Ratings for Li, P

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86

Based on 37 ratings for this instructor.

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80
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74
Helpfulness
78
Enthusiasm
91

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Li, P (COG SCI 1, Spring 2014)
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83
Exams
91
Helpfulness
75
Enthusiasm
98

Comment: One of the best professors that I've had at Cal. Never had a professor as passionate and endearing as Li. He really wants his students to learn. The material was interesting and made me want to pursue cognitive science

Submitted Jan. 8th, 2016

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Li, P (COG SCI 1, Spring 2015)
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97
Exams
67
Helpfulness
56
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: The class is easy, but he curves down.

Submitted Oct. 6th, 2015

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Li, P (COG SCI 1, Spring 2014)
Assignments
99
Exams
100
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
99

Comment: Paul Li is by far one of the best professors I have ever had at Berkeley! And this class was one of the best I have taken! The material is beyond interesting and Paul is very enthusiastic. He cared more about whether the class was enjoying the material and really learning than grades. He gave everyone a "grade bump" and told us not to worry about grades. The most disappointing part of the class was the number of guest lectures. Some were cool but others were blah.

Submitted Oct. 6th, 2015

100
Li, P (COG SCI 1, Spring 2014)
Assignments
93
Exams
89
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: He is truly invested in getting students interested in the field of cognitive science. He is enthusiastic and you can tell he really enjoys what he does. He is extremely helpful and an overall fun instructor. I could not have asked for a better instructor. The exams were fair though book questions may have been somewhat obscure (may just be my fault for not reading super in detail :P).

Submitted July 22nd, 2014

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Li, P (COG SCI 1, Spring 2014)
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100
Exams
100
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: This review is for all the students who are afraid of taking Cognitive Science 1 because of its score of 74. Of course, this review will be of Prof. Paul Li's class. I don't know much about the Fall professor. To start off, yes, this is a class that covers many different topics in one semester. But don't let that scare you. To break it down: Lectures - all the lectures taught by Prof. Paul are concise and understandable. He's also loud enough for the whole class to actually accurately hear what he's talking about (this is for sure a problem in some classes). His lecture slides are super simple and he posts them only after lecture, because he covers the meat in class (so buying a recorder would help a lot - slides themselves don't do justice for what Prof. really wants you to know for exams) and wants students to actually attend. GSI lectures were eh. They somewhat jam packed their lecture slides with everything - thus it was technically useless to go to class on those days since all you had to do was memorize the slides. Guest lectures sucked, and most of them were unorganized, inaudible, and boring really. I'm certain more than 60% of the class missed 90% of what they were trying to say. But Prof. was very generous to include only maybe 1 or 2 of their points on the exams. Just listen and try to understand their main points. I wouldn't stress over their lectures too much. Classwork - Prof. really encouraged every one of us to read (I'm assuming mainly because he wrote the CogSci 1 2nd Edition - book was well written though). But to be honest, I read maybe 2% of the book and still got an A in the class (so let that speak for itself). Book only goes into detail what the lectures were about. Same about online reading. Both were not necessary to read in order to do well in the class (as long as you understood the lectures). So essentially, there's no classwork, other than 3 labs (2 in the computer lab, 1 going to MIND Exhibition in SF - all which were ridiculously easy); they fall under section participation (attendance + labs). I think you're allowed to miss one section, but I went to all of them because they helped review for exams. It's easy to receive a 100% in section; you shouldn't miss points there, because it's worth a whooping 25% of your grade that you'll be thankful for getting a 100% in at the end. There was also one extra credit offered, due on the last day of class, which was generously applied to the final. Exams - multiple choice and short answer. Both sections are relatively easy if you memorize all the lecture materials. Short answer does sometimes require some thinking (i.e. listing things, if this/then how, etc.). But exams overall were extremely fair - and yes, I'm talking about both midterms AND the final! Plus, Prof. was super generous enough to provide a generous curve (5%-7%) for all three exams, so that was pretty neat. Professor - Prof. was a young, extremely enthusiastic individual who literally couldn't contain himself when teaching CogSci 1. He even said he still gets butterflies before teaching because he's so excited to share his knowledge to his students. He once got too excited and started talking about individuals making out with celebrities, even mailing everyone in the end APOLOGIZING for what he said. No one really gave a damn, but the Prof. really took into consideration the feelings and opinions of every student in class. I don't know what else I can say. Received a B on the first midterm, A- on the second midterm, not sure what I got on the final, but ended up with a solid A in the course. So by all means, if you're heading into Spring semester and Prof. Paul's teaching the course, take it. It does require effort, but the class is pretty interesting to the point where you won't mind dedicating a couple hours to it per week. Prof. definitely solidified my choice to major in CogSci. Favorite class in Spring 2014.

Submitted May 27th, 2014

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Li, P (COG SCI 1, Spring 2014)
Assignments
90
Exams
93
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: I think what separates Paul from other professors is how much he tries and how excited about Cog Sci he is and how much he wants us to be excited about it as well. He will go out of his way to make sure you have a great experience in this class. He inspired me to switch to the Cog Sci major. Take this class!!!!!!!

Submitted May 26th, 2014

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Li, P (COG SCI 1, Summer 2011)
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100
Exams
99
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted April 7th, 2014

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Li, P (COG SCI C1, Fall 2011)
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97
Exams
86
Helpfulness
92
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Sept. 27th, 2012

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Li, P (COG SCI C1, Fall 2011)
Assignments
75
Exams
88
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Sept. 13th, 2012

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Li, P (COG SCI C1, Fall 2011)
Assignments
96
Exams
46
Helpfulness
83
Enthusiasm
91

Submitted Sept. 11th, 2012