Biochemistry: Biosynthetic and Energy Metabolism and Its Regulation
Dr. Clarke is actually better than what these evaluations say. My research trainer actually said that I was lucky to have him for a professor. I never write evaluations, but I had to for Dr. Clarke, because he is my favorite and best professor at UCLA, and I am a senior. His class is challenging, but hey, it's 153C and you don't have much other options. Go to all the lectures, study before the quizes everyweek, because they are really big part of your grade and it's easy to get good score than midterms and the final. He is estremely passionate about teaching and you can tell, because you will really be paying attention during the lectures. Overall..take him for 153C and you won't regret.
Fall 2021 - Clarke's class seemed to do everything right for a challenging, upper-division class. She's funny and engaging even when the material can get a bit boring. This class is no joke, and I spent the majority of my time memorizing pathways. Her test policy is that the final will replace your first two midterm scores if you do better, which made getting an A in her class relatively doable. Tests were very fair, and she allowed us to bring in a cheat sheet for midterm 2 and the final. TAs this quarter were great, and the weekly quizzes were bonus points to help boost your grade. Office hours and tutorials were also a boon in order to develop your understanding. Overall, great class, interesting content, and great professor/TAs
Winter 2020 - He is nice and funny. However, I felt like he didn’t care much about students like Koehler did. He often canceled his office hours, and did not hold any review sessions before the exams. He also didn’t bruincast his lecture so be aware of this. His lectures were engaging, but it was sometimes hard to hear since he kind of rambles when he talks. His lecture doesn’t really match with what is covered in the textbook. He goes more in depth, but his exam questions are pretty straightforward(easier than Koehler’s questions). Just study what he says and you’ll get all his questions right. No need to use textbooks or Youtube lectures, those won’t really help for Gober’s part. His exam questions were either 1) regurgitating pathways or 2) things he covered on his lecture. Koehler gave us 1hr 20minutes for the midterm but Gober only gave us 50 minutes.
Winter 2020 - This is both a review, and also a survival guide for Carlas class with everything I wish I had known prior to the class. The course is not necessarily difficult but is very dense in material which is especially difficult to manage with other upper division courses. Carlas lectures are scattered and disorganized, making it very difficult to learn and apply the knowledge. Everyone failed the first midterm (average a 64) and she blamed it on our study habits, not her own INABILITY to relay the information. The way she talks is simply painful to listen to as she talks in scattered sentences. Her handwriting is far from legible, so you'll want to go back and listen to the bruin cast to take your own notes. She told our class we did not need to memorize certain concepts/pathways for the midterm (methionine pathway... just memorize it you'll thank me later) and put them on the midterm anyways (so you cant trust anything she says ). The only way to survive Carlas portion of the class is to memorize everything, even the stuff she says not to memorize. Go to office hours and try to listen through the pain, she might give away some test pointers. I am very frustrated with her as a professor and her TAs who also are disorganized. You are better off self teaching if you have the self discipline required.
Professor Merchant is one of the most approachable professors I have encountered at UCLA. Her tests were challenging in that some of the questions expected you to "apply" concepts learned, and even to formulate logical answers to material not necessarily covered during class. She is a very nice lady, always willing to help during office hours. She really takes interest in the students and gives immense hope for a high grade in the course. Even after a midterm with a low score, she motivates you to study by saying, "You can still get your A". I wish other professors would do that as well. Those who do well in her class obviously put in the time and really deserve the grade. The course is not an easy A, but it is not impossibly difficult either.
Fall 2019 - I've never left a review before on Bruinwalk, but came on here just to leave one for him. He's an incredible professor and if any of you are ever lucky to get the opportunity to take a class with him, please do it. He's incredibly intelligent, engaging, and humorous. He always walks into class every day with so much enthusiasm. It was so sweet to see him walk into class every day and greet us so happily. Sometimes, the class was recovering from a break or midterm week and weren't so cheerful in response, but he'd still keep his same energy. I would recommend going to his OHs. My plan was to attend as many as I could, but my schedule was hectic in the quarter and I really couldn't go at all. The topics I reviewed with him 1 on 1 in his office were the questions I got nearly all the points on on the midterms (~15 points each). Give him time to explain things, ask him questions in class. Ask him to repeat things. All of this will be so helpful in getting a good grade in this class and I know he's more than happy to repeat himself. He really loves this stuff and is gonna make you like the subject too if you give him a chance. It's really nice to run across a professor that makes a "scary" class feel so welcoming. Class is usually 5 days a week during the regular quarter, 2 are tutorial. I recommend going to all of the tutorial sessions because they really do help. He lectures off of slides and posts all of the slides online. I recommend audio-recording the lectures to listen to them afterwards, he often makes note of the things that are most important for the exams. He LOVES regulation, so really understand why pathways happen and when/why they'd slow down/stop. Understanding pathways like that will help you be successful in his class. He does run through the slides rather fast, but I just think it's because his brain works so fast lol. TAKE HIS CLASS! and participate! His exams are challenging, but, as weird as it sounds, they're almost fun. If you feel the exams are TOO difficult, it's okay because the avg gets curved to a ~ B. Talk to your classmates and share resources because as long as you guys are on the same page, I think you'll do fine.
Fall 2020 - Before 'rona Heather wasn't the most popular 153C professor (as you can tell by previous reviews) but luckily she made the class a whole lot easier to pass online. Her lectures are rather tedious (fun drinking game: take a shot every time she says "uhmmm" and wipes her nose) but it is probably a good idea to watch them (preferably at 2x speed) to cover exam material. Exams (three midterms, no final) are written and graded rather poorly: short-answer questions are often vague and open-ended with extremely specific answers required for full points. The upside to this is that the exams were only 20% of our grade, with a hefty 40% of our grade being the group project (this will likely change in the future since many people got A's). Another plus is that she gives a rather generous amount of extra credit, and discussion sections are not mandatory. Basically, Tienson online: easy, ok. Tienson irl: maybe hard, idk.