Introduction to Statistical Reasoning
Summer 2016 - Not sure if the class is a lot easier than the actual school year, but for the summer it was VERY easy. I think it also has to do with the professor. Professor Almohalwas is exceptional and a great lecturer. He's very engaging and can get really up close (especially to students sitting in the front) because he wants students to learn and pay attention. His slides can get very long, but they're are helpful. He assigned six online quizzes that are fair, but drops the lowest score. There's also two extra credit opportunities: one lab and one quiz. The labs are long and you'll probably end up buying the software because there's not enough time in your section to finish it. If you have any questions on it, go to the professor because he'll pretty much spoon feed you the answers. His exams were beyond easy because he practically used the questions from his slides, previous quizzes, and old exams (very important that you attend his lectures and do well on the quizzes). At office hours, he's also helpful and it can get pretty crowded. However, he will do his best to answer your questions. I would definitely recommend this professor to a friend and would take him again for another class.
Yeah yeah...She may make you feel like you're in an elementary school math class, but I personally liked it. Come on now... Wouldn't you rather have a professor who teaches stats to you simply or explains it in a more complicated manner?? Her practice midterm was similar to the actual midterm and she let us have a whole sheet of paper (front and back) as our cheat sheet. I would say her midterm was pretty fair, but I got a grade in the C range (with the curve!). This was because I missed a whole page of points on her midterm. I think I would have scored higher if I had paid more attention to my lecture notes and the terms she uses. Luckily, if you score higher on the final than on the midterm she'll account your final for 75% of your grade. I guess I scored much higher on the final than I did on the midterm because I ended up with an A in the class after stressing out so much over how I needed to raise my grade. Her final was alright I guess. It was open book and open notes like some other student said, but it was much different than her midterm because there were articles you had to read through. I would say about one or two of the problems on the final were confusing because I didn't know what type of answer she wanted. Just study the practice final to get some idea of the type of answers she wants from those articles. Oh and it helps if you put labeled post-it tabs in your notes and book before the final exam so you don't flip madly through your stuff trying to find the equations or examples you need. Overall I think she's an ok professor to take stats 10 with because she teaches well, but she's not easiest professor you can take it with.
I really don't get most of the negative reviews on here. The class was simple and very straight forward. All you need to do to succeed in the class is do the EASY and short homework assignments, skim the chapters to get the gist of it, and print out his lecture notes, bring them to class and bring em with you to the tests. Theres no curve in the class, but if you do exactly what he tells you to do you'll be fine. The TA's for the class were utterly horrible though. One spoke barely intelligible English and the other flipped out all the time actually ate chalk during a review session. Go to the discussions when you can though, 4 out of the 9 questions on the final were verbatim from the review exam given by the TA's.
Spring 2022 - There is a reason why this professor is so highly reviewed. She was a wonderful lecturer and valued student participation. She was very sweet and understanding of students' circumstances. She was also very approachable, so if you ever have an issue, communicate with her and she will probably be able to accommodate you. Because there were so many students, it sometimes felt intimidating to speak up but the class was great nonetheless. The grade is composed of 10 online quizzes (lowest two dropped), 5 lab assignments (lowest one dropped), two exams, a final project, and extra credit. Online quizzes: These quizzes opened on Fridays and closed on Sunday nights. They were all open book and multiple choice. If you had your slides in front of you, had good notes, and understood how to work through the problem, it was not too hard to get 100%. I will admit that the quizzes did get somewhat harder towards the end of the quarter but that was to be expected. Also, if you got a bad grade on one of the quizzes, it would be dropped. I think the quizzes were really fair and I appreciated her dropping two of them. Lab: Labs were entirely guided by the TA. During lab, you learn how to code using R. Personally, I thought everything was well-paced and if I ever fell behind, I could just rewatch the lab section (my TA recorded his lab section). I also found it helpful to go to my TA’s office hours if I had any questions about the lab. From what I know, most stats 10 TAs are good at getting back to/helping students. The labs are due every two weeks and are definitely not the hardest part of this course. As a person who has never used code before, I think it wasn't too bad (especially because the TAs were so helpful). Exams: The highest scored exam is worth 30% of your grade while the second best score is worth 20% of your grade. The exams were definitely the hardest part of this course. On both exams, I only missed 4-6 questions and ended up with B’s. The exams usually consist of only 30-36 questions, so missing one can already take a toll on your grade. However, what I think really helped was having 15 pages of notes with me during the exam. The exam was not open book or open note, but she allowed you to print 15 pages (double-sided) of information to bring with you for the exam. As for any advice, I would suggest getting a reliable calculator and taking thorough notes from the slides. Even though I got two B’s, I still ended the class with a pretty good grade. Final Project: You can work in a group or you can work alone. I would suggest working in a group because, even though it is not too much work, I think it’s more efficient. The project is based on your understanding of R so getting advice from a TA would be very helpful. Extra credit: The ec can give you a 1% grade bump. You get 0.1% extra credit every time you answer a clicker question during lecture. It doesn’t have to be the right answer, you just have to show that you participated. Doing this is what bumped my grade from an A- to an A so I highly recommend doing it.
Winter 2016 - My favorite class I've ever taken. He explains statistics in a very clear manner. I did not have to consult my textbook at all for this course - everything I learned from his lecturing made sense. I definitely hope to have him as a professor again if I take statistics courses in the future.
Prof. Christou really cares about his students and he is happy to answer questions. Yes what he teaches is more difficult than normal STATS 10 classes and his tests are freakingly hard, but his curve will save you. He is the only professor I have seen who has office hour every day. Definitely love him!
Dr. Cochran is a very blunt, funny, caring, challenging, motivating professor. Can't handle the blunt/challenging/motivating part? Choose a different stats prof to breeze through stats 10 with an A. But if you want a dynamic experience, Cochran is the prof to take. She focuses on concepts a lot, and uses overheads (which are also copied into a reader so you don't have to copy down all the graphics/charts) which help so you can really listen to the specifics. Stats may not be the most enthralling subject matter, and she will wake you up if you fall asleep -- trust me, I know from experience. But she'll just laugh it off, I think she said something like: "Hey I already know this stuff, I want you all to do well on my final!" She really does care about her students, and when I went to her office hours about a missing homework assignment that I did turn in, she gave me the benefit of the doubt and said she'd count it towards my grade if I couldn't turn another in (you're allowed to skip one homework assignment per half quarter). Two words of warning: I had Jason as a TA, and he was horrible. I mean, really bad. Don't take his section, he confused all of us from concepts from lectures and was no help at all. Unfortunately, participation in section was part of your grade. Also, the final was VERY DIFFICULT. I was getting an A/A- in the class up to the final and got a B for the quarter. The final is definitely not easy. All in all, a wonderful prof.