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Amander Clark See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.1 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.2

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Hey Bruins!

So I took this class during the apocalyptic COVID-19 season in the Spring so take what you can from this review.

Overall, Professor Clarke is truly the GOAT in MCDB department. She has this tiny Australian(?) accent going on so I enjoyed her lectures because I really liked her voice.

This professor is quite fair and very involved in student learning, even during the pandemic. This pandemic season was honestly such a rough time for every one, so I appreciated the fact that Professor Clarke was really accommodating and understanding of her students.

Class material-wise, I thought the topics discussed in MCDB 144 was honestly very challenging at times because of all the pathways and mechanisms we had to learn on top of the data-interpretation (which is the bulk of all the tests and quizzes). To really excel in this class, data-interpretation has to be intuitive to most. Her exams and quizzes go pretty quickly, so when presented with data, you have to know what is going on and catch on quickly to answer the questions.

I had Jordan as my TA during this time. Overall, I thought he did a great job on explaining what strategies to use and how to tackle data interpretation questions. Also this man was quite hilarious and made my Monday 8AM discussion so much more enjoyable than it ever could have been.

In all, great professor and teaching staff! Not only will you guys learn a tremendous amount throughout this class, but y'all will actually enjoy it!

Spring Quarter 2020
William Lowry See Full Profile

Overall 3.1 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.8 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 2.3

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The professor does not accommodate student conditions, especially during covid-19. He takes an incredibly long time to reply to emails (if ever), his "practice exams" were rushed and did not even have a mark scheme, and you have nothing to use for studying for the exam aside from his slides. His final contains many questions that were incredibly difficult to answer from simply learning the slides. The grade distributions were also quite bad this quarter (don't believe the grade distributions from previous years!!):
0% A+
7.1% A
14.3% A-
7.1% B+
38% B
14.3% B-
19% C+

This professor makes MCDB 138 and MCDB 165A seem like incredibly organized and relatively easy classes.

Fall Quarter 2020
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Atsushi Nakano See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.3

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Honestly, he is one of the worst professor I had in UCLA.
I have 3Bs in UCLA. This was the last quarter before summer session and I took 4 classes.
But this class was very last class and I knew how to study for science courses and I didn't really worry about this course on the first place. My thought towards this class was wrong.
Regardless how much effort you put into this class, you can't really prepare for the exam.
His previous exams do not help at all. You can't really prepare for his exam because he doesn't explain anything deep. Also, he brings new type of question that you were never exposed to. As a result, you can't really prepare in terms of exam question.
Studying lecture material is just good enough to answer first simple multiple choices regarding lectures. Also, his poor exam system separates A and B students.
Since most questions were multiple choice and there were problems meant to get wrong, students had to choose the answer without any educational guess and people who were lucky got A.

I got A or A- for all mcdb classes. Maybe, he wasn't right professor for me.

Spring Quarter 2016
Nathanael Prunet See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.8 Workload 4.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.8

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Yes, there is a lot of memorization involved and that is annoying but frankly it's still way less memorization than 138. Basically if you just memorize the slides then you should be able to get an A. (I'm not a great memorizer.) Prunet himself is a great lecturer and is very kind and helpful. The class is straightforward and informative and I recommend it.

Fall Quarter 2019
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