Ke Chen

This professor has taught: MATH241H, MATH401, STAT400
Information Review
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
05/17/2023
Took his class Fall 2022 when it was his first at the University. Ke Chen is a great lecturer with fair exams. Although the second midterm had a noticeable difficulty spike, it was largely due to a small miscommunication that he made up for with a split curve. The homeworks and quizzes were manageable since they largely reinforced everything taught in lecture. Either attend the lectures or read the textbook and you'll be fine. Would 100% recommend.
Ke Chen
MATH241H

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/04/2023
He's awesome. Great lecturer and fair exams. Would definitely recommend.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
04/01/2023
Exams were very fair. The professor taught exactly what would be on exams and we were allowed to make our own formula sheet. Start the homework early.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
01/21/2023
Ke chen was a good lecturer, and his assignments were very fair. His exams weren't too bad for the amount of content given, although exam 2 was brutal (he made it up slightly though). Would have given him 5 stars except for the fact he decided to add on extra stuff at the end of the semester
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting a B
Anonymous
01/05/2023
Ke is a great lecturer and knows how to teach well. Attendance is really important for this class, and admittedly, I wasn't the best about it. The online quizzes are pretty straightforward and model things from the homework/class, so it's not too difficult to get full points on them. The exams in Fall 2022 weren't bad either, just that Exam 2 was a bit tricky and could've been a bit fairer. When it came time for final grades, the curve was a bit uneven, and really only helped what felt like a small subset of students. If you have the option to take a class with him, do it, but be prepared to put in the work.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/22/2022
He's a very nice professor, and I suppose his class would have been a lot easier if I had had some more time for it, but that's the thing - I shouldn't have had to put this much time and effort into a 3 credit class. I went to lectures for about half the semester before I gave up and stopped because they weren't any help. It was a better use of my time to just study the notes and the textbook. The homeworks were helpful, though. I got a pretty good grade on the final exam and I exclusively did homework problems to prep for it. I feel like he didn't curve the class enough for the way we had all performed.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting a B
Anonymous
12/22/2022
Pretty good professor. He recorded lectures and posted his notes he generated in class. The exams weren't unreasonable, even though they feel super hard in the moment. It's not impossible to do well, and you are taught the material. The homework helped with solidifying concepts, especially if you go to discussion. He was also super responsive to student complaints.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/21/2022
Don't let this guy's accent fool you (or do!), because this guy is a brilliant professor. He was very fair for both his homework and his quizzes. Chen's style is very simple, but it's more than enough to help you get through the course. ATTENDANCE IS CRUCIAL in the course for Chen, not because it's a grade (the class is too big for that), but because it's that much more difficult to pass the incredibly simple exams (I should know first hand). Chen is also very cognizant and forgiving. There was a part on the second midterm that EVERYBODY failed, but it wasn't even supposed to be included on the exam. As a result, he implemented a split curve to help students improve their grade. Additionally, he dropped the two lowest scoring quizzes and homework assignments. Finally, he gave a grading curve to the class that boosted several people from a C+ to a B- or a B+ to an A-. Overall, great professor, even better person.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/19/2022
Look, he's a great choice. Extremely understanding and even more intelligent. The exams are not as hard as some people claim they are. I personally didn't attend lectures and the final was quite doable with one day of textbook studying.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting a C+
Anonymous
12/17/2022
Incredibly skilled at the topic, and a good lecturer, which is a very good combination to have as a professor. I'm sure plenty of these reviews mention exam 2, which had an average around the mid-50s. He decided to split-curve it with the final, which I honestly disagree with since he admitted to placing an unfair question on it and then chose to make it our responsibility to pull up our grade, but it's a good reflection of how much he cares about his students that he chose to curve it at all. One warning: he provides practice exams of fairly identical layout to his actual exams. Do NOT trust them to be similar in difficulty to the actual exam. For both the second exam and the final, the actual exams were significantly more difficult than the practice exam given. Use other resources to study, because his practice exams will give you a false sense of security.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Anonymous
12/14/2022
Definitively a solid professor. Weekly homework were good to get your understanding of the needed concepts, the weekly quizzes reinforced the homework that was due the day before. I'd say the second exam was challenging for many because of a fairly large miscommunication between the students and professor, but he did implement a type of curve to give students who do well on the final a better grade (I think it should've been a little different curve, but I understand his reasoning behind it). You can tell he loves statistics and wants to teach you the fundamentals so you best understand them and can apply them when needed.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
12/12/2022
On the Midterm 2 difficulty spike, I don't feel there actually was one. The average was pretty bad and I was part of that, but at least for me it was mainly one question. It wasn't covered in the textbook, but lecture content is fair game on the exam, and the lectures were recorded. I don't recall but I don't believe he said that question/topic wouldn't be on the exam. The question wasn't that bad, just a lot of people (including me) forgot how to do it. In fact, in the review session the TA apparently went over the EXACT question by coincidence. Professor Chen introduced a curve for that exam. I feel this was more of a fluke, and don't think it reflects on Professor Chen overall. The rest of the class was good. Homework is very doable and you can work on it with others, and get help from TAs during office hours and discussion. Lectures are fine, and were recorded as he usually worked through the lecture on his tablet. Exam format is predictable, similar to practice exams and prior exams.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting a C-
Anonymous
11/15/2022
I would say he's a decent teacher but this last exam was way too difficult he increased the difficulty a lot for no reason. In my opinion it wasn't even fair difficulty he had stuff he didn't emphasize in class and he included a question essentially based on one he said was not going to be on the exam. I get wanting to challenge students and if I thought it was fair I would not be writing this review and I'd just take the L but my cheatsheet he allows on exams couldn't even help me. Sorry guys if you can take Fernandes I'd take his section
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/10/2022
New professor. Decent and understandable lectures. Exams are MORE than fair, very doable. HW is fine(every week). We do have weekly quizzes every week too but they are also pretty fair. The only complaint people have is his wording on questions on the quizzes, but they get better later on. All in all, pretty fair professor, lectures were decent, exams are fair. Good class, Good prof.
Ke Chen
STAT400

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
11/09/2022
The best stat400 professor ever. We love you, Ke