Chance, Beth  

Statistics

3.42/4.00

65 evaluations


STAT 130


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Jan 2016
I loved this class and her! She made it really easy to understand Stats with the labs! The classroom set up was the perfect way to learn. I highly recommend this class! Im normally a student that struggles with math and expected and B or C in the class and ended up with a 94%. The exams reflect EXACTLY what we learn in class. The only tricky part was timing on the exams.

STAT 150


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2004
Dr. Beth Chance is so cute and funny. She co-wrote the textbook with Dr. Rossman for the class, so she always knows what is going on and what she is teaching. She also co-taught the class with Dr. Rossman which made it exciting because sometimes when he would talk she would make(subtle)faces and quiet remarks to disagree with him when he would go off topic.(haha) When she would teach, everyone in the class would understand the material and be confident in what was taught because of her confidence level is so high. Most of your grade is projects, homework and two tests. The projects are in pairs and have to deal with real life studies and were sort of fun as far as projects go. And the tests I admit are VERY hard, yet we were able to use our notes and the computers. And the homework is best done in groups and not alone or else you might be working on it FOREVER! This class is only for Statistics Majors or minors so it is a personalized class with only 15 of us. I really enjoyed her class and they way she teaches because she always seems happy to be there. I cannot wait to have her again, even though I know she is going to be tougher next time.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2006
Stat 150 was co-taught by Rossman and Chance so I am writing the same review and posting the same thing for each. Really this course is fun. You do lots of projects, a few homeworks, presentations, "portfolio" assignments, exams, and fill out lots of class work which isnt collected. The exams are not a big % of your grade, but there are 2 midterms. The final is just a project/presentation. This course is very doable. The actual work is easy but it is tedious at times. Stay on top of your projects/homework/presentations and you will easily get an A or B. Like I was saying the material is pretty elementary, but you need to stay on top of things! It is very nice having co-teachers. Rossman talks funny but is super cool and nice. Chance is good too (she's also very good looking so sometimes it's hard to stay focused). They are a little picky on exams and things because you get a lot of

STAT 217


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2001
She is a really good teacher. There is a lot of work that she gives, but only in hopes to prepare you for the test. She wants to make sure everyone understands the material, therefore she assigns problems to ensure that understanding. At times, the workload was a quite heavy, but what can you expect its a stats class. True though, the homework did help me understand the material much better and helped prevent procrastination of studying for the midterms. Just make sure you set aside time for the class, for studying and homework, especially if you're not a stats kind of person. She is always available, via email. She wants to be as available as possible so that anyone can contact her whenever need be. She usually responded to my emails no more than 5 minutes after I sent it, which shows her helpfulness. She also supplies you with lots of recommendations about the material. She had great knowledge of the subject, and tries hard and puts a lot of effort forward to help you understand the subject. She is a great tecacher and I recommend her for stats, especially if you hate it or don't undrestand it, cuz she's always available to HELP you!!!


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2002
Dr. Chance was one of the best teachers I have ever had. She outlines all of her lectures, so you don't have to take as many notes and can concentrate on learning the material. She explains everything very clearly and has additional review sessions and lots of office hours if you need any extra help. Her tests are vry fair. If you pay enough attention in class, study time is very limited. However, there is a lot of weekly homework. Great class!


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2003
Dr. Chance is a wonderful professor that is really there to help us students out. The material can get pretty hard at times but she always is willing to help out. Before any midterm she even offers more office hours and offers review sessions. You get to drop your lowest quiz and homework and even offers extra credit assingments. Take advantage of her office hours cause she really answers all your questions and she even has candy there! Even if you can't make it to an office hour it is easy to reach her because she answers her emails frequently. She has a wonderful heart and overall I would definately recommend her.


