Akram M Almohalwas
Department of Statistics
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2.6
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 2.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.4 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.6 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tough Tests
  • Has Group Projects

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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15.6%
12.5%
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6.3%
3.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

19.5%
16.3%
13.0%
9.8%
6.5%
3.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

23.9%
20.0%
16.0%
12.0%
8.0%
4.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: I
Feb. 7, 2020

Just finished a midterm for this class. I haven't got a grade from this class yet, so I have no idea how he would deal with curving issue. But the lectures, homework, and exams are DEFINITELY HORRIBLE experience! I do not feel like learning anything from the mandatory lectures, and his unorganized class structure just made students not able to concentrate on the materials. The notes posted online was just like sketchy drafts, and professor gave practice WITHOUT answer. The questions in the exam were also very unfairly hard and did not match the difficulty of the problem sets he usually gave. Overall, I do not recommend taking 101A with Professor Almohalwas if you want to learn anything.

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: A
Feb. 13, 2016

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: B
March 30, 2020

Disorganized, unclear, insane, unreal. These are just a few words that come to mind when I think of STAT101A with Almohalwas. The level of disorganization in this class is actually impressive. His lectures are beyond confusing (I actually think he gets confused during them). They lack any sense of structure whatsoever or any objectives and it is simply impossible to know what ‘topic’ you are supposed to be learning during each class, even after the class has ended (I CAN NOT emphasize this point enough). There is no clear train of thought or structure to his classes. He posts an increadible amount on CCLE, most of which are unreadable R markdown documents which are impossible to learn from. The textbook is unclear and outdated as well as being broadly irrelevant to the course. Homeworks are very difficult and massively time consuming. Luckily, our TA literally gave us the solutions to them, otherwise I can garuntee 1/4 of the class would have failed every assignment. The group project was also a huge mess (like the rest of the course) with very little guidance. There was little to gain through it and it just added to a very high workload. Now, onto the midterm. Average grade for the midterm was 55%. This was because of a combination of very poor lecturing (as mentioned above), an unreasonably long test as well as the fact that the homeworks and textbook are all based on R, so before the midterm you are spending 99% of your time learning the material on R whereas th test is all by hand, which causes a lot of problems. Finally, the grading of the course. I believe the grades for this course were largely fabricated. I’m not sure how anyone got away with this but in one of the homeworks, I did not answer an entire section and got 100%, as did everyone else who handed it in (you can see this on the grade distribution on myUCLA). This was also the case with the extra credit assignmentand some of the quizzes and other homeworks. As well as this, we got our final grades BEFORE our final project was marked.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: I
Feb. 21, 2020

Never take his class.
Mark my words.
Simply never take his class.
Literally cannot learn anything.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: I
Feb. 7, 2020

Professor Almohalwas is extremely disorganized. The lecture slides are basically consisted of screenshots from online sources, and the lecture notes he gave to us is so messy that it is so hard to find anything you need in it, it's like some code with scratches on the side. Tests are not hard but so messy. Do not take this professor if you expect to learn and understand things from lecture!

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 18, 2021

First Bruinwalk review ever since I was shocked at the ratings this professor currently has. Here's the thing: this class is not a traditional "come in, read the slides, study the slides, get a grade" kind of class. This class is primarily about the application of linear regression theory in R and understanding the output. For that reason, most of the class is actually just showing students the code for different models and talking through the output.

If you approach the class knowing this, and take notes accordingly, you will do very well. The professor could certainly improve on CCLE organization, but when it comes down to teaching, he is wonderful and I highly recommend his class.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Nov. 9, 2014

I don't see why people love this guy. He does not come off as friendly, and he is so disorganized its crazy. Our midterm was so long no one had any chance of finishing it; i hate when professors do that. Avoid avoid avoid avoid, trust me.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: NP
April 1, 2020

Very unorganized professor, rude, and not helpful in the least. Lectures are the most directionless I have ever experienced, attendance is mandatory but you're better of reading the book because his lectures are utterly undecipherable. Learned absolutely nothing in this class. Avoid at all costs.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: I
Jan. 31, 2020

For those signing up for spring quarter classes I wanted to add in a review of my impressions up to week 4 because there aren't many reviews.

He is a funny and nice professor and he yells a lot while lecturing so you won't be bored and it gives the illusion that you won't lose focus and you'll understand things better, but in reality you still somehow end up leaving the classroom wondering what the heck you learned in those 50 minutes. I feel bad saying this because he does seem like a good person but his lecturing is so disorganized. He would benefit from having an agenda of what we should learn by the end of the lecture instead of jumping from webpage to powerpoint slide to blackboard on what seems like a bunch of different tangents.

