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Genetics

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John Merriam Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Hung Pham See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.1 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.8

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This review is for LS 107 which was one of my first courses at UCLA (I'm a transfer). I have to say I was intimidated at first, but ended up enjoying the course very much by the end.
The previous reviews are very accurate. Dr. Pham is an incredibly kind man, super knowledgeable in the field of genetics, and just wants his students to succeed. He has a decently thick accent but I got completely used to it by week 2. The most important study tool in this class are his previous midterms which he posts on CCLE. Pay very close attention to the format, length, problem style, and problem wording when you practice these tests.

In regards of study material, the class consists of:
-Textbook (used it in the first weeks, realized it is not needed at all)
-Clicker questions (critical for getting the basis of concepts for the more heavy problems, and worth participation points)
-Discussion worksheets (sample midterm questions your TA solves)
-Weekly CCLE worksheets (more sample midterm questions for practice)
-Weekly discussion quizzes (depends on TA, based on prev week's wkst)
-Lecture slides (for general concept and clicker Q's)
-Previous midterms (many get posted on CCLE, do as much as you can starting with most recent ones)
-Bruincast videos (Dr. Lasky explaining concepts, since LS107 is now a flipped classroom where you come to class primarily to solve problems)
-Online quizzes (based off the videos)

As you can see there is a ton of study material here. I think you will have no problem getting a high grade in this class if you understand how to solve nearly all problem types that he emphasizes. I went to my TA many times for help, and by the test time I knew how to solve pretty much every problem.
My scores:
Participation 44/44
Online Qz 26/26
Discussion Qz 30/30
MT1 97/100
MT2 100/100
Final Exam 191/200
Final grade 488/500 = 97.6%

The averages for all exams were really high (MT 1 was about 78%, MT2 was IN THE 90's!!, final was 83%). You will be fine, don't worry.
I hope my review was thorough and helpful! Good luck in the course and in your future endeavors.

Fall Quarter 2018
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Jeronimo Ribaya See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.2

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I've had him for both LS3 and LS4. He's a very good teacher. Tests are challenging...it's not a cakewalk.

Oct. 18, 2008
Alvaro Sagasti Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Ron Siu See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.2

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LS4

I took LS4 class during summer session C in Professor Siu's class. This class was super amazing!! He is a really smart professor and his lecture presentation is awesome! He makes a test based on what we learned during the lecture. You don't have to look at textbook!! Just focus what he taught!! I got an A in his class. I really liked his class!!

Dec. 1, 2012
J Thomas Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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