professor
Joyce Robbins

Apr 2021

Robbins unfortunately doesn't know how to give a good lecture. Her lectures are always so painfully boring and she brushes over the actual "calculus-based" portion of the introduction to statistics. Don't take this class if you need to know that. Columbia's statistics department is trash but I've heard the department is now giving students more instructors to choose from for this class so make your decision wisely.

Apr 2021

Robbins is a good, but not great, teacher who teaches statistics well. Pay attention and you'll figure it out probably. However, it was fairly boring I felt. Her lectures are clear that gets into some of the conceptual math, but tests are very straightforward and only test how to do certain problems. Calculus is barely used, and this felt mostly like a repeat of AP stats.

Apr 2021

take this class with prof robbins! she's great and very fair. imo the material is explained well and her lectures/slides are clear. she cares about making sure we understand the material and she is positive and enthusiastic. lots of resources for students. this was a rewarding class and I'm glad I took it

Dec 2017

She's a pretty nice and approachable lady, but not a great professor. Her classes are painfully boring and she simplifies a lot of the material. She also doesn't really incorporate much calculus into the class. I found her exams more difficult than class problems, and felt that she didn't go over many of those types of problems in class. Would not recommend. In terms of workload, she only has one homework assignment due each week. It can be handwritten and submitted through CourseWorks. The homework assignments aren't too bad.