Faculty Q&A – Abhishek Chakraborty

Photo provided by Abhishek Chakraborty.

What is your favorite class to teach? — Maggie Bice ‘22

Thanks for your question, Maggie. I hope you’re doing well. My favorite classes would be the ones where I can teach theory and show their applications using a programming software/app. In a nutshell, courses which involve data analysis. I am more interested in the applied branch of statistics rather than the theoretical aspects of the discipline. I really enjoy teaching STAT 107, the intro stat course at LU. It gives me the opportunity to introduce students to the world of statistics and hopefully inspire them to become future statisticians and work with data.

What is your secret to being so good at badminton? — Anonymous

Well, honestly, I don’t think (or at least know) there is a secret. I used to play when I was a kid. Nothing formal. Then there was a long gap. I started playing again during my grad life. My friends play way better than me, so I guess I have gotten better playing with them. It’s one of the very few sports I enjoy playing and am not horrible at. Although, nowadays whenever I play, I can feel my age :).

What have you learned from doing online classes for over a year? Asking because your STAT 110 course was organized so well. :) — Anonymous

First and foremost, I miss in-person classes and hope to get back to it soon. Now, with almost a year of remote teaching/learning, I can feel the ‘Zoom fatigue.’ I get more tired teaching classes over Zoom for the same duration than being in-person. A balance between completely asynchronous and fully synchronous setting has worked for me. It allows students to work at their own pace and mimic an in-person atmosphere without being too strenuous/demanding or completely feel out of touch with school. Talking about balance, for the last year I haven’t been able to separate my working and non-working hours. That’s been the most difficult part for me. On a different note, I have learnt a lot about Moodle. I am glad you enjoyed STAT 107 in spite of being in a remote setting.