Caitlin Brown

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EPS SCI 17
Dinosaurs and Their Relatives See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.9 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.3

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I took this class with Brown during the Spring Quarter 2020 during quarantine . In general, this was a very great class and overall a relatively easy. There are two lectures per week along with one lab class.
The labs are very easy as the TA goes over everything with you, which means that you are usually finished with the weeks assignment just by attending the section. There are also assigned readings, which I would recommend skimming over them since I did find them somewhat helpful.
Brown assigns weekly quizzes, which are easy points since there are unlimited attempts. I would recommend paying attention during lecture and taking notes as you do NEED to know the material in order to perform well on the midterm and final.
STUDY THE STUDY GUIDE LIKE IT IS THE EXAM! Brown provides a study guide for both the midterm and final so make sure to take them filling everything out. Personally, I found the final to be easier than the midterm and Brown took the best score out the two exams for this quarter.
If you are looking for an easy GE, take this class!

(Spring Quarter 2020)
CLUSTER 70CW
Evolution of Cosmos and Life: Special Topics in Life Sciences: Consumer Conservation See Full Profile

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EE BIOL 111
Biology of Vertebrates See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Professor Brown is awesome! She just got her PhD so she's new and very young, which is pretty refreshing in a tough class like EEB 111. Her slides were very easy to understand and she made class engaging. She often ended class early because she went through her slides pretty fast, which would be my only complaint about her if you're a slow notetaker. I would definitely take classes with her again.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
EE BIOL 115
Mammalogy See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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Professor Brown is a great professor. She just got her PhD in a mammalogy field so you can tell she is passionate about the subject. I loved her lectures, she put in gifs, and made the material relatable. Everything she tests on is on the slides, and the tests are pretty straightforward if you study, although it can be dense sometimes. Her labs were pretty hard because you have to ID skulls of mammals that can all look pretty similar. My advice is to make a powerpoint for yourself with pics of each skull from all angles and descriptions of each skull in the speaker notes so you can practice IDing skulls at home. My only issue with her is she speaks really quickly, so either learn to type really quickly or record her lectures because they are not podcasted. Overall love her though! I would definitely recommend her as a professor.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
EPS SCI 116
Paleontology Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 3.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
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EPS SCI 116
Paleontology See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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EE BIOL 116
Conservation Biology See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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To preface, I took this class online so it might have been a lot easier than it usually is. Professor Brown is one of my favorite Professors I've had at UCLA and I highly recommend taking a class with her any chance that you can. Her lectures were dense but super interesting and she loves what she does so it is super fun listening to her.
Recommendations: For her tests she takes exactly what she puts on her slides or says in class. She gives you learning objectives at the beginning of each lecture that are reflected on the midterm and that is all you need to study. If you take good notes during class you can fill out the learning objectives with little no effort whatsoever and then you're all set for the tests. She has three tests all weighted equally: midterm 1, midterm 2, midterm 3 (which is the the final). The first midterm was medium difficulty, the second midterm was supposed to be harder but I did better than I did on the first, and the last midterm/final is the easiest test which is supposed to boost your grade.

PS the TAs are great for this class and are super helpful answering study questions.

(Spring Quarter 2020)
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EPS SCI 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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EPS SCI 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum See Full Profile

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