All Ratings and Reviews for Xiaoxin Sun
Professor Sun is a caring professor and teaches well. The workload can be a lot at times but I appreciate the fact that she is pretty understanding especially during these times. The homework and midterm exam is fair, as she taught everything that were in these assignments. Overall really enjoyed this class!
Like most reviews said, THIS CLASS IS NOT AN EASY A. I got an A for all three quarters, but I worked my tail off for it. I honestly think Sun Laoshi is a good professor, she lectures mostly in Chinese but most of the grammar concepts should be fairly straightforward if you speak Chinese (which is assumed for this class). If you are rusty with vocab words & characters, I would recommend looking over them ahead of time so you are not cramming for a quiz the night before. There are two quizzes per week (1 per lecture), one on vocab words and the other on Chinese phrases. If you are keeping up with the vocabulary and reviewing words, you should be fine. There are other miscellaneous assignments as well, such as workbook and character HW, but those are pretty easy. Exams are pretty easy when you take it, but Sun Laoshi grades very harshly and does not curve the class, even when the highest score for a midterm was a low 90. You must be very careful when writing sentences because even the smallest mistakes will cost you points. Overall, I think I learned a decent amount of Chinese and my speaking has improved, and I don't think it would've happened with an "easier" class. If you don't want to be as stressed, take the class P/NP.
CHIN 1A was not bad but if you take Chinese with Sun Laoshi, you are stuck with her THE ENTIRE YEAR. Unless this is the only class you plan to take all year do not take it with Sun Laoshi.
There are two lectures and two discussion sections every week, EVERY CLASS IS MANDATORY. You MUST attend lecture because there is a quiz at the beginning of every single lecture. The amount of work and stress you go through for this class is not worth it unless you're a Chinese major (even so, I don't think it's worth it). I came in really wanting to learn how to read and write. Like most students who take this class, I speak Mandarin but can't read or write much and was excited to finally learn. At the end of the year, I got so disheartened and discouraged from this class that even if I could, I would never continue with Chinese here. The workload is ridiculous. On top of quizzes every lecture, you have 3 essays, two midterms and at least one 3-minute speech (per quarter) along with extraneous homework. In order to get an A in her class, you REALLY have to work for it, if you want an easy A, this is not the class. This class had more work than my major classes and I hated it so much.
It also became apparent as the year went on that Sun Laoshi didn't actually care about student well-being/ learning in her class. She acts like she cares but she gets the same complaints for every eval and instead of changing her mindset or her class, she would just get butthurt and not understand why students were struggling so much and why students didn't enjoy her class. She made it so rigorous and unnecessarily difficult that it became a challenge not only to get an A but to enjoy learning. I regret so much taking Chinese to fulfill my language requirement. Although I got an A- for the whole year, the amount of effort and stress I went through just to get an A- was not worth the amount that I learned. If anything, try getting into the regular Chinese series or just learn another language altogether. This class was the worst.
Professor Sun only teaches the chinese courses designed for native speakers. She WILL make you learn!!! On top of effectiveness though, is a LOT of work. No sweat though, if you do 90% of what she asks you to do, you'll get that A or A-. Beware, the courses are NOT friendly toward those people who truly aren't native speakers. If you think you have enough bulls$^t skills to fake it aand get in, you're wrong. It will rapidly become apparent that you don't belong and you'll be shamed out of class. All in all, if you really enjoy a energetic teacher and want to review chinese, go for it!
Sun Laoshi is the best. She'll get to know you personally and work with your strengths and weaknesses. She's delightfully energetic in the classroom, helpful during office hours, and a very fair grader. I have never met a professor as concern with student learning as she is. Sun laoshi will take you from a weak, beginner, barely-can-read-a-paragraph armericanized chinese kid to an essay writing, story reading, articulate, serious chinese student. The most valuable class any Chinese student at UCLA can take.
Sun laoshi is by far the nicest professor I have in UCLA. She's really approachable and cares deeply for her student. Take her if you want to improve your Chinese. While a lot of people complains that she gives too much homework, I have to disagree and says that it's just the right amount. With any language, you have to practice it often to improve. And improving is exactly what Sun Laoshi wants for her students.
one of the worst teacher i've ever had. very prejudiced and biased, she won't listen to you at all when she gets something wrong, and never admits fault. her assessment of grades is completely random and my writing assignments had a very wide range of grades even though i followed directions to do every assignment carefully. I am a fluent chinese speaker and write with very high efficiency, i am able to read and understand chinese newspapers, and somehow I am not competent to get an A in the class. This class doesn't teach you anything new. Lecture style is unorganized and her style of teaching is not worth the time and effort you put into the class.
Energetic, fairly entertaining lady with a high amount of work for her class. But provided you do the work assigned(most of her stuff is BS able so it's not too time consuming) and study a bit, you'll be fine in the class. One of the TAs when I took the class was AWESOME! So I'd recommend checking out the sections and checking out the TAs.
Sun Lao Shi is a great teacher and tries to keep the class interesting entertain. her teaching style is good and she will really help you learn the material. if you put in a lot of effort in the class, she'll see it and it will help your final grade a lot. she is very opinionated and will share her personal views in class. she can also be very intimidating. if you put in a lot of effort, getting an A- is very doable. it is very hard to get an A in her class. i feel like the class is more based on effort than anything else. you can be very fluent in chinese, but that doesn't mean that you will do well in the class. attendance is also mandatory. if you want to learn Chinese and are willing to put in a lot of time and effort you should take it with Sun Lao Shi.
TAKE HER CLASS IF YOU CAN!!! She's always full of energy and smiles and she truly cares about student learning -- if she's concerned about your performance, she'll talk to you about it and will work with you so that you learn. Though the daily homework was time consuming and a few of her tests had some tricky questions, I still felt that her class was my favorite one this quarter!! She's an awesome teacher and you should definitely take her if you can!
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