Actuarial Mathematics

Loong Kong

Actuarial Mathematics

Mathematics department

Loong Kong

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 12, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Kong has an extremely fast paced teaching style--inevitable result of trying to squeeze in 1500+ pages of MLC material into 40 Lectures (2 lectures/week 172B & 172C).

While he mainly focuses on doing problems fast and learning shortcuts, you really do not learn the theory behind some of the concepts. He will skip all integration required in favor of memorizing formulas or twisting recursion concepts, etc. This is of course, not an easy task for someone who is not already aware of the concepts taught in this class. This class would be perfect supplement to MLC if you have already done some self studying.

Here are my issues with him for someone who is not preparing separately for the MLC exam (i.e. using study manuals, using ADAPT..):

He goes way too fast. During lecture, which consists of him just doing problems from either the official SoA sets or from the other lecturer's notes, he often does not bother giving students time to even read the problem. He jumps right into the calculations and everyone is lost. Even worse, he goes so fast he often mixes up numbers or messes up on his equations, which is terrible if you're trying to follow up later and realize after hours of trying to understand that he wrote the wrong equation on accident.

If you are going to take this class, I highly recommend buying a study manual to study alongside taking this class, or do some studying on your own before taking this class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 20, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

He cares about his students, but his teaching style is ineffective for anybody who expects the professor to actually TEACH.

His class is for people who have already learned the material and want to learn shortcuts for the exam.

If you haven't already taken the MLC, or haven't studied extensively for it, don't expect to learn the concepts. Expect for him to race through practice problems referring to formulas that he shortly introduced in the first 5 minutes of class as handouts were being passed around.

Lets put it this way... you'll either love him, or you'll hate him.

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