All Ratings and Reviews for Alvaro Sagasti


Overall 3.3
Easiness of class 2.4
Workload 1.9
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 3.4
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.9
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MCD BIO 165A, taken Winter 2019 Submitted April 26, 2019 Grade Received: B+

Dr. Sagasti is definitely very knowledgeable and he doesn't just give you the answer when you ask a question. He can go pretty fast during lectures, but office hours were definitely super helpful. However, this class definitely covered a ton of material so the final was very long. He likes to ask "make your own experiment" type questions so you need to know all the experimental techniques and how to analyze results. I was lacking in that area -- though I knew the techniques and results I would want, it was hard to put into the concise words that he wanted. Overall, learned a ton in this class.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 12, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

professor sagasti is an extremely nice guy. i can't stress that enough. he's very approachable, very patient w/u when u ask him questions. i just came back from the final so i'm gonna try to be as unbiased as i can with this b4 i see my grade. so...alot of pple complain that he's a boring lecturer, although i think he's alright. when ur in class and doing all the practice problems or hw that he gives u, u feel like ok, i could do this. but the final was a killer. omg....i think everyone stepped out of the class feeling like they failed the final (at least i did). and i was so sure i understood everything too, especially after going thru the problems so often and feeling confident about them. so...i think the only thing that will help me now would be the curve. so in all, HARD final, but very nice guy.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 15, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

Well....besides the "beautiful" mice/worms and the "elegant" experiments, sagasti wasnt that bad as a lecturer. Beware of the final tho....this guy is a nut

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 14, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

Sagasti is one of the most interesting lecturers I've had. Instead of focusing on boring, detail-laden material, he presented us with interesting experiments and tangents. Unlike the first half of LS4, which was all problem solving, Sagasti's lecturers were about things that might actually make you interested in studying genetics further. (the other professor, Jacobsen, was actually quite good.. he simply chose to focus more on math/probabilty stuff).
Unfortunately, Sagasti's final didn't really reflect his teaching style. The questions themselves weren't really that terrible, but the test was extremely long. Hopefully in the future he'll have a better feel for what students should be able to do in a two hour span.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 11, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

No no no

Course not listed Submitted March 19, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

After taking the LS4 final, I walked out thinking that I didn't learn anything too useful or meaningful and that I enjoyed the first half of the class with Prof. Jacobsen a lot more. However.... this perception changed sooo much when i started taking a bunch of upper divs and found out that sagasti really did teach some pretty cool stuff. too bad i didnt realize that when i was actually taking him. its just that the text itself didnt support the 2nd half of the class... it made it hard to get concrete examples/problems. maybe next time they should find a better one i guess.

as for the final... as long as you know the concepts, it shouldnt be too bad; you can count on a huge curve to help you. as a matter of fact, i felt like the final was really clever and was one of the most thought out finals that ive ever taken. he really tests you on if you know the material/concepts. just make sure to go claim free points for quizzes because the ta's were generally really sympathetic to us unlike some other classes/ta's i can think of... ahem mcdb 138.

ooo i also listened to the posted lectures online a few times to clafiry points. never went to office hours. but just studied a little bit everyday.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 12, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

hes a sweetheart...but no, no, no is right. stick to research, buddy

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 20, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

Nice professor. Great artist! Loved how he passed out lecture slides in class so we didn't have to spend money buying them. I guess since it's his first class, his lectures were sometimes pretty unorganized. But he repeats the confusing transitions and after studying the lectures a couple times the connections become clear. The TAs were so helpful in preparing me for the final. Sagasti is also helpful in office hour. Overall, great class, though not my favorite LS course.

Course not listed Submitted March 22, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

Easy grader, extremely nice and patient. Lectures are a bit disorganized but his explanations will prep you for upper divs very well. Tests were really not that bad.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 12, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

It was Dr. Sagasti's first time teaching the course, so he wasn't very good at following the lecture guidelines and didn't spend much time at all on things we're supposed to be learning.
Instead, the majority of the time in lecture was spent on ..not so useful experiments.

The assigned reading was a mess(a couple pages from multiple chapters), so it was useless. I hope he fixes that.

He was, however, happy to answer questions and very approachable, he should get better next time around.

Finally, his exam was similar to his practice problems...just crank up the level of difficulty tenfold. It's very concept based and you even had to design your own experiment.
There was this problem from the book that all the TAs agreed to be "really hard," and he addressed in his office hours as "I don't really want to go over it since it would take too long and is extremely difficult." A similar problem turned out to be on the exam...

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