Michael Williams

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Overall Rating 3.4
Easiness 2.3/ 5
Clarity 3.8/ 5
Workload 2.4/ 5
Helpfulness 3.4/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Fall 2020 - Professor Williams has a very unique way of structuring his courses, but I can't say if it's necessarily a good or bad way since it really will come down to what works for you. For example, there are no traditional lectures for this class. Instead, he posts recorded videos, or "exercises" going over problems that pertain to that week's textbook chapter. He will post a Word doc with the specific problems that you can work on before or during the video and will post the solution as well. He basically goes over the solutions in his recordings and has some side commentary explaining the material. Every two weeks, we had to complete a module (5 in total worth 20% each) with 9-10 questions (mostly fill-ins but at least one multiple choice). Like previous people mentioned, the numbers are random so you have to be careful about the calculations since missing 1 already brings you down to 95%. The modules were extremely similar to the practice ones he posted as well as the exercises BUT reading the textbook in this case was a must. Usually, people can get away with not reading or buying the textbook because the most important thing are said in class, but this professor does not provide much resources outside the problems. He does open up the forum to discussion and usually gets back to everyone's questions/concerns in a timely manner, but he could be a little more accessible. Overall, I think it's possible to be successful if you read the textbook. If you don't mind a little self-studying, then this is actually a pretty nice class because all you need is to replicate the steps from the practice modules and exercises onto the assignment. That said, the material is not a piece of cake, but Prof. Williams give you about 4 days to complete each module so you definitely have a lot of time to figure it out.
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