Differential and Integral Calculus
Winter 2018 - I have very mixed reviews about this professor. I understand a lot of students' complaints about him, he's not a very good lecturer and he does not even seem to be passionate about teaching. At the same time, he definitely makes an effort to help the class. His practice exams have an identical structure to the actual tests, and I noticed that throughout the quarter he improved in his public speaking and became more thorough with his lectures. Altogether, he's not the best professor at math (you're going to need to already have background knowledge of calculus to be successful ) but don't get too discouraged if you have him.
Popa is a good professor who clearly loves math. He goes through a lot of sample problems in lecture and his midterms and exam is fair. His teaching style is definitely geared towards those who have some prior background in calculus. Although I did not have as much of a calculus background as many people in the class, I managed to follow along for the most part.
Radko is a nice Russian lady (accent is not distracting) who tries to help you out, but she clearly is too smart for the material and grazes over the basics sometimes. Lots of book learning. If you took any previous Calculus course 31A should be relatively easy. She purposely puts hard/weird math problems on the midterm/final so you have to study.
Summer 2015 - He is a good professor, and I took this class during CSI, which means this is my first class at UCLA. I don't quite know how to study in college, but i can feel that professor Anand is a great professor, he showed the proofs of theorems in class, which really helped. However, i am not a math person, and things go on so fast, so i don't do well. Maybe i should take it during a normal quarter.
I thought Renfrew was a good instructor. He spent most of the class going over example problems. As for the exams, the material was very straightforward. He always gave out a previous midterm/final and practice problems. Study these and similar problems and you should be fine. There is partial credit given for questions. The homework each week was a couple problems. It would have been a lot easier for me if I had a study group (form one if you can). I ended up with an A in the class, not too difficult if you have taken calculus before.
Professor Richthammer was a very caring teacher but at the same time he was awful at presenting topics to those of us who had not taken calculus already. He was more concerned with the proving of obscure topics than getting to the basics and helping people who were learning the subject. Every week I would have to spend hours daily in the tutoring lab just to finish the homework and barely pull a B- on average. To top it off his midterms and finals were ridiculously hard, making it almost impossible to succeed even if you try your hardest. I wish him the best, but do not take him unless you want to be miserable.