Index of Classes:
From Math 4C, Fall 2004:
"He was very enthusiastic during all the lectures, keeping your focus and interest on the topic at hand and problems. Very funny."
"He wanted us to understand the material and he made an effort to assist us when we asked for help."
"The material was explained at a pace everyone could follow, and Will was very patient."
"He helped explain concepts well, as well as showed us how to do a problem in more than one way."
"He goes over everything that may be confusing in a fair amount of detail, breaking concepts down to the point at where they should be."
"I liked his midterm review session, it helped so much!!"
"Will was a great help. He also stayed extra late when needed."
"I felt comfortable asking questions. I learned the necessary material but had fun because he would joke around with us."
"I most definitely would not have passed without him."
"Will is a fun guy. He keeps the group on task, yet he is very entertaining."
"He is energetic and his humor sometimes wakes up classmates."
"He fills in all the holes from lecture."
"He understand the stress that comes along with midterms and he prepares you for each test so you can relax and feel confident."
"I do not believe there was a single question or problem he did not know how to do."
"He has a lot of jokes stored away and uses them throughout section and whenever you meet with him."
"[He] was able to explain [the material] clearly so I actually understood detail and relationships between concepts that I did not previously understand."
"The world of math is lucky to have him."
From Math 4C, Winter 2005:
"Not only an aide of the teacher, but of the students as well."
"The way he teaches the subject is very clear and it is easy to grasp the material."
"...he was looking out for us ([he] seemed to really want us to succeed.)"
"He was enthusiastic and cared about the students' learning."
"The TA went out of his way to be sure we were prepared for midterms...he had an awesome website - which made for an extremely useful resource."
"I learned more from him than [from] the teacher."
"The discussion really helps clarify concepts and problems of the course."
"During section, he would thoroughly go through problems that we, as a class, did not understand. And he also had helpful review sessions before midterms."
"The TA does an excellent job and goes above and beyond the call of duty (with his extensive website)."
"Material was always well-explained, sometimes even in different ways, until everyone understood."
"[He] could probably teach this course as well, if not slightly better, than the professor."
"He was so clear in class [that] I never felt the need to go to office hours."
"Will also explained the material very well; sometimes better than the professor."
"If professor did not complete the lesson, Will would continue it and make sure that it was understood."
"Will was very interactive and cared very much about the success and learning of his students. He was very responsive and helpful."
"He seemed to know the material and explain it better than the actual professor."
"[He] has a website that is very organized, useful and helpful to students."
"The TA was very funny and made math fun."
"Best TA I've ever had at UCSD."
From Math 10B, Summer 2005:
"He's the best TA at UCSD that I have had."
"He is really funny so it gives me incentive to actually go to section just for entertainment as well as math purposes."
"He was entertaining enough to hold my attention."
"Will always made time to see students out of class."
"His very detailed website was useful on several occasions."
"Will was always prepared and responsible...he was very relaxed making sections fun and enjoyable."
"[Will] made everything easy to understand."
"He added humor to make class more interesting."
"Will did well with presenting the material in ways that related to the professor's techniques. He and the professor worked well together."
"He always had our exams and quizzes back to us in a timely manner."
"Will was funny and made the material easier to swallow."
"Will was always prepared to answer our questions and I had no problem understanding his responses."
"He knows his stuff and it seems like he genuinely cares about how we do."
"Will always encouraged us to do well and try our hardest. He was like a coach."
"He has a lot of enthusiasm which is evident when he does his math problems."
"[Will] really showed concern for students' learning through supplemental resources and discussion."
From Math 4C, Fall 2005:
"He will make a great teacher if he chooses to go into the teaching field."
"Will explained homework and exam questions well. Will also told awesome jokes during section."
"Will answers all our questions about homework and anything else we don't understand...he gives a comprehensive preview of upcoming tests and his website is very useful."
"Will guided us through the difficult material in a thorough manner. If someone did not understand the material, he explained it to all and made everyone feel comfortable."
"Great teaching methods."
"Will was very good at keeping the class interested in section. He also was very good at explaining the material."
"The TA cared about his students, was entertaining, made the subject easy to understand, got to the point. Overall a good TA!"
"He moved quickly and effectively through the material. He was personable and cheerful."
"Will was very helpful in section, the calc lab, and extremely helpful with the exam reviews in preparing us and explaining things in a simpler way so we could understand the concepts and processes. All of his hard work and dedication goes above and beyond a TA's responsibilities and it seems that he really cares about the students succeeding in the class."
"He even taught us topics effectively when we didn't cover them in lecture. Great TA: knowledgeable and helpful."
"Will is an awesome TA who really enjoys doing what he does. He goes the extra mile to help us out in every way possible. Thanks Will!"
"Although I'm only a freshman, I honestly believe that I will not be able to find a better TA for any class...It is obvious how much [he] cares about us."
"The excellent review packets and review sessions are highly effective. They are comprehensive, focused, and quite the godsend."
"The best math teacher I've ever had. [He] understands the material and translates [it] into English."
"Will Garner is a very caring TA and goes out of his way to help students learn."
"Will explains things thoroughly and makes it easier to understand."
"This is the best TA I've ever seen! [He] holds himself to the highest standards...I TA'd for 9 years and taught with TAs for 8 years at UC - Will goes beyond the beyond."
From Math 4C, Winter 2006:
"All the material that the students had questions on or problems with he would explain and made it clear."
"He explained the material better than the actual teacher."
"He seems eager to teach stuff to us and make math a bit more enjoyable."
"I liked how he would make section fun. After the first midterm when the class did bad, he cheered us up by telling us jokes."
"He is funny while at the same time knowledgeable."
"Will works off of our concerns and problems. He targets what we need help with and elaborates on that. His explanations are quite clear."
"[The] TA did make himself accessible outside of class by providing quick e-mail responses and always being at his office hours."
"He was open and willing to listen, answered every question we had and made the material fun and easy."
"Obviously Will takes his job seriously and is well-prepared."
"Will was never condescending (always acted like questions were good questions). A lot of math/science TAs in the past have acted like they know everything."
From Math 10A, Winter 2006:
"Will was the best TA I have ever had. He should make a great professor one day!"
"He covers the information very thoroughly."
"Will is an awesome TA. He's funny and his overall helpfulness and dedication to helping us succeed is out of this world. I would gladly take him as my TA again!"
"I like how he's knowledgeable and how he communicates with the professor and knows what's important on exams."
"He laid out what we needed to be able to do with each course objective that we learned about."
"This was my favorite section to go to."
"He was careful to make sure we all understood the material."
"Coming to section really helped me to understand what was going on in lecture."
"Besides office hours and e-mails, he created a website for discussion. He always answers student's emails and questions."
"Will did a great job explaining math problems. He explains them in a way that students are able to understand, especially those who are weak in mathematics."
"Will explained the material very clearly. Not only does he know the material very well, he knows how to teach it! He always encouraged us to ask questions and seemed genuinely concerned about understanding. Will was an excellent TA."
