All Ratings and Reviews for C. C Fan
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.
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.
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!
I did not like her way of teaching. She lectures most of the time, and does not allow a much student input. I did not like her midterm and final because you have to write on a topic she selects and she grades accordingly to her opinion of the subject rather than the facts. I consider myself an execellent student, and great in geography, but I was very dissapointed that she did not like what I wrote in my essays or my point of view, and this is the reason why she gave me a B. I think she is an average teacher. Take someone else if you can.
She is a wonderful teacher, and I liked her straight-forward lecture style very much. Her Geography 186 class never made me feel sleepy, and her slides were always so interesting. This class has developed a strong interest in Chinese culture that I didn't have before the class. And her exams aren't too difficult, but be careful with the multiple choice--it can really impact your grade.
she's wonderful!!! Her leture is really organized and full of information. I don't know about other peopel's class, but my geo 186, she always asks us if we have questions or concerns. although she doesn't curve, she does score the exams generously. plus her exam is not that hard as long as you attend to her leture and do the reading. oh, she actually have her own course reader, it saves a lot. well, i think i will take her classes again if i have the chance.
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.
well...i agree with the one wrote below...
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 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.
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