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Of all the professors I've had for pre-med classes, I have never run into a more stereotypically ineffective south-campus professor.
This lady is completely unconcerned with student learning. Lectures are a DRAG and it doesn't help that she has a thick accent. Exams get difficult because her poor phrasing and writing of questions makes them confusing.
I once went to her office hours because I was struggling and -not joking- she was HOLDING THEM IN CHINESE. She finally looked at me and asked, "What do you want?" I later chose to drop the course, and when I had to ask her to sign the drop form, she did it with such unconcern it made me feel even more bad.
You can take her for LS4, but know you (and hopefully a competent TA)will be teaching yourself. everything
She is a boring instructor. She talks extremely slow and glances over important and complex material like we just understand it the first time we're exposed to it.
I stopped going to lectures because there is no point. She just repeats everything on the slide verbatim.
Make sure you do a lot of different kinds of practice problems. I felt like I understood the material rather well but ended up getting a 80 and 76 on midterm 1 and 2. Both above average. The reason being is that she tends to through in some tricky questions but still completely doable but I still misunderstood the question. MAKE SURE TO READ THE QUESTION CAREFULLY OR YOU MIGHT NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION SHE IS ASKING.
The TA, Josh, is very helpful and I highly recommend you attend discussion (beside the fact that it's 100 points of your grade).
If there is a better instructor teaching LS4 I suggest you take it with them. I did not like Chen at all, although I did felt like I learned a lot (probably just from doing a bunch of problems and reading the book and the TA).
Holy. Mother. Of. God. Where can I begin.
I am a pre-med student, I am passionate about science and biology, and I have pretty much enjoyed every class I have taken thus far in the ls department.
However, Chen has managed to break that streak. I have never had to sit through such torturous lecture, painfully slow, excruciatingly ineffective teaching. She could not hold my attention for more than 30 seconds - its amazing...
In all seriousness, the class is simple enough if you put the hours in it, but don't depend on the lectures for sh*t. Everything I learned was from the book problems, and the TA. Thank God for that TA (Josh something...). Actually, no credit goes to God, the TA deserves it all...
She will take 10 minutes to make a small point, and then glance over some major concepts, like we just "get it"...
I quit going to class, and I am currently watching her on bruin cast, and my frustration made me come write an evalutaion. Ugh...