"Will is patient and knows how to teach...I felt that Will's section couldn't be more beneficial [to] my learning of the material."
"Will would routinely discuss concepts gone over in lecture and help clarify concepts that were confusing."
"I wish that Will could be like Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World and be the TA for every math class I have from now on!"
"His ability to teach is only second to his joke-telling abilities."
From Math 10B, Spring 2006:
"I feel [Will]'s skill as a teacher is top notch."
"Will was very accessible outside of class. His sections saved me in this course."
"Without section I would not understand what was going on."
"Will is the most approachable, organized, professional yet personable, TA that I have ever encountered. Above all, he is concerned with the students' understanding of the material...I honestly can say that I wish he taught all of my classes, math or not."
"[Will] was always helpful through emails and the discussion forum (which by the way is such a great idea)."
"He was much more helpful than any other TA in explaining material that it encouraged me to actually attend section where before, I was not motivated."
"He teaches in a way that is easy to understand and is not condescending."
"I attended his weekly office hours and they were very helpful. I even skipped another class each week in order to be able to attend his office hours because they were so helpful and much needed."
"I really appreciated the fact that Will seemed to go the extra mile to help students understand the material and his desire to see his students succeed."
"He is absolutely amazing - he is nice, funny, and amazingly helpful."
"He makes the material seem so easy. He explains himself really well. His methods of teaching are awesome."
"He was always organized and had an incredibly helpful website."
"[The] TA reinforces what is taught during lecture."
"Will takes his time explaining the material while showing concern for students' learning."
"His teaching skills could not have been any better. He always timed class discussions and quiz time perfectly."
"He always made the students top priority and really helped me throughout the quarter. He is amazing at explaining concepts and strategies."
"He showed us good problem solving methods."
"He was/has always been willing to help inside and outside of class."
"He does a wonderful job...every class section is packed and hardly any available seats."
"Math in general can/is fairly difficult. However, I have been lucky to have an individual (Will) who can explain the material to me in a very helpful manner."
"This is the first quarter of math I've actually learned things and understood them."
"I never missed a section because for once, I felt it necessary to go."
"Will was accessible outside of class. Also, he made an online forum to help students with any questions. He always returned emails within a few hours and helped students not only in person, but as well through the internet. A very dedicated TA!"
"[Will] makes up examples to supplement professor/class/textbook to ensure understanding."
"Will Garner was the best TA I have ever had because he genuinely cared about helping us to learn the material correctly."
"He makes the lecture seem much easier to understand after discussion."
"I really liked the website he made...it was very well-organized and very useful."
"Will really seems to know how to connect with us, the students."
"Will has been a life saver for me this year. I was never good at calculus until I had him for a TA and now I actually get A's on my tests. I couldn't ask for anyone better."
"Jokes were helpful when I was close to pulling out my hair due to stress."
"I think our UCSD Math department is very grateful to have Will as a student and a Math TA because he explained everything...[He is] very helpful and smart!!!"
"Providing alternative ways to solve problems and conceptualize material is like having a personal lecture."
"I need a pocket-sized Will who can come with me everywhere in my calculus career."
"He got us involved in discussion and was a very effective communicator."
"He understands the students' positions and sympathizes with them. He shows concern for the students' learning and comprehension of the material."
From Math 168A, Summer 2006:
"The TA was available outside of class. I did not attend office hours because his online forum clarified most issues."
"Will was able to present the material in an alternative method, not a regurgitation of the lecture presentation or book."
"Will is one of the most effective mathematical TAs I've had at UCSD."
"[Will would] tell us what's important to know and clarify concepts that he thinks are hard."
"The TA was prepared [for section], organized and extremely fast with grading."
"[Will] is very approachable. [It] felt like he was a classmate instead of some arrogant TA."
"[The] TA went over material in depth. All explanations were complete."
"[Will] makes everything seem easy and clear, which makes assignments enjoyable."
"It's very rare (at least in the many math classes I've taken) to get a TA with a sense of humor. Every single math TA I've ever had doesn't seem to have an interest in the students, but Will makes it fun and light-hearted, while learning at the same time."
"[Will] was very organized and prepared and put a lot of effort into helping students."
"The TA was the best TA I've had in a long time. He was very responsive through e-mail. [He was] patient, funny, positive, [and] encouraging. [He] always made me feel good about the class."
"The TA was willing to explain things clearly when we didn't understand the material."
From Math 10A, Fall 2006:
"I am amazed at how much time Will spent on the class. All of his study guides and practice problems were incredible. He's by far one of my best TAs."
"Other TAs don't have the natural ability to teach like [Will] does."
"TA was funny, explains things clearly through multiple viewpoints."
"[Will] should be the professor not the TA."
"I really liked [Will] because he is approachable and explains everything clearly."
"[Will] made learning enjoyable, easy and fun."
"I think Will not only teaches us the coursework, but also the expectations the teachers have of the students."
"[Will] was always available outside of section and [was] very patient with answering questions in the utmost clarity."
"The TA understands the concepts of calculus and taught [them] very well. The discussion section was very helpful and productive."
"All of [Will's] explanations are really clear and he cracks jokes to lighten [the] mood. I actually enjoy coming to this section, and it's math of all things!"
"Will's explainations how to solve problems helped me to understand the course objectives more than the professor."
"When I went to [office hours] I found them more helpful than anything else offered in this class. [Will's] review sessions were also extremely helpful."
"[Will] was able to get the major concepts of the course across to the class with more of less ease."
"[Will] explains things really well and I enjoyed his methods of teaching the course."
"[Will] tried going through as many homework problems as possible, but then at the same time, he would explain the concept enough to give a brief review of the material learned."
"[Will] does a fantastic job at explaining why and how the answer is for a particular question."
"I really appreciate how Will went out of his way to help the students. He is an awesome TA and I would definitely recommend him to other students."
"Will answers our questions about the homework or about lecture that Professor Small could not clarify. He actually makes a lot more sense than Professor Small."
"I feel like I am able to obtain a more concrete understanding of the course through attending discussion."
"[I particularly liked Will's] ability to explain a complex problem on simpler terms - breaking it all down."
"[Will] knew what he was teaching. He incorporated jokes or little anecdotes to keep the class interesting. He was more than willing to help his students any way he could."
"I honestly think I went to section more than lecture because I learn so much from Will. He just makes more sense to me and makes the material seem easier...his teaching method just makes sense!"
"[Will] explains the material amazingly! [He] makes everything clear to me."
"[Will] helped me understand math. I'm not very good at it, but I've been receiving As on midterms and quizzes because of the great help that I get. Thanks."
"I wish Will had taught the lecture as well."
"Will was both educational and entertaining and I never lost interest."
"I liked the examples [Will] uses to explain concepts because they're not straight out of the book."
"[I particularly liked Will's] overall knowledge along with his charisma and enthusiasm towards helping his students learn."
