April 09, 2009

Hebert, Karen
BC 1101 Statistics

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Professor Hebert is amazing. She's nice, approachable, and cracks jokes at 9 am (which aren't necessarily funny) but her efforts don't go unappreciated. I took her for Stats for Psych, which not only fulfilled major requirements for psych majors, but the QUA nine ways requirement for Barnard. She makes the class material INCREDIBLY easy to understand, so much so that you understand all of it in the first five minutes and end up dazing through the rest of the lecture (which she often lets out early because we've covered everything for the day) and still doing well on the exams. She's an awesome professor - she goes out of her way to post the power point slides online and encourages discussion about stats in the real world on courseworks (although no courseworks postings are required). DEFINITELY take this class and try to get Hebert if you can.

Workload:

four non-cumulative exams that she prepares you explicitly well for, weekly reading assignments that you don't have to do AT ALL and probably shouldn't do because it will just make the lectures more confusing- when they're meant to be EASY, ten homework assignments due every week in recitation (sounds like a lot, but seriously the homework assignments are usually three questions long, one of which once was "find the mean for this set of data") no joke, it's really that easy. it's a four point class and there's a two hour recitation section once a week (which she also often lets out early) - she's been known to host "statistics bowl 2009" - flashback to middle school where you played games to learn material - during recitation sections, but it really actually does prepare you for tests because she uses some test questions as gameshow questions.