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In defense of Professor Le, I found her to be a good professor. Even though I took her class over a year ago, I can still remember several positives about the class. I remember that she was organized and posted what we were going to be covering each week. She also posts the slides which are helpful to review before the exams. Her tests were also very fair (multiple choice with maybe one or two free responses). She even gave a few extra-credit opportunities. During office hours, she was helpful and took the time to answer questions. Yes she has an accent, no she is not impossible to understand. She did have a few problems with technology at the very beginning of the course but that really wasn't an issue and didn't take up that much class time. I can tell she was very enthusiastic about her job and really enjoyed lecturing, which is a plus considering that some professors don't care.
The only main problem I had with her class was that I found some of the assignments unnecessary, but that was maybe with only two of them.
My grades generally are not that great (around B average), but I received a high A in her class. I didn't think I put in too much effort either, just reviewed her lectures and did the assignments, so her class is very doable and fair.
I completely understand where a lot of the anger and disappointment with this professor is coming from, and I do agree that she can be disorganized, hard to follow, lacking in priorities in lecture content and how the class time is used, etc. But I do feel that there should at least be one moderately positive review here because in my experience, I felt that she really was concerned for her students, even if she lacked the ability to carry that out effectively. Also, the heavy accent is 100% not her fault. A lot of these annoyances, like the mic squealing, going over class time, and answering e-mails quite slowly are only infuriating because of the dislike that many students already have for her that just puts everything she does in a negative light; I doubt if any of our other professors had a squealy mic we would be this upset about it. So, I give her a below average evaluation for effectiveness, but I give her points for trying and even being here when so many students hate on her so harshly.
Haha this class...what an experience.
The professor decided to give one of her classes two midterms and a final and gave the other class two projects and a final. I was in the project class and it was a lot of work lol. I spent 17 hours on the first project and 27 hours on the second project because the grade on one of the checkpoints for the first project scared the bejesus out of me lol. Yes, I kept track of the time I spent. I looked at the sample midterms she posted online and they seemed fairly easy. If the actual midterms were similar in difficulty, I would've spent much less time on preparing for them than I spent on the projects. Although, I will say that I've taken statistics in high school, so I can't really speak for those who haven't taken statistics. Considering that this was the first time the professor introduced the projects, it was expected that the process would be a bit disorganized. However, I did think that her grading was a bit harsh and inconsistent. My group ended up getting 30% lower on a checkpoint than a previous checkpoint which had essentially the same instructions. Sure we managed to get around 13% back, but the difference was still a bit unreasonable. The instructions for the projects were rather ambiguous, which made it difficult to figure out what she wanted. I would be turning in a checkpoint for a project unsure if it would receive an A or a C. If she had posted reliable samples, it would've been easier to figure out what she wanted...But the samples she posted didn't correspond well with her instructions...lol. She does offer a bit of extra credit for the projects, which helps a bit, but it doesn’t completely make up for the number of points that can be lost. If she’s still doing the project thing in the future and posts good, reliable samples, the projects should be alright…but still much more work than the exams in my opinion lol. Good group members also make the experience much better. If you get people in your group who don’t do anything or don’t care, I am very sorry, but your experience may be an academic nightmare. Just sayin’ lol.
The final for the class wasn’t too bad. About half of the questions were the exact same as the questions on the sample midterms she posted. And for one of the harder questions, she pretty much gave away the answer in the question right after it because the two problems were related lol. If you have no background in statistics, I think you can still do fairly well in the class if you self-study and if Professor Le doesn’t give projects. I felt like the projects could’ve easily been grade-killers for groups that knew nothing about statistics. But if it’s just exams, spending like two hours a week reading the textbook and skimming over the lecture slides should be quite helpful. I found the textbook to be fairly interesting and easy to read. Of course, having a good professor makes the process much easier. Professor Le spent like 15-20 minutes every day going over the project, which is somewhat helpful, but then the lectures were rushed. Sure, she went over the important concepts, but she didn’t have time to emphasize them. If I hadn’t taken statistics, I probably would’ve had no idea which concepts were more important and what would’ve been helpful to memorize. But she does provide formula sheets on the exams, so you don’t have to memorize much.
