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This professor is arrogant. He is needful for attention. His lectures are ok, he is mainly a proofs guy. He LOVES proofs. He gives homework weekly and his exams come straight from the homework, literally, he will take a "HARD" homework problem( challenge section) and just stick it in the exam. He is an easy professor if you get all the homework done correctly, i got an A, it was alot of work but his class actually pays off. I would recommend him. Hit the SMC room, they are very helpful (i took 32B)
I had Sargsyan for two quarters, both Math 31A and 31B. I didn't particularly think that his class was hard per say, but it was annoying to have to memorize all of the proofs, which is the easiest way to get an A in his class.
Out of the Math professors I've had at UCLA, he was actually one of the better ones. The reason being that during lecture, if you did manage to muster up the courage to ask a question, he did try to explain his answer so that you would get it. And if he found that the class was struggling on a particular topic, he went over it again, which is more than I can say for the other math professors I've had.
He does have an accent, but its not terrible. Like the other reviewers said, he is obviously a really smart guy, he's just not the best professor.
The best thing to do if you have him is to go to his office hours and ask him to do any of the problems on the homeworks (especially the further insights) questions that you might not have gotten. Those further insight questions usually pop up on his midterms and finals. Even if you don't actually get how to do the problem, just memorize it -- thats the easiest way to get an A. That's why I didn't really understand why people often failed his midterms and finals -- usually the problems were ones that you did before on your homework.
He's definitely an interesting character -- but he's not a total douche. He actually tries to interact with the class (he makes weird jokes and then he asks the everyone why they aren't laughing) and he seems care at least somewhat cares about teaching, which, once again, is more than I can say for other professors.
The bottom line is that if there is an easy professor (ie Brown) then don't take him, but if the other professor doesn't have great reviews then take Sargsyan, he's not a terrible choice. No one actually failed his class in the end (although I think he did give out Ds).
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