Average 4.45 based on 67 teacher ratings
Zakia Chowdhury is a Math teacher at Torrey Pines High School located in San Diego, California and part of San Dieguito Union High. Zakia Chowdhury's 67 teacher ratings contributes to Torrey Pines High School's ranking of 1,258 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Torrey Pines High School is 3.95 stars.
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Mrs. Chowdhury is an outstanding teacher who thoroughly prepares her students for the AP test. She is really the best in the west

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She does a pretty good job at teaching AP Calc. I had her for BC which is obviously a tough class but she makes it easier with her awesome notes. Pay close attention in class and don't hesitate to ask questions.

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Favorite class at TP. Ms. Chowdhury is amazing at teaching calculus. Her notes are very helpful, and they correlate directly with the test. There is not an extreme amount of homework, and it's a very manageable class. It prepares you so well for the AP test. She prints out worksheets of AP problems for you to do prior to the test. She goes over the HW solutions as needed and all the worksheet problems. The solutions are what helped me with Calc. Brown doesn't do that. :(

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Very knowledgeable and specialised. She is the only Calc BC teacher in the school and if she teaches it like her AB class (which I took) then there is no better teacher to prepare you for the AP. Her lessons are thorough and well-explained, and she uses every second of the class period either teaching the class or asking each individual student if they have questions on the bookwork.

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Mrs.Chowdhury has good intentions and cares deeply that her students learn as much as possible. Unfortunately, her teaching style is dull and ineffective. She starts class off by basically reciting definitions from the textbook and then proceeds to do problems off the board for the remaining hour and a half. Two hours feel like two days in the class because of all the nonsense she babbles. By the end of it all I am left in a state of depression and confusion. - <3 math, not Chowd.

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Chowdhury is the best Math teacher at Torrey Pines and is probably the best math teacher in California. Super knowledgeable, crystal clear, and amazing. Her class can be boring, but if you put in the work and just pay attention in class you are literally guaranteed a 5 on the AP test. She has like an average of 2 people getting a 4 on the AP tests.

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Mrs. Chowdhury is a very knowledgeable teacher who definitely knows what she's doing. I had her for AP Calc AB last year and I learned so much from her class. She's willing to answer questions as long as they're not stupid or what she went over numerous times in class. Her exams are rather difficult, and they require a lot of studying. If you don't study, you should probably expect a B at best (unless you're some sort of math prodigy). Overall, in terms of Calc AB, Chowdhury > Pillsbury.

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Oh Zakia. You are so amazing.

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Probably the best math teacher at Torrey Pines. You pretty much do practice AP questions every class and that really prepares you for the AP test. Guaranteed a 5 for calc if you put in a little effort and pay attention in class. She really knows what she's doing and cares about teaching you the material. Wish I could have her next year for math :/

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One of the best teacher's I've had. Explains everything well, and even if you don't understand, she'll help you.

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best teacher evr rlly explained calc when i was stuck in it 150

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Mrs. Chowdhury was definitely my favorite teacher this year. At the beginning I struggled in her class and blamed her. However after I finally understood calculus I realized that she was the best math teacher I have had throughout my school experienc

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I first believed she was a horrible teacher but as I went to more grades and teachers, i realized she was the best

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Wonderful teacher, wonderful personality. I have learned so much from chowdury, she is the best math teacher at Torrey.

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The best math teacher I've ever had! I think our whole class did really well on the AP test.

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Great teacher! Very helpful and fair and funny and experienced! She will prepare everyone well for the AP tests! Best math teacher ever

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Her first year teaching a BC class (Williams left). Even though she didn't know the C topics, she definitely took the time to learn all the material so she can figure out the most effective way of getting it across to us..
Probably one of the best teachers at TP... obviously BC is a hard class but you learn everything well. Sometimes she worries the class moves too fast for us; definite concern for her students here.

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Belive me Mrs Chowdhury is the best teacher in TP maths. She is very thorough and just about everyone get a 5 in the AP exam with her.

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My favorite teacher i got so much smarter...... she is a teacher to be proud of.... that"s a pat on the back for Torrey Pines!!!!

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Very organized. Clear when doing notes. This is her first year teaching calculus BC ('10-11) since mr. williams left. She cares about her students. A little serious but BC moves too fast to have much time for anything besides work. She's very nice and concerned and prepares you well. I'm glad I hav eher

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She is really good, very understanding and gies good notes in class, she prepared me for AP, and helps out everyone individually.

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she is not very good

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she is my best teacher ive had in 5 years ."no stickers and srats,just greatness"

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She's a great teacher that really helps you to understand all of the material. Most of her students do really well on the AP test, and she gives a lots of practice AP questions before the test. She is always open to questions and is overall very helpful.

