Eric R. Scerri
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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3.2
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Based on 148 User s
Easiness 2.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.5 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.1 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
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  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tough Tests

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
July 23, 2011

This guy wasn't that good for me. He's whatever.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A+
Aug. 7, 2019

I actually really loved this class. From the students I talked with that were also in the class, this seems to be one of the most polarizing classes I've been in. You either love it or you hate it. But that makes sense, since general chemistry is often a weeder-type class for many pre-med students.
I will say this though: it's possible for anyone, even if you're not "good" at chemistry, to get a good grade in Eric Scerri's Chem 14A and have an appreciation for the material.
40% of your final grade in this class is the final exam, and 30% is the midterm. Dr. Scerri will give you several old exams to study and STUDY THESE!! Even MORE importantly, go to the test bank and search for as many old exams as you can find. Split it up between you and your friends to get literally as many exams as possible. These past exams are very useful because Dr. Scerri has been known to copy and paste pretty much all of his exam questions to his current exams, or he may change a single word or number. Understand how to do problems on as many practice exams as you can find and you'll be golden. I got a 98% on the midterm and a 97% on the final through this method, because as I reviewed more and more practice exams, the problems that I had with the material eventually disappeared. I can guarantee you that people who don't do well in this class don't do this.
20% of your grade is online quizzes, which aren't too difficult, and 10% is homework, which can be quite tedious but is overall manageable. Scerri is very funny at times, but can also be quite dull at other times. However, I would say he's in the better half of professors I've had at UCLA. Don't even bother wasting money on the textbook.
Lastly, going to discussion definitely didn't hurt me either. Some of the more complicated concepts such as molecular orbital theory and hybridization were ironed out for me through my TA's teaching.
Overall, this class is manageable, and the resources for you to do well are definitely there.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: B-
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Jan. 15, 2023

Okay so coming from a low education background, this was my first REAL chemistry class. And oh my goodness, this professor made me hate chemistry.

I honestly believe that this class is just dependent on how you learn... and I've met people who really like Scerri as a professor. But he just wasn't it for me. Hardly anything stuck and I found it hard to find the correlation between some concepts and what we were talking about last week. Again, might just be me, but I feel like I didn't learn much coming out of this class and was just scraping by.

All in all, easy workload (as long as you don't put it off) and an okay class. Not my vibe though.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: B
Aug. 27, 2019

The Chem 14 series is just hard altogether, there is no "easy" professor, especially if you don't know how you learn. With that being said, GOODLUCK. Try new methods, and rely on yourself rather than the professor! I personally liked Scerri for 14A, but don't rely on my review

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Quarter: N/A
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March 25, 2011

Wonderful professor, take this great man for 14A!!

As a north campus major having never taken AP chem, I felt uncomfortable heading into this class. However, Scerri's teaching style is extremely student friendly and easy to grasp. As multiple reviews below me have advised, MEMORIZE THE COURSE READER. EVERYTHING from his exams comes from the course reader. If it's not in the course reader- it won't be on the test. But if it is, even if it's some insignificant graph you didn't think to glance at, it might very well be.

The grading system for our year was simple- 30% midterm, 30% thinkwell quizzes, & 40% final. Thinkwell quizzes are a bit frustrating since they often cover different concepts than you learned in class, but just go by the videos posted on their site and you'll secure a 90%+ on them. Plus you get 3 tries on each, so don't sweat it too much.

All in all, this guy is amazing. He's funny, kind, and there to help students- not to mention he has an awesome accent. Nearly every lecture was entertaining for me, and again, I am not a science person. With a 92% quiz average, 91% (unweighted) midterm, and unknown final, I came out of the class with an A. If I did it, anybody can do it. Put in the time, review the course reader every night, and you'll be rewarded with that seemingly unattainable Chem 14A 4.0.

