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It seemed like right before the drop deadline for his class everyone started to get real anxious about this class. About 42 people dropped the class as a result. It involves a lot of work, a lot of homework, a lot of studying, labs and of course 2 midterms and a final. The midterms are real difficult , but the final is quite easy in comparison to the midterms. Nobody expected the final to be that easy. There are also quizes every week. He's extremely available during office hours, I don't know why his availability score is so low. He's in his office all the time, and very willing to help. Expect to work hard and learn everything inside out. It will pay off for your understanding of many other concepts in other classes involving statistics. Oh, and he's also very very handsome, and kind of a strange person. It seems as if there's a lot more to him than just stats and Ucla. I wouldn't be surprised if he had a secret personality...
This guy makes the 5 units class become a 10 units class. Besides doing tons of homework and lab everyweek, you have to spend tremendous amount of time to work on your own. His exams are totally different from homework and lectures. Nobody knows how to study for his exams. Advice? Try to avoid him at all cost!
I felt professor Gould was a very effective and interesting speaker. I was engaged in the topic for the most part of the class. True, his exams are a little tough, but fair. There was one question that I didn't agree with on one of the midterms but the curve helped that out. Go to lectures, they help a lot. Go to the discussions for help on the HW. The TAs basically do it for you. I came out with an A-.
Gould is very tough. He crams a lot of material into a 10 week period. I easily spent more time on his class than on my other classes combined. His lectures are good and he makes himself available outside of class. Unfortunately, his exams are brutal. The labs were annoying, as they didn't seem to be teaching us anything at all. If you take the class, be prepared to work hard and attend your section.
I had Gould this fall quarter and was really disappointed. He made the class seem interesting at first but then was really ineffective in lecture for most of the quarter. His notes in class are all over the place on the various chalk boards and are hard to follow. He is obviously a very smart professor but does not help the students learn the material well, and he goes over an enormous amount of information in a very short 10 week quarter. His tests were difficult for everyone because there was a large curve on all of them, and this is not coming from a bitter student who failed the class because I actually was able to do OK on the tests. Having a TA that does the graded homework problems is the best thing to hope for in this class, and I found just studying from the book was much more helpful than actually attending lecture.
I absolutely recommend Prof. Gould. I don't know why his ratings are so low ... I thought he was a wonderful teacher. His tests were alright. His lectures were great--lots of example, easy to follow. The labs were a little bit of a pain though. But overall, do the hw and go to lecture and you'll be fine.
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I miss Gould so much!
I am currently taking econometrics, which is basically applied statistics for economic studies, and I miss Gould sooooooooooooo much.
My current teacher doesn't give enough examples like gould did. She doesn't take the time to explain each step of the process. And her tests are a thousand times trickier than gould's.
I am going to suggest to the econ department that econometrics be taught by the stats department, and i will recommend gould.
he's the best, sweetest, most helpful professor.
Att: All! Check out the very first post at the bottom of the page, the one on 2/28... So Prof. Gould's type to write! I think that it was him, actually.
Gould is a cutie pie professor who does a much better job teaching stats than his ta's. They suck. But at least they answer email promptly.
Gould gives way too much homework, but in class he told us to email him with our questions. I took advantage of this generous suggestion and he always responded within a day, and was extremely helpful. If he sees you're trying, he tries harder to help you.
I think he's not that bad at all, and if I could take him again without having to take more calculus, I would.
Calculus sucks! Gould's okay.
At first he seemed like a good professor. His lectures are clear, the format was straightforward. Even though his exams are not hard, it is easy to lose points on them, very easy to lose points. Therefore his exams are not really testing your knowledge on the material, but rather how perfectly can you do a problem. He didn't give enough time on the midterms, I felt that he was rushing a lot. In addtion, the grading curve was outrageous. It's VERY hard to get an A in his class you had to be the top 10 students out of about 84 students to get an A. Overall he seems like a nice guy, but he should reconsider his exam formats and grading policy.
this class was really frustrating. gould was not helpful at all, and i really didn't like his teaching style. his notes were impossible to read, and all he did was examples instead of explaining concepts and theory. he seems like a nice guy, but he's a really strict and tough grader, and my ta was the worst. she had no idea what she was talking about. going to his office hours was generally unhelpful because he didn't know how to explain how to do anything. the midterms were ridiculuosly long and difficult. i hated this class, and i would recommend taking anyone but gould.