All Ratings and Reviews for Michelle M. Fu Smith


Overall 4.2
Easiness of class 2.5
Workload 2.4
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 3.9
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.6
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CHIN 2 Submitted April 16, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

She is good, no doubt about it. Professor Fu loves non-native speakers and really encourages them and pushes them. Her teaching style is excellent: she knows how to integrate material, explore new methods, and most of all make you learn even if you don't feel like you are. The beginning might be a little painful, and it is semi-time-consuming. But in the end, it is very worth it.
If you want to learn, ask questions and she'll really make your time beneficial. Questions and participation is the key to success and also to enjoyment of the class. TAs are less reliable for Chinese classes. Try to get into a section with a good TA, because they will be with you three times a week. You can learn to pronounce Chinese, speak conversationally, and read and write certain things by the end. This is pretty good, considering most people think Chinese is an extremely foreign and strange language.
If you're a native speaker, this is not the class for you: avoid it like the plague because it will be extremely boring. And again, it's okay to mess up and be wrong. She like that, even.

Course not listed Submitted March 7, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Fu Laoshi is wonderful! She truly cares about her students and makes her class very enjoyable.

CHIN 6 Submitted June 19, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoyed Fu Laoshi's lessons and her teaching style in Chinese 4-5. However, I thought Chinese 6 could have used a change of pace. She maintained the same lesson structure as the previous classes, and I felt that it became easy to get bored. I wish she had incorporated more oral/speaking exercises in the classroom.

Overall I really enjoyed Chinese 6, and if you pay attention you should have an easy time getting an A.

Course not listed Submitted Oct. 17, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

I was really intimidated at the prospect of taking Chinese at first, because for years I've been trying to learn it on and off and failing miserably regardless. But Fu-laoshi is the perfect Professor for an intro into Chinese. She's very very nice, she really cares about her students, and she's always ready to listen to your suggestions/input. Highly recommended.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 18, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

i'll be frank, i gave fu laoshi a pretty good rating, but honestly, i dread going to chinese now. it used to be cool, but fu laoshi goes overkill on testing. every week, sometimes twice a week, and by 10th week you'll have 4 in a row. it's ridiculous. HELLO??? some of us have other classes. like our major class??? and her ta's are mean. =| they start off all nice in the beginning, but i guess after having to see beginning chinese students speak chinese with white accents nearly everyday it drains on them and they get to be punks by the end of the quarter. but hell, you can figure that out yourself. god knows if you're reading this you have no other choice...

Course not listed Submitted June 24, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

loved this class! Chinese definitely takes up a lot of time (but any foriegn language will!) but it is definitely worth it. Professor fu truly cares about student learning. Her teaching style is at a slow enough pace for non-native speakers. Her TA's are wonderful, so it doesn't matter which one you get. Take chinese with Professor Fu, you won't regret.

Course not listed Submitted June 13, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

This class overall isn't too bad. Just make sure you get a TA that matches your learning style. In regards to Fu Laoshi, she starts off as nice, but can be pretty not so nice if you have an issue. She's stubborn and unwilling to attempt to look at things from your angle. Just don't get on her bad side. She tries to help everyone in her own way.

Course not listed Submitted June 18, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

Fu Laoshi is the perfect person to teach chinese 1,2,3. She encourages you to learn the material in every way she can and she tries her best to aid you in your learning. Her lectures go at a perfect pace, not too fast for the non native speakers. Her tests are very straightforward and her TA's..most of them aren't that bad, but once in a while, you get one that doesn't seemed too thrilled about teaching a completely new language to non native speakers. Other than that, I definitely recommend Fu Laoshi.

Course not listed Submitted July 3, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

Fu Lao Shi is a great professor. She cares about her students' progress, and makes herself available for students to seek help. Before her exams, she provides online office hours through AIM so you can chat and ask questions that you may have. I recommend this professor. I enjoyed her lectures. Be sure to go to her lectures because it is helpful when it comes to the exams. The bad thing is that 10th week gets very hectic in this class, but the good side of that is that you are done with this class in 10th week, which gives you more time to study for your other finals. A fun class!

Course not listed Submitted March 14, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Fu really cares about her students. She takes surveys throughout the quarter to see what students think of the class and if it's moving too fast or not. And she's willing to make adjustments to the schedule if it's too difficult. Really easy to talk to if you have problems. The class is easy if you keep up with studying and show up to class.

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