Cell and Molecular Biology

Chentao Lin

Cell and Molecular Biology

Life Sciences department

Chentao Lin

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Ratings

Bad
Overall 2.0
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 2.3
Easy
Heavy
Workload 2.5
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 1.3
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 1.7
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters

Grades

Fall 2019
34.4%
28.7%
23.0%
17.2%
11.5%
5.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2018
33.7%
28.0%
22.4%
16.8%
11.2%
5.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 8, 2020 Grade Received: C+

Lin took over teaching during week 4, and it was a messy transition. There were some things that Maloy hadn't finished teaching us and it wasn't a smooth transition. He had the worst Asian accent (I'm Chinese and I only understood his accent like 60-70% of the time, just to show you how confused I was). He used the weirdest analogies/metaphors that have no correlation to biology. So be prepared for lots of confusion.

I feel like most reviews are students that either did extremely well or extremely poorly, so this is coming from a student who did right smack in the middle. It's a flipped classroom concept and I thought this was beneficial at first, but it's difficult to keep up with Launchpad, especially since they had hard deadlines. Miss one assignment? Lose free points. I did pretty bad on both my midterms and I improved by one letter grade on my final (almost two letter grades), and with all the points that I earned from Launchpad and section (the total was like 700 points or something), I somehow got a C+. I highly doubt they curved it because if they did, I think I would have gotten a B-. This is one of the downsides of taking a class with 360+ students. You can be in the average tier or one of the few students in the lower tier and the professors wouldn't give a crap because there are so many students that are doing well.

Honestly, what I would have done differently includes really taking my time to understand the content (especially through the lecture slides, clicker questions, and learning goals) and to go to office hours (whether it's your TA or the actual professor). What I'm planning to differently for LS 7B is that I plan to go over the learning goals every week and make sure that I understand them and can explain it to someone who has no idea what I'm talking about. If you can explain the concept to someone, that means you understand the material. I also suggest practicing through the clicker questions and then create some yourself and then ask a friend to exchange your newly generated questions. Remember to always ask yourself, "What would happen if this changes?" because the midterms and finals are all "What if" questions. Know the normal life processes and what would happen if you change a certain step in the process.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 7, 2020 Grade Received: B+

I took this class with Maloy and Lin and the difference between the two was night and day. Lin's lectures left everyone confused. He has a strong accent and uses strange metaphors that make him difficult to understand. The only reason I didn't fail his midterm was because I taught myself the content outside of class. Maloy was great, but be prepared to be confused during Lin's lectures if you take this class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 24, 2019 Grade Received: A

I took this class with Lin and Maloy. While I did enjoy the class, I did not like Lin as a professor. Dr. Lin is a great guy and is clearly passionate about teaching, but he just can't teach. I didn't learn anything from him .

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 20, 2019 Grade Received: B+

Dr. Lin only taught our class for about 4 weeks and was a co-professor with another professor. This man is so difficult to understand, goes way too fast, and does not show compassion to his students. Every class, me and my peers left confused. I think he is a good person, and was a bit funny, but he is just a horrible, terrible instructor. I had to depend on Bruincasts from another professor just to understand the material. DO NOT TAKE A CLASS WITH HIM, you will learn nothing!

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
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