Senior
B
General Ed
Mar 2003
Dr. Chance is a great teacher. She will bend over backwards to help you. She is very organized and that helps a lot. She makes you do a lot of work but you really do get a good understanding of the subject. If you are not very good with stats, I would take Dr. Chance because she is willing to work with you and make sure that you understand everything. I think that she is one of the best teachers here at Poly.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2007
Professor Chance's class was face paced and intense. She gives you a lot of material, and after talking to people with other professors, we learned a lot more than they did. She is really good about answering questions, so speak up in class. Use the online sources to check your answers for labs and homeworks because she gets a lot of her exam questions from previous work. Its really easy to get behind in this class because Chance moves so quickly, but she cares enough to help you understand.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2007
This class was intense. Lots of homework, labs, and projects so don't take it expecting to float by. Very nitpicky grader as well. However, she is extremely willing to help you out if you need it, and is a nicer grader on tests than on homework. You get out of this class as much as you put into it basically. PS. DO NOT talk in class or she will hate you!


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2007
Overall, Beth is a great teacher. Her lessons are well organized and waste little time. Though a little too fast for my liking.. this was the fastest moving curriculum and largest workload I've ever incountered before. Alot of the material is covered in a short amount of time and her expectataions for you to know complex lessons are almost immediate after she presents them. Be prepared to spent much, or almost all, your studying time specifically for this class. I learned alot, just a tough class for an intro to stats -good luck- I worked my ass off and barely got a b-


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2007
This class was very fast-paced so it was easy to fall behind, but Dr. Chance is very approachable and helpful. There is weekly homework and labs so be prepared to put a lot of time into this class. Overall, great teacher and I would recommend her to anyone who has to take this class.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Mar 2008
this class is horrible. its hard to hate beth chance, because she is so nice, but her class just pisses me off. i knew coming in that i would have to put time into this class to do well. ive put in a lot of time, and most of the work ive done, hasn't really taught me much. everything you do in hte class is way to heavily scrutinized. There isn't one thing you work on that isn't graded just like a test. classwork, homework, labs. it just gets to be too much after a while. she posts the answers online, so if we want to find out the answers, we should be able to just go online while working on the homework. we dont need to work 4 hours on a simple homework assignment just to turn it in and get a D, when the answers to it are posted the day after you turn it in. there are 8 labs throughout the quarter, and each one took me at least 3 hours. the class relies way too much on computers. i would have rather just done the calculations myself on a calculator. just dont take this class.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Aug 2008
Alright so even though we referred to BC as bitch cunt, she was actually a pretty good prof. She kind of enjoyed making you feel stupid and tends to cater to those who kiss her ass, but she presents the material well and is more than willing to help you. I'm not too great at math and found the class relatively easy with some parts even interesting. And she brings you candy to do statistical demonstrations, what the hell else can you ask for?!


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Mar 2009
Dr. Chance is extremely nice and definitely knows her stuff when it comes to STATS (I mean she did write the book), but sometimes I think she has a hard time being able to communicate her knowledge to the students. This class wasn't too bad as long as you can pay attention, go to every class, and do the homeworks and labs every week!


Freshman
C
General Ed
Jan 2010
She knows what she\'s talking about but uses a textbook she wrote herself which is questionable. I\'d say go to class but even if you don\'t you\'ll still get at least a C ( I got a C, I know..) She is a super easy grader/


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2010
Beth is really really smart. she writes the book you use, the applets you use on the computer, and the handouts. she has a ton of resources online and all her lectures are posted online. she explains alot in class that isnt online. its nice because she knows your name and who you are. her office hours are very helpful, and even though she can be kind of intimidating, she is a nice professor. she expects alot of you and expects you to do alot of outside work. tough class but you definitely learn alot.


Junior
B
General Ed
Aug 2012
Great teacher! Very willing to help and genuinely concerned about her students' performance. If you are taking this as a GE I would definitely recommend her, she is great at explaining things in a way that we non-stats minded people can grasp.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Nov 2012
Beth Chance is honestly one of the best teachers I have ever had. She is genuinely concerned about her students and is always willing to help. I went into the class expecting disappointment and failure and came out considering a minor in Statistics. Dr. Chance was a mentor for me and I spent lots of time in her office hours. The tests are easy and straight forward and as long as you are willing to put in the work, Dr. Chance will help you succeed.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2014
Dr. Chance is a very kind person. She switches off from the classroom to computer labs, where you work with a partner on lab reports and investigations. Honestly, the computer lab days were dreadful. Some of the work we did on them were not covered in the class or the book. She teaches by asking questions, which is nice, but can get annoying and sometimes confusing.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2015
definitely a tedious class with two labs due a week that take forever if you want an A. a lot of work but the concepts are easy to grasp and professor chance gives many resources and is always more than willing to help during office hours. not an easy A but if you work hard a b or better is more than doable