"[Will] is such a good TA that I actually like math, and he made me feel like I was good at it (something that I didn't think in both middle and high school). I'd recommend him to anyone."
"Will was a great TA who was very helpful in teaching me the calculus concepts that I had trouble with."
"You are a very good teacher and if you were to think about going into that field, don't think, you should just do it."
"Will was great at making the concepts clear and was very patient if we didn't understand."
"I feel that [Will] actually cared about us. He is great at teaching."
"Will is one of the best TAs I've ever had (and I'm a second year)."
"[Will] was very entertaining and a great teacher (TA)...he helped me out so much."
"[Will is] a fun and helpful TA who seems to really care about how you do."
"[Will] was so prepared that he had even memorized some of the questions - wow. But anyways, he explained the problems very well and made sure we all understood them...he's super clear, probably the best TA I've ever had. He has very nice handwriting and makes everything easy to understand. I loved the review outlines he posted on his site/reviews he gave."
"Will Garner = awesome."
"The TA was patient and taught subjects step by step which helped me understand everything well."
"Will Garner is the ideal TA because he is focused, patient, and full in command of the topics covered."
"I liked that [Will] was able to simplify calculus to the easiest terms."
"I liked the way [Will] was able to explain these (calculus) concepts with various illustrations."
From Math 10B, Winter 2007:
"He always relates his solutions back to basic theorems/principles/concepts that are key to the course."
"He is an excellent TA who should go into teaching because his techniques are helpful and efficient."
"Will Garner is the best TA I have ever had because he is patient and understanding."
"He is a very good teacher and explains material from lecture in a way that is easy to understand while doing homework problems."
"He is amazingly helpful and clear. He seems to really are about his students and has a passion for math and teaching which makes him the best TA I had here at UCSD."
"The TA was accessible to me outside of class and was very helpful during his office hours."
"Most of the material was interesting to learn. Will is extremely knowledgeable about the course material and humorous at times too."
"All of our problems with the course material were explained in a way that everyone could understand. Will made sure that everyone understood the material."
"Will effectively teaches students the essential information of the 10B course and is always willing to help further understanding of the material."
"I liked the midterm reviews and Will's teaching style in general."
"He should be a professor."
"His method of making you comprehend the material is unlike any other."
"[I] extremely liked how fast the tests and quizzes were graded and returned."
"He understands where we're coming from and is so clear."
"The section was engaging and the material was taught really well."
"He made it comfortable to ask him questions."
"I liked how he had a website that had really helpful information and he also made review outlines for us. His review sessions were also very, very helpful."
"He's entertaining and makes the material enjoyable."
"Pay him more or something, he's great!"
"He even added in his own jokes to make math just a little more fun!"
"Will was very prepared/organized and explained everything better than every teacher I have ever had."
"He answered every question he was asked and explained them thoroughly. The online forum and his personal website were the only way I was able to pass the course. Thankfully, he's the most helpful geek in the world."
"Will answered every question online within a matter of minutes, answering and thoroughly explaining everything step by step. Thank you."
"I felt he explained math and the material better than the professor."
"Will isn't even my TA. I just go to his section every week because he is that amazing."
"Will is fun/interesting/approachable and explains everything to make it easy."
"Everything is great, if only all TAs were like Will"
"Will explains everything. I'm able to master chapters that I was previously lost in."
"He provided office hours and review sessions which were both very helpful."
"Great study guides."
"Taught very well, made ideas more clear and interesting."
"His homework solutions were helpful as well as his posts in the forum."
"He's the best TA ever...math becomes so easy when he teaches; everything is so clear."
"In addition to going over homework problems, he basically re-taught the lectures in a simplified way."
"[Will] tried his hardest for everyone to understand the material."
"He is amazing! Very helpful and a life saver!"
"Section helps me greatly on the concepts I don't understand in lecture."
"I wish Will was the professor!"
"If it wasn't for Will, I wouldn't have done as well as I did in the class. [His] online discussions/reviews were a great help."
"Great TA...knows how to teach."
"Will is not even my TA, but I go to his sections because he is a great TA and knows how to explain the material very clearly. He also always replies to e-mails, etc. very promptly."
"Will does an excellent job, he is the best TA I have ever had."
"He made himself accessible to his students and genuinely cared about his students."
"I have always liked Will's enthusiasm for his subject and the way he relates to his students."
"Will is a great TA and I'm thankful to have had him this quarter as he thoroughly explains the material and prepares his students for exams."
"[I particularly liked] his clarity in explaining complicated math concepts."
"The TA was accessible outside of class via e-mail, forum and office hours, all of which are helpful. I bet he spent a lot of hours into the website!"
"Best TA I have had. Went above and beyond what he needed to do. I learned so much!"
"He's well rounded and knows everything helpful to students...he rocks!"
"[Will should] consider being a professor in a few years."
From Math 10C, Spring 2007:
"[Will] was very quick in responding to e-mails and responding on the forums."
"I extremely appreciate his review sessions and taking the time to make us handouts and study guides. [Will] obviously cares about [the] student's success."
"He was very approachable and presented information in a different way than the professor did which made it easier to understand. Section never seemed like a waste of time."
"If practice makes perfect, going to section will for sure get you closer to perfect."
"He is awesome [and] has made my math experience at UCSD better."
"He integrates helpful strategies, preparation tips, math reviews and extra help with all of the material. [Will is] by far the most resourceful TA when it came to the Math 10C material."
"The TA was incredible organized with everything available online too."
"The TA should have been the teacher...Make him a professor. Seriously."
"He knows his material and he makes it flow. He relates previously learned material to current material."
"[Will] thought that no question was a stupid question."
"I don't know how Will manages to be on the online forum, respond to e-mails, etc. at the same time and also at his helproom too!"
"Will has review sessions every time before midterms and finals. It helps."
"[Will] was always prepared for section and was very organized. [Will] was very clear while explaining the material and significantly helped me to understand the subjects taught in class."
"He's the best TA I've had and probably ever will have. He should be the professor."
"The discussion section has been extremely helpful; it has been critical to my success in this course."
"A TA as good as Will is extremely difficult to find."
"Will showed a desire to help and teach his students...[he] really cared about our understanding of the material."
"[Will] seems passionate about math and teaching."
"His office hours were amazing. They helped a lot!"
"The TA had a good sense of humor and kept discussions interesting."
"He explains problems really well by making comparisons to easier material then upgrades old techniques to our new, higher difficulty. He makes it easy for anyone to understand no question is ever a stupid question (even the stupid ones)."
"Excellent teaching ability and he knows how to communicate with the students."
"He answered and explained every problem."
"He was always willing to help if you did not understand a problem."
"He actually cared about the students' learning the material and offered review guides, review sessions, and all the help we needed."
"Very enthusiastic, easy to understand, patient yet entertaining."
"He puts forth his best effort."
From Math 20F, Summer 2007:
"I attended office hours and it was really helpful."
