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Evans, S N (MATH 55, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Probably the worst professor I've ever had at Cal. This guy cannot lecture to save his life, homework problems were difficult, and his exams were hellishly hard. Difficult exams would be ok to handle if coupled with a competent professor...

Submitted Feb. 7th, 2016

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Evans, S N (Stats C205A, Fall 2015)
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Comment: hard class, but very worthwhile.

Submitted Jan. 16th, 2016

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Evans, S N (MATH 55, Fall 2013)
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Submitted Jan. 26th, 2015

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Evans, S N (MATH 55, Fall 2013)
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Comment: It's amazing how this man doesn't manage to get fired for his absolutely terribly performance. He reads off slides, pretty much word for word, which are just restatements of the book. Moreover, he doesn't even create the slides...His exams are pretty hard. He clearly doesn't know fully what he "taught" because he puts some questions that are beyond what we had learned. Example: a question on variances of conditional random variables, when we never discussed it before.

Submitted April 16th, 2014

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Evans, S N (MATH 55, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Lectures were slow, boring, and did not really contribute to my understanding of the materials. Midterms and the final were extremely difficult (both midterms ended up with average ~40%), and was very different than homework and quizzes. You can probably find the class curve somewhere else but 25% of the class ended up with a D/F. He is kind and likable when you approach him with questions, but mean and almost unfair when it comes to giving grades.

Submitted Jan. 22nd, 2014

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Evans, S N (MATH 55, Fall 2013)
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Submitted Jan. 5th, 2014

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Evans, S N (MATH 55, Fall 2013)
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Submitted Dec. 31st, 2013

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Evans, S N (MATH 55, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Avoid professor Evans! He is so boring and unclear about explaining the concepts. After the first midterm, only one-third of the class went to lecture. I personally feel that my GSI did much better in teaching the concepts and new materials. Enough said.

Submitted Dec. 24th, 2013

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Evans, S N (Stats 157, Fall 2012)
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Comment: In short, you should think twice about taking a class with S. Evans if you are not comfortable learning the material on your own and solving challenging problems on exams. Stat 157 is a topics class. In our semester, we followed Stochastic Calculus for Finance I: The Binomial Asset Pricing Model by Shreve. Evans' lectures generally consists of reading off of his slides, which are copied word for word from Shreve's textbook. He does make some verbal comments and writes some things on the board, but those don't really add much beyond what's already in the book. The weekly homework exercises are straightforward, though making people do homework in groups of 5 people is a bad idea. Since only 1 or 2 problems are assigned every week, generally only 1 or 2 people from each group do the homework and the rest of the group learn nothing. Also, almost every problem on the final was challenging/interesting, which is fine by me, but many students found this to be distressing. So it might be better if he added a few more routine problems to the exams. Evans is somewhat monotonic, though occasionally displays a dry sense of humor.

Submitted Dec. 16th, 2012