And a shoutout to the most amazing Teaching Assistant a student can ever ask for- Heidi Bednar. This woman will simply chem concepts for you like none other. Find her on the first day of lecture, write down her discussion times, and attend them. I could write an entire essay on how awesome of a teacher she is, but I'll leave it to you to go to one of her section and find out for yourself.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: B+
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
April 8, 2021

These students are on crack. I worked my ass off for this class got a damn B+ that ain't bad but still not ideal. He is funny but when students would ask clarifying questions he would make sly remarks that could easily discourage a student from wanting to engage with him further. There is a lot of room for you to make your own study plan so if you need a lot of check ins this class is not for you. This class is structured to make you responsible for your education and if you don't understand a concept it is up to you to use resources both from class and outside resources. The upside to this course is that there is not a lot of homework, there are these things called sappling quizzes but those are all submitted at the end of the quarter and you have unlimited attempts for every question. He speaks fast but in a monotone voice so if you have difficulties paying attention in lecture...best of luck on staying engage. You have to put in a lot of focus because on second of distractions you went from mole conversions to orbitals really quick.

as for the practice exams he gave us the wrong solutions to some questions and the exams had a few questions drawn from previous exams but not all.

he also doesn't tell you the curve so you don't really know how your grade was determined. i heard students who had gotten A's on the midterm but got a B or B- in the class where as other students failed the exams but got an A in the class. It is subjective and not my favorite class.

I would recommend taking it with a different professor.

TLDR: if you need constant homework assignments to keep you on track this isn't for you. if you are better with less work to allow you to have more time to study then yessss take this class.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A+
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 21, 2021

The content before the midterm was relatively easy to pick up especially if you took AP chem in high school. The second half of the course introduced new material that, for me, required a little more work to understand, but it was never unbearable.
The only homework we had was Sapling quizzes, which were basically practice problems that gave you unlimited attempts to complete. Some of the material on the quizzes were not taught in lecture, which was annoying, but Dr. Scerri assured us that we were not responsible for knowing it. Dr. Scerri only tested us on material explicitly mentioned in class, so I found that the best way to prep was to rewatch old lectures.
Dr. Scerri doesn't require attendance, and at the end of the quarter only around 60/235 students actually showed up to the live lecture. After each class, he would stay around for 30min-1hr to answer any questions, so that was really nice. He's really good at clarifying topics, so don't be afraid to ask!
The most intimidating thing about the class was his curve, which only benefitted us because he used at-home testing as a justification for giving us a really difficult midterm. For the curve, he takes sets the mean score as the minimum score for a B+ and then bases the curve around that because he "can't give everyone an A."
If you watch the lectures and study his practice exams, you'll do fine.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A-
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
July 2, 2020

Professor Scerri is too smart to be teaching this class. The material makes much more sense once you learn it on your own and then go over it with Scerri. Thankfully, his lectures are recorded, and it isn't necessary to go to your lecture live. He gives out practice tests and problems, which actually help out a lot. The tests are very similar to the practice exams. The TAs are fantastic, and I was able to learn much more from the TA than Scerri because the TA explained it in simpler terms. There are extra quizzes that you take on Thinkwell, but those are pretty easy and give you easy points. The homework isn't mandatory but doing it and reading the textbook help a lot for this class.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
July 2, 2020

I feel that Dr. Scerri often gets a bad reputation, and that may be because some of his jokes are insensitive. I think that that is just his personality, and once you can get past that, he is great professor that knows a lot about the material and is well versed in teaching it to students. His jokes are even funny sometimes. His method of teaching you the concepts of chemistry is more important than any practice problem you could do.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
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June 16, 2020

Dr. Scerri was such a great professor. His lectures are very well organized and clear, and he does a lot for his students- he spends an additional thirty minutes after every lecture to answer questions and gives students multiple opportunities to ask questions throughout lecture. He even gives us time to think of questions while reviewing that day's material briefly after lecture. He encourages us that there's no such thing as a dumb question and he really shows that he cares about our learning and wants us to succeed. I found him to be incredibly approachable and very generous when it came to providing resources - he posts multiple practice exams that are almost identical to his actual exams. Additionally, he is really funny and cracks jokes during lecture to make it more enjoyable. I loved this class with Scerri and would definitely take a class with him again.

