All Ratings and Reviews for C. C Fan
TAKE HER! and seriously don't buy the book because all you need is the lecture slides. just study the main points on the lecture slides, memorize some facts here and there and a good grade is guaranteed. she's very clear about her points and she talks at a really manageable speed so that you have more than enough time to take notes. she's also very open about people asking questions so bring up any questions you may have:) she's just an awesome professor who's very clear and you feel like you learn a lot without too much reading or work!
I really enjoyed this class. I didn't know what to expect going into it as it was one of my first upper division courses. I was pleasantly surprised with the result. She has good well organized lectures and she can draw from personal experiences in China. The tests are extremely fair both content and grading wise. The research paper is very open ended, choose something your interested in and you can get a lot out of it, plus it's graded relatively easily. I would highly recommend this class if you want to learn more about China.
Overall Great Professor!! I took Geog. 186 in Fall 08, and it ended up being an easy, interesting course. The course reader was less than twenty dollars, consisting of newspaper and relevant mag. articles. There is a textbook, which honestly, I at best only skimmed a chapter of it and never read a full page thoroughly. So, honestly, you do not need to textbook. The midterms and final are easy, both consisting of multiple choice, a few short answers, and one essay. Graded fairly, and everything is taken from the lecture notes, nothing specific from the textbook, and only asks general questions from the course reader. Professor Fan's lectures were great. Has powerpoints, mostly filled with pictures from recent trips, and important dates and events to supplement what she's teaching about. Her lectures are well-organized, willing to take questions, and makes sure that everyone's clear on the topic. This class isn't just about mountains and rivers; Professor Fan covers the impact on the Chinese people, by using documentaries and current news. The paper is graded, pretty easily, as long as you do thorough research. I ended up with an A- in the class with a new interest in China and the geography department. As long as you go to class, take notes, skim over the course reader, the class will be easy and interesting.
I love professor Fan. Even if you don\355t know anything about China, she makes sure that you don\355t feel out of place. She assigns lots of readings, but they are interesting and easy to read. If you go to class and take good notes, you will do well. She is always available to answer questions. She is one of the best!
I enjoyed and learned a lot about China from Professor Fan. There were a lot of readings but they're all covered in lectures. If you take good notes and you will be fine. She is a fair grader. Exams were straight forward and all drawn from lecture notes. I strongly recommend taking a class taught by Professor Fan if you want to learn something interesting about China.
There was an enormous amount of reading for the China class, and not much at all for the Population class. Either way, she lectures almost directly from the reading. I want to say she's a generous grader, but you have to keep in mind that your papers and tests are graded by grad students. About 1/3rd of the Population midterm required stat calculations, and each question built on the previous one, i.e., "use your answer from number 1 to calculate the crude birth rate..." Sounds scary because if you miss the first calculation, you miss everything else in the series, but amazingly, Professor Fan gave us full credit as long as our formulas were correct. For this, I love her.
v.good teaching, although it can be a little hard to hear here if u sit at the back. she is very knowledgable about china and her population course is also very good. the finals are quite difficult but so long as u do the work its not too bad. i would recommend both these classes.
Positive: Prof Fan is extremely knowledgable in what she is lecturing on, and the field work she has done is amazing. She is always willing to answer questions, and takes the time to find additional information on the questions asked in class. She is a fair grader and her midterm and final weren't that hard, as long as you paid attention in lecture. She goes over almost all of the reading in class, so reading isn't of the utmost importance.
Negative: Her voice is kind of soft and not the most exciting.
Overall: I would recommend taking a class with her.
I did not enjoy this class very much. Her topics were quite interesting, but her lecturing style lacked enthusiasm, turning great topics into boring topics. When it came down to her tests and the research paper (Geog 186), her questions were extremely vague and her gradiing criteria was very opinionated. I think she tried to make the multiple choice questions "tricky", but in doing so she lost clarity and created a lot of ambiguity. The reading was stuff you could skim through, most of it being her own publishings. The thing that angered me the most, however, was that she criticized my term paper for lacking focus. Yet, all of her articles that we were required to read were poorly organized and filled with fancy vocabulary to butter up the simple meaning of her thesis. For a teacher to have weak writing skills and then knock on her students writing... not cool. I can't respect her grading on my paper when I don't respect her own papers. Apparently other people enjoyed this class, but I've said all I wanted to say. Good luck in your decision.
Professor Fan is great. She is very knowledgeable and a good lecturer. If you want a straightforward class to learn about Chinese history, politics, and some geography issues, take Geography 186. There is some work required (midterm, research paper on basically any topic you want, and final) but nothing unexpected. There is a lot of reading but you can skim a lot of it, just take good notes in lecture to know what to focus on. Good class, good professor!
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