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Alexandrova was an awesome lecturer, and although the class was difficult (especially her problem sets -- some of her problems are based on her own research and require you to think outside of the box), you will leave the class with a solid overview of quantum chemistry. Tests are difficult but not impossible, as she focuses more on applying concepts rather than computations.
Amazing professor! Really cared about the class and enjoyed teaching quantum. Tried her very best to make sure students focused more on learning rather than just getting a grade. Very reasonable exams. If you put in the effort and go to office hours for help, there should be no reason why you shouldnt do well in the class :)
She's one of the best professors at UCLA. Super super approachable and an excellent teacher. She managed to both teach all of the traditional material and also tie in her own (very interesting) research.
Alexandrova is fair, and seems to genuinely care about her students. The same cannot be said for many other teachers. While she doesn't go easy on her tests, she prepares you for exams and tells you the material you will be tested on. Study and pay attention in lectures
She is a sweet woman, but her explanations in class are simply not there. She'll draw molecular orbitals on the board so fast with little elaboration, leaving you confused and scrambling as you draw meaningless (at least to the majority of the class) blobs on your paper. When asking for further explanation, she'll often repeat herself instead of providing a different way of thinking. Don't be surprised if material on the exam is something she barely glanced over during lecture. Additionally, there is a huge difficulty jump from the first midterm to the second midterm, so make sure you don't get lost in those pivotal weeks. If you take her, pray for a good/helpful TA (mine certainly was not).
While her lectures aren't that interesting or engaging, her tests are easy compared to those of the other professors teaching Chem 20A. That being said, the course in general isn't easy.
However, the grading system itself is pretty generous. The assignments are online and count for 20 percent of your final grade (and you have unlimited tries to do them correctly), and the class is curved.
Overall, not a bad professor if you just need to get your chem requirements out of the way with a decent grade.