"[Will] explained (concepts) thoroughly without going too fast."
"[Will] helped us understand HW problems and helped us prepare for tests."
"He had review sessions and created an entire packet for the review which helped a lot."
"He is more organized than most TAs."
"He knew what to do and how to do it. He was able to clear problems up."
"Anyone could contact him at any time. It was easy."
"[Will] does a good job reviewing topics that were somewhat harder to understand. [He] was very helpful in clearing up some questions."
"He went over any material that we needed help with, no matter if it was something we had covered in the beginning of the course."
"He definitely knew what he was doing and he never made you feel stupid if you asked a question."
"He related abstract concepts to real life examples."
"[Will] is very friendly and easy to approach."
"He answered all questions asked...helped a lot with the homework assignments."
"He let students do what we wanted, in the sense that we got all our questions answered. He even told us jokes during section."
"Very knowledgeable. [Will] knows the material really well. Always helpful."
"He is very clear, thoroughly, and patient with the students."
"Extremely organized, fast at returning works, and holds attention during discussion."
"Best Math TA I ever had."
From Math 20B, Fall 2007:
"He was good at explaining so that his methods made sense and he checked to see whether we understood everything or not."
"He is a great TA. I would definitely want him again if I ever took another math course. Helpful and very clear."
"He reiterates the material which makes it easier to understand, as well as highlights the gist of topics."
"I like how he voted on problems to see how popular they were."
"I like his personality...he was very approachable since he often made jokes and laughed at himself."
"The TA was engaging, solid, on time, and even though his jokes were corny, he was funny and entertaining."
"I did attend office hours and every time everything was useful. He is a great teacher! I learned a lot!"
"[Will] goes over the details that we don't go over in lecture so we all understand."
"I particularly liked the way he teaches and he also adds his dry humor in too but I still think it is funny. But he's a really good teacher and I learned more from him than I did in lecture."
"I attended office hours and found them very useful. He was very clear and I never felt hesitant to ask a question."
"When I was afraid that I couldn't understand something in lecture, I could trust that it would become more clear in section."
"The TA was very accessible. If you are having any trouble at all, he is willing to help you. His office hours are extremely helpful."
"I don't think he ever had a problem with one of the math problems - either he prepared before class or he's just brilliant - or both. Either way, he did a good job."
"He was open to helping us with any problem or concept we had trouble with. He does a lot more than a typical TA by writing review guides for every exam, holding review sessions, and answering countless questions on the calculus forum. He was extremely helpful."
"I liked that the section is a place not only for homework questions, but also for review."
"He is very witty and makes the material easy to learn."
"I like how the TA is down to earth and funny. I always like teachers that have fun and get the work done at the same time."
"The only problem was that Will was so accessible that there were always too many people in his office."
"[I liked] his sense of humor and easy going approach to this monstrous math."
"The TA integrated the discussion with what we were learning very well. Going to discussion helped me understand problems or concepts that I did not understand in class."
"The section was very question-friendly and provided an intimate environment for learning."
"He was patient, understanding, funny, and is very well prepared."
"His website was very useful with old practice midterms and review outlines. Overall, an awesome TA!"
"His review sessions were particularly helpful. He's also very lively - a good teacher."
"He is so clear when working at problems and has a great personality."
"Amazing study sessions for the midterm. I can only hope to have as good of a TA for 20C."
"What I liked was how he explained every and went step by step of how to do the problems."
"Will is very friendly and approachable."
"Best TA by far!"
"TA explains the questions and not just gives the answers."
"I realized liked the fact that he answered questions quickly and clearly on the website."
"Will does a great job in section pointing out what is important to know."
"I enjoyed having Will as a TA because he genuinely cared how we did. He wasn't just here so he could get his [PhD]. He had a good sense of humor and made it a good learning environment."
"Best TA I have had at UCSD since I have been here."
"Excellent TA. [Will] would make a great professor."
"He is very encouraging and hopeful for all of us."
"The TA was extremely prepared for section. At most occurrences, he would have the homework problems memorized with different ways of approaching the problem."
"[Will] does a very good job integrating course objectives with the discussion section. He goes over all useful information and gives good pointers."
"Explains things without being fancy or wordy. [Will] puts it in everyday English, not 'Professor's English'."
"His office hours started right after our discussion ended. He was open to answering our homework questions and confusion, even if that meant redoing a hard problem for the third time."
"The TA was always prepared and organized. If students still didn't understand how he got his solution, he would go back and find a different way of explaining. He will explain until the material is crystal clear to everybody."
"[Will] explained difficult concepts in a straightforward manner."
"I liked that he kept the mood light while being serious and giving good explanations of the material."
"I just wish the section was longer [so we could] discuss more."
"I really enjoyed his key points and emphasis on what is important."
"He explained the material fairly clearly...better than every other TA for Math 20B that I've heard about from my friends in other Math 20B classes."
"Lectures introduced ideas and sections explained them."
"The TA was really wonderful, insightful, and explained the material well."
From Math 10A, Winter 2008:
"[Will] really cares if we understand the material."
"[Will] put an immense amount of effort into his job which is very much appreciated. He volunteered his spare time to help his students even more than he had to."
"I liked his review outline for the tests."
"I really liked [Will]. He is funny had has great enthusiasm for teaching."
"I would recommend this TA to all students."
"Discussion sections are extremely worthwhile. Will clarifies many issues that I have encountered so far in calculus."
"Will is entertaining and makes math easy to understand."
"[Will] was very accessible outside of class and even spent extra time with his students after office hours were finished."
"His teaching method made the material easier to understand."
"He went step by step through procedures. [Will] never made anyone feel bad for not knowing something."
"Will does an amazing job at discussion. One of the most useful and helpful sections I've had."
"Will gives out a lot to this calc class. He is usually the one who volunteers for the reviews and the discussion forum is great."
"He's an awesome TA. I'd want him to TA all of my math classes."
"I wish [Will] was the instructor of the course."
"I say you should give him a raise for really going out of his way for us. He is extremely valuable to all the calc students in SD."
"His use of humor made the class entertaining and fun to go to."
"The TA always knew the material and displayed a mastery of the course material. Fun humor as well."
"If you can take Will as a TA do it!"
From Math 109, Winter 2008:
"Discussions seem more clear than lectures."
"The TA usually goes through homework. [Will is] very detailed and knowledgeable about the material."
"Explains things in a way you can understand."
"Will did really well at listening to questions and determining exactly what it is that I don't understand/where my logic fails."
"I never felt like a question I asked was stupid. [Will] was always very nice and this allowed me to really understand the material by being able to ask any question."
"Will Garner is the most phenomenal TA at the University of California, San Diego. Without him, we would not have come close to passing this class."
"I learned most of the course from Will. [He was] very good at explaining stuff and making sure everyone is understanding everything."
"Best TA I ever had in math."
"Will covered the material well and explained it extremely well, explaining things in English rather than just in math terms."
