LIFESCI 2

Cells, Tissues, and Organs

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Arthur Arnold Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Allen Avedian Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness
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Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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P Bok Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 1.9 Easiness 2.3 Workload 4.6 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness
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Overall 4.0 Easiness 1.9 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.1

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Ronald Cooper See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.5

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I took this class with Roth-Johnson and Cooper. This was one of the hardest and most stressful classes I've taken at UCLA. I watched all of the pre-recorded lectures and attended every lecture in person. I also read the textbook, actively participated in discussion, and attended office hours. However, I just don't think Dr. Roth-Johnson and Dr. Cooper's teaching methods worked for me. Too many concepts were crammed into one lecture and it was hard to keep up. We were given one practice test for each of the exams, but the answer key was never posted. Instead, we were told to post our questions on the CCLE discussion forum. When we asked a question, the professor and learning assistants would reply with even more questions, not giving a definite answer and leaving me more confused than I was before. The professors also don't allow us to have Peer Learning Facilitators, who would have made the class easier to understand. Instead, the class has its own Learning Assistants, which isn't as effective since they have select office hours which aren't as structured as PLF sessions. I wouldn't recommend this class because it makes the material more difficult than it needs to be, and taking it with Esdin would be a better choice.

Fall Quarter 2016
Victor Edgerton See Full Profile

Overall 1.8 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.6 Clarity 1.6 Helpfulness 2.2

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Avoid Edgerton as a professor. He emphasizes the importance of reading the book while not teaching at all in class. HIs lecture slides are mainly pictures and diagrams from the book. However, if you are looking for research he is your best bet. His lab hires many undergrads and does research in Spinal Cord injuries and such.

March 18, 2013
Joseph Esdin Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.8 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness
Holy crap that final was so hard. (Fall Quarter 2016)
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Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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Holy crap that final was so hard.

Fall Quarter 2016
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Gordon Fain See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.8

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LS 2 is hard and professors are not really helpful. To do well in this class, the only thing you do is to remember everything on every slide.

Winter Quarter 2016
Anthony Friscia See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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Professor Friscia's lectures were fun to attend, and the concise notes that he projected were helpful when studying for the exams. Most of his lectures about macromolecules were clear and straightforward, but things started to fall apart when he taught the sections on Embryology and the Immune System. He mixed up some terms, jumped from topic to topic, always seemed to be in a hurry, and didn't explain the concepts well enough for the students to follow and comprehend. Overall the last few lectures never really came together for me, and I had to listen to his podcasts a few times to catch the big picture.

Winter Quarter 2016
Rana Khankan See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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Took Dr. Khankan for LS3 during Winter 2017. She was not a viable teacher to teach this course nor was she interested in well being of her students. The fact that no one got a 100 or 98 on either of her midterms shows that there is something seriously lacking in her teaching approach. She is not flexible when it comes to helping students nor is she concerned about her students' performance on her examinations. She does not seem all that knowledgeable about the course material and it is evident that professorship is a mandated activity for her research career here at UCLA. While I ended up getting an A in LS3, it was definitely one heck of a quarter with two hard midterm exams and a hard final. The class was apparently "straight" scaled but in reality it was eventually curved due to the low distribution of scores.

Winter Quarter 2017
Peter Narins Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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