Organic Reactions and Pharmaceuticals

Anish Nag

Organic Reactions and Pharmaceuticals

Chemistry and Biochemistry department

Anish Nag

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Overall 4.8
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Easiness of class 3.0
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Workload 3.4
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Clarity of professor 4.8
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Helpfulness of professor 4.9
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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tough Tests
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Participation Matters

Grades

Spring 2020
75.2%
62.7%
50.1%
37.6%
25.1%
12.5%
0.0%
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A
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B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2019
37.6%
31.4%
25.1%
18.8%
12.5%
6.3%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 19, 2019 Grade Received: A-

TAKE CHEM 14D WITH ANISH NAG. This man is a legend both as a person and a professor. His lectures are engaging for the material (organic chemistry isn't exactly the most riveting of subjects), but Anish makes it work. His tests are incredibly fair so long as you study your ass off. Keep in mind that this is a hard class regardless of who you take it with, the point is taking it with Anish really makes it easier because of his clarity and availability as a professor. This dude will LIVE on campus if you ask him to, topping off with office hours on a SATURDAY before our final. That is dedication. Oh, and he gives you 12.5% of extra credit. That's right. You can have an 87.5% in the class, do all the extra credit (which is all optional like clickers and discussion attendance) and end the class with a 100%. Take 14D with this angel and you will surely not regret a thing. Also his haircut is the funniest thing I've ever seen, sorry if you're reading this Anish but you gotta change your flow bro.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 19, 2019 Grade Received: A

I am a senior about to finish my time at UCLA and this class has been so transformative for me. Professor Nag has made me realize a lot of things, one being how terrible many professors here are. It’s easy to get lost in such a big school but Nag went out of his way to learn each student’s name, and encouraged us to seek help outside of class if we are struggling. 14D is definitely one of the harder classes I’ve ever taken here, but Nag was so enthusiastic and positive and such a good teacher of the material that I now think of chemistry in a completely different way. I hated chemistry with a passion before this class and now I feel confident and excited about it! I can’t stress enough that everyone should have this class with Nag you absolutely won’t regret it. A huge huge thank you to Anish for leaving such an impact.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 19, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Wow! What an amazing class with an amazing professor. Professor Nag is easily my favorite professor at UCLA and the bar has been set very high for all professors. He truly cares about his students to a point where he memorized everyone’s name in lecture. He gives so many resources for us to succeed and if he sees we’re struggling he doesn’t hesitate to try and lighten up on the grading so we can get maximum points as possible. Yes, Chem 14D is not easy and is by far the hardest of the 14 series, but professor Nag made it worth while with all his extra credit opportunities and engaging lectures. I would take every class at UCLA with professor Nag if I could.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 18, 2019 Grade Received: B+

i absolutely hated chem 14a-c so when i went in to take 14d i thought i was gonna hate it as well. Professor Anish completely changed my mind. I actually began to love chemistry and was understanding material far better than i did in the past.

regardless of who you take it with, this is going to be a tough class. however, he really went out of his way to make the class easier and offers a ton of extra credit if you're willing to work for it. he's a fun person and lecturer and makes lectures engaging. if you have your hand up for a question he'll make sure he answers your questions clearly especially if its a conceptual one because he really wants you to understand and succeed (this is also the case for office hours)

the best thing about him is that he's genuine in that he wants for you to succeed. i kinda slacked off studying for the final because i had another final that day but he still graded the test in a way that I ended up with a C even though i truly believed i failed it (istg i should've gotten like a 50%) he is the only professor I've had so far at UCLA that has truly cared for his students and encourages you to do better.

I feel like he's gonna read this bc he's read all the UCLA Secrets that have been posted about him but thank you so much Professor Anish for believing in our ability to succeed both in and outside the classroom <3

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 18, 2019 Grade Received: A+

I never did well in any of the chem classes prior, got B+s in 14A and B and a B in 14C. I am honestly still shaken to my core that I got an A+ in this class, but I must say it is all thanks to Nag. This man is the most organized professor I’ve ever had at Ucla, I have pretty bad ADD but his lectures are so engaging I can actually pay attention!! Believe it or not, he learns the names of all of the students in his lectures, which is absolutely nuts since there’re almost 300 of us.
He posts every single slide up on CCLE and has a plethora of resources available for students. For the second midterm he even posted FIVE practice tests on the site!!! I’m not gonna lie though, the exams were insanely difficult and much harder than what was posted on CCLE, but as long as you use the practice exams, go to lecture and discussion, and do the additional problem sets on CCLE, you can easily come out of this class with an A- or above.
If you can, TAKE NAG! He’s by far the most caring professor at UCLA and his enthusiasm is unrivaled, and as long as you put in effort, you can very easily succeed in this class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 17, 2019 Grade Received: NR

10/10 class, highly recommend it. 14D is going to be a relatively difficult class no matter who you take it with, but Dr. Nag really goes the extra way to make sure that his students feel confident. He is a fun person, a great lecturer, and he is very accommodating, and will structure the class in a way that will almost guarantee you success. I can’t speak content wise because I loved 14C and chemistry in general, but he makes the lectures interesting and always integrates real world applications whenever he can. I highly doubt anybody did not enjoy the class. If you have to take 14D, take it with Dr. Nag!

Also, Swetha sang 1/2 step.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 17, 2020
Grade Received: A+

I love my parents but Anish needs to adopt me.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 3, 2020
Grade Received: A+

Anish is without a doubt the best professor I have had so far in my two years at UCLA. In the wake of a global pandemic and soon, maybe even a nationwide race war, it seems like it would be obvious for all professors to be understanding of their students and accommodate them appropriately. Unfortunately, I have heard several examples of professors who have failed to do so -- but Anish was not one of them. Not only did he alter grading and testing policies due to the extreme stress that his students have been going through, but he also spoke to us on multiple occasions about how he knows these times are tough and is trying his absolute best to make them bearable. He was always quick to reply to an email and was amazing at engaging with the class. Anish was able to make a grueling organic chemistry class fun, which I give him the utmost respect for during such a tumultuous ten weeks. 10/10 take this class with Nag

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 19, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Chem 14D with Dr. Nag was a great experience and my favorite class of the infamous 14 series. I went into this class with no idea what to expect given that Dr. Nag was a new professor, but he quickly dissolved my fears with organized (albeit fast-paced) lectures, concise answers to student questions, and tons of practice problems and exams. He also posts all of his slides online and is very helpful during office hours. Regardless of who you take 14D with, it is going to be hard due to the sheer volume of material you have to cover, and Dr. Nag was no exception. The first midterm was pretty tough and the second midterm was a major vibe check, but thankfully the final was a little easier. However, Nag was very fair when grading the tests and even adjusted the rubric for the second midterm to be more generous with partial credit. He also gives out lots of extra credit in the form of showing up to discussions, clickers, and online homework, which helped me attain a far better grade than I anticipated.

You can tell from the first lecture to the last that Dr. Nag genuinely cares about his students, is passionate about teaching, and wants you to succeed. Success will not come easily, but if you practice reactions every single day and go to lecture and discussion, you will do well in the course. Take this course with Nag; you won't regret it!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted April 9, 2021
Grade Received: A+

This class will teach you to have a growth mindset whether you like it or not. There will be times when you are genuinely stuck and you will make mistakes, but Prof Nag as well as the TA's and LA's provide so much resources and guidance to pick you up off the ground so you can grow as a critical thinker, problem solver, and scientist. This class is surprisingly a lot like a chess game. The class, as well as your learning, is very dynamic and requires patience and strategy. If you respect the game, the game will respect you.

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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tough Tests
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Participation Matters
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