STAT 301


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2009
like every other prof. @ cal poly chance knows her stuff. But unlike all the other stat prof. ive had she cant teach. dont take her


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2010
Beth Chance made Stat 301 one of the easiest courses for me at Cal Poly. By that I mean she taught almost everything you need to know during class and very little of the material has to be self taught. After every week I knew I could complete the HW start to finish without having to teach myself anything. She does nickel and dime your HW and tests but if you pay attention and adjust its no big deal. Loved this class and the teacher and recommend Chance to anyone who can take her.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2013
I've given terrible reviews to all of the teachers I've had so far, but Professor Chance is by far the best teacher I've had at Cal Poly and possibly the best teacher I've ever had. She cares about her students more than any teacher I've ever seen. The class itself wasn't that difficult, but the way she assigns the practice problems and homework makes the midterm and final easy. She also lets you use cheat sheets for the midterm and final. Overall, nicest lady you will ever meet. Coming from a guy who's trashed pretty much every teacher he's had on Polyratings, I highly recommend you take her!


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2013
Chance is one of the best professors I have had at Cal Poly. She is extremely helpful and willing to help her students. She is also a statistical genius. My only complaint is that I felt her study guides/material did not adequately prepare me for her exams.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2015
Dr. Chance is an amazing teacher. She provides so many resources for additional help such as online chat rooms, office hours, practice problems, and responds very quickly to email. You can tell she cares a lot about her students. Obviously she is very, very knowledgable about statistics. She wrote the course book, which is very straightforward and organized well. She uses many different types of teaching techniques and her lectures are very interactive and hands-on. It's important to attend class because if you don't, you will not get the information you need to learn the material and do well in the course!


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2015
Professor Chance is an amazing professor. She's clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject she teaches. She is very dedicated to her students and making sure you understand. Take advantage of all of her office hours as she is very helpful. Overall, I would definitely recommend you take her class.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
If you think you work hard, Beth Chance works twice as hard as you do. She is the most dedicated, and down to earth woman in the world. Not enough praise can go out to her. I learned so much in this class! There is no way to explain just how helpful she is. If you care to learn the material, you will leave the class with a ton of knowledge.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2016
Stat 301 is definitely a class you need to put in effort for but Professor Chance is an effective teacher who really cares about her students. There are 40+ students in my class and when I was struggling, she still went out of her way to send me an e-mail checking in on me. She wrote the textbook and is very knowledgable about Statistics. One of the best professors I've had at poly, highly recommend.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
Prof. Chance is an excellent teacher, and this is a fun class! She gives work to do every day, but it is very clear what is expected of you, so if you stay on top of things it is not difficult at all. The whole class is very interactive, so by the time you take the midterms you are already prepared well. She makes herself very available and is always helpful. I recommend taking her class!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2016
Dr. Chance is a wonderful teacher. She is very good at clearly defining each new concept and answering questions, but she makes you work for it. She is very particular about how she wants you to answer questions, so she'll make you know everything inside and out. She's also a really nice lady, and it's clear she puts an enormous amount of effort into making sure you have all the needed resources to succeed.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2016
Dr. Chance is incredibly invested in the well-being of her students. She would hold extra review sessions before midterms and exams, and she was always willing to answer questions and clarify concepts in class and in office hours. The workload was decent, not excessive. I definitely recommend Dr. Chance.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2016
I really enjoyed Chance as a professor last year. She was very detailed in her lectures. She really goes by the learn by doing ideology. If you like a hands on method of learning she is a great professor to have. Her homework assignments are long but they really prepare you for the exams. Her exams are also open book and open note. The book is written by her and relevant to the class, however, it is actually cheap (PDF $5, Printed $20) and good for both STAT 301 and 302. Overall I would recommend that anyone who takes an intro stat class to have her teach you it was very insightful and I actually retained the information after I finished the course.