"Will's overall approach and attitude made him very approachable. One of the few sections I didn't dread going to."
"He's pretty funny and answers questions really clearly."
"Great TA, improved more and more as time went on."
"Office hours were incredibly helpful. Individual help was really needed for this class. Will was good at simplifying lecture material."
"Will was very approachable and seemed to have a good command of the material."
"The TA was accessible outside of class, with lots of patience; that's what I loved the most."
"His writing and drawings were very clear and legible. Amazing Job!"
"He should teach the class more."
"He explained the material very thoroughly and was always willing to help on homework problems due the next day. He also made a website for the class and posted useful handouts."
"Very helpful and friendly. [Will] has a clear passion for the subject and a desire to help his students succeed."
"Will is very accessible. When I couldn't make it to office hours, he made a special appointment to meet with me."
"Will always seems prepared and explains things very clearly. He's a better instructor than the professor. Most of my learning in this course takes place in section."
"Will is friendly and approachable. He explains things very clearly and is never condescending when answering questions."
"He went above and beyond his job to help students."
"Section was like a tutoring session, very friendly environment."
"I would definitely recommend him."
From Math 168A, Summer 2008:
"Knowledgeable about the material and very informative"
"TA was very accessible to us outside of class. I attended every office hours and the time was useful to me."
"He explains material clearly and is very patient with students. He makes sure every student understands the material before moving on."
"[Will did] a very good job answering questions and being personable."
"Explains material better than Professor."
"He was very helpful over e-mail and responded much quicker than expected."
"His office hours were packed with people and very helpful."
"He is incredible and I wish I had him for all of my math classes. He truly cares about the students."
"Will was always prepared for section, office hours, etc. He was extremely organized."
"One of the best TAs in the math department."
"He as the BEST TA I have ever had at UCSD and this is my last course at the university."
"Will was very helpful with the assigned homework and answering/explaining the lectures that were confusing at first."
"He was easy to talk to, understanding, and made it very easy to approach him."
"Will is very patient when concepts need to be explained twice or in different ways."
"He grades tests/homework so quickly."
"[Will was] very helpful, caring, and enthusiastic about the subject."
"He should become a professor. He is very interested in the subject and his job. NO TA is as fast an punctual in grading. He is like a computer, fast and organized."
"He was thorough, clear, articulate and very helpful, especially because he goes over key concepts and basic assumptions a lot."
"Best TA ever, and that is after four years of math at UCSD."
"Always prepared and organized. Will always explained the material in a way I could understand."
From Math 20A, Fall 2008:
"The TA did an amazing job of integrating the discussion section into the overall course."
"He goes step by step in explaining difficult problems and explains solutions clearly."
"He is an awesome TA! The math forum is the most useful tool because he clearly explains problems outside of regular hours. His jokes are also kinda corny, but funny at the same time."
"He is fun, interesting, and a good teacher. Explains problems clearly."
"Will is very accessible and offers a lot of help. He even took time to have test reviews for us. Always enthusiastic."
"He explained derivatives to me beautifully."
"He is very easy to approach and very friendly. He understands the material really well."
"I really liked how he explained the material and made sure everyone understood what was going on. I loved the forum and the help he would give on it."
"I really appreciate all the work Will put into the class. He really showed that he cares about us."
"The TA was very personable and approachable. He also understood what students were struggling with and ran his class very efficiently."
"The TA is very accessible through the online forum. Not a single question goes unanswered. No need to attend office hours when everything is online."
"I particularly liked his witty humor and overall love of math. I actually showed up to section because it was useful and enjoyable. No improvements needed. He's perfect."
"Will was always prepared for every section because he either did the homework assignment previously or just is really smart! He did explain the material clearly and helped me understand topics I did not understand."
"Will Garner's wit and ability to easily explain course material will always be appreciated."
"Very good TA overall and with 15 quarters of TA experience, I believe he could teach the material better than most professors."
"He obviously know his material, worked harder than any professor, and had a good sense of humor...if not a corny one. He gets a 10 out of 10."
"I got the most out of this course by going to section. He was very helpful."
"He clearly explained everything, especially in a way that I could understand."
"I think the TA did a great job. Discussion was more helpful than lecture."
"He was the best TA I had all quarter."
"I did not attend office hours, but I did attend all the review sessions Will offered. He did make it very clear when his office hours were and was extremely helpful in the online discussion forum."
"Discussion section was extremely important in my understanding of this calculus course. I honestly believe attending this discussion is more important than lecture itself."
"His style of teaching helps me understand calculus much better."
"He's an amazing TA who goes beyond his job; he runs an online forum and does just about everything."
"I particularly liked his determination to really help the students through the forum and various review sessions."
"He needs to become a professor!!"
From Math 181E, Fall 2008:
"Will Garner is an extremely knowledgeable TA. Will took the time to make sure that I understood the course material. He also gave much needed advice on how to approach my graduate school personal statement."
"This class didin't actually have section. It was all based on presentations we did in class so if we needed help, it was easier to just email the TA or professor or go to their office hours rather than wait for the once a week section. When it came to emails though, Will was prompt and helpful."
From Math 181A, Winter 2009:
"Will is always on track with the progress of the course and does a great job explaining the ideas."
"Always prepared and organized...never was there a time that he did not know how to help explain any question known to him, related or not related to the homework."
"He consistently made sure everyone understood what he was explaining and took time to clarify whatever was needed. Also he was very approachable and outlined the section nicely."
"The TA was prepared in every aspect. He was very organized and at times explained material better than the professor."
"Took his time to clearly answer questions...connected material together."
"The TA had a sense of humor which made section seem to drag less."
"He was on of the best TAs. I would not change a thing."
"I especially liked all of the material posted before the midterm, homework check, and final. The fast email responses were also appreciated."
"I felt that the TA gave more insight as to what was actually going on in the problems, so it helped a lot."
"Since homework was one of the more important aspects in the class, we mainly went over that. However, he taught key math ideas and intuitions while doing the problems, so section was very helpful."
"Overall, Will is definitely in my list of the top 3 best TAs I have had at UCSD."
"He does not only solve the homework problems, but also shows the big picture."
"His explanations were clear and right to the point. He knows how to explain things in an easy way. Overall, he is one of the best."
"Section is an excellent complement to lecture. A lot of times we did not go in depth in lecture with Professor Haff because time does not allow it, and Will works the problems step by step to clear out any questions."
"Sections were very relaxed and I felt Will was very in tune with students and knew the best way to explain things."
"Class was great. Many TAs generally don't care about the students, but it seemed that Will Garner genuinely did."
"I like how the problems we went over in section were the ones the majority of students needed answered."
"My complaints = ∅"
"Very diligent and committed to his students."
"He tries to focus on getting the students to understand the material rather than just solve the problems."
From Math 181B, Spring 2009:
"Will was really nice and clear at explaining any problems and materials that we did not understand."
