Good Professors?

<p>Who are some good professors that you should definitely study with?</p>

<p>Soon (I hear) we'll be able to access course evaluations. You can find everything you need there.</p>

<p>I know but i wanted some insider information. The course evaluation is too official....i wanted some firsthand experience</p>

<p>Way to specify what field(s) you were curious about.</p>

<p>There's some useful (?) info here...</p>

<p>Princeton</a> University - New Jersey</p>

<p>yes i've been to ratemyprofessors.com</p>

<p>I'm leaning towards economics, and on youtube, i've watched yalecourses (especially Ben Pollack) and was wondering if there were professors as awesome as he.</p>

<p>Take ECO 100 with Harvey Rosen. It's a large lecture and you may not necessarily get him as your preceptor, but his lectures are super awesome and worth going to.</p>

<p>ECO 100 with Harvey Rosen was the best class I've taken at Princeton. Harvey Rosen is by far the best professor I've had a class with at Princeton.</p>

<p>I don't have much experience there, but I liked Sergey Norin (math), David Huse (physics), and Joseph Fowler (physics). All of them were really helpful and approachable.</p>

<p>Norin is a brilliant mathematician but an average teacher.</p>

<p>physicshobo - when you're a full time student here, you'll soon realize that there are much better math professors than Norin. For example, the professor teaching the other section of MAT 217 (but he's leaving... so maybe not a good example).<br>
ChairmanGuo - I haven't taken any econ classes, but my advice in general is to talk to upperclassmen in that department during orientation and look at the course reviews through score (there's also the student course guide but since everyone has to do the score course reviews in order to see their grades, there are more reviews and they tend to be more representative). Some departments have open houses plus there's an academic advising fair with students who you can talk to from all departments (which happens for the spring semester too).</p>

<p>stlkarategal - That's interesting because from what little conversations I had with Pandaripande, he seemed a lot less accessible than Norin. Also, one girl I spoke to sat in on Norin's section even though she was enrolled in Pandaripande's because she preferred him to Pandaripande. Based on this, I assumed that Pandaripande wasn't that great. But I mostly based my recommendation for Norin on MAT 214 (which I really liked), not 217. I agree that Norin wasn't great for 217. I guess I have respect for him because MAT 214 was the first math class I've ever enjoyed in my life. I was horribly intimidated by the prospect of taking math at Princeton (I legitimately had nightmares) but it was actually really accessible and interesting and it opened my mind to a whole new way of thinking. Maybe I gave Norin too much credit for this - I guess it was more the subject matter - but I guess I'll always have a bit of a soft spot for him regardless.</p>

<p>thanks guys!! that really helped!</p>

<p>Once again, make sure you take Eco 100 with Harvey Rosen. He's teaching it this fall, and he probably won't teach it again until 2012. You can thank me later.</p>

<p>The professors aren't that great. You're better off learning on your own, but be sure to attend lecture just to clarify anything you don't understand/ learn stuff not in the textbook.</p>

<p>^I wholeheartedly disagree. Lectures were critical for many of the classes I've taken. I often felt like I was in the Matrix with the professors rapidly uploading knowledge into my brain.</p>

<p>physicshobo - interesting... I also sat in on Pandaripande's lectures when I could because I thought they were more helpful than Norin's. But I've never really talked to him so I believe that Norin's much more accessible. (BTW... if you are the person I think you are, I sat next to you in 217).
There are a lot of amazing professors here... one of my favorite classes was the freshmen seminar I took first semester with Tom Levin (he's in the German department but does media theory). He took us around NYC and made us dinner in his apartment. I haven't had him as a professor, but Manjul Bhargava is one of my favorite math professors at Princeton. He's an amazing guy who's absolutely brilliant and loves to teach. He teaches the math course for non-majors, the magic of numbers, which I would recommend to anyone who isn't a math major (and I know lots of math majors who wish they could take this class). It'll make you love math, even if you hated it in high school.</p>