IF YOU’VE TAKEN STATISTICS in high school and got a 5 on the AP exam, you should be able to do fairly well in stats 10 regardless of what professor you have. If you got a 4 on the AP exam or maybe even a 3, you’ll probably still be fine. The concepts, at least for what Professor Le went over, only go up to chapter 9 (two sample t-tests). You don’t get to chi-square tests. The stuff before the hypothesis tests/confidence intervals is fairly simple. The probability section might be a bit more confusing, but it’ll be much easier if you draw tree diagrams. If you’re considering risking it and taking this class with Professor Le, you should be fine if she goes back to only giving exams because the class should be entirely review. Anything you’ve forgotten you can easily figure out from the textbook. If she sticks with the projects and you know you’re going to be tight on time during the quarter, I suggest you find a different professor. You can still probably get an A+ in the class if you spend your life on the projects like I did, but you can just as easily end up with like a B if you don’t do every possible thing you can think of for the projects (should the instructions for the projects still be ambiguous).
IF YOU’VE NEVER TAKEN STATISTICS before, this class can be quite the doozy. I think you’ll learn more about statistics if you have a different professor. Professor Le is a very nice person, but based on what I observed during her rushed lectures, I think you’ll learn more from lecture with a different professor. I don’t know if it’s the same for other professors, but according to Professor Le’s syllabus, you needed a 94% instead of a 93% to get an A. I thought it was kind of lame because 1% is a lot lol. Regardless, if Professor Le only gives exams in the future, you’ll probably do well self-studying. The questions for the exams (at least for the final) were reasonable because they tested the most important concepts you were supposed to have learned from the class…It just makes your life easier when you have a good professor to help you understand the material better.
If you’re going to take this class with Professor Le because you have to, I suggest using your graphing calculator if you have one. If you don’t know the functions, the end of each chapter in the textbook teaches you how to use them. And if you don’t want to read through the textbook, go be buddy buddies with a person who’s taken statistics before and make them teach you everything lol. Hopefully the person will help you out because there’s no point in knowing stuff if you don’t help anyone with it, right? The calculator is especially helpful for confidence intervals and hypothesis tests because you just throw numbers into the calculator and you get all the answers :3. You can also use it for the earlier chapters about binomial probabilities and stuff. Pretty much, the calculator can make your weekly homework assignments easy-peas. Stuff that’s good to memorize for the class or stats 10 in general would be interpreting the r-squared value, the slope, the y-intercept, assumptions for confidence intervals/hypothesis tests (these assumptions are given in the formula sheet though), and conditions for the binomial model. You can find the answers to those from her slides or from the textbook.
Overall, if you want statistics 10 to be as easy and chill as it should be, take it with a different professor. If Professor Le’s still giving projects and you’re tight on time, avoid taking this class with her. If she’s going back to exams, you’ll probably just have to study on your own more to figure the stuff out.
Meh, hope this kind of helps lol.
Good luck on your academic endeavors!
DON'T TAKE THIS PROFESSOR!
Stats 10 is supposed to be easy. But her horrible accent makes everything 100x more difficult to understand. I didn't even feel bad for her when the projector didn't work in the first week of class because honestly she was just incompetent.
She IGNORED emails from me. OR when she did reply, she wouldn't answer my question. She teaches the class based on her convenience. There is no organization.
Her participation grade is ALL or NOTHING. if you miss ONE day you'll get a 0 in participation, which is 3% of your grade. 3% is a LOT. It can change your grade from an 89 to a 92. I don't know why she doesn't give partial participation.
ALSO, she offers "extra credit" but it doesn't count for shit. Don't even bother. I calculated my RAW grade without the extra credit and it's exactly the grade I got in the class.
I ended up with an A- in the class because I didn't get "perfect attendance" and she didn't count my extra effort and hard work in a 40point extra credit project. I was 1.5% away from an A... I'm pretty pissed.
I took AP stats in high school, which is essentially the same thing as stats 10. She managed to make everything I already knew difficult to understand. Not that she really taught. Her lectures are powerpoint slides and she goes through them very fast.
My class was... special in that we didn't have midterms, which I thought would make it easy. But, I was terribly, terribly wrong. She gave us group projects instead. We had to apply what we learned (which was nothing at all) to real life statistics which would be easy if she taught the class in a coherent way.
She'd didn't have concrete instructions for what she wanted on the projects, and even when my group did exactly what she asked ( we went to her office hours 3 different times to make sure we were doing our 2nd project right and each time she said we were good) we still got a C on our last project. Her grading was also inconsistent on these projects, with our group and another group being marked down for the same thing but our group getting marked down more.
To be honest she is pretty understanding if you email her about turning in a project a couple minutes late. She's a nice lady, but a terrible teacher. Some people didn't understand her accent but I was fine, so it really depends.
Overall I think if you can take this class under a different professor, do it. If you can switch out, do it.
DO NOT TAKE THIS PROFESSOR EVEN IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!!!!
