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Overall I feel like Bao is very middle of the road. I've had some really bad math professors, so I can guarantee he's better than a good deal of the people here, but he doesn't stand out in any particular way. I'm not good at calculus, but I worked my butt off and I got a B+. The curve was fairly generous. If I had the option of taking Conley or any of the other highly rated math professors, I'd go for it, but if not then Bao is suitable. You'll learn the material.
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I LOVED Bao. I think he is adorable and I like his teaching style. His grading scheme is also very generous. His tests are very direct and fair. He did end up teaching something that wasnt in the book, so that was kind of tough, but I think he saw the class didnt understand it and honestly the questions he asked involving that topic were super simple. Also he does teach a lot of proofs that he doesnt require us to know on exams (THANK GOD), but I think he does this to try and give students a better grasp on the concepts. Its only my first year at UCLA but he has been my favorite professor for any subject.
His accent is difficult to understand, and it is hard to see the board if you do not sit up close. His mat hod of grading is generous though, considering I thought I would get a D and ended up with a B. Not the worst, but definitely not the best. I used the textbook and youtube a lot to help me understand the topics.
Similar to what the other reviewer said, Professor Bao has a quirky yet charming personality. I frequently found myself laughing during class because of it. His grading system is also reasonable and fair, so don't expect him to be overly generous about anything. As for the class itself, Bao tends to go through a lot of examples and proofs. I think he could have spent more time explaining tactics on how to best approach particular problems, but you will be fine if you have a good TA or form a study group. If you are not a "math" person, again, you may need to rely on your TA for help. Since I personally really enjoy calculus, I never dreaded going to this class, but I can certainly see why some people did not like him as a professor. The way I see it, as long as you put in the effort (always doing homework and completing a lot of additional problems) you will do well in the class.
Erkao is ADORABLE. He is extremely FOB-y and he wears cargo shorts with crocs every day and I love him because he makes me smile because how cute he is (I even saw him eating at Feast one time). However, he is not a great teacher. I am not great at math and his teaching style didn't work well with me (too many proofs not enough examples even though we never had to know proofs for exams) so I would say take him if you want someone who will make you smile everyday, not because you want an A (unless you have already taken BC which the vast majority of my class had so be prepared for them to have an advantage)