Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this class, or one of the introductory statistics classes he teaches for anyone to take. No matter where you go to school there are going to be some classes with professors who really know the material but don't know how to teach it to those who do not. Bivin (Professor Sadler) is not one of those professors. He knows his material, yes, but he is a young teacher and is less intimidating to approach to ask for clarification. Bivin wants everyone in the class to do well and while there is a regular amount of homework to be done for the class, he is available to meet up with if you didn't understand something in class or need help with a problem in the homework. What is also nice is he tries to relate the material to other topics and the project he gives in the class (group presentation or poster project) is a helpful skill to have in the future to present material to a future client or other statisticians. If I could, I would take other classes from him if they were offered.
As an overall skill I learned from this class, that I feel I can use in many fields, I learned more about working in a group and working as a group to present the information to others. I also learned how to present individually in a smaller setting. When I took this class there was a poster project at the end where we all attained some data and ran statistical tests on it. We then displayed our results and findings on a display poster so faculty and staff of the statistical department could go around and ask us individually (or in smaller groups) about our poster (and work). We would explain the processes we took and results we found. They in turn would give us a review of our presenting and other tests we could have run. I feel this really helped me grow. Yes, there is an emphasis on the statistical work in these projects but I feel if I found myself as part of a team at a company in business, I could use these skills in that situation.
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Advice for students:
Make sure you start the homework as soon as it is assigned. Typically if someone has a question on the homework, Bivin will be willing to help clarify at the beginning of class if someone asks for clarification. I would also say to go through the notes at least once or twice each week.