Average 3.63 based on 56 teacher ratings
Yelena Zak is a Math teacher at Fort Hamilton High School located in Brooklyn, New York and part of New York City Geographic District #20. Yelena Zak's 56 teacher ratings contributes to Fort Hamilton High School's ranking of 553 in New York. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Fort Hamilton High School is 4.39 stars.
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The class is not very hard, but it's surely a LOT of work. She didn't explain everything completely, so you'll have to do a lot of studying by yourself. Her journals are a great idea, helped me on exams. NOT an easy class, but worth it. Earned me a 97 on the regions.

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Her class is a lot of work. And she may come off as strict. But she's an excellent teacher. Her journals help you in prepping for the regents. And alll that homework that resulted in 2 hours a sleep a night so worth it. I ended up with a 90 in her class and a 95 on the regents. It was difficult but I did it and she is strict to scare you into studying. But towards the end you realize how sweet caring and downright adorable she is!

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Is she still teaching? I had her back in 2006 for pre-calculus. It was the hardest class I ever took at Fort Hamilton. Her class alone was the reason I slept only 2-3 hours everyday my final semester. Everything else was a piece of cake. It's true, unless you study like you've never studied before, expect to fail or barely pass. It was the only C I ever got at that school. She does yell a lot, sometimes seemingly for no reason. But out of class she seems alright, even kind. Just very strict.

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Her year was tough and everyday I was considering dropping out of her class and doubted the day I chose to stay. But choosing to stay was the best choice I made. I'm in trig and I'm advanced compared to the other geometry students. I got a 90 in her class and a 95 on the regents. She MAKES you good at math. Don't be harsh in your accent she's a good lady and teacher and even a friend if your on her good side

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Mrs. Zak is a lot of things but she is an amazing geometry teacher! Even though I've been yelled at plenty at times (for no reason) I've actually learned so much this year! She is a great teacher and she is pretty harsh.

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THIS IS NOT THE MILITARY IT IS GEOMETRY, STOP YELLING AT US!

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A lot of people say she is one of the worst teachers in math, but I disagree. Her class may be hard and her accent sucks but she knows a lot about math. If you actually pay attention and don't whine, shes actually not half bad. Her grading policy may be strict but she is only doing it for our own good. If you want to learn math in a serious manner, take her class because it's going to go perfectly together. She is not the best in the school but certainly not the worst either.

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Truth is she not that nice but she is a very good teacher. At the end of the year you will realize how much she helped you. The best to pass her class is to get above 80 on the tests and do the journals and also the homework. Good Teacher Overall but can be very hard sometimes. Overall she is good.

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Horrible Teacher ! Shes the worst if you have her get right at. I tried my best with everything she didnt help me nothing what so ever i learned absolutly nothing. I dont understand how she isint fired 90% of the students fai

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She's not a bad teacher. She challenges you and I hate to admit this, I really like her. For the first few months I've had her, I thought I was gonna fail but she teaches thoroughly. And I passed.

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Her class is very Challenging. She threatened to kick me out of her class and fail me many times but I accepted this as a challenge, in the end I received a 99 on her regents.

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I'm just lucky to have an architect in my family, if i didnt have someone else to explain the information i prob wouldn't have done well, shes ok wouldnt recommend her unless your sharp!

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shes a good teacher her tests are easy

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Zak is a good math teacher, her tests, homeworks, and quiz are okay - the review sheets she gives out basically helps you to study and its very helpful if students actually takes time to study their notes and pays attention

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Strict but very good. You will learn more and better when paying attention in your class. Unlike other teachers who try to "trap you" on exams, her exams are really straightforward if the homework is done. Good precal teacher

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mean but goodness, you'll learn. it'll be a rough class but the material gets into you for the regents or the next lvl of math. strict, but it works.

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Hard to understand, teaches something completely different than what's on the homework. She expects answers quick but it's hard to do that because you'll take some time trying to register what she says through her accent. Hopefully she doesn't fail me.

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Mrs. Zak is a very strict teacher and expects everyone to understand the material for their good.It's good because I can actually remember some formulas. Despite her attitude towards students, she is actually a very understandable, nice and funny math teacher. She just doesn't like "lazy students who don't do work." Thanks Mrs. Zak. ^-^

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she is mean and she hates me. id rather have her first period at least shes a little sleepy but in second period she picks on me. also she makes fun of u if u make a mistake. she doesnt no thath she makes the kids nervous. im workin real hard , n she wont gimme a nice grade gives more hw then ap classes . expects u to know alot and be very good in math,. she wants you to know the material before u learn it

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one of da cooler math teacher with a personality n some sarcasm. There is also the occasional joke. Tests are reasonable but a lot of hw and expectations very high.

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she is a good math teacher, my grade went up 5 points since i had her. she really does give maad homework n gets very angry wen you ask her to explain something. Her english is annoying, "kindly please this and kindly please that". "Kindly please do this 3 hr long hw n ill yell at u wen u get something wrong even though u spent an hour on it. omg mrs, they're gonna find me dead lying on yur homework n da textbook. Maad pressure in her class but its worth it in the end.

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Ms. Zak has an interesting way of teaching. She says that in the beginning she trys to act mean to scare her students into learning and paying attention but at the end she softens up. She can be hard to pass, so you really have to try. She also has a bad attitude, but you have to deal with it.

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This Teacher has to learn English!!!!!

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she is not helpful and she gets mad when you tell her you dont understand and she doesnt speak good english

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she is not that great but shes ok i kind of easy

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She is not that great a teacher, I don't like her at all.

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I don't like the way she teaches. She makes everything hard to understand. It didn't matter how hard I worked, she lowered my grade.

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She's not that good for a teacher, mostly strict and i hate that in math.

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do ur work and show effort nd ull b fine, she picks favorites tho nd can have an attitude...overall shez not too great

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shes ok but she always needs you to work hard ateverything you do. if u dont do everything she asks you to in class dont expext to pass.

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I love Mrs Zak...shes a good teacher and shes really nice.

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she is a fair teacher in my opinion. it is just that when she asks us a question and we dont know she yells at us. she expects us to know everything she knows.

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Mrs. Zak is the funniest math teacher I eer had. Work is had sometimes, but if she sees you make an effort she'll be fair with the grades. :)

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it's not that she is hard but she pressure's us. if we don't know the answer that relates to previous math she yells at us.

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I am going to fail & I should just give up. ITs difficult to understand because she doesn't answer my questions, only with a dirty look perhaps.

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I hate the transparency thing , toooooooo much h.w , yells at you for a wrong answer

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shes a good math teacher but she gives tOOOO much work!

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sweet teacher. very fair. just do all her work and show her that you at least care. you get what you deserve

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she's nice, but maybe needs to work a lil on her teaching, and English... :P

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a bit too fast, a bit too picky, a bit too much hw, a bit too hard tests... =/ i hate doin' her transparency stuffsssss sigh...

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Nice laydi, but very hard to understand!

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hard to understand, but too picky,dont know why she couldnt make tests easier? too difficult and hard to understand. if only i understood her. could be a pain.

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she's a nice n sweet teacher~ she explains thing well but goes too fast sometimes

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shesa good teacher, she is very organized and she is very nice too ^_^

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She would be a better teacher if she would speak cleraly. I dont understand a word that she says.

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only had her for one week she was ok

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shes nice but sumtimes needs to explain things better

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smart mouth lol very nice n easy wen it comes to grading, i luv u mrs.zak ;)

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just have her this semester~ not bad, kinda funny(sometimes)

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a little annoying with her accent... VERY FAIR

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