All Ratings and Reviews for Eric P Bescher
WHERE IS THE CHAT?!
In class, basically goes through his powerpoint and makes some extra remarks on things he thinks are interesting or important. There's a lot of material to cover in the class so pacing is pretty fast. Quizzes and exams aren't hard, but require you to memorize a lot. I would recommend memorizing his slides front to back if you want an A.
2 Quizzes, 1 Midterm, 1 Final, Weekly homework
Quizzes and midterms weren't cumulative, and they aren't too difficult. Overall, there is A LOT of material to cover, so be prepared to do a lot of reading on your own. The lectures were all pretty dry, and I didn't find them too useful. They're basically just reading off a powerpoint. There's a lot of material to read, so the workload is pretty tough. Don't take this class with this professor if you don't have to; it's basically just learning everything by yourself.
He is one of the more interesting material science teachers. Here are the pro's and cons that I think are the most relevant.
Pros: He uses his computer for almost all his lectures, and has a good amount of pictures, movies, and slideshows of all kinds that can really show you the interesting sides of materials science. The other MSE teachers are, from what I hear, quite boring. He has done a lot of projects and he will tell you about them and explain how the things you are learning can relate. A lot of the material you learn in MSE14 has wide application to all majors.
Cons: He can be very critical sometimes, and he does like to give hard tests. He will not make it easy for you. He expects you to remember(or study and then remember) all the little things he mentions in class and I assure you some small tidbit will show up on the final.
Finally, in my opinion, he is one of the better MSE teachers, despite his difficulty, because he also tests on things that are important for real life. For example, a problem on a midterm that is worth a good amount of points may be for you to explain in detail how some sort of semiconductor works, which is very applicable for all engineers.
IN A NUTSHELL: Hard but good.
Yes, he is an exteremely difficult proffesor. However, i highly recommend him. He is the most engaging prof i've had at UCLA, and i was never once bored in each of his 2 hour lecures. It is hard to get a good grade, but if you do the homework and take good notes its not immpossible.
Eric is a great professor. He keeps the class interesting and knows when students are getting restless and tired. Besides the fact that his test are damn near impossible to get over a 80% on, he's a nice guy and seems very friendly.
He knows his stuff! He can be intimidating at first glance but don't let his mug-shot fool you. He is one of the better MS teachers but be prepared for hard midterms and an even harder final. His final was 14 pages long. He concluded his final with a taunting picture of South Park characters wishing us all a nice Spring Break. Back the point: Good teacher. Hard teacher. The End.
This professor's lecture is sucks. You don't want to know anything about him. Just don't take class with him.
dont let the picture fool u. he's like 15 times bigger and meaner in person.
i had him for MSE14 and he used to clown on us on being so stupid. his midterm was easy, becuz it was just like the previous years, but then on the final it was like What-the-hell.
his lab assistant is even weirder, that super old woman TA that throws liquid nitrogen at you
together, they would make a nice couple.
I spent most lectures trying to finish the homework for the class -- so I can't comment much on his lectures...what time I did listen to his lectures I found that he did an effective job of relating the material in class to an application outside of the classroom -- usually the application had to do with research/project or job he had worked on/with. Understanding the material is quite a bit easier for me when a professor does this. As for his tests, I disagree with his style. I don't think a test that relects the average raw score around the 60-mark to be a good test. However, many professors believe this IS an effective test. Know your stuff before his tests ... make an outline of what you've covered.
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