department
civil eng

(Civil Engineering)
May 2021

Professor Hone is incredible. He is one of the best lecturers and teachers I have had at Columbia. Teaches you everything you need to know in lectures and made mechanics easy and fun. I never had to even touch the books aside from homework problems. With that being said, grading was ROUGH. I personally did not like the grade distribution whatsoever and it appears like a decent chunk of the class was curved down. The grading process and cutoffs were also vague. You just have to do really really well on the final. Felt like I was doing well in the class all semester but ended up with a shitty grade.

May 2021

Professor Hone is incredible. He is one of the best lecturers and teachers I have had at Columbia. Teaches you everything you need to know in lectures and made mechanics easy and fun. I never had to even touch the books aside from homework problems. With that being said, grading was ROUGH. I personally did not like the grade distribution whatsoever and it appears like a decent chunk of the class was curved down. The grading process and cutoffs were also vague. You just have to do really really well on the final. Felt like I was doing well in the class all semester but ended up with a shitty grade.

May 2021

My favorite class in the cs core! Let me preface this by saying I did not do very well in this class but really enjoyed it and thought Xi was a fantastic professor. He broke down difficult class examples into smaller steps that made sense. The homework was very manageable and taught me a lot. Xi was so good that I'm trying to take another class with him.

Nov 2020

A fantastic professor with amazing knowledge of the subject. He's a serious and gruff man, but he is willing to answer any questions and conveys the material so well in his lectures. His explanations are thorough and he goes through topics well enough so that students can have a good grasp on what is going on. If there is an option to take a class with him, I highly recommend taking it.

Nov 2020

One of the better professors I've had at Columbia. As a freshman, I was worried about taking a class with so many sophomores, but his explanations are easy to understand and he is extremely approachable. His lectures are so helpful, and he and his TAs (Nathan and Antony) are dedicated to making sure you do well and understand the material. While there is a Pset due on every M, W, and F, they are only two problems that are actually useful in understanding concepts, so it wasn't a burden. A fantastic class, I would definitely try taking it with Hone