Winter 2022 - Super helpful slides & clear lectures. I would definitely take this professor again for other PIC series. The workload is very manageable. For each week, there are two or three small projects to work on. The description of projects is often within two pages (which is super easy compared to CS31). The last two homework are more difficult than the previous ones, but you can drop the lowest grade of all 8 homework, so you can simply skip one of them. Chu cares a lot about her students. For EVERY class she would answer almost every question in chat box. Even when I fail to articulate my questions, she can know what I'm confused about. This makes me think that Chu is very clear about the material. I saw some comments about Chu's accent but her accent doesn't bother me.
Spring 2020 - [spring 2020 covid online quarter] For me, I didn't take PIC 10A so I had to find my footing at first. One of the first topics is pointers, which are really confusing but push through it! Don't give up because it gets better and way easier after that. Quizzes: started out too hard but Prof Chu listened to feedback from us and made them more reasonable. She emphasizes theoretical questions on these. Homework: One assignment per week, I thought it was really reasonable and tbh I found them too easy compared to the rest of the level of the class. Tends to be a lot of code already written for us. Midterm/Final: Did on Gradescope, was overall a very fair and good experience. Thumbs up for adapting to online format, thumbs up for listening to students and adjusting the class, thumbs up for organized/punctual lectures and always answering our questions when something's unclear. While to some extent the class was just business, let's learn the content and do the class, the prof and TA reminded us they still saw us as humans with lives during this time and were very sensitive to that. The real sice was the TA, Jennifer, who, besides having the most balanced mindset towards school (which I loved), just straight siced us the entire quarter. The time and effort that she and the prof put into this class for us was evident and just big thanks. Pay attention and I don't think it would be hard to get an A.