Organic Reactions and Pharmaceuticals

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Neil Garg See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.7

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Dude needs to light up a wood and chill out man

Winter Quarter 2018
Stephanie Gould See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 3.7

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Dr. Gould is amazing! She made organic chemistry enjoyable and easy to understand. She was so caring and always available in her office for a quick question. Not only was she a very nice lady and always helpful, she was also very organized in lecture, and I loved that she gave practice problems during lecture because then you had extra material to study for the exams. I thought her lecturing style was great - I felt like I really understood what was going on thoroughly. As for her exams, she was NOT out to trick you. More than anything, she wanted you to really get the concepts and apply them. Though some professors say this, Gould really meant it. As long as you did this, you would do well on her exams. I am so happy she taught 14D during this quarter because she was fair, helpful, and overall a great professor. I'm so happy I had her for my last course in the chemistry series because left a great impression on me for my chemistry experience at UCLA. If you have the opportunity to take her, DO!!

June 24, 2008
Steven Hardinger See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.1

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Hardinger is awesome. It's easy to stay awake in lecture because his jokes are hilarious. His class is SUPER organized. For me, the workload was very light for this class. All you have to do is memorize the lecture supplement and go over his old exams to get used to his style of testing. This is why Hardinger's awesome. He's one of the few south campus professors to offer his old exams out to us. Not only that, his tests are quite similar to his old exams too! He rarely throws any curveballs. His tests are super fair! However, I advise you to be careful on his exams, as he tends to ask many nitpicky questions such as definitions of certain words or a random fact from the lecture supplement that you wouldn't think he'd ask.

Winter Quarter 2016
Arif Karim See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.9 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.6

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Professor Karim was an excellent professor. He says from the beginning that the class it there to prepare us for the MCAT, so he only focuses on the big reactions and only includes the exceptions that will be on standardized tests. I won't lie, his exams are hard but if you know the material and have done lots of practice then they are do-able. He is a great guy and will help you out when you go to office hours. I am expecting an A in the class, but again, it took alot of work to get the grade. I'm taking MCAT classes now, and as I look over the MCAT organic chemistry questions I fell very well prepared. The way I see it, you can take Hardinger and get an A arguably more easily, but Hardinger focuses on useless exceptions that never show up on the MCAT, with Karim if you work hard you can get an A and at the same time be prepared very well for the MCAT. Take Him!

June 19, 2009
Betty Luceigh See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.0 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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Prof. Luceigh is a wonderful professor. From previous students I had high expectation of her and they were mostly fulfilled. She has a passion for chemistry and she will try to make chem understandable for you. This quarter she had the tendency to go fast in lectures and sometime I found her course guide to be somewhat frustrating because she has the tendency to put down questions yet never answer them in the reader and lectures. overall the reader is a critical tool in her class. Do her practice exams...they will be somewhat similar to the exam you will take. Her exams were very fair this quarter overall she is a great prof to have for chem.

March 30, 2003
Anish Nag See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.9

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Every other review has pretty much said it already, but I'm going to say it again: this man is a legend. Professor Nag is easily one of the best teachers I've ever had in my entire life, and he completely changed my perspective on organic chemistry. Organic chemistry, by nature, is a difficult subject. However, Nag was an amazing lecturer, and he really went out of his way to make sure that every student understood the course's content. He is also just a really great person overall, and even learned the names of all of this students. I would highly recommend taking this class with Dr. Nag if you can.

Also big shoutout to Anishka for being an amazing LA for this class. Thank you so much for all your help this quarter!

Fall Quarter 2019
Sharon Neufeldt See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.2 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.6

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She is a really great professor. You'll NEVER have a moment in class where you didn't completely understand what she wrote on the board before she moves to the next topic. You'll always leave class understanding. That being said, this class is a LOT of memorization along with understanding concepts. She gives you all the problems and need to practice and do well, and its up to YOU to do them. Average first midterm was 80% second midterm average was 70%. I've done very well on both midterms because I've put in the time to do all the problems and practice, but really that's all you need to do. Do not underestimate her ability to make very challenging tests, you better know your stuff or you'll be in big trouble. Overall, incredible professor. Would recommend! Anyone who does the work and puts in time to practice can get an A in this class. Good luck!

