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Phillip Stark
Professor in the Statistics department
at University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
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Overall Quality
2.9
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
3.0
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08/01/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Stats 21 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Prof Stark is great guy and manages to make stats less painful. His online textbook is excellent if you listen to the lectures as you go through the text. He give many examples and practice questions so when you go to do the hw some questions are familier. The hw is hard despite this and takes time.

12/22/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
stat21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

online course. just spend some time each week on the assignments. start working on the practice exams early to get an a in the course. final exam will be very similar to one of the versions of the practice exams.

01/14/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
StatN21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Took in Summer 2010. Contrary to popular belief, only 29% of class received A of some sort (A+/A were 16%). Homework was doable, but the difficulty of material gets increasingly hard toward the end. You need to truly understand the material in order to successfully finish homeowork and ace final. Rote memorization will only take you as far as B+.

01/13/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
StatN21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Took this class thinking it was a good alternative to stat 21. This class does not give you a good foundation for Stats and puts it all on you. Online office hours were useless and professor did not care about helping students. No office hours! If you have to take this class, use the SLC, but otherwise do not take it; take it during the year.

12/18/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
STATSN21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

When a professor hates the course he teaches, the students tend to hate the professor. He ended up sending a huge apology letter after the final. Extremely punchy, was extremely rough towards the students. Apparently he is reconsidering the merits of teaching an online course - things have changed over the years. Do not recommend.

12/18/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
StatN21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

professor does not help students and snaps at them for contacting him. Textbook sucks compared to Purves's and is not very useful for the test. Do not take this class, as it is much better to take it during the regular semester if you want to have an easier time and learn! Class is not as easy as previous semesters. PROFESSOR NOT RECOMMENDED!

08/20/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
STATSN21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Learning statistics online is tough. You must be willing to put in the effort of actually absorbing and understanding the material. Don't try to learn only the material to complete the hw because you'll need to comprehend the mechanics in order to perform well on the final. Don't ask stupid questions. They waste Stark's time and the class's.

08/15/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
STATN21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

do not rely on professor to learn the material. his explanations are unclear and he often snaps at students for not understadning them. he managed to take easy material and make it hard to follow or understand. i learned more from a 2 hr review session held by an slc tutor than i ever did from any of stark's material

08/14/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
statsn21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

HARD. Final was curved due to number of failures. You can get 100s on all the homework and still fail this course. Final pulls from real life which, while fascinating, does not easily lend to textbook application. Stay a week ahead, put at least a full week solely for final prep, and you'll do fine. Lectures > textbook

05/25/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
stat21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I really liked stark; he was very friendly to students and very willing to help during office hours. I took this class during the semester instead of online; UNDERSTAND the material! I can't stress this enough; I put in alot of effort into understanding the material and was one of the few that pulled an A on the final while others crashed n burned.

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