Spring 2020 - COVID. Easiest class ever, and I've taken Scan 50W, Theater 10, Span 44, and more. He gives 4 tries per test and quiz and honestly you only ever need 1 to get 100%. Its that easy. Literally no tricks, nothing in depth. Can you plug numbers into an equation? You'll get an A. I fully believe (literally, no exaggeration it is that easy) my 6th grade cousin could've gotten an A in this class. He literally explained that X was a variable that represented any number. I am a dumb student and still thought this class was a joke. I honestly felt like this class insulted the intelligence of UCLA students. People did so well (like 95% of students got 100% on the midterm) he gave made us take an academic honesty quiz. Bro, people aren't cheating, it's really just that easy. I was scared at first because he gave the whole "UCLA students are held to a high standard, you all are smart blah blah blah" at the beginning of class so I took it seriously at the beginning. Nope, this class was a joke. The quizzes scared me at first because of the really random numbers, but it ends up being a blessing in disguise. If you don't get the exact random number that he has, you did it wrong. Most annoying thing is this class honestly has to be the freshman. I've never thrown shade on people in my class in a review before. But honestly, they needed to chill. They made a whole Zes fan club and just talked so much during the zoom lecture and in the chat that it was impossible to focus and honestly was just so cringe. That being said, lectures are useless, just google the formula for the quizzes during the quizzes once you see the question (again that easy). I don't know if I've said it yet, but this class is super easy. I'm not even a stem major, and truth be told, I'm a huge brick. Homework is graded on accuracy but the answers are in the back of the book and online. For R assignments, just go to discussion cause your TA does the whole thing and you just need to write it down and you'll get a 100% in that department too. All in all: what a joke. Take this for literally the easiest class in your life including high school and middle school
Fall 2019 - Zes is pretty nice, but his lectures aren't very in depth; they basically just skim over the corresponding textbook chapters without explaining much (they're good as big picture overviews of the material, so I'd recommend reading the textbook chapters before coming to lecture). He makes an effort to get to know his students (learning all of our names) and is quite helpful during office hours. Homework is book problems, which generally aren't bad. Midterm is open note and open book; as a reward for going to the lecture before the midterm, he actually showed us 2 of the questions on the exam (along with the answer). There is no final; there is a kaggle competition instead.
Fall 2022 - Dave is an incredibly likable professor and very kind to his students. It is difficult to not get full credit for assignments, just put in a little bit of honest effort and you'll get full credit. You rotate around random groups throughout the quarter until the last few weeks where you work solely with your final group. We were supposed to have a midterm but he canceled it, we were also supposed to have a pop reading quiz but he canceled that too. The final project consists of choosing a dataset to analyze and present on. The presentation doesn't have to be perfect, just show up to class and don't go over your allotted time. My only criticism is that he could've given a little bit more guidance on what he wanted in the final report. That being said we still got 100% on our presentation and report despite some feedback from him on what we did wrong. Although you get an in progress grade for this class at the end because you don't get a grade until you finish 141XP, I got 100% on everything in this class. It seemed like he was giving extra credit to those who would speak up at the beginning of the quarter, and if that's true I'll end up with over 100%. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PROFESOR.