Richard A Berk
Department of Statistics
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Easiness 1.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
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Helpfulness 1.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Dec. 18, 2005

Easy class - open note, which means all you really have to do is print out the lecture notes and bring them to the test, and go off those. A midterm, and a final - homework is optional helps your grade a bit), discussions are optional. However, as for learning stats, I don't think berk is the way to go, his lectures are pretty much just off of his lecture notes, which is pretty much off the book - you'd do as well if you stayed home and read the book and did the homeworks. TAs aren't that great, they didnt really know what they are talking about half the time. If you want an easy A and to pass stats, take this class.

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June 12, 2005

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.

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April 1, 2004

Let me just say that I took statistics back in high school and I understood it then. When this guy tries to explain it, it just doesn't make sense. If you don't have any background in the subject be prepared to do a lot of questioning and studying. The tests really try to challenge you and believe me it does. It's no plug and chug math questions. Like someone else said... don't let the whole open notes/book tests get to you, it really doesn't help. Lectures are also incredibly boring so make sure you have a good system to keep yourself awake. I wouldn't suggest the class to anyone.

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Nov. 7, 2003

do not take prof berk, and do not let the whole open notes, and only twice a week make you want to take his class because it will be a horrible mistake on your part. his test are not easy, he is boring, and you will end up taking the class again. do not and i repeat do not take his class.

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Aug. 18, 2003

Berk must have read his own earlier reviews and compensated by becoming ridiculously harder with grading...you think the exams would have been simple enough, but points get taken off here and there and there is no grading key. This is one of those classes you will think you are fine in until your grade is posted online. Save yourself!!! this class was horrible and I would have gladly done homework every week if it meant I could have done better.....

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July 1, 2003

Save yourself the pain and suffering of taking Statistics 10 with Professor Berk. He does not care about student learning. His grading system is extremely flawed. He is not available after class to help students. Even if you need this class for your major, take it in the summer or find another professor. He is as bad as everyone says he is.

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June 22, 2003

What's been said about Prof Berk is true. His lectures are hella boring. My friend and I just end up sleeping or doodling 15 minutes into the lecture. His exams are not difficult but his no curve, no regrade policies hurt those who have been victimized by incompetent TA's that grade the exams. He is not very available to the students since he only holds 1 HOUR of office hour a WEEK. He posts up detailed notes that follow the book exactly and he does tell you what's on the exam the lecture before so the class isn't too hard except that you don't learn anything!

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June 20, 2003

Berk's stats 10 class was the biggest waste of time. Even if you really understand the concepts, the format of his exams are so confusing and graded so stringently that you're not going to end up with the grade that you think you got. You'll get full credit for just saying the name of a concept, but ZERO points for forgetting the name but still describing that concept at length. The midterm is 1/3 of your grade and the final is 2/3 and he does not grade on a curve. Furthermore, he doesn't let anyone appeal the grading system so you can fight all you want, but it's not going to amount to anything. I went to his office hours once and he was not helpful at all. His lectures are super boring; he just rambles and rambles. I tried to ignore the reviews coming into this class but boy do I regret not listening to them. DO NOT TAKE STATS 10 WITH BERK! YOU WILL REGRET IT!

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Dec. 18, 2005

Easy class - open note, which means all you really have to do is print out the lecture notes and bring them to the test, and go off those. A midterm, and a final - homework is optional helps your grade a bit), discussions are optional. However, as for learning stats, I don't think berk is the way to go, his lectures are pretty much just off of his lecture notes, which is pretty much off the book - you'd do as well if you stayed home and read the book and did the homeworks. TAs aren't that great, they didnt really know what they are talking about half the time. If you want an easy A and to pass stats, take this class.

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June 12, 2005

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.

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April 1, 2004

Let me just say that I took statistics back in high school and I understood it then. When this guy tries to explain it, it just doesn't make sense. If you don't have any background in the subject be prepared to do a lot of questioning and studying. The tests really try to challenge you and believe me it does. It's no plug and chug math questions. Like someone else said... don't let the whole open notes/book tests get to you, it really doesn't help. Lectures are also incredibly boring so make sure you have a good system to keep yourself awake. I wouldn't suggest the class to anyone.

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Nov. 7, 2003

do not take prof berk, and do not let the whole open notes, and only twice a week make you want to take his class because it will be a horrible mistake on your part. his test are not easy, he is boring, and you will end up taking the class again. do not and i repeat do not take his class.

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Aug. 18, 2003

Berk must have read his own earlier reviews and compensated by becoming ridiculously harder with grading...you think the exams would have been simple enough, but points get taken off here and there and there is no grading key. This is one of those classes you will think you are fine in until your grade is posted online. Save yourself!!! this class was horrible and I would have gladly done homework every week if it meant I could have done better.....

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July 1, 2003

Save yourself the pain and suffering of taking Statistics 10 with Professor Berk. He does not care about student learning. His grading system is extremely flawed. He is not available after class to help students. Even if you need this class for your major, take it in the summer or find another professor. He is as bad as everyone says he is.

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June 22, 2003

What's been said about Prof Berk is true. His lectures are hella boring. My friend and I just end up sleeping or doodling 15 minutes into the lecture. His exams are not difficult but his no curve, no regrade policies hurt those who have been victimized by incompetent TA's that grade the exams. He is not very available to the students since he only holds 1 HOUR of office hour a WEEK. He posts up detailed notes that follow the book exactly and he does tell you what's on the exam the lecture before so the class isn't too hard except that you don't learn anything!

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June 20, 2003

Berk's stats 10 class was the biggest waste of time. Even if you really understand the concepts, the format of his exams are so confusing and graded so stringently that you're not going to end up with the grade that you think you got. You'll get full credit for just saying the name of a concept, but ZERO points for forgetting the name but still describing that concept at length. The midterm is 1/3 of your grade and the final is 2/3 and he does not grade on a curve. Furthermore, he doesn't let anyone appeal the grading system so you can fight all you want, but it's not going to amount to anything. I went to his office hours once and he was not helpful at all. His lectures are super boring; he just rambles and rambles. I tried to ignore the reviews coming into this class but boy do I regret not listening to them. DO NOT TAKE STATS 10 WITH BERK! YOU WILL REGRET IT!

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1.5
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 1.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 1.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 1.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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