Sufen Lai - Grand Valley State University

Professor: Sufen Lai
Department: English
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She talked at you more than talking to the class, and did not give clear explanations during her lectures. There were no available lecture notes or presentations so you had to retain everything she said aloud and write down as much as possible in class. The readings were easy, and pop quizzes were easy if you read the section.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I really like this prof and I think she is overall a great person. But with that said, she seems to grade papers kind of harshly (did better on papers in WRT 150!) And just kind of talks at us during the class time as other people said. Overall good, her last semester here ig so I am glad I had her while she was here!:)
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Class was ok. I wasn't particularly engaged in it. Most of the meeting time was her talking at us not with us. It felt very one sided. Also if you don't do the reading you will regret it. Not a tough grader. You get what you give into the class.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Lai was very nice and isn't too hard of a grader. However, if you don't read the assigned readings you'll regret it - the quizzes are solely based on them. She will love you if you do read and participate in class discussion. Do the extra credit, you won't regret it.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLISH335
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Lai was a great instructor! She is really nice and had interesting stories to tell that connected with our class discussions. The books were all very good and worth reading. I enjoyed this class overall and would recommend her!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: 335
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lai is sweet! She loves what she does and it shows. She loves class discussion about the books you're reading and is kind to all her students. The class has you read several books at a moderate pace and a 2 point quiz once a week. Fairly easy if you read and go to class and understand the readings. She really wants you to be affected by her books!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is a nice woman, and her accent is not hard to understand. The class as a whole is fairly easy, just do the readings and come to class. However, class itself is super boring! She talks to you all hour, instead of having it be a discussion on what we read. Also, she can be unclear on what she wants you to learn exactly.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Lai was not a bad professor, but she expected too much out of this course. If she did not like your writing style you would automatically get a C on each paper with no explanation. Even with trying my hardest I got a B... Lots of readings to do!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ENG386
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She loves her job and it shows.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENG386
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is a great teacher. As long as you do the readings you will get all the participation points and pass any pop quiz. but she uses pop quiz scores as extra credit. She wants to make sure her students pass. Also very willing to help on any papers and help you understand. Very easy and fun class!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Sure, this class was a little difficult but it's a college course. Her accent is there, but you can understand her fine. I thoroughly enjoyed this class, and I'm taking another course with her because of it.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Lai is good teacher. She knows the subject well. If you do the work and readings and pay attention you should be fine. She challenges students to think outside the box. Of course it is Mythology so...lol. She is helpful and lead you in the right direction. Just do the READINGS!!!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENG122
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very thick accent and hard to understand. She is very interested in what she teaches but doesnt make it fun for the class. She doesn't speak proper english and it is very annoying
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I absolutely loved this class. If you like the subject, and you're willing to do the reading, you will absolutely love her. She's very passionate about what she's teaching. She has no assignments, only a couple essays, and only two exams. They will be beyond easy if you do the readings and pay attention in class. I totally recommend it.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HNR280
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took her for my civ sequence, and she is a very hard paper grader. It is difficult to understand what she wants for the papers. She does have an accent, but it's not hard to understand her.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Most boring class ever. She is really hard to understand and spends the entire class talking about who knows what. The choice in books are really outdated and she doesn't understand that.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I really enjoyed taking World Mythology with this professor. I thought that she was nice and helpful. Liked to get students involved in discussions. There is a lot of reading to do and quite a lot to remember for tests. If you keep up on the readings than the class is easy. I would recommend this professor.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the worst profs I've had at Grand Valley. I have been studying mythology since I was little and this class made me want to never look at it again. Between her broken english, lack of ability to accept anyone's answer but her own, and her inability to answer e-mails along with the terrible class and assignments she is a trainwreck. DON"T TAKE
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This is one of the worst professors I have had at Grand Valley. I receive very high marks on all papers in other classes and other professors but for some reason cannot please her. Best I can think is because she doesn't know how to speak English. Talks for hours about Chinese, when it's a Mythology Class. DO NOT TAKE.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HNR280
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Disorganized class structure. A typical day consisted of this professor talking to the class for the entire three-hour period. We were advised to take notes, but I found it nigh impossible to discern key information I absolutely NEEDED to know.
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