All Ratings and Reviews for Hongyin Tao
Even though Professor Tao is very esteemed and is head of the Chinese department, his class is unexpectedly very manageable and fun. His powerpoints are well-organized and easy to understand. Professor Tao also includes a lot of interesting videos that go along with his lectures. Midterm and final are also very easy. There is one presentation at the end of the quarter, but he and Daisy (Su Laoshi) are nice graders.
Pop quizzes are easy and open-note and open-book. I came out of the class feeling like I learned a lot about Chinese linguistics. His class proves that you don't have to give a lot of work to students for them to learn something.
One can tell that Professor Tao spends a lot time preparing for his classes, which is good.
Very organized class.
organized but BORING class, lecture wasn't that helpful but attendance is mandatory so... ugh. But usually you ain't got much of a choice in taking any chinese classes since there's only one teaching anyways...
Not too much homework.
professor is incredibly knowledgable about what he teaches. He spends an incredibly amount of time preparing for lecture, and he tries very hard to make the material interesting. The class is extremely organized. Homework is easy and he is usually very accomadating on tests. He is a very easy going and personabe guy if you just talk to him.
Prof Tao has definitely mastered his material and it's very easy to understand the thoughts and concepts he conveys. Everything is very clear, thorough, and very approachable.
It's too bad that there are very few professors like him.
Like others say that lectures are organized but very very boring. This class is easy but you have to watch out one thing that is get all your participation grade and presentation grade as soon as possible. Many people think that they can get good grade on participation and presentation, so they concentrate on homework and exams only but these two grades can really affect your total grade. Especially your presentation grade, if you don't ask him, you will never know. Discuss the presentation topic with him, ohterwise he may say your topic is too old or out of range, etc. and you will get a lots of points deduction because of this.
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