Spring Quarter 2016
Hung Pham See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.2 Workload 3.2 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 3.5

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I came into this class thinking it was hard and hearing stories about how this is a weeder class and whatever. Imma be honest. It really isn't as hard as people say. The ones who say its extremely difficult are usually the ones that wait to learn everything before the midterm and final. That will not work in this class at all. Im going to share some of the tips I used while taking this class to hopefully help you guys get an A as well.

1. Attend every class. I had this class MWF 8am and it was hard af waking up but trust me it is so much better to get this 50 min class out of the way than to waste time and energy watching the audio podcast and going back and forth between the slides posted. And since its an audio podcast and not a bruincast video there are things that are important that he may write on the board that can help you later when you study.
2. A day before each lecture, the slides for the lecture are posted on ccle. I would always copy down the slides in my notebook before the lecture. It doesn't matter if you don't understand every thing you write since you haven't gone to that lecture yet. The purpose of this is that you will be able to follow along the lecture and actually have time to understand what he is saying. Pham lectures pretty fast and I always notice that when he talks a bunch of heads go down to copy and write down whatever he says. At least for me, it is difficult to write down stuff and understand what is going on while the professor talks fast. Spending 30 min the night before to write down the notes from the slides can help you solidify your understanding of material during class.
3. GO TO DISCUSSION! You can attend any discussion you want pretty much cuz they don't take attendance. I personally went to 2 discussions a week with 2 different TAs cuz it fit my schedule. That may be a bit excessive but definitely go to 1 a week for sure. My favorite TA was Sean. He always knew the material very well, answered every question, and always guided students through confusing topics.
4. For the midterms, start studying in advance. I usually started studying a week in advance. I would go an do practice from all the discussion worksheets and TA worksheets. OCHEM is all about practice. The more you practice it, the easier it becomes. Another reason why I started early to study is so that I could go to office hours if needed. I would have a separate sheet of paper listing out any questions I had referring to specific problems from the worksheets or concepts from lecture. Let's say the midterm was on a Friday. By starting to study a week before, I was able to get through the worksheets and my notes by Monday of the week of the test. This meant I could attend office hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to ask any questions before the exam. If I started studying on Tuesday of the same week as the test, I would probably finish the reviewing by Thursday, which would give me no time to attend office hours to clarify any questions I had. If you keep up with the material every day then it won't be overwhelming when it comes to the midterms and final. Also don't be afraid to ask the LAs, TAs, or the professor any question. They are there to help you do well so take advantage of them as a resource!
5. Practice in test-like conditions. The hardest part of the two midterms is the time limit. They are both 50 minutes each which means you gotta know your shit. There are usually old practice exams that people from previous years have. Try to get your hands on them and take the them at home within 50 minutes to stimulate real testing conditions.
6. Ochem has some memorization don't get me wrong. But it is a lot easier to do well in this class if you spend time understanding the concepts instead of memorizing each reaction/mechanism as a separate thing. Like you can memorize each example he gives in class, but if he changes one small thing from the example and puts it on the test, you're going to have trouble. Take the time to understand the material conceptually, ask questions to fill any knowledge gaps, and you will be ahead of the curve.

That's pretty much all the tips I have. This is what worked for me. The most important thing I would say is to not come into the class with a negative mindset. As long as you put in the work and tailor your study methods to fit the class you will do great!

*Also pham offers a ton of extra credit(10 pts for tophat which are like clicker questions, 6 pts for the surveys throughout the year, and 10 points for the CRYOFF project at the end of the quarter)

Winter Quarter 2020
Jennifer Prado See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.2

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Rest of the reviews are accurate. Just wanted to add that I found it really helpful to just watch the bruincasts. I was able to condense that hour of lecture to 30 minutes by watching at a higher speed, and bruincast was helpful as I was able to pause and figure out the mechanism, then watch how she did it.

Winter Quarter 2019
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