All Ratings and Reviews for Christina Kim
Dispite of all these low ratings, I love the professor of this class. Farely speaking, her class was easy to follow and also slow enough to make sure you fully understand. Her exams also follows close to her lectures. She has an accent for sure, but you can tell she tried her best to make everyone understand. She's a tough grader though, I only got B+ when my final score is 20 points higher than the mean with similar median.
Her lecture is exactly the copy of Professor Tao's notes on his page and the theorems in Rudin. The midterm and final are not hard but strange, almost noone use those problems. I agree with the following evaluation given by that 33B guys.
I took Calc BC in high school, so i thought this was gonna be my chill class... it's not!!!
Professor Kim tries to teach, but unfortunately her accent gets in the way. She often makes mistakes on the board. Not the best teacher.
She knows how to write really hard exams though...
If possible, do NOT sign up for this class
who cares if she graduated from MIT. She can't teach. Lectures are a complete waist of time, as they are straight out of the textbook. If you can't make her office hours, don't expect her to make ones by appt.- her time is too valuable to waste on students. Just read the book and turn in assignments. Again, she can't teach (regurgitating the textbook to a class full of students is not considered teaching); she should be teaching at a community college.
First thing's first, don't bother asking her questions in class. She will either not understand you completely, or will give you a vague answer that will help you little to none. She managed to schedule a midterm the morning after the Super Bowl. The tests were pretty straightforward, though the questions were pretty random. Something tells me that she likes to hand out so many A's and a few A-'s by using some messed up scale on the curve. Homework weighs in on your grade, but is pretty useless in terms of studying.
I really enjoyed having class with her. She is easy to understand, both in terms of explaining things and actually speaking clearly (not always a given!). She would actually make a great ventriloquist, but her accent is very soft and pleasant. Her midterms and final are extremely fair and test the material covered in class. There was usually a question or two just asking for a basic definition of a course concept. She was quite funny at times and is very approachable in office hours. I hope I can take another one of her classes!
She is a very smart professor, came from MIT grad school. However, her lectures are not ver coherent. Go to her OH if possible. She is great one-on-one concept tutor. She shows patience, but expect her to be somewhat "Asian-minded" in her teachings. It's sometimes harsh, but she can really get the point across to you if you try and don't be intimidated by her accent.
Midterms and Finals aren't too bad if you stay on top of the overall concepts of the materials. It's easy to lose track of the amount of methods to solve problems, but they eventually make sense if you keep track of them.
The professor doesn't explain her proofs properly. She jumps around erratically in her proof-making process and leaves steps unsaid that most of the class can't understand since there isn't a linear narrative to extrapolate from. A lot of times when people ask for clarification, she sounds disdainful and sort of just points at a section of the board saying "don't you see?".
gg easy analysis is trivial. Nice professor.
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