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I love Dr. Zanontian!! She's a college professor with high school teacher energy, which is a great thing. She really cares about student learning and is willing to be really interpersonal to make sure her students thoroughly understand the material and aren't struggling. The class itself is not difficult either and is very fair. I would recommend this class to anyone.
This is a great stats class option! If you have ever taken any level of stats before, this will be a breeze, and even if you haven't, she's very clear when lecturing and has a lot of examples that help you understand everything. Learning R through the labs is actually very useful, and the TAs help you work out the labs and they've always been really manageable. I highly recommend this class!
Prof Zanontian is really nice and you can tell she cares a lot about the class and students. However, her exams are really difficult compared to the homework and labs (which I found super enjoyable and useful). The lectures covered simple examples of the course material, while the exams were much more difficult and very tricky. Even with the notes she allowed, the exams are much more problem-solving focused than conceptual, which is the opposite to how I felt her teaching style was. As I said, she was really nice and caring, but I know some of the other stats professors have easier exams, so maybe wait to take it with them.
I think the class was overall good! It had a lot of busywork from the homework, polls, labs, and quizzes but the professor was very accommodating and allowed a lot of time for the exams. My only complaint would be I felt like the first midterm was a bit more difficult than the final but that could have been to my slacking in the beginning. Also, her exams can have a bit of awkward wording so watch out for that! Just don't slack off at the beginning of the class and you'll be fine.
I really liked Professor Zanontian. There was usually one very short homework assignment and a 7-10 question online quiz each week, and a lab due every two weeks. There were two assessments, each with a 24 hour time limit once you begin but open for several days so you can take them at your leisure. The grade breakdown is 20% for each category: labs, homework, quizzes, assessment 1, and assessment 2.
Since I took the course online, all of the lectures were recorded so there was no live element to lecture. Lectures were clear and the slides are super detailed. I took stats in high school, so none of the material was particularly new to me, but the way that the professor explained concepts was much more clear than the way I had previously learned them.
Discussion was optional, twice a week, but I found it to be really helpful as my TA went through homework and labs in great detail. The homework is super easy and very short, never longer than 7 or so questions. Labs, to me, were completely pointless as I learned nothing about programming or statistics in doing them, but they weren't difficult (even with no R experience).
The first assessment had some pretty specific questions, but the study guide she gives covered everything you needed to know. The professor dropped 6 questions from the grade, which helped bump me up from a B+ to an A+ on the exam. Given the circumstances this quarter, the second assessment was made optional so I did not take it.
In a normal quarter, the lowest homework and quiz grades are dropped. This quarter, she dropped two homework assignments, two quizzes, and one lab.
Great class. Even if you struggle with math/statistics in the past, this class is very straightforward, no tricks here, and Dr. Zanontian is amazing. She is such a clear lecturer and makes it really easy for anyone to learn and understand the material. She writes down everything she says in her slides, and also has videos of her lectures, so if you forget anything it's so easy to look it back up again. She gives plenty of time for her exams, doesn't use trick questions and doesn't give any new material during the week of the exam. She drops your lowest homework and quiz scores and provides tons of assistance on the R labs, which were very manageable. She also instructs the TAs to grade everything pretty leniently. I would always skip discussion/lab and just do the R homework on my own and had no issues, it would take a few hours of my time every two weeks. Some of the TAs also video how to solve the R labs with the exact code you need if you get stuck. I normally attended lecture because Dr. Zanontian is really one of the best lecturers, she's really engaging and the sweetest, kindest Professor I've met. But towards the end, it became difficult typing notes because of all the symbols in the formulas (I should've just taken notes by hand..), so I stopped going and just watched the lectures online and that worked just as well. It's very easy to succeed in this class as long as you watch the lectures and write down all the formulas you need. I highly recommend it and would love to take all my classes with Dr. Zanontian.
TAKE THIS CLASS, such an easy course in my opinion, especially if you took any kind of stats class in hs (AP Stats or even regular is just fine). The concepts/material is clear and while Professor Zanontian is a somewhat slow lecturer and actually treats the material as if you have never seen it before, she is nonetheless helpful and concise. Here's the thing, you don't need to go to lecture to succeed, but she does require you to get a clicker for lecture questions. It's only 2% of your grade and she drops the 3 lowest scores so it's not too much of a big deal. Here's the breakdown: There are 2 midterms 25% each (NO FINAL), 18% HW, 2% clicker, 15% labs, 15% online quizzes. Very doable and gives you plenty of time to turn it in. Overall, I enjoyed this class and she is so friendly.