STAT 302


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Jun 2016
This was Chance's first time teaching Stat 302 - and I think she did a horrible job. She couldn't teach and she would just rush on everything. The quarter system is already so tough, and she makes it even harder. This class is so much work - your grade consists of quizzes (which are assigned every day), labs (you can do them with a partner), hw assignments that take soo long on, midterms, one project, and a final. Overall, she doesn't teach and she grades so hard. If we aren't putting what you want, you should clarify and tell us - stop giving us bad grades purposefully. I didn't like her for 302, I did like her for 301 which is very disappointing. She doesn't even have a good grading system, which is sketch in my opinion..... oh, and she plays favorites and can be really rude.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2016
Dr. Chance is cool. She doesn't know how to teach but she does give you a lot of access to information. I really haven't met a professor who works so hard. Tests are open book and note but they are extremely conceptual and difficult to wrap your head around.

STAT 320


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Aug 2005
She's tense a lot of the time. She has good intentions and if you ask enough questions you'll understand. She puts a lot of work into preparing for the class and it shows in her interesting examples.

STAT 321


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Jan 2001
There is really no way to make this topic enjoyable or painless but Dr. Chance made it bearable. She is, hands down, one of the best professors I've had here. She is very organized,for the most part clear in her explanations and goes out of her way during office hours to help you out. Be warned though, she gives a ton of homework and lab work. On the flip side though, she is tremendously generous when grading homework, labs and tests.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2001
As mentioned above, a boring topic, but Chance makes it as interesting as possible. She does real-world stuff, like MLB teams or how many orange Reeses Pieces in a bag, etc. I think I actually retained most of the stuff I learned in her class. Also, she really cares about the class, she wants you to understand the material and helps you out whenever possible. Overall, a great professor, i would recommend her to anyone who needs to take stats. Too bad there aren't more professors like her around...


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2001
Dr. Chance is an awesome instructor that I would recommend to anyone!! She enjoys teaching and expects you to work hard, but makes every effort to assist you in your studies. She is always available for questions via email and responds quite promptly. She also has review sessions for exams and review questions to focus on just before the exams. She also has you simulate how a formula is supposed to work before she has you derive it. She uses computers a lot in class and you were also allowed to use them on the final. TAKE THIS INSTRUCTOR and you won't regret it.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2001
Dr. Chance is a WONDERFUL instructor. She explains the concepts before homework is due (unlike many other professors) and has review sessions before midterms and the final. She uses minitab almost exclusively to show us how a formula is supposed to work before she had you derive it. There are weekly quizzes, two midterms (part of the second one is take home) and the final (on which you are allowed/required to use minitab on some of the questions.) She gives lots of partial credit on problems and occassionally has extra credit questions. Her final is pretty hard, so don't blow off studying for it. VERY APPROACHABLE and willing to help. TAKE THIS PROFESSOR.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2001
Dr. Chance really teaches. She is totally approachable and she actually cares about her students. She is a pretty tough grader sometimes, but it keeps you on your toes and makes you do the work. Just show up to class and do all the assignments and you should have no problems. There are HWs due every Friday and labs due almost every Monday. They start off pretty easy but the end of the quarter is a bit tougher. There are quizzes, but most of them you take with a partner and she drops your lowest score, plus two midterms and a final. I generally would consider myself as hating statistics, but I actually enjoyed this class.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2002
Dr. Chance is a really friendly teacher. She gives out handouts before class so that we can follow the lecture more easily. But learning in the studio is tougher than in the classroom and I thought that the room should only be used for labs. Homework and labs are really helpful in understanding this material. We get quizes where we get to work with a partner and the lowest score is dropped. Tests are hard not because of the material but because of time, but she is really generous for mistakes and gives really good partial credit. Otherwise, the tests are not too hard. It gets tougher near the end because we are learning so much in the last three weeks. Only problem I see with this class is that it is a lot harder to focus in the studio. But overall, a wonderful teacher who is accessible almost anytime via office or E-Mail. Her office hours are really helpful for any questions you might have. She has review sections right before the exam and there are no surprises whatsoever. Her intention is to make everyone understand this stuff and nothing else. So take this professor if you can.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2002
Here is a fine example of a class that can be absurdly easy at times and ridiculously difficult at others. Fortunately, Dr. Chance does a very good job of helping you understand the concepts, and has excellent availability for further assistance. This includes a lot of office and lab time, and daily replies to e-mail and bulletin board questions. If you have a problem, ask, and it will be answered in short order. This is fortunate because the book isn't a very good way to clarify topics. The quizzes and homework aren't a problem if you have a passing knowledge of the material, but the exams are pretty hard. You should pass if you have a good grasp of the concepts, but it takes a VERY good grasp to get an A. My main difficulty was not having enough time to finish, as some of the problems had complicated or lengthy solutions. It would be a wise investment to spend time doing the review problems with speed, not just quality or accuracy. As for partial credit, Dr. Chance is one of the most generous professors I've seen. If you write down anything intelligent, you'll get at least some points. Even if you solve the whole thing in the wrong way, if you used valid methodology and have some (no matter how dumb) justification for it, you will get most of the credit. All in all, I highly recommend taking 321 with her.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2002
Dr. Chance is a really great professor. She makes an outline for every lecture and presents the material well. If you have difficulty, just ask, or go to her office hour, she's always around! Don't expect an easy A from the class. Dr. Chance asks alot from her students, lab and homework take up alot of time weekly. Mid-terms and final are not too hard, but need clear explanation and they are very time-consuming. As I have heard, many people did not finish the Final. One last comment, lectures are presented by computer lab.