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best teacher literally. shes so good at teaching and she has her own notes/examples for you that you cant find in the textbook. she comes up with her own methods to make it easier for you to understand. completely prepares u for AP test--u dont even need to study by yourself. the tests/quizzes are quite hard and need to study for them. not that many quiz/test so u need to get a good grade on each one. we're almost always working: as soon as the bell rings we start notes. definitely one of tp's best teachers

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She's the best teacher I had at TP, and that's saying a lot. She is extremely helpful and very accessible. She is one of the few math teachers who can explain calculus in a way that makes you think about the problems and really understand them. Just do her assignments, pay attention in class, and you will be successful on the AP. She is one of the few teachers that is able to help you on an individual basis, which is really critical in math. Overall, an extremely gifted teacher.

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she's a great teacher and knows how to teach. but if you got a B in alg2/trg or even a low B, go to precalc H or pray you get pillsbury because her class isn't meant for you

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She is a good teacher, pay attention and do the homework and you will learn a lot and do well

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This teacher is actually one of the few math teachers at TP that can actually teach. She's very focused and down to business, but you learn a ton. Her Calc AB pass rate is pretty much 100%, most of them being 5's. Excellent teacher.

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Best math teacher i have ever had. explains really well and can tell by your face if you get it or not. if you just do extra problems before a test there is no reason why you shouldnt get an A. she is really nice and kinda funny. really GREAT teacher. her tests arent really that hard. and she is really chill. just respect her and dont talk or txt while shes eplaining notes. when doing class work she doesnt care as long as your getting it done.

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Such a great teacher! She's really patient and will go over and explain something until you get it. She will prepare you soo well for the AP test :)

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She teaches WAY too fast. Her problems on the board are WAY easier than the ones on the test. She definitely knows algebra very well, better than the book does, but she is bad at teaching. She also grades unfairly, and even when you ask her for help, she still talks way too fast.

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she is a very nice person. very fair. will never let anyone get an unfair advantage, or will never favor anyone over anyone else. she teaches very well, and never makes a mistake. some people may think she teaches really fast, but she would be more than willing to help you out if you ask her. not too much homework, and her review sheets really help out for the tests. and you will definitely get a 5 on the AP test if you have her.

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She's not a bad teacher, but she's like any other math teacher. Nothing special.

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she's DEFENETLY a good math teacher. i had her for Algebra II and i couldn't have asked for a better teacher. she explains everything soo well and is very patient with all her students and is willing to explain stuff a million times, if you don't understand. and she goes through all the homework and answers ALL the questions adn explains everything VERY clearly. she's a VERY good teacher and she knows what she's doing.

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Well, she is willing to help you, but you have to really be trying to succeed in her class. She is all right, but definitely not one of the best Algebra II teachers.

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This teacher is the most hard working teacher at TP. Most of her students will get a 5 on the AP.

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best math teacher ever!

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aww mrs c is so nice. her class can be a bit boring, but she teaches pretty good. sometimes she doesnt show all of her work so if you dont understand something just ask her to write it all out and she will

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Thank you Mrs. C, I got a 5 on the AP test becuz of you!!!

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mrs. chowdhury was such a good teacher! i always understood what she was teaching right away, and she always made things easy to understand...she has a great personality...pretty calm....however she's not a very good rule enforcer (tardy kids always got away with it) mrs. chowdhury helped me get a 5 on the AP Calc test! i love you mrs. chowdhury!!!

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she is such a good teacher, she is so good at explaining anything you need help with

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Great teacher. her explainations are always clear and she keeps the class on task. it may not always be fun, but you learn.

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She understands students' perspective. Those of you who are complaining must be slackers.

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She is kind and understanding. I love her class, she is the best.

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So what if she had an accent. She still taught well. I enjoyed her class.

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here calc class is impossible

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TONS OF NOTES!! Hard to pay attention to. Easily distracted. Way to many notes.

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very unclear, hard to understand, and very mean. she yelled a lot, and didnt seem to care that everyone was failing.

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She's one of the only teachers I've had who genuinely cares about her students and making sure they learn the subject. She's always friendly and approachable.

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Liked her a lot. Very helpful and willing to make sure all of her students understand. Excellent knowledge of the subject. Very funny, but not always in cont

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She is genuinely concerned about your learning, and is more patient than other teachers I've had. She's really understanding and teaches well.

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One of the best teachers. Very nice and cooperative. Teaches very well. Great!

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Needs to learn how to teach better. Be more intune w/ her students, and more authoritative, then maybe people wouldn't jump out the windows, etc

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she is nice and understanding much love

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For all of you who think she has no control,u should look at what u do:u guys talk in class and don't respect the teacher.Think of how much she repects you guys

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Mrs. Chowdhury is a very cool teacher. Her class seems to go by very fast because we are always productive. Keep up the good work!

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she just figured out my name the 4th week of school...can you say brain dead!!

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Great teacher!

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I thought she was a great teacher. Very helpful and understaanding.

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Best thing about her class was that she had no control what so ever.

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I had her for Alg 2. She is in good in charachter, but a bad math teacher. Couldn't control class. I hated math in her class. I love it now thx to Mr. J! props

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she goes out of her way to make sure u understand which I personally think is really cool.

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She is very friendly, supportive, and helpful. She went out of her way to make sure her students understood.

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