Classes have begun, and you’re eager to know what your instructors have in store beyond that cute introductory slide lecture. CULPA expert Owain Evans is here to help, writing Bwog to point out what he thought was a suspicious evaluation. “Was this review written by the grad student himself?” he wonders. Bwog can’t say, but this excerpt was at least somewhat of an outlier among reviews that were vaguely positive but tended to include such tips as “if you put time into this class you can do well but expect to fail the midterms” and “he thinks it is amusing when the majority of the class fails an exam”.
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27 December 2006
John is a young research mathematician who can check caller ID while
summing Reimann subintervals. His star quality arouses nubile
tittering in the first few rows, then narrowly offset with strategic
downplay. John plants errors in his boardwork to weed out the
booksmarts, so if you’re thinking of getting some in-class doodling
done, think again! Test questions are mildly sadistic, though John
will provide ample crawl opps for those who care enough to botch the
exams. Moreover, since John’s not a generalist, he won’t offer answers
to questions you can figure on your own. But if you have inquiries
which demonstrate genuine intellectual curiosity, John will be
generous with his time and brain power- count on that! Office hours
are busy and often run seminar style, so get in on it early or you
just might miss him.
Workload: Don’t think you’re off the hook as far as homework goes!
Easier problems are culled from the actual assignments, which do have
collaborative appeal…so split up the sets in your study group and
share the answers! Unless you’re feeling rigorous, well, then there’s
just no getting around hard work.