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July 23, 2011

This guy wasn't that good for me. He's whatever.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A+
Aug. 7, 2019

I actually really loved this class. From the students I talked with that were also in the class, this seems to be one of the most polarizing classes I've been in. You either love it or you hate it. But that makes sense, since general chemistry is often a weeder-type class for many pre-med students.
I will say this though: it's possible for anyone, even if you're not "good" at chemistry, to get a good grade in Eric Scerri's Chem 14A and have an appreciation for the material.
40% of your final grade in this class is the final exam, and 30% is the midterm. Dr. Scerri will give you several old exams to study and STUDY THESE!! Even MORE importantly, go to the test bank and search for as many old exams as you can find. Split it up between you and your friends to get literally as many exams as possible. These past exams are very useful because Dr. Scerri has been known to copy and paste pretty much all of his exam questions to his current exams, or he may change a single word or number. Understand how to do problems on as many practice exams as you can find and you'll be golden. I got a 98% on the midterm and a 97% on the final through this method, because as I reviewed more and more practice exams, the problems that I had with the material eventually disappeared. I can guarantee you that people who don't do well in this class don't do this.
20% of your grade is online quizzes, which aren't too difficult, and 10% is homework, which can be quite tedious but is overall manageable. Scerri is very funny at times, but can also be quite dull at other times. However, I would say he's in the better half of professors I've had at UCLA. Don't even bother wasting money on the textbook.
Lastly, going to discussion definitely didn't hurt me either. Some of the more complicated concepts such as molecular orbital theory and hybridization were ironed out for me through my TA's teaching.
Overall, this class is manageable, and the resources for you to do well are definitely there.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: B-
Jan. 15, 2023

Okay so coming from a low education background, this was my first REAL chemistry class. And oh my goodness, this professor made me hate chemistry.

I honestly believe that this class is just dependent on how you learn... and I've met people who really like Scerri as a professor. But he just wasn't it for me. Hardly anything stuck and I found it hard to find the correlation between some concepts and what we were talking about last week. Again, might just be me, but I feel like I didn't learn much coming out of this class and was just scraping by.

All in all, easy workload (as long as you don't put it off) and an okay class. Not my vibe though.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: B
Aug. 27, 2019

The Chem 14 series is just hard altogether, there is no "easy" professor, especially if you don't know how you learn. With that being said, GOODLUCK. Try new methods, and rely on yourself rather than the professor! I personally liked Scerri for 14A, but don't rely on my review

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Quarter: N/A
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March 25, 2011

Wonderful professor, take this great man for 14A!!

As a north campus major having never taken AP chem, I felt uncomfortable heading into this class. However, Scerri's teaching style is extremely student friendly and easy to grasp. As multiple reviews below me have advised, MEMORIZE THE COURSE READER. EVERYTHING from his exams comes from the course reader. If it's not in the course reader- it won't be on the test. But if it is, even if it's some insignificant graph you didn't think to glance at, it might very well be.

The grading system for our year was simple- 30% midterm, 30% thinkwell quizzes, & 40% final. Thinkwell quizzes are a bit frustrating since they often cover different concepts than you learned in class, but just go by the videos posted on their site and you'll secure a 90%+ on them. Plus you get 3 tries on each, so don't sweat it too much.

All in all, this guy is amazing. He's funny, kind, and there to help students- not to mention he has an awesome accent. Nearly every lecture was entertaining for me, and again, I am not a science person. With a 92% quiz average, 91% (unweighted) midterm, and unknown final, I came out of the class with an A. If I did it, anybody can do it. Put in the time, review the course reader every night, and you'll be rewarded with that seemingly unattainable Chem 14A 4.0.