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Apr 2002
Prof Chance lectures using MINITAB. Students are in a lab the whole lecture time working on the computer. It gets a little bit boring sometimes, yet other times, it's not too bad. You do things like, "what's the probability that you'll randomly choose a red MM from the MM bag?" Her midterms aren't too bad. The only reason why I got a C was because I didn't study too much. But, I think it's not too difficult to pass the class. It's not as bad as some people think. Prof. Chance knows what she's talking about and sometimes tries to make it fun. Usually, you also work with a partner for labs (which are due every week). She also assigns homework that's due every week. Her grading is very fair. She gives a lot of partial credit. If you need to take STAT 321, I suggest you take Prof. Chance.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
stat 321 is easy. theres so much busy work that tries to make you think its more than just basic math. but dont be fooled!! with a name like beth chance... how can she be a bad statistician


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2004
INEFFECTIVE for students who enjoy mathematics. Where the heck was the math in this class? She made the computer teach us... isn't that the professor's job??? As a student who loves math (and yes probability), I want to see proofs and integrals on the board - this is a class for MATH & STATISTICS majors anyway! Ask her student about binomial, Poisson, or exponential - and they'd shrug their head in confusion. My friends who have had her do NOT KNOW ANYTHING about probability. What a shame!


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2005
It's hard to say anything bad about Professor Chance, despite there being an irrepressible urge to do so. She clearly has excellent command and knowledge of the material, and her current rating on Polyratings is no accident. However, Polyratings uses only three criteria (practically two) to judge a teacher: "Grade this instructor's ability to present the course material clearly; Grade this instructor's ability to recognize and clarify student difficulties; Finally, give this instructor an overall grade for the quarter." From this, little can be extrapolated in the ways of workload, grading, and other subtleties. First of all, she gives you the option of doing the homework (assuming it will help your grade in the way of forced studying and credit received for doing it) or no homework (it doesn't count for or against you). Seeing as I did not even buy the book (and used it only once the entire quarter), I opted to take the "no homework" route. Probably one of the smarter choices I've made, seeing as week after week people complained about the length of the homework and the stingy grading they received upon getting it back. Grading is one of the things Professor Chance is very very conservative about, she is clearly a perfectionist who wants everything done to very exacting standards. Plenty of partial credit, but when you see the things she marks you off for, it makes you want to tear your hair out. There's really not much to say other than this is a class almost all engineers have to take, and you'll just have to slog through it as everyone else has done. Good luck.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2005
Beth Chance was a pretty damn good professor. She knows the material extremely well and has a good sense of humor. The homework workload is rough if you decide to take that route, but it does indeed help on the tests. I slacked off after the first midterm, hence why I got a B, but this seems like it wouldn't be that difficult of a class to get an A in. Her daily handouts are very helpful in understanding the material. On tests, she allows a page on the first midterm, 2 pages on the second midterm, and three on the final. She also provides an equation sheet with all the important equations. Quizzes were a pushover, and the lowest quiz score was also dropped. The labs could be time consuming, as she didn't give us much time to work on them in class, but weren't that bad overall. As far as grading goes, she is a perfectionist as the below comment said. This is annoying, but survivable once you get down what EXACTLY she's looking for in a given problem. A few more things worth mentioning- There is a lot of computer work in this class, but we were never tested using the computer. In other words, make sure you know how to do something both by hand and on the machine, just in case. You also work with a partner for many assignments, including labs, daily handouts (which aren't graded/turned in), and quizzes, so make sure you get a partner who doesn't suck... On a final note, I agree with the comment from the 512 student below...