"The TA was accessible both online and offline. I attended almost every office hour and I found that it was extremely useful."
"The TA was one of the best I've ever had. I could follow this course with little problems due to his teaching skills and so on."
"I've had Will as my TA for three classes now and he is always helpful."
"He has a good attitude towards teaching; seems to really put an effort into the class."
"I could not have made it through or understood the course material without him."
"TA is awesome! A real mathematics teacher. I learned a lot!"
"I attended office hours and the time was very useful."
"I thought section was very helpful. It was a very good compliment to the lectures."
"Always prepared, even when sick. I honestly thought the section was more helpful than attending lecture."
"Will is very approachable. Super nice."
"His knowledge in general is very good and uses in various ways, especially by integrating 181B and 185 (Computational Statistics)."
"We always went over the reason behind why we did what we did."
"Will is highly organized and his ability to clarify material is very great and unique. He would make an excellent teacher."
"Quite personable and communicative. Prompt with grading."
"TA is utterly devoted to students' learning."
"TA goes through every step to the answer and explained it very clearly. He writes very clearly."
From Math 185, Spring 2009:
"The TA was accessible via e-mail and office hours."
"TA was always prepared and organized. The material was difficult, but he explained it fairly well."
"Will is incredibly organized and enthusiastic."
"Office hours were very helpful in filling in gaps from class."
"He knew that class was often not clear and made a lot of effort to understand himself what was going on."
"The TA was very effective in giving the 'big picture' of the course objectives."
"Will seemed to be happy to help his students."
"TA helped students follow the course effectively. Thanks for everything!"
"The TA goes to great lengths it seems to make HW and lecture go together."
"Will is a great TA. Best Math TA."
"Clear, fast response through e-mail. Nice solutions."
"Great on getting back ASAP with e-mail. I attended office hours; time was great."
"Super helpful! Made everything extremely understandable. Made it clear what was expected of us. Too bad I didn't get this TA sooner."
"Always helpful and reachable. Easy to communicate with."
"Awesome TA. One of if not the best TAs."
From Math 168A, Summer 2009:
"The TA is detailed and technical so that everything is clear."
"Will is responsive and helpful. Solid TA."
"TA would go over all problems which the class decided were difficult."
"[Will] always responded back to my e-mail questions."
"I liked how the TA guided us through the problems."
"Will was very willing to take his time to help a student."
"I could not have asked for a more meticulous TA. Everything was ready on time and very much clear."
"TA would explain very clearly when he graded something wrong so it was very easy to learn from mistakes made."
"Will was very approachable, knowledgeable, respectful, kind, and the best TA I've ever had at UCSD."
"Will is a great person and a fantastic instructor."
"Will goes over related material and upcoming material in addition to homework problems."
"You and Professor Haff's 'nerd banter' is funny."
"He was very good at clarifying minute details within the lecture as well as had a deep grasp of the material."
"Will explains the details not covered in lecture (or clarifies questions that we have)."
"TA is always prepared for section. Answer questions thoroughly, leaving no questions to be asked. If we did, he explained further. No real complaints ever. Answered the questions fairly, by how many people needed, not the order it was asked. Even then, he tried to answer them all."
"Will is the Holy Grail of the math TAs."
"The TA had office hours. He also answered all of the questions the students had even after the class. Also, the TA went out of his way and answered all questions that were sent to him over e-mail."
"Will was, by far, the best TA I had at UCSD."
"Pleasure to have as a TA."
"I liked how quickly homework/tests were graded. Homework was graded and returned to the students in lecture."
"Will has a clear passion for helping students learn."
"Will was extremely helpful. This is the second time I have had him as a TA and I think he is the best TA ever. I only attended office hours once, and he was pretty helpful. I am not talkative and he even asked me if I had any questions, which I found pretty cool. He is quite effective at responding to e-mails about homework-related stuff."
"The fact that he sits through the class demonstrates his interest in conducting an excellent section."
"It is clear that he has been doing this for years and he knows the material quite well."
"He makes funny jokes which make sections more enjoyable."
From Math 181C, Fall 2009:
"Office hours were extremely helpful because of the one-on-one attention and there was no pressure."
"Everyone is known by name...a very comfortable environment."
"[Will] is always organized and prepared with a fair amount of anecdotes to supplement the material."
"[Will] is the most dedicated TA I've ever had."
"Will's help is what made this course not only run smoothly but comprehendable."
"The TA is very friendly and he really seems to care if we understood the material."
From Math 193A, Fall 2009:
"Will is very accessible outside of class. I always attend office hours because he is helpful and attending office hours benefits me a lot."
"More than anything, Will has helped me actually understand concepts rather than just being able to perform simple calculations."
"Will is very good at explaining concepts in more than one way."
"I enjoy the fact that Will makes it a priority that his students understand the material."
"Helpful, patient, informative, explains well."
"Explanations of course material in office hours was much easier to understand than those in lecture."
"Will explains every step of solving a particular problem; he does an excellent job posting the solutions and I like his jokes."
"I specifically like his online pdf solutions which were very thorough and made everything much more clear."
"I particularly liked that Will could explain the material in regular terms and add some sarcasm, which makes it a bit better."
"Fabulous job Will! Much thanks."
"[Will] helped me understand the information from class. I'm no longer lost in the material."
"[Will] made discussion helpful, educational, and enjoyable."
"Simply amazing. Super attentive and nice."
"I wish I could have him as a TA for all of my math classes."
"Always prepared, organized, and funny. The material was explained in the best possible way."
"I think that he totally deserves getting the outstanding TA award. He really cares about his students and works really hard to help students. (Professor) Haff and Will make the best teaching couple and I wish he could be my TA for all of my courses."
"He was very knowledgeable about the subject matter and took the time to make sure everyone understood the material as well."
"Will was always patient and happy to help."
"I like how Will went through problems slowly, step-by-step, and made sure we understood the process and reasoning. He was very patient and friendly, and showed genuine concern for our learning."
"The TA covers important material that went with the course, homework, and quizzes. His sections were useful and helpful."
"This is one of the best sections/TAs I've had so far."
"The sections were entertaining."
"I spent more time in Will's office hours than I did in my own kitchen."
"I have had Will Garner for six courses. He is the best TA I have ever had. Period."
"[Will] makes sure to clearly explain the conceptual part of the material in a way that directly improves understanding of the problem sets...Will deserves a raise."
From Math 4C, Winter 2010: (as an Associate Instructor)
The following are comments from my students from the first class that I taught. Summary statistics can be found at http://www.cape.ucsd.edu/scripts/detailedStats.asp?SectionId=672462.
"Knows his stuff, and can explain it very clearly and concisely. I have never had a teacher that has been as clear or proficent at teaching as he has."
"Very clear and answers all questions asked in a different way than he originally said so that the student can understand easier. Very good professor."
"He is a fantastic instructor, providing a very welcoming classroom environment wherein students are not apprehensive to ask questions and he wonderfully stimulates students' intellect."
