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Prof Paul is just a nice guy who really enjoys stats. I admit, sometimes he chooses not to comment on some questions because he does not know the answer, but really, this is an intro course, and that's exactly what he teaches you. I thought he did an excellent job of explaining why calculations were done and the reasons behind certain processes. I hated stats because all I knew how to do were mechanical calculations the book told me to do, but now I actually understand why they are done. The exams are easy, and I disagree with the other person that said he never taught what he tested on. If you go to lecture, he gives examples and if you bother to write them down, you'll notice that he uses those exact examples with different numbers on the tests. Sure he might not be the smartest guy, but he knows how to teach you what you need to know for stats 10.
one of the easiest class I've taken at ucla. all tests are open book, notes, calculator, whatever. you barely need to study. he's cool too. and his examples are real life examples, so you learn something as well
Although Prof. Paul has good intentions, he rarely knew what he was talking about during lecture. This class was supposed to be easy, but it really wasn't because he never taught what he tested on. Several times he wasn't able to complete an example because he just didn't know how to. I feel bad for the guy, but he was just awful as a professor.
open book tests...easy....required almost no work at all...
I found Professor Paul approachable and easygoing. Sure there were times when he couldn't apply examples or answer questions, but what you need to know for his class and why statistics are used in real life, you definitely learned. His lectures were okay considering it's a boring topic (and plugging in numbers is never fun). His exams are straightforward especially if you understand the homework assignments. I found it lame that during one of the exams he had to stop us and give us information about a sport because many students didn't understand the question (he didn't want the test to be "biased against people who aren't fans of professional sports" or something! ie most girls and some guys). About the open-book, open-notes policy, be aware that you still want to understand everything beforehand. I was one of those embarrassingly lazy people who didn't have anything memorized and was flipping madly through the textbook during the exams! On a side note, Prof Paul was surprisingly nice when I went to him right before finals to pick up my second midterm, and then asked for my first midterm back (obviously indicating absenteeism). He was also easygoing when I rushed in late after a class to turn homework in and almost missed it because the room was empty and he was packing up. Not a bad prof, and hopefully he'll get experience as he goes along since he's a relatively new guy.
Grade gotten for course: A-
To echo comments posted on 1/28/2002, Paul is very straightforward, and his tests are fair. As long as u go to class, pay attention, do hwk, it's an easy "A". He's young and energetic, which could make stats not all that boring of a subject. If u'r a poli sci major and need to take stats 10, take it w/ Paul.
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