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Oct 2005
I enjoyed Dr. Chance. She puts a lot of effort into presenting her material clearly. There is a fair amount of homework but it was relevent and fair (if you understand the homework, you'll do well on the test). I missed a bunch of class sessions and didn't work as hard as I should have, otherwise an 'A' would have been possible.


Senior
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2006
Prof.Chance is a very good teacher. She lectures well, and I believe her tests and quizes are reasonable. She grades fairly also. But her labs are confusing, and they take up a lot of time. The homework assignments were not collected this quarter, but it is necessary to understand how to do them if you need a good grade in this class. I did the mistake of not starting on homework and labs early enough.


Junior
C
General Ed
Mar 2006
Great instructor. Beth is an awesome person. Puts TONS of time into the lectures and labs. Really knows her stuff and couldn't possibly be any nicer. However she is EXTREMELY picky on grading and will take off half point after half point. Midterm 2 is quite difficult, the rest are pretty easy. 3 midterms, no final. She really knows her stuff and is a great person and great at teaching the course. Just wish she wasn't so damn picky on grading.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2008
I hate statistics, always have, and always will. However, if you're required to take a statistics class, then Chance is probably the best professor out there. She actually enjoys statistics, and prepares handouts for every lecture, so that we can follow along and learn the concepts while doing examples. Her statistics examples are also very entertaining, whether it be chest measurements of the proportion of orange M&M's in a bag. She's also the nicest professor I've ever had, always in a happy mood, and ready to answer all my questions (I was constantly emailing her for help towards the end). We also had Labs to do, which I thought was odd at first, but they really do help in making you understand the concept better. They take a week to do, and aren't that hard, and are actually fun, since she has a lot of applets and stuff for them so that you can do simulations. The only thing I didn't like was the book. It's a very difficult book, and half the difficulty in the homework exercises was trying to understand what the hell it was asking. Even some tutors misinterpreted the question and ended up helping us in something completely different. She gives you the option of doing the homework, or counting the weekly quizes double, but I suggest doing the homework, as some of the quizes can be a bit hard, and you get more practice for the quizes by doing the homeowrk anyways. There are 2 midterms with one final, and she will curve if necessary. What I adivise is to not get overconfident. The first midterm is very easy because it's just having to do with basic probability, the statistics part gets pretty hard.

STAT 324


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2003
Chance is a great professor. She'll push you over the edge when it comes to work, but they are really helpful and you understand the material through doing them. She is accessible at any time as she has lots of office hours and will respond to e-mails quickly. Her class is lots of work, but you'll get a lot from it. She is grades based on reason and explanations more so than just getting the answers and will give you credit for showing her that you know what to do in certain problems. Great professor to take. She will be on sabatical leave this upcoming year, so you will not have a Chance to take Chance for anything this year. But when she returns, do take the Chance.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2003
Excellent professor who will wear you out until you master the material. Very accessible as she replies to e-mail almost instantly and has tons of extra office hours. Lectures are carefully laid out and homework is lengthy, but they really help you understand the material inside and out.


Sophomore
B
Elective
Jun 2007
I really don't understand the high grades for Prof. Chance. I felt that her teaching style was hard to learn from and the textbook for this class was horrible. She gives handouts for each class and we just answer questions but you don't really absorb the material and right when we start to understand something she moves on to the next topic. It seems like she'd rather cover more material than cover it in depth. She also assigns homework that takes forever to finish. There will be 5-7 problems bout each problem with have 5 or more parts and more questions within those parts. My previous STAT professors made me want to get a STAT minor but after taking Chance I feel like I lost that passion.


