Akram Almohalwas

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STATS 10
Introduction to Statistical Reasoning See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.9 Workload 3.1 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 3.9

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Not sure if the class is a lot easier than the actual school year, but for the summer it was VERY easy. I think it also has to do with the professor. Professor Almohalwas is exceptional and a great lecturer. He's very engaging and can get really up close (especially to students sitting in the front) because he wants students to learn and pay attention. His slides can get very long, but they're are helpful. He assigned six online quizzes that are fair, but drops the lowest score. There's also two extra credit opportunities: one lab and one quiz. The labs are long and you'll probably end up buying the software because there's not enough time in your section to finish it. If you have any questions on it, go to the professor because he'll pretty much spoon feed you the answers. His exams were beyond easy because he practically used the questions from his slides, previous quizzes, and old exams (very important that you attend his lectures and do well on the quizzes). At office hours, he's also helpful and it can get pretty crowded. However, he will do his best to answer your questions. I would definitely recommend this professor to a friend and would take him again for another class.

(Summer Quarter 2016)
STATS 12
Introduction to Statistical Methods for Geography and Environmental Studies See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.8

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He is a very accessible and friendly professor. We had clickers and he was always disappointed even when 99% of the class would get the answer right because he knew at least one person did not understand the material. He really cares about his students and wants everyone to understand Stats. If you need to take a Stats classes, make sure you take it with him. Ps Eric Fox is an awesome TA

(July 6, 2012)
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STATS 13
Introduction to Statistical Methods for Life and Health Sciences See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.7 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.8

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A few days ago, I was in a horrific car crash. At some point, the paramedics told me that my heart stopped beating, and I was considered medically dead for 2 minutes. At some point in my period of unconsciousness, however, something incredible happened. After being in a state of utter and complete blackness for what seemed like an eternity, I suddenly woke up in a bright field with a long staircase in front of me. I walked up the staircase, feeling a pleasant warmth from the radiating sun surround me as I did so. Eventually, I reached giant golden gates at the top of the staircase. That's when the memory of the car crash hit me like a ton of bricks, and I suddenly realized that I had died and I was now at the gates of heaven. However, I wasn't frightened. There was something calming about this place. After waiting a few minutes, I saw a figure slowly walking towards me and the gates. He eventually reached the gates, and without even touching them, he summoned them to open. Something deep inside told me that this figure opening the doors and about to confront me was God. When the gates opened, he stepped forth, and that's when I saw his face. Standing in front of me, in all his godly grandiosity, was Akram Almohalwas. I was frozen with awe. He handed me a chi square table, and told me that the meaning of life can be determined alone from taking his Stats 13 class. At this moment I was certain: Almohalwas himself was God. I reached to touch his beautiful face, but that's when I woke up in the hospital. I will never forget this experience, and my life will never be the same afterwards.

(June 10, 2015)
STATS 20
Introduction to Statistical Programming with R See Full Profile

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STATS 100A
Introduction to Probability Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 2.5 Easiness 3.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness
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STATS 100A
Introduction to Probability See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.0

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STATS 100B
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.4

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Wow, this guy is literally the G.O.A.T.

Stats 100B is probably one of the hardest statistics courses at UCLA, but this professor made it incredibly easy to understand and definitely made the material interesting to learn with real-life examples and applications. (NOTE: This applies to his summer course. I am not sure if this will necessarily apply to his regular quarter courses). He is also super patient and helpful in office hours as well. I think this guy is underrated, especially when everyone raves about Christou. However, Almohalwas is probably one of my favorite professors so far at UCLA. The homework is incredibly INCREDIBLY helpful for the exams. MAKE SURE TO DO THEM AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO DO EACH PROBLEM because again they are VERY HELPFUL for the exams! Also, he gives out extra credit on his final and a bunch of other free points (attendance, participation, etc). Also, he is a little bit messy as the previous reviews have stated (there are files everywhere on CCLE), but he just wants to give you all of the material you will ever need to help you succeed and master the course. Honestly, the hardest part about his class is that the class is essentially straight-scaled (since everyone knows the material really well and so do really well on the exams). So, it may be hard to come back if you don't do that great on one of the exams. However, it is very doable to get an A.

Literally, amazing and highly underrated in my opinion. 10/10 would recommend and would take the class again. I look forward to taking more upper-division courses with him. This guy is definitely a few standard deviations above the mean for amazing professors!

(Summer Quarter 2019)
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STATS 100C
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STATS 100C
Linear Models See Full Profile

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STATS 101A
Introduction to Design and Analysis of Experiment See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.6

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This is a very honest review. I don't think Professor Almohalwas is a good lecturer. He knows everything already so sometimes he expects students to understand what he talks about without really explaining everything clearly to students.

