Summary By The Numbers
340+ Students at University of California, Irvine
13 Quarters of teaching
6 Guest lectures
4 Introductory courses
1 Teaching award (among ~80 eligible, 3 were chosen)
1 High school math course as sole instructor
[V]ery organized, excellent time management, passionate about subject, clear and understandable,
funny and humble
TA was helpful, he knew a lot about the subject and explained everything clearly. He also
made the link between lecture and the discussion.
Very passionate TA that cares about students learning. He keeps the class engaged with his humor.
Very clear at explaining everything and went into the same details as the lecture – was one of my most helpful TA’s.
Simply, the teaching assistant. Alejandro Komai is by far the best TA I’ve had for an economics course at UCI. He is very knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and helpful. He always goes the extra mile for the students in his discussion sections and office hours. Alejandro was always prepared and well-organized. He covered lecture material, homework questions, and worked through example problems in his discussion sections. Each discussion section was time well spent for the student.
Best T.A. I have had throughout my college experience. Understands how to translate the information to be easily understood and breaks everything down efficiently and concisely.
Alejandro tries extremely hard to make sure his students understand the material, not just memorize it. I really appreciate the amount of effort he put into this course because I actually learned in his class. Most of the time TAs come unprepared and aren’t really effective or essential in the learning process over the quarter, but that definitely isn’t him! He’s one of the best TAs i’ve ever had.
I have finally found a TA at UCI that isn’t lazy. He is great at explaining hard concepts and
actually TEACHING material to students effectively.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant 2012-2013, awarded by the Department of Economics, UC Irvine
He was willing to answer any questions we had and encouraged us to go over the material on our own. He also encouraged us to talk to him during office hours; he made himself pretty approachable when it came to talking about the course material.
The TA asks the students to nod heads as a way to check for their understanding, which is really effective, to me. He goes through the context of the problem thoroughly and proceed to answer the questions. This reinforces the students’ understanding of the material and give them a second chance to learn what they have heard in lecture.
Alejandro is awesome! Best TA I’ve ever had even better than majority of my professors!
He is really good at explaining how to do all the problems and makes sure that we understand everything before moving on. He is also really helpful in giving us the answers to the problem sets not just by handing the answers to us, but by thoroughly going over the process of how to do each problem. I have been to a few of the other TA’s for this course, and Alejandro definitely surpasses them in his knowledge and of how successful he is at running the discussion section.
Social Science Honors 1E Revolutions and the Modern World with Dan Bogart and Gary Richardson
Gave one guest lecture
Final TA Evaluations Section A2
Alejandro really catered to the needs of the students which was extremely helpful for this course. He genuinely tried to help us understand the material and maintained a fair grading system.
The summaries of the lecture material was very useful, as were the review sessions for both the midterm and the final. He was very good at getting everyone in class to participate. Very approachable and was always available to students.
His passion for the subject grabbed the attention of the students and he was great at making one critically think about and apply the material being learned.
Very detailed and got students to interact and think.
Don Bosco Technical Institutea
Algebra II – sole instructor