Freshman
B
Elective
Jun 2010
Dr. Chance is an excellent professor who expects a lot out of you in this class. This class is challenging, so if you take it be ready to spend lots of time working homework problems out and interpreting them. The homework is tedious because of all the sub-questions within each question, but it more than prepares you for the midterms. The only annoying thing is how nitpicky she is about how you word your answers. I\'ve managed to lose thirds of a point on homeworks, projects, and tests. MAKE SURE YOU PROVIDE ALL RELEVANT MINITAB OUTPUT IN YOUR HOMEWORK. The more, the better. I am a stat minor and I will say with 99% confidence that this professor and class are amazing. I learned a lot of valuable material that is actually applicable in real life. Definitely take 324 with Chance.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2012
I got an A on the finals and high Bs on both midterms, but ended with a middle B. this is from homework. She (or whoever) grades homework very hard, and its not uncommon to get Cs and Ds on all the assignments, which kills your grade. She presents the material pretty well, but homework is a killer in that class.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2012
Professor Chance is awesome. This class has a lot of hard material and the volume of work is pretty heavy, but she will go way above what most professors do to help you. Answers e-mails very quickly and holds a ton of office hours. Be prepared to do work.


Sophomore
B
Elective
Dec 2014
Dr Chance knows her stuff no question, but teaching it can be a challenge especially when she feels a need to hurry up, which was too often for me. I made the extra effort and did my time in studying, office hours visits, and emails to her. She must have liked the Jeopardy game as a child because she tends to answer in the form of a question which gets old. I liked my previous two stat professors teaching style better.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2014
Dr. Chance deserves a gold medal for being such an awesome teacher. I have never had a teacher work so hard to help her students. She knows her stuff very well and will have tons of office hours, chatrooms, practice problems, annotated notes, practice exams, etc. to make sure you know the material. You will be very busy all the time doing all the work she assigns but if you do everything and look at the feedback she gives you, you will do fine in the course.

STAT 418


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2013
Dr. Chance is a stellar professor who is very knowledgeable in the subjects she is teaching. Her lectures were very engaging and clear, which made the concepts more comprehensible. She replied to emails very quickly and efficiently. Her answers to questions were very detailed and accurate. I would highly recommend taking her because in my opinion she is one of the best, if not the best, statistics professor at Cal Poly.

BUS 442


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Nov 2016
he sure does like his women, wet!!

STAT 512


Graduate Student
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2005
I got a 'B' because I didn't apply myself fully. The lectures were clear and organized and there were always relevant demonstrations and computer models to help you grasp the material. She is very helpful in office hours and with online questions. I'd take her again if given the chance. One suggestion is that while she's already cute, she should cut her hair a bit shorter, put a little makeup on and get a push-up bra...then she'll really be a fox. ;)


Graduate Student
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2005
This class is one of the most demanding classes I have ever taken at Cal Poly. Dr. Chance expects a lot from her students including weekly homework assignments, practice problems (due biweekly), a group project (in which she encourages students to work together), and a midterm and a final. The homework is doable, but start early and definitely utilize email and office hours. Although the homework load is not too bad, the problems can take longer than expected. The reading, if you choose to read, can be lengthy and sometimes unneccessary, so pick and choose. Her exams are open book and open note, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't study. The best way to prepare was reviewing homeworks and lecture, example problems. I highly recommend Dr. Chance for any class. She truly cares about her students and wants everyone to succeed. Dr. Chance is one of the few teachers who puts as much effort into a course as she expects her students to put in.


Graduate Student
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2006
Prof Chance honestly puts so much work into her classes it's scary. she has totally intense power point presentations and creates her own JAVA programs to illustrate conepts. she's also super nice and very accessible via email and office hrs. stats is a crappy class, but she is a good teacher. the HW is easy at first, then gets really hard towards the end and take a lot of time. the only thing you have to watch out for with dr. chance is that she will nickel and dime your grade to DEATH. it's nearly impossible to get an answer perfectly right (and by that i mean she takes off 1/2 a point on almost all your responses) and that really drops your grade on some assignments. however, since she grades on a curve and does that to everybody, it's not that bad. i would recommend taking dr. chance if you can, if you do your part, she'll do hers and make sure you get at least a C.