Frederick Paik Schoenberg
Department of Statistics
3.1
Overall Rating
Based on 7 Users
Easiness 3.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.1 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 4.1 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.

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#### Reviews (6)

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Jan. 16, 2020

Professor Paik Shoenberg is a nice guy, but a terrible, lazy professor.

He reads straight from his slides.

His slides? ARE HIS BOOK COPIED AND PASTED ONTO THE SLIDES. It is a wall of text with no spacing between equations and he skips many algebraic steps. They are hard to read and hard to follow. Plus he already has them prepared so he goes through them too fast for you to write them down. You should either print them ahead of time or use a tablet.
His book? Some equations are written WITHIN paragraphs which make it very hard to read. Many variables are undefined making his logic hard to follow as well. There are no additional explanations in his book that supplement the material that he goes over in class because - I repeat - HIS SLIDES ARE HIS BOOK.

His exams? 14 multiple choice questions in 1 hour and 15 minutes. It doesn't sound too bad until you make one algebraic or mathematical mistake and then 10 minutes of working out the question is for nothing since you don't come up with an answer to circle. It was definitely not enough time for me to finish even though the questions themselves were not confusing. The questions are modified versions of examples that he does in class but they take a while to do all of the steps. No part of this class is partial credit. You either get the answer on the exam or you don't. He is too lazy to grade for partial credit. HOWEVER you do get to use any materials you want for the exams so I would suggest making outlines of the steps of example questions so you can fill in the numbers during the exam.

The homework is fair honestly. Some questions take a while to figure out but I really can't criticize the content of questions... however, they are also graded for full or no credit. Lazy.

There is a group project that is pointless yet easy. It shouldn't be a group project... it's THAT easy. My prediction is that he is also too lazy to grade a project for each individual student.

During the first lecture, he literally told us not to go to office hours because he won't be helpful. Therefore, I did not attend office hours.

He provides no resources for studying.

Most of the example questions in his book (which I tried to use for studying) ask for proofs that don't have an answer in the back. He doesn't ask for proofs on the exams.

The MATERIAL is NOT hard. His method of grading and the way he presents the material makes the class hard.

Discussion was taught by a TA with a heavy accent and had the questions written down before class so you couldn't copy down the questions and pay attention to how he answered them at the same time. He was also kind of rude.

Shoenberg should not be a professor here, we deserve better educators than this.

Quarter: Fall 2019
Dec. 13, 2019

don't understand how he has so many good reviews and such a high grade distribution. My friends and I all struggled. I thought this class was going to be an easy A but it was not. Take with someone else if you actually want to learn

Quarter: Fall 2021
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Dec. 14, 2021

This class was honestly not good at all and I wouldn't recommend it. I feel as if I learned nothing about statistics or probability from this class; rather, I learned about poker. The three exams are all 14 question multiple choice, meaning if you missed 2-3 questions on each like me, you will end up with a B-. The slides are recycled and read off of, the group project is pointless and the prof asks us to copy an old example, and the tests are unforgiving. My friends who did well in this class said that they just got lucky guessing on some of the exam questions. Professor is nice overall, but fairly unaccommodating given the return to campus. Everything lecture-wise is in person and not recorded.

Quarter: Fall 2018
Jan. 3, 2019

I LOVED this class so much. Honestly going in, I was super worried about the class since Paik Schoenberg teaches probability solely through the rules of poker, and I had a really hard time understanding the concepts at the start of the quarter. However, he's an amazing professor, and he clearly always wants his students to do well, so he's super helpful in lecture whenever someone would ask a question about a concept. He always made sure we understood everything he was saying, and would even drop hints about his tests whenever he could to help us out. All his tests are open note, open book, and they were super easy and straightforward. We had 3 exams and no final, and they were all 14 multiple choice questions. If you just went over his lecture slides, you'll be sure to do fine on the tests! He does a lot of review problems in class before each test, and they were all super helpful. Definitely take this class!!

Quarter: Winter 2022
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May 3, 2022

Overall, Schoenberg's class was a really easy introduction to probability. He does a pretty good job of going over the concepts in class, and while all the examples are from poker, it isn't too hard to pick up the basic rules (speaking as someone who had zero knowledge about even basic card game rules). The workload is pretty light, with only three homework assignments (that each only had 3-4 questions). The tests are pretty painless too, as they are multiple choice/open book and notes. Some questions are a little tricky, causing me and many others to miss a few of them. However, he does reward improvement, so even if you bomb the two midterms but do well on the final, he will give you a much higher grade than what the raw score might suggest.

Quarter: Summer 2020
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Aug. 13, 2020

To be fair, professor Schoenberg isn't the most responsible professor, as he rarely replies to your emails and had no office hour during the summer session. But I would definitely take his class again because his lectures are quite engaging, and from the lectures alone, you can actually learn a lot. As a bonus, his lecture slides are well organized and easy to read. He paces himself quite well and stresses on key informations that are crucial to the course and tests. His tests (in summer session) consist of 13 or 14 multiple choices that are often based on the sample questions he gives out in the lecture slides, so if you pay attention to the slides and actually review the questions you'd be set.

That's why I disagree with other comments calling him a lousy teacher. IMO, he's trying his best keeping the lecture content fun by introducing poker-playing techniques. He is a decent lecturer and if you are willing to work for it, you will enjoy the class. And DON'T blame poker for your grades. I don't know poker beforehand, and I am not a try-hard. It's just you didn't work for this class.