"A great professor. I took this class last quarter and miserably failed. Professor Garner is easy to understand ahd makes sure everyone understands what we are learning. He will take the time to prove theories, which makes them easier to comprehend. I feel as if I really know the material this time around."
"Will is awesome, funny and loves what he teaches."
"Entertaining, and explains the material in an organized and understandable fashion."
"Connects with the students to a great level and explains the material with clarity and enthusiasm. Wonderful teacher."
"He is very concerned with his students' progress and will got out of his way to ensure that everyone has an understanding of the course. Math itself is a hard course to understand, but Professor Garner explains it very well."
"Exams and quizzes were extremely relevant to the materials covered and exam/quizzes containing questions that would appear to have 'come out of left field' were never given."
"Professor Garner is a funny guy who has a great grasp on teaching math. He's very helpful when it comes to understanding math concepts. He also uses jokes to reference towards math."
"He's a very good professor, he explains the material well."
"Dry jokes, but he's alright."
"Professor Garner is knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. He promotes class participation and the homework he assigns is directly related to the quiz/exams."
"One of the best instructors I've had. Amazing guy knows his stuff and can explain it to you in the most easy to understand way."
"Outstanding teacher, great with students, 10."
"I have a very difficult time with math and Will explains it in such a great way that I understand things I never did before!! I really like the way he presents the material."
"One of the best math teachers I've ever had. Very engaging, the material was so borning but he tried hard to make it relevant and semi-enjoyable. Would def recommend."
From Math 185, Spring 2010:
"The TA responded to e-mail extremely quickly and thoroughly at pretty much any time."
"[Will] was extremely prepared and knowledgeable. He linked the theory behind the coding with the practical aspect of the code."
"Will always had thoroughly studied the homework ahead of time; he was very prepared and clear. If he was not sure about something (which did not happen often) he would research it and come back to you with answers. He was always in the process of learning to become better prepared."
"[Will] also anticipated problems we may have that would have been irrelevant to our learning (like bugs with downloading data). He also had interesitng hints for some of the questions we explored."
"Will was excellent. His competence and professionalism helped make the subject extremely interesting. This class could have been overwhelming and frustrating and while it was challenging, Will helped make it interesting and enjoyable. Thanks to him, I learned a lot and became very engrossed in the subject."
"Will was one of the best TAs I ever studied with."
"[Will was] well-prepared, super-organized. His explanation was always crystal clear. He is the best TA ever."
"Whenever I e-mailed a question to Will, he always replied with a very detailed and helpful response."
"Coming to section is vital for doing the assignments, since all of the confusion from lecture is cleared up there."
"Will really tried to make sure we understood what he was doing rather than just applying random tests in the homework. He made sure we had all the tools necessary to succeed."
"Will is the best TA I've had at UCSD. He always explains things clearly and really cares about his students doing well and understanding the material. I always know things will be cleared up in Will's section. He would be great at being the professor for this class."
"I liked discussing the code and meaning of what we did in R (knowing how to interpret data and R output)."
"I would highly recommend Will as a TA for any class."
"[Will] knew what was difficult in each homework set and focused on those during section. He is extremely clear in explaining concepts."
"Speaks in a fashion that is easy to understand."
"One of the best TAs if not THE best TA I've had here at UCSD."
"I canceled my other schedules to attend office hours."
"I attended [office hours] with, on average, about 10 other students only to find an overflowing office. This was because we all found office hours very helpful."
"He was always prepared and organized. He could not have explained it more clearly."
"He has an amazing ability to retain knowledge about special homework assignments for every student. It made the section enjoyable and helpful."
"[Will]'s probably the most organized and helpful TA I've had."
"Very prepared. Eager to help. Willing to stay late to field quesitons. Very quick homework grading."
"[Will's discussions are a great supplement to the overall course objectives."
"Whereas lecture was more theory-intensive, Will was very helpful in demonstrating how to apply the ideas."
"Will is a great TA, and I would be glad to have him as a TA in future classes."
"Made statistics less painful to learn."
"He has a great sense of humor and he knows math better than anyone I know."
"Section was mainly used to show how to do the homework. Still, he didn't just say, 'This is how you do the homework.' He helped us to see the big picture..how to analyze the data...why we do things a certain way, etc."
"Will knew the other students very well and interacted with them. Also, he tried to make section interesting."
From Math 10C, Summer 2010: (as an Associate Instructor)
The following are comments from my students from the first class that I taught. Summary statistics can be found at http://www.cape.ucsd.edu/scripts/detailedStats.asp?SectionId=686355.
"Probably the best math teacher I've had in my college life."
"Very enthusiastic, approachable, but full of lame jokes."
"[Will] likes to wear cool t-shirts and is very nice and good at explaining. [He is] very considerate when it comes to students. [He] tries and encourages the class to participate. uber good."
"He is very nice and helpful. He tries to help every student. He makes math class interesting in many creative ways :D He is an awesome professor."
"great prof. makes lecture enjoyable as possible. knows material. great at explaining topics and clarifying problem areas."
"Awesome Instructor. Makes learning the material fun and interesting, understands how students think."
"Great instructor. Cares about students and genuinely wants students to learn and pass the class."
"Amazing! Wish i had him for all math classes."
"Great professor! Lectures are extremely clear, and he truly does care for his students and the course."
"Great instructor. He was the first math professor I've had to supply his own notes, which are so much better than the textbook. He also has a discussion forum for the class...AMAZING!!! Again, first math instructor to do this. Very helpful during office hours. Kept class entertained. Best math instructor at UCSD so far."
"The 3-D graphs that he made with his computer program were really helpful to visualize what was going on. The way he presents the material is very clear."
"Great teacher, loved his teaching style and how he related everything to current and past math classes. There need to be more teachers like him for math."
"Not much reading for this class, but the online lecture notes were extremely useful. This allowed me to spend less time frantically copying the lecture and more time filling out extra little notes and paying attention."
"He is an excellent instructor. His lecture notes are easy to follow and have relevant examples to the assigned homework. He speaks clear and loud. He uses visual diagrams and many examples that allow us to understand the material being taught which makes homework easier. He is willing to make changes that will fit the students needs, such as office hours."
"Best math professor I have had at UCSD, one of the best I have ever had! UCSD, you better keep him!"
"Professor Garner is a really interesting and engaging professor. I hate math but he has made the subject painless. Prof Garner is by far the best math lecturer that i have taken in the sequence."
"He is a very good lecturer. His main goal is to educate students at the matter at hand, and tries to do so in a clear and concise way. He is by far the best math professor I have seen at UCSD."