I'm struggling to do this homework assignment due tomorrow because I have not learned the material necessary to do it.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: I
Feb. 7, 2020

Just finished a midterm for this class. I haven't got a grade from this class yet, so I have no idea how he would deal with curving issue. But the lectures, homework, and exams are DEFINITELY HORRIBLE experience! I do not feel like learning anything from the mandatory lectures, and his unorganized class structure just made students not able to concentrate on the materials. The notes posted online was just like sketchy drafts, and professor gave practice WITHOUT answer. The questions in the exam were also very unfairly hard and did not match the difficulty of the problem sets he usually gave. Overall, I do not recommend taking 101A with Professor Almohalwas if you want to learn anything.

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: A
Feb. 13, 2016

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.

Helpful?

3 1 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: B
March 30, 2020

Disorganized, unclear, insane, unreal. These are just a few words that come to mind when I think of STAT101A with Almohalwas. The level of disorganization in this class is actually impressive. His lectures are beyond confusing (I actually think he gets confused during them). They lack any sense of structure whatsoever or any objectives and it is simply impossible to know what ‘topic’ you are supposed to be learning during each class, even after the class has ended (I CAN NOT emphasize this point enough). There is no clear train of thought or structure to his classes. He posts an increadible amount on CCLE, most of which are unreadable R markdown documents which are impossible to learn from. The textbook is unclear and outdated as well as being broadly irrelevant to the course. Homeworks are very difficult and massively time consuming. Luckily, our TA literally gave us the solutions to them, otherwise I can garuntee 1/4 of the class would have failed every assignment. The group project was also a huge mess (like the rest of the course) with very little guidance. There was little to gain through it and it just added to a very high workload. Now, onto the midterm. Average grade for the midterm was 55%. This was because of a combination of very poor lecturing (as mentioned above), an unreasonably long test as well as the fact that the homeworks and textbook are all based on R, so before the midterm you are spending 99% of your time learning the material on R whereas th test is all by hand, which causes a lot of problems. Finally, the grading of the course. I believe the grades for this course were largely fabricated. I’m not sure how anyone got away with this but in one of the homeworks, I did not answer an entire section and got 100%, as did everyone else who handed it in (you can see this on the grade distribution on myUCLA). This was also the case with the extra credit assignmentand some of the quizzes and other homeworks. As well as this, we got our final grades BEFORE our final project was marked.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: I
Feb. 21, 2020

Never take his class.
Mark my words.
Simply never take his class.
Literally cannot learn anything.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: I
Feb. 7, 2020

Professor Almohalwas is extremely disorganized. The lecture slides are basically consisted of screenshots from online sources, and the lecture notes he gave to us is so messy that it is so hard to find anything you need in it, it's like some code with scratches on the side. Tests are not hard but so messy. Do not take this professor if you expect to learn and understand things from lecture!

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 18, 2021

First Bruinwalk review ever since I was shocked at the ratings this professor currently has. Here's the thing: this class is not a traditional "come in, read the slides, study the slides, get a grade" kind of class. This class is primarily about the application of linear regression theory in R and understanding the output. For that reason, most of the class is actually just showing students the code for different models and talking through the output.

If you approach the class knowing this, and take notes accordingly, you will do very well. The professor could certainly improve on CCLE organization, but when it comes down to teaching, he is wonderful and I highly recommend his class.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Nov. 9, 2014

I don't see why people love this guy. He does not come off as friendly, and he is so disorganized its crazy. Our midterm was so long no one had any chance of finishing it; i hate when professors do that. Avoid avoid avoid avoid, trust me.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: NP
April 1, 2020

Very unorganized professor, rude, and not helpful in the least. Lectures are the most directionless I have ever experienced, attendance is mandatory but you're better of reading the book because his lectures are utterly undecipherable. Learned absolutely nothing in this class. Avoid at all costs.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: I
Jan. 31, 2020

For those signing up for spring quarter classes I wanted to add in a review of my impressions up to week 4 because there aren't many reviews.

He is a funny and nice professor and he yells a lot while lecturing so you won't be bored and it gives the illusion that you won't lose focus and you'll understand things better, but in reality you still somehow end up leaving the classroom wondering what the heck you learned in those 50 minutes. I feel bad saying this because he does seem like a good person but his lecturing is so disorganized. He would benefit from having an agenda of what we should learn by the end of the lecture instead of jumping from webpage to powerpoint slide to blackboard on what seems like a bunch of different tangents.

I'm struggling to do this homework assignment due tomorrow because I have not learned the material necessary to do it.

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2.6
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 2.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.4 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.6 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (5)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (4)
  • Tough Tests
    (3)
  • Has Group Projects
    (5)
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