Good thing is though, he posts all the slides you need in order to be successful throughout the course. The amount of reading isn't even much as long as you spend around a day or two every two and a half weeks. And as long as you remember half of them (you don't even have to know all of them- just know the stuff he talked about in class), you can do well on exams. You can also have cheat sheet(s) for midterm (final).

I would recommend you to go to his office hours. You don't need to go to every single one; if midterm is on Thursday and he has office hours on Tuesday and Thursday, visiting him on Tuesday is enough. You can also visit him on Thursday before midterm, but this is optional.

Also, when you visit him during office hour, try not to go alone. I feel like he likes student"s" rather than a student. When he sees many students in front of him, he will get happier and help you out more. But this is just my feeling. You can see how you feel about this after going to his office hours :p

In general, Almohalwas is a caring and loving professor who truly wants his students to learn and success. If you pay attention to his classes and especially if you study all the materials he posts, you will learn a lot.

(Fall Quarter 2015)
STATS 101A
Introduction to Data Analysis and Regression See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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I've literally never written a Bruinwalk review until this quarter after I had Almo for 101A. I've had the whole spread of stats professors from Chen, Tsiang, Christou, Zhou, and Sanchez and Almo is for sure the worst experience so far.

To compare Almo and Sanchez, I felt that Sanchez was fairly organized. She had lecture notes, and a structured curriculum that go in a linear fashion. She may not be super nice but at least you know what you're learning about. Almo on the other hand is horrendously disorganized with regards to his notes, his lectures, his teaching, and his instructions. His lectures in particular feel that he is just YELLING words that are important but you have no idea what he's actually trying to teach.

Not to mention, literally a whole question out of four questions on the midterm was unsolvable which was not mentioned until after the exam was graded meaning that we wasted a ton of time trying to solve this problem during the exam and likely lost points on the other parts of the exam.

But overall, this class is not super hard. The homeworks aren't that hard and you can pretty much learn all the material in a day before the final by going through the textbook. But for sake of your sanity and feeling like you're getting your tuition's worth I would not recommend taking this class with Almo.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
STATS 101B
Introduction to Data Analysis and Regression See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.4 Workload 4.0 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 3.2

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Almohalwas is disorganized and does not explain concepts clearly at all. He clearly cares about his students A LOT but is an ineffective lecturer. Each slide show presentation he uses during class is at least 80 slides long and are a complete mess. Reviewing them is often of no use due to their sheer length and lack of information (it’s actually amazing that he is able to make a slideshow presentation this long that is void of any informative content). During class, he brushes over information, doesn’t explain concepts at all and most of the time, people are sitting there lost, wondering “WTF is this guy talking about?” I have never once left and if his lectures and been able to tell you what he was taking about, never mind actually understanding what he was talking about. He NEEDS to begin structuring his thoughts and learn to maintain a clear train of thought for the sake of his students.

Homework assignments all require the use of R and aren’t too bad, they can just be long. The only work that requires calculations to be carried out by hand are the midterm and final, which means you don’t get any formal practice carrying out equations by hand before the midterm and final, which is frustrating. The layout of the midterm and final is also messy with screenshots taken from R which can hinder your performance in the exam. The calculations required if you during the midterm are LONG and tedious. Completing an ANOVA table takes a lot of time and drawing factor diagrams for a repeated measures experiment is an art in itself. These tests are not easy to complete in the allotted time.
Note: I completed this course during the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd riots so the final was able to be completed over 3 days so I’m not sure if it is representative of what his normal exams are like. The midterm was completed over an hour and 20 minutes as normal and it was hard to finish in time.

There is a group project which I actually enjoyed a lot. I had a great group which was very motivating and we really worked well together. I feel sorry for those who weren’t so lucky in this regard.

Quizzes contain content from lower division STAT courses so they’re OK if you still remember the content from those classes.

I found the way to succeed in this course is to expect that you’re not going to get much out of the actual lectures. For me, the best method was to read the relevant textbook chapters, take note of the equations (eg all the sum of squares formulae etc) and complete as many practice questions as you can possibly do.

Receiving a reply to an email you sent to Almohalwas is a game of luck. You might receive a reply almost immediately or you might not receive one at all! Im I’ve received a reply to 2 out of the approx. 10 emails I’ve sent him during the duration of his class. I think someone should start a betting ring about his emails.
He will release quizzes and homework's on CCLE without sending out emails so you best be on your toes!

All in all, taking a class with Almohalwas is an experience. He is a really nice guy but a really bad professor. He cares deeply about his students learning but doesn’t know how to teach. Structure snd organization are simply not words in his vocabulary

(Spring Quarter 2020)
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