I never write reviews here on Bruinwalk unless the professors are truly, honestly terrible and I feel an obligation to warn my fellow students about the monstrosities they should avoid. I wish I could have dropped her class when I had the chance, and every single week after he dropping-date had passed I kicked myself because this class was so terrible and I couldn't escape.
Professor Le is NOT a good professor no matter what anybody says. She may be a nice person, but a nice person does not constitute a good professor. Just because she answers emails five minutes after you send them doesn't mean she's efficient: for example....
Me: Professor, I turned in an assignment a few weeks ago but it shows up as me having a 0 on that assignment even though I have proof I've turned it in. Could you please get back to me about this problem?
Dai Trang: This assignment was due a few weeks ago.
.... as you can see, she didn't even answer my original question even though she did respond promptly. Prompt does not equal good.
In addition, she cannot speak English proficiently, and her accent and grammar are so affected that the students cannot understand her most of the time. Her powerpoints are full of grammar mistakes, and most of the time when you email her she doesn't understand half of what you're asking. Her speaking itself is even worse than her writing.
She's NOT organized, not logical, and she spends half the class time wondering how come nobody is listening to her (hint: they can't even HEAR her because she doesn't know how to use a mic), and the other half trying to show students what to do on these random stats websites she finds online (when she doesn't even know how to use these online tools herself and just ends up wasting so much valuable time.)
That's not even half of it. She taught two courses of Stats 10, Lecture 2 and 3. For one lecture, she gave the students two midterm exams and a final; for the other, she gave the students two projects (that took a hell of a long time to do) and a final. Meaning that one class has been prepared for the final because they have previously taken two tests, but the other class has been prepared for nothing because they've been working on projects all quarter. She treated us as an experiment in that she gave the two lectures different midterms vs projects in order to see who would do better on the final: -__- obviously, it's going to be the midterm kids. It is completely unethical and inhumane to treat the students as experiments given that their GRADES are on the line.
I learned NOTHING from her class other than to never take another class that she taught ever again. Heed my warning and make sure you avoid ANY class that she's teaching. It's not worth it to put yourself through so much suffering in her class. Take ANY OTHER professor but her.
Do not take this professor no matter what. I took this class thinking it would be easy. The statistics itself is fine, but the way she handles the class and the way she teaches is dreadful. She is terrible at English, cannot address questions properly, and basically cannot be reasoned with. Taking this class with her, given that it's a GE, requires a RIDICULOUS amount of work every single day. I honestly spent more time on this course than my two other core classes combined. She basically treated her students like experimental lab rats, and divided her two lectures into an exams-based class and a projects-based class. The projects took hours and hours every week, not to mention the weekly labs, homework assignments, quizzes, and guided exercises where we had to write "creative and engaging" essays about statistics. For the projects we had to come up with PowerPoint presentations, multiple drafts of research papers, and videos. Then after every project and at the end of the quarter we had to write surveys/reflections about what we did so she could benefit for her personal purposes. Absolutely ridiculous.
Oh yeah, and I almost got a B in this class because she missed grading one of my ridiculous essay assignments. I emailed her about it three weeks before the quarter ended; she told me she would look into it then never got back to me. I got my final grade and asked her AGAIN why I had a 0 for the assignment, and she told me it was "too late." After sending in screenshots, re-submitting the 7 page paper, and pleading with the TAs and grader, she finally admitted it was her fault.
Take this class with Le at your own risk.
I honestly felt bad for this professor throughout the course. The first issue she had was her projector not working on numerous occasions and the iclicker not working for half the quarter. Honestly, this is not her fault, but students ridiculed her for it. That in addition to her poor English skills made student's respect for her pretty low. However, I don't think this was a terrible class. She posts all her lectures online and every occasion I emailed her she responded very promptly. If you pay attention to your mystatlab homework, do the extra credit she generously gives, do your labs (which is pretty much an automatic 100%), and show up to class (you don't even have to pay attention, just show up)you'll probably get an A. I dont know what the other evaluation was saying, but I didn't put any additional effort for this class besides turning in what was do and studying an hour before the midterms and finals and ended up with an A. I'm not even good at math. This was a pretty easy class, but Dr. Le may be an average teacher. She genuinely does care about her students though, so I feel like people should cut her some slack.
I usually never write Bruinwalk reviews. But this teacher was just so bad.
She can't speak English proficiently. Slow speaker. Very disorganized. Can't run her powerpoints correctly at times.
She doesn't know how to adjust her mic so everybody winces when her mic squeals every minute.
I did all my homework.
I scored roughly the same as everybody on the projects.
I scored 1 standard deviation above on the final.
I expected an A.
I got a B+. This is a GE. Think about that.