starts but if you have another class before his, it is very hard to succeed on them. He tends to mansplain the problems and there is no time for questions really. I ended up dropping and switching to a new professor and am doing well. In my opinion because of the way he teaches the class is a lot harder than it needs to be. He is new and so I think he is trying to make a name for himself but isn't quite sure how to go about it. I would avoid this class and try to get someone else, around 75% of the people from my class alone dropped it and most of the people who didn't wished they had.  - Grade In Class:DROP

Date: 2021-11-19

Comments:1320 - Prof. Carpenter is flat out not a nice person, and not a good teacher. If you don't know something, he makes you feel bad and stupid for not knowing it. He also takes great pleasure in letting the class know how much smarter he is then everyone. His class is also extremely hard. I took precalc in high school and passed with a high A, prof. Carpenter takes these concepts (which should be easy and straightforward) and dilutes them into something incomprehensible. His tests are also incredibly hard, with class averages between the 60-70 mark, as well as including stuff on the test that he barely touched on in class. Think of the most complex version of a certain type of math problem, and he will put it on the test. Some stuff he teaches, however, does make sense, but the majority of the time it is just a fast paced lecture with writing on the board, and little time to decipher. There is a reason why half of the class dropped his class throughout the semester.   - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2021-11-18
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