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University of Waterloo Mary Hardy - Professor
Ken Seng Tan - Professor / Advisor
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:52 PM
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Default Who would you say were the best profs? And the worst?

I would say Prof Tan was a great prof, and Mary Hardy was actually very good at teaching the first half of the pension course when I was there. Wilmot was decent as well.

But I've also had some horrid profs. But since I never cared for them or there class, I never showed up, and hence don't know their names. lol.

I couldn't understand a word of some Professor Jun Cai? or Cai Jun? I don't remember. Only thing I'd understand is the numbers written on the blackboard, and tuned his talking out, because his broken english confused me further.
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Old 09-12-2007, 03:49 AM
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The worst one? Reynolds

Prof Hardy and Prof Panjer are both good.

Didn't have the chance to be taught by Prof Tan and Prof Willmot, but I know both of them are good professors too.
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I couldn't understand a word of some Professor Jun Cai? or Cai Jun? I don't remember. Only thing I'd understand is the numbers written on the blackboard, and tuned his talking out, because his broken english confused me further.
But his exams were easy! I got 90+ in his actsci 331 class and i dun think i would have made it if i were in Mary's class.
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jun cai is the best. do you think its right?
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Regardless if his exams were easy, where's the quality control that Waterloo was once known for? Old school prof's like Mary Hardy don't care if you get 55% if that's what you deserve. Thats the way it should be.

Waterloo grads used to get hired because it's supposed to be one of the most rigorous and advanced actuarial programs out there. By decreasing our standards and inflating marks via easy exams, I dont think Waterloo is getting the same credit from reputation as they used too. Now we are leaning towards hiring students from U of T and Western, where the students have to work hard to keep on par with Waterloo students in terms of actuarial exams. There programs aren't as good as Waterloo, but the students who push to learn the material on their own and graduate with 4 exams, show dedication and work ethic that we desire.
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I have to say that all professors from the actuarial science department in Waterloo are excellent.

Prof. Hardy and Prof. Panjar are the best.

I also like Prof. Cai Jun's class even though his English is definitely not his first language. His teaching is well organized and his class helped me to pass course 3 in my first attempt.

One thing I didn't like about Prof. Wilmot is that his handwriting is difficult to recognize.
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Regardless if his exams were easy, where's the quality control that Waterloo was once known for? Old school prof's like Mary Hardy don't care if you get 55% if that's what you deserve. Thats the way it should be.

Waterloo grads used to get hired because it's supposed to be one of the most rigorous and advanced actuarial programs out there. By decreasing our standards and inflating marks via easy exams, I dont think Waterloo is getting the same credit from reputation as they used too. Now we are leaning towards hiring students from U of T and Western, where the students have to work hard to keep on par with Waterloo students in terms of actuarial exams. There programs aren't as good as Waterloo, but the students who push to learn the material on their own and graduate with 4 exams, show dedication and work ethic that we desire.
I don't agree with you. I have a bunch of friends studying actuarial science at U of T. They cover all the materials from SOA exam 1-4 too and they use study manual as their textbook. Waterloo goes much deeper than the exam content and I've learned lots of stuff that was not part of the SOA exam. Mary Hardy once said Waterloo was not an exam training center! Some of the final exams I wrote at Wateroo were much harder than SOA exams.

I'm not sure about Western.

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I like Brown, I like how he explains hard concepts so easily.
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they all are good here are the best and why:

Hardy - always goes outside the box, relates the material to real life, also i found her verry funny. Below every formula she has a paragraph that is called "Intuition".

Tan - he is very well prepared for lectures (i.e has slides that you print out - i find it great since i can concentrate better). Also gives tons of examples from real life.

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There are more than 2 profs at UW
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