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Hongwei Xi
Professor in the Computer Science department
at Boston University, Boston, MA
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Overall Quality
1.6
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
1.9
Clarity
1.4
Easiness
1.4
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
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23 Student Ratings
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05/07/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS320 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B

Although I enjoyed the lectures and thought the professor was very knowledgeable in the field with many useful programming techniques to share with us, the language that he uses (ATS) is very difficult to understand, and he takes off points if it doesn't compile (which is difficult in a hard typed system). Overall a great experience though.

05/03/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS320 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Xi teaches 320 with ATS, a language of his own invention. No one uses it, therefore there are no sources to help you other than his own sites. If not for the terrible language, the class wouldn't actually have been hard. However, the fact that he assigns things then adds code to help you a day before it's due is so useless.

03/28/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Cs320 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is impossible. I was an A student before and went to office hours every week and still couldn't finish assignments. The course description does not match this course. If you're like me, then you will take this as a challenge, but just don't

10/24/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
cs520 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

horrible at teaching. He def wants us to learn, and he is enthuastic about it, but doesnt know how to teach. hw are horrible!!! and most of them have nothing to do on what's being taught at class.

05/10/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I just finish his CS112 with an A. I gotta say sth fair.Brilliant guy,elegant code,high requirement.But it's true he's bad at teaching.Doesn't explain concept well.Exams are hard.avg is often 40s out of 100,no curve.1/2 class drop out.So if you just want an easy A,avoid him.If you wanna achieve a higher level and willing to study hard,go for him.

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