When students succeed, I succeed. I take great pride in preparing students for their future careers and love to hear from them and keep in touch. Below is some advice from former students on how to succeed in my classes.
Some teachers shut their doors on the world during office hours, hoping students will forget they're available.
This is NOT Dr. Schumaker. He is helpful, and extremely knowledgeable. Use this time to ask good questions, and learn more about certain subjects (Machine Learning, Data Mining, Statistics) than you could anywhere else.
People get sick, miss the bus, and have family emergencies. Dr. Schumaker understands this. But people also make flaky, ludicrous excuses, which he knows all too well. Don't lie, don't cheat, and especially do not plagiarize; he will find out. Do your own homework, take your own exams, and be on time.
And don't forget that a great teacher has a sense of humor... Dr. Schumaker keeps his lectures structured and serious, but also knows when to crack a joke to lighten the environment, which helps sleepy college kids stay awake!
I'm happy to say that I've made a decent comeback as opposed to earlier in the semester. I'd like to thank you for that; it made me appreciate the course much more. The final exam was a little different than what I had expected as it took me much longer than I anticipated.
The class itself is very engaging. It is essential to participate, and the more you participate, the more you enjoy going. He welcomes lots of commentary and questions during the lectures to make them more interactive and relevant to our lives. He never judges any question or comment as stupid, and he also has a great sense of humor.
Overall, the class is what you make of it. What you put in is what you are going to get, and Dr. Schumaker will be sure to assist you in any way you can. Never be shy to ask!
Had it not been for the COVID-19 crisis and some other person issues going on these last few weeks, I have not doubt that I could have done much better this semester. None of that is obviosuly your fault though. You and the rest of the staff have done everything you can (and more) to help us get through this semester in one piece. I, for one, would just like to say thank you.
Whether it's me repeating this class again or having you as a professor in another upper-level class, I'm sure I'll be a student of yours again soon.
Have a great summer.