Student Feedback for PY 214

Elementary Statistical Methods; Spring 2017

IDEA Summary Rating:  3.1/5

Selected Student Comments:

  • The instructor always maintained a positive demeanor while teaching and continuously encouraged faculty/staff relations outside of class.
  • She was very nice and it was obvious that she was really passionate about the course, but I wish we would have had more grade options than the tests and what we did in lab.
  • Good instructor. I would have liked to see more example problems worked out.
  • She was very welcoming and open to others. She encouraged her students to talk with her to discuss any problems.
  • I am grateful for the practice exams she uploaded to Canvas, that were extremely helpful and I know other students would agree.
  • She is really passionate about her work. But maybe she could add some actually (sic) required work outside of the quizzes because without having any required work I never really attended class and then I would flunk my exams.

Reflection:

As everyone promised me, teaching statistics is a difficult gig.  Students have some fair points as far as having more practice problems in class is concerned.  Since this was my first time teaching the course, I kept the format largely as it has been in the past.  This is something I know better than to do.  In the future, I would provide more options for grades than just exams and lab, I would have closer correspondence between class discussions and exams, and I would involve a lot more practice problems.  However, I will maintain my policy of providing practice problems for “homework” and reviewing them in class during the next meeting without assigning a grade.  If is part of my teaching philosophy that my courses should be structured to foster real-life skills, and students must learn their own time management and personal motivation at some point if they plan to be successful.

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