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Hands down, nada was the reason I did well in this class. A G*DDAMN ANGEL.
I am completing my post-bac at UCLA. So, after 34 undergraduate courses (Dartmouth) and 9 post- bacc college courses, I conclude that Professor Nag is EASILY the best Professor I have ever had.
He is everything you want in an educator: He is extremely passionate about Organic chemistry. He is an amazing lecturer. (He made ochem relatively straight-forward). He brings out the absolute best in his students. He is very understanding and relatable to UG students. Lastly, he is a genuinely great guy who makes the world a better place.
His course is demanding and requires hard work; however, you will do well if you put in the time and effort.
Anish lead our class through a very unprecedented time. I have the utmost respect and admiration for him. Taking 14D with Anish was the highlight of my academic career at UCLA.
Every other review has pretty much said it already, but I'm going to say it again: this man is a legend. Professor Nag is easily one of the best teachers I've ever had in my entire life, and he completely changed my perspective on organic chemistry. Organic chemistry, by nature, is a difficult subject. However, Nag was an amazing lecturer, and he really went out of his way to make sure that every student understood the course's content. He is also just a really great person overall, and even learned the names of all of this students. I would highly recommend taking this class with Dr. Nag if you can.
Also big shoutout to Anishka for being an amazing LA for this class. Thank you so much for all your help this quarter!
This is the best class at UCLA hands down, largely thanks to not only Anish but to the LAs he picked, especially Nada, I love Nada, everyone loves Nada.
Anish Nag is the prime example of what a professor should be. He is caring, understanding, funny, empathetic, and truly wants to teach us the material. He wants every student to understand the material. He cares for every single one of our well-being. His tests are extremely challenging, but his method of teaching is to make tests hard so students really have to work, but then offer extra credit (lecture, discussion, BACON, music video, etc.) to balance the grades out. The class is a fulfilling experience. I wish Anish Nag taught every single class I took at UCLA because he pushes every student to be better. You feel like you worked for and earned your grade, which is how every class should be structured. He is transparent and he is just... so selfless, genuine, and amazing. He starts off lecture with hilarious ochem memes, and he has Fun Friday Facts. He just has the biggest heart. Take Chem14D with Anish Nag!!!!!
This class was by far my favorite class that I have taken at UCLA. I despised chemistry, especially after 14A and 14B, but I developed an appreciation for synthesis and organic chemistry by the end of the quarter. Anish, the TAs, and the LAs all want you to succeed and created such a wholesome and uplifting community. There are also so many opportunities for extra credit and overall success. I will truly miss going to Anish's lectures and office hours, and I am glad that the 14 series saved the best for last!
Where do I even begin? Professor nag is by far the best professor I have ever had. He cares about each and everyone of his students and is often available to just talk and vent which for a professor is quite rare. He is always quick to respond to any form of communication and will not hesitate to help you out no matter the situation. I was going through a very tough personal time because somebody in my family had gotten very sick and I had to become a caretaker and he was so open and so understanding, to the point that I honestly felt that he was worried about me and my well-being.
Regarding the class, the grading scheme is pretty straightforward. We have three exams spaced out throughout the quarter, each one is worth 50 points. He illuminates your lowest score which means you technically only need to take two of the exams to get full credit! This is extremely useful because he’s going to double your highest score and basically drop your lowest one so if you do bad on one test you don’t need to panic. He also gives a multitude of extra credit! I believe he gives around 14% extra credit which is just insane. The extra credit comes in the form of create a video submissions, Lecture attendance, discussion section attendance, BACON tutorials...Overall I would say that professor niche is great at explaining and great at giving each and everyone of his students the individualized attention and care that is often lacking in the online setting and also in big classes in general. I will say that his tests are very difficult especially when comparing them to other professors giving same similar class. It’s a little annoying because he does push you but he never makes his tests impossible and he offer so much practice materials and so many resources that doing well in this class is not difficult. You have to be willing to put in the time and effort but if you try your hardest and you do all the work you are guaranteed to succeed. (He also is incredibly generous with partial credit in his tests, so don’t be scared of them being slightly more difficult).
Overall I wish I could take so many more classes with Anish! I also have to take the chance and give a shout out to all of the amazing LA is for this class. They made this class so much better! They gave personalized review sessions and they also were always active on both group me and discord. It was so easy to have your questions answered that I truly never felt alone when studying. They also gave out so many synthesis problems that I honestly could not even keep up. If you have the amazing opportunity to take this class with this professor I would not think twice about it! He will definitely be one of the best professors you will have at UCLA!
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I LOVED taking Chem 14D with Anish!! He genuinely cares about his students and takes the time to learn each and every one of his students' names. This was his first quarter teaching and I was a little hesitant to take his class, but he is a great teacher who is very clear. He also provides SO many resources, from past practice exams to handouts. I scored low Cs (~70-73%) on all of the exams and still got an A-. I probably could have studied more and gotten an A. Anish also gives so much extra credit (~50 points) and that really benefited the students :')
Take Chem14D with Anish Nag if you can!!!!!
I enjoyed this class very much. Anish is a wonderful person and provided MANY additional materials/worksheets/practice exams etc. They saved my life before the midterms and finals. I appreciated the way he set up the grading system (25/25/50 midterm/midterm/final with opportunities for a total of 12.5% extra credit) because it was accommodating of many different learning styles. Highly recommend this professor.
Professor Nag is by far the best professor I have had at UCLA. I have never met a professor who has been so dedicated and worked so hard for his students success. While CHEM 14D covers a lot of material in 10 weeks, Professor Nag makes it extremely manageable:
1) He Bruincasts all lectures and uploads all his notes, clicker questions, and PowerPoints to CCLE. Additionally, he provides handouts for every set of reactions in a clear numbered list which is extremely helpful considering by the end of the class you'll have learned/memorized 80+ reactions. The class is very organized.
2) He provides tons of extra practice problems and posts their solutions to CCLE. These problems are made by himself and are extremely similar to his tests questions. For every week, he provides a weekly problem set, a discussion worksheet, and a worksheet specific to the new kind of reaction learned that week. This is in addition to the large review worksheets that are provided for practice before the midterms and finals.
3) He is incredibly approachable and readily available. In addition to office hours, Professor Nag uses an online forum for students to ask and answer questions. However, unlike other class forums that can feel like the blind leading the blind, Professor Nag answers EVERY question himself or at least endorses posts by students that answer the question correctly.
4) He is genuinely just a nice guy. His lectures are engaging and he cracks jokes occasionally. He is also clearly concerned about his student's mental health and well-being. For instance, he was extremely flexible with his grading and was lenient with providing partial credit on tests or participation points in class/discussion.
Highly recommend this class!
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