Quarter: Fall 2019
Jan. 16, 2020

Professor Paik Shoenberg is a nice guy, but a terrible, lazy professor.

He reads straight from his slides.

His slides? ARE HIS BOOK COPIED AND PASTED ONTO THE SLIDES. It is a wall of text with no spacing between equations and he skips many algebraic steps. They are hard to read and hard to follow. Plus he already has them prepared so he goes through them too fast for you to write them down. You should either print them ahead of time or use a tablet.
His book? Some equations are written WITHIN paragraphs which make it very hard to read. Many variables are undefined making his logic hard to follow as well. There are no additional explanations in his book that supplement the material that he goes over in class because - I repeat - HIS SLIDES ARE HIS BOOK.

His exams? 14 multiple choice questions in 1 hour and 15 minutes. It doesn't sound too bad until you make one algebraic or mathematical mistake and then 10 minutes of working out the question is for nothing since you don't come up with an answer to circle. It was definitely not enough time for me to finish even though the questions themselves were not confusing. The questions are modified versions of examples that he does in class but they take a while to do all of the steps. No part of this class is partial credit. You either get the answer on the exam or you don't. He is too lazy to grade for partial credit. HOWEVER you do get to use any materials you want for the exams so I would suggest making outlines of the steps of example questions so you can fill in the numbers during the exam.

The homework is fair honestly. Some questions take a while to figure out but I really can't criticize the content of questions... however, they are also graded for full or no credit. Lazy.

There is a group project that is pointless yet easy. It shouldn't be a group project... it's THAT easy. My prediction is that he is also too lazy to grade a project for each individual student.

During the first lecture, he literally told us not to go to office hours because he won't be helpful. Therefore, I did not attend office hours.

He provides no resources for studying.

Most of the example questions in his book (which I tried to use for studying) ask for proofs that don't have an answer in the back. He doesn't ask for proofs on the exams.

The MATERIAL is NOT hard. His method of grading and the way he presents the material makes the class hard.

Discussion was taught by a TA with a heavy accent and had the questions written down before class so you couldn't copy down the questions and pay attention to how he answered them at the same time. He was also kind of rude.

Shoenberg should not be a professor here, we deserve better educators than this.

Quarter: Fall 2019
Dec. 13, 2019

don't understand how he has so many good reviews and such a high grade distribution. My friends and I all struggled. I thought this class was going to be an easy A but it was not. Take with someone else if you actually want to learn

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Dec. 14, 2021

This class was honestly not good at all and I wouldn't recommend it. I feel as if I learned nothing about statistics or probability from this class; rather, I learned about poker. The three exams are all 14 question multiple choice, meaning if you missed 2-3 questions on each like me, you will end up with a B-. The slides are recycled and read off of, the group project is pointless and the prof asks us to copy an old example, and the tests are unforgiving. My friends who did well in this class said that they just got lucky guessing on some of the exam questions. Professor is nice overall, but fairly unaccommodating given the return to campus. Everything lecture-wise is in person and not recorded.

Quarter: Fall 2018
Jan. 3, 2019

I LOVED this class so much. Honestly going in, I was super worried about the class since Paik Schoenberg teaches probability solely through the rules of poker, and I had a really hard time understanding the concepts at the start of the quarter. However, he's an amazing professor, and he clearly always wants his students to do well, so he's super helpful in lecture whenever someone would ask a question about a concept. He always made sure we understood everything he was saying, and would even drop hints about his tests whenever he could to help us out. All his tests are open note, open book, and they were super easy and straightforward. We had 3 exams and no final, and they were all 14 multiple choice questions. If you just went over his lecture slides, you'll be sure to do fine on the tests! He does a lot of review problems in class before each test, and they were all super helpful. Definitely take this class!!

COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2022
May 3, 2022

Overall, Schoenberg's class was a really easy introduction to probability. He does a pretty good job of going over the concepts in class, and while all the examples are from poker, it isn't too hard to pick up the basic rules (speaking as someone who had zero knowledge about even basic card game rules). The workload is pretty light, with only three homework assignments (that each only had 3-4 questions). The tests are pretty painless too, as they are multiple choice/open book and notes. Some questions are a little tricky, causing me and many others to miss a few of them. However, he does reward improvement, so even if you bomb the two midterms but do well on the final, he will give you a much higher grade than what the raw score might suggest.

COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Summer 2020
Aug. 13, 2020

To be fair, professor Schoenberg isn't the most responsible professor, as he rarely replies to your emails and had no office hour during the summer session. But I would definitely take his class again because his lectures are quite engaging, and from the lectures alone, you can actually learn a lot. As a bonus, his lecture slides are well organized and easy to read. He paces himself quite well and stresses on key informations that are crucial to the course and tests. His tests (in summer session) consist of 13 or 14 multiple choices that are often based on the sample questions he gives out in the lecture slides, so if you pay attention to the slides and actually review the questions you'd be set.

That's why I disagree with other comments calling him a lousy teacher. IMO, he's trying his best keeping the lecture content fun by introducing poker-playing techniques. He is a decent lecturer and if you are willing to work for it, you will enjoy the class. And DON'T blame poker for your grades. I don't know poker beforehand, and I am not a try-hard. It's just you didn't work for this class.

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3.1
Overall Rating
Based on 7 Users
Easiness 3.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.1 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 4.1 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.

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(5)
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(5)
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(4)
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(4)