And a shoutout to the most amazing Teaching Assistant a student can ever ask for- Heidi Bednar. This woman will simply chem concepts for you like none other. Find her on the first day of lecture, write down her discussion times, and attend them. I could write an entire essay on how awesome of a teacher she is, but I'll leave it to you to go to one of her section and find out for yourself.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: B+
April 8, 2021

These students are on crack. I worked my ass off for this class got a damn B+ that ain't bad but still not ideal. He is funny but when students would ask clarifying questions he would make sly remarks that could easily discourage a student from wanting to engage with him further. There is a lot of room for you to make your own study plan so if you need a lot of check ins this class is not for you. This class is structured to make you responsible for your education and if you don't understand a concept it is up to you to use resources both from class and outside resources. The upside to this course is that there is not a lot of homework, there are these things called sappling quizzes but those are all submitted at the end of the quarter and you have unlimited attempts for every question. He speaks fast but in a monotone voice so if you have difficulties paying attention in lecture...best of luck on staying engage. You have to put in a lot of focus because on second of distractions you went from mole conversions to orbitals really quick.

as for the practice exams he gave us the wrong solutions to some questions and the exams had a few questions drawn from previous exams but not all.

he also doesn't tell you the curve so you don't really know how your grade was determined. i heard students who had gotten A's on the midterm but got a B or B- in the class where as other students failed the exams but got an A in the class. It is subjective and not my favorite class.

I would recommend taking it with a different professor.

TLDR: if you need constant homework assignments to keep you on track this isn't for you. if you are better with less work to allow you to have more time to study then yessss take this class.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A+
March 21, 2021

The content before the midterm was relatively easy to pick up especially if you took AP chem in high school. The second half of the course introduced new material that, for me, required a little more work to understand, but it was never unbearable.
The only homework we had was Sapling quizzes, which were basically practice problems that gave you unlimited attempts to complete. Some of the material on the quizzes were not taught in lecture, which was annoying, but Dr. Scerri assured us that we were not responsible for knowing it. Dr. Scerri only tested us on material explicitly mentioned in class, so I found that the best way to prep was to rewatch old lectures.
Dr. Scerri doesn't require attendance, and at the end of the quarter only around 60/235 students actually showed up to the live lecture. After each class, he would stay around for 30min-1hr to answer any questions, so that was really nice. He's really good at clarifying topics, so don't be afraid to ask!
The most intimidating thing about the class was his curve, which only benefitted us because he used at-home testing as a justification for giving us a really difficult midterm. For the curve, he takes sets the mean score as the minimum score for a B+ and then bases the curve around that because he "can't give everyone an A."
If you watch the lectures and study his practice exams, you'll do fine.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A-
July 2, 2020

Professor Scerri is too smart to be teaching this class. The material makes much more sense once you learn it on your own and then go over it with Scerri. Thankfully, his lectures are recorded, and it isn't necessary to go to your lecture live. He gives out practice tests and problems, which actually help out a lot. The tests are very similar to the practice exams. The TAs are fantastic, and I was able to learn much more from the TA than Scerri because the TA explained it in simpler terms. There are extra quizzes that you take on Thinkwell, but those are pretty easy and give you easy points. The homework isn't mandatory but doing it and reading the textbook help a lot for this class.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
July 2, 2020

I feel that Dr. Scerri often gets a bad reputation, and that may be because some of his jokes are insensitive. I think that that is just his personality, and once you can get past that, he is great professor that knows a lot about the material and is well versed in teaching it to students. His jokes are even funny sometimes. His method of teaching you the concepts of chemistry is more important than any practice problem you could do.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
June 16, 2020

Dr. Scerri was such a great professor. His lectures are very well organized and clear, and he does a lot for his students- he spends an additional thirty minutes after every lecture to answer questions and gives students multiple opportunities to ask questions throughout lecture. He even gives us time to think of questions while reviewing that day's material briefly after lecture. He encourages us that there's no such thing as a dumb question and he really shows that he cares about our learning and wants us to succeed. I found him to be incredibly approachable and very generous when it came to providing resources - he posts multiple practice exams that are almost identical to his actual exams. Additionally, he is really funny and cracks jokes during lecture to make it more enjoyable. I loved this class with Scerri and would definitely take a class with him again.

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Overall Rating
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Easiness 2.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.5 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.1 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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