"Awesome professor! I took math 20A and 10B and i have to say his class is the best out of the three. I'm proud to say this is the only math course that i haven't fallen asleep at all=D Professor Garner has a great sense of humor and he really cares about our learning. He is very approachable and helpful during his office hours. I like how he uses the forum to communicate with his students. He is probably the only math professor who i don't feel dumb asking questions. He is very good at explaining. I think one of the best things about Professor Garner is that he doesn't skip steps in problems, which makes math a lot easier to follow. YOU ROCK! =D"
"Very helpful instructor. Kindly answers all questions for you via online forum or in person. Keeps the class entertaining."
"He is the first Math teacher that has been easy to understand and gives good examples. He is practical in his approach to teaching- so that even non-math people can get the concepts he is teaching. He seems genuinely happy to teach the course. Gives tons of helpful notes and websites. Overall a really good professor."
"Very good Professor!! organized well, the exam represented what he covered and teached all the materials."
"great teacher, explains the material very clearly and well, as well as he is one of the most fair professors i have ever had."
"The instructor is well prepared and really knows what he is doing. Professor William Garner does a great job explaining problems and providing details to understand questions and situations that help you solve a problem."
From Math 181E, Fall 2010:
"Will is very knowledgeable. He explains the material very well."
"Will is fantastic in office hours. He clearly cares about his students learning the material. Also, his email respons time is flat out incredible (less than ten minutes, during non-business hours!). Thakn you, Will!"
"Will is an extremely talented, dedicated, and very personable TA. He understands and explains the material very well. He is extremely helpful during office hours, and anwers any email questions very quickly, even on the weekend. He is very friendly to all the students and very professional. He is just an awesome teacher who cares."
"This TA is excellent. He replied to my emails in a prompt and clear manner. On average, I had 10 questions per email and he answered every one of them. He is able to explain hard concepts in an easy way. I highly recommend this TA to other students."
"He is an excellent TA. He explains things very clearly when I ask some questions. He is one of the best TAs at the math department."
From Math 281A, Fall 2010:
"Will writes very helpful comments on graded homeworks and seems invested in students' progress."
"TA solved everyone's problems."
"The website was very helpful and I really appreciated the in-depth homework answers and prompt homework returns."
"I attended office hours and the time spent was very useful in that I understood the material even more."
"I have no words to describe his preparation and organization. Simply flawless."
"He explained the material very clearly."
"Awesome, detailed homework solutions after we turned them in, a good way to learn if you went wrong."
"Will demonstrates things clearly. Easy to follow. And he's very patient."
"Will not only helps us with homework but also suggested reference texts to read to improve the fundamentals."
From Math 186, Winter 2011:
"[Will] went out of his way to help you understand the concept."
"Will explained the material in multiple ways until everyone understood it."
"He was willing to stay after section ended to continue answering questions."
"Goes above and beyond."
"He was concerned with the students and wanted us to be successful in the class."
"Discussion was not boring."
"[Will] explaned material clearly and gave good strategies for approaching problems that were discussed in class."
"He was very good at pulling general / important ideas out of otherwise complex homework problems."
"He was dedicated. Spent extra time after section to help students understand the material."
"He was very funny and made lots of random jokes while explaining the homework problems. Also, he seemed really concerned with students, wanting to succeed which is really good. And he stayed overtime to help."
From Math 183, Spring 2011: (as an Associate Instructor)
The following are comments from my students from the first class that I taught. Summary statistics can be found at http://www.cape.ucsd.edu/scripts/detailedStats.asp?SectionId=713274.
"Great professor. I wish I kept up in class and attended all the lectures. I would be doing much better if I did."
"Mr. Garner keeps the classroom light-hearted and spirited while dealing with a dull subject. He offers questions that help to keep the class on track."
"Cares about his students and wants them to do well. Very flexible when it comes to the course grading. One of the few teachers that is capable of teaching this kind of math class."
"He's a really great professor; he explains things clearly and manages to keep even the dry topics somewhat entertaining."
"Will Garner is one of the best professors at UCSD. The material he teaches is quite hard, but he genuinely did his best to make sure that material was as clear as possible. I definitely sad to see that he is leaving."
"Excellent professor he speaks very clearly and is understandable. He relates to students on a personal level and cares about your learning. He takes ownership of his class. More professors should follow his example."
"Very cool professor, funny, knows statistics is boring but tries to make the best of it."
"Professor Garner did an excellent job teaching the material."
"The custom notes that Prof Garner created are AWESOME! They have all the information, presented in a very succinct and clear way. I am sure it was a lot of work to put together, but I wish all professors did this."
"Awesome professor. He really makes his class interesting. I am not the outspoken type; although he promotes to speak out in class, but I enjoy the jokes he begins with class and intrigues me to continue attending lectures. He relates well with me, and the professor promotes learning. I highly recommend Will to any student, because he shows concern for his students in learning and even allowing us to use these methods of statistics into our daily lives."
"[His] explanation is dynamic and eye catching. Although material seems unlike any other math, boring. [His] explanations are very in touch with the level of intelligence of the average students in class."
"I like this class. It really worked with many methods of statistics and to differentiate which methods are appropriate in certain situations to avoid error and determine an expected value. I never missed any of lectures because it held my attention and anticipated me to attend more."
"I wish i would have done better on the midterm, and you are a great teacher. A lot of passion and effort i saw was put in, i thank you for that."
"Pretty good prof. I would take his lame attempts at humor over no humor any day."
"I love your personality and willingness to make jokes during class. It brings everything to life and makes me want to come to all of the classes. Keep up the attitude, you are managing to make stats fun."
"I very much enjoyed having him as an instructor and I would take another course specifically because he taught it. Thank you so much for being awesome."
"Course notes by the professor are extremely useful. For a graduate student, he has done what many of my past professors couldn't and consolidated the notes into what was necessary and saved us the money of buying the text."
"He is a great instructor. I wish I can take more classes from him."
"He is a great instructor. I really love taking him. He is very knowledgeable about the material and explains it very well. Will definitely take a class form him in a heartbeat."
"Great enthusiastic guy, loves the subject and makes statistics as fun as he can."
"Good instructor, good dry humorous lecture style, would commend overall."
"Overall, the instructor is very well rounded in the way he teaches. He keeps class entertaining while still teaching us key important things that are relevant to the course."
"The instructor is well prepared and provides students with his own supplemental notes as well as suggestion for reading material. Although the subject material is rather dull for non statistic majors the instructor keep a lively atmosphere in class with jokes and humor."
"Professor Garner is a likable guy in general, which helps to make the class more interesting. Probability and statistics isn't really that exciting of a subject, but his personality makes going to class enjoyable. He explains things clearly so that they are easier to understand since sometimes formulas are a bit difficult to translate into words."
"Great Instructor, homework problems are relatively easy because similar examples are covered in lecture. Knows what to say to make sure the students understand the materials."
"Great lecturer. He is clearly devoted to student learning. One of the best professors I've had at UCSD."
"He is patient in explaining the course materials and his lectures are really enjoyable."
"Great instructor who really show interest in others learning and understanding the material. He keeps the class interested by making jokes and being enthusiastic. His teaching also makes this class do able."