Jason C.s Woo
Department of Electrical Engineering
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1.4
Overall Rating
Based on 10 Users
Easiness 1.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 1.6 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 1.7 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 1.6 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

20.7%
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10.3%
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3.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Dec. 23, 2018

Well, that was awful. He tries, I'll give him that. He just fails, and it will hurt you instead of him. There were two sets of slides: one for everything before the midterm, one for everything after. They are pages of derivations without any symbols identified. I spoke with an EE grad student who had Woo for a grad level class, and who said that Woo used the same exact slides for that class -- except in that class, they'd already learned the foundational stuff that he was supposed to be *teaching* in EE2. Sure enough, once you learn the material elsewhere and then go back to his slides, there's some interesting stuff there -- but you have to know enough to be able to figure out what he's talking about in the first place. Sometimes he teaches from the slides, in a nonlinear fashion jumping back and forth through dozens of pages; other times he writes on the board. He has the blackboard management skills of a drunk writing graffiti on a bathroom stall wall. Don't expect him to write a derivation from right to left and top to bottom, don't expect him to erase an area of the board before writing on it, don't expect his writing to be legible, don't expect him to use the same notation from moment to moment, and god help you if you ask him what something on the board says because he will yell basic conceptual explanations of every other thing on the board first. He asks vague questions in his thick accent and then stalks the classroom and shoves his finger in people's faces asking them to tell him what they don't understand. If you ask a question he interrupts halfway with an answer that is often unrelated. He does a longer than standard section on quantum mechanics for this class, and responds to all QM questions with "don't try to understand it, just accept it and trust the math." Most of our questions were about the math or whatever mess was on the board, so, joke's on us I guess.

Most homework demanded a lot of research beyond what was relevant for the course. He assigned something that required an upper level math class not required for the course, and when I pointed that out he said we should have learned it in high school and went on to tell the story of how he never took calculus because he was smart enough to skip to multivariable. Yup. A textbook was officially assigned, but wasn't that close to what we were learning; I found it helpful to supplement what I was learning but it was missing a lot. The TA did the actual teaching for the class during the discussion sections (not particularly well but it was better than the professor), and he taught from a different textbook. Because the TA was teaching the class during the discussion sections, we rarely actually did relevant practice problems there. When I asked the TA about practice problems he said that it was very hard to find practice problems to prepare for the stuff Woo asked about. The curve will save you, or it won't, but you may not know much until too late because most of the homework isn't returned and the midterm isn't till week 8. I'm not sure why UCLA has this guy teaching. I learned to not do research with him, so that's a thing, I guess.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B+
Dec. 21, 2018

This class was a mess. Prof. Woo is unclear and inconsistent in his lecture and teaching style. TAs will probably make or break your understanding of the course.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B
Dec. 19, 2018

If you decide take his class, that means you spend over five thousand dollar to learn nothing. If you insist on taking it, please spend most of time in self-learning. BTW, the equation he teach in the class is totally different from the textbook. Lecture is useless. None of lecture material will shows on the test. The TA can teach much better than him. Just go to the discussion session, question on the discussion will shows on the test. One last thing, the final is worth 100% and good luck!

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Dec. 23, 2018

Well, that was awful. He tries, I'll give him that. He just fails, and it will hurt you instead of him. There were two sets of slides: one for everything before the midterm, one for everything after. They are pages of derivations without any symbols identified. I spoke with an EE grad student who had Woo for a grad level class, and who said that Woo used the same exact slides for that class -- except in that class, they'd already learned the foundational stuff that he was supposed to be *teaching* in EE2. Sure enough, once you learn the material elsewhere and then go back to his slides, there's some interesting stuff there -- but you have to know enough to be able to figure out what he's talking about in the first place. Sometimes he teaches from the slides, in a nonlinear fashion jumping back and forth through dozens of pages; other times he writes on the board. He has the blackboard management skills of a drunk writing graffiti on a bathroom stall wall. Don't expect him to write a derivation from right to left and top to bottom, don't expect him to erase an area of the board before writing on it, don't expect his writing to be legible, don't expect him to use the same notation from moment to moment, and god help you if you ask him what something on the board says because he will yell basic conceptual explanations of every other thing on the board first. He asks vague questions in his thick accent and then stalks the classroom and shoves his finger in people's faces asking them to tell him what they don't understand. If you ask a question he interrupts halfway with an answer that is often unrelated. He does a longer than standard section on quantum mechanics for this class, and responds to all QM questions with "don't try to understand it, just accept it and trust the math." Most of our questions were about the math or whatever mess was on the board, so, joke's on us I guess.

Most homework demanded a lot of research beyond what was relevant for the course. He assigned something that required an upper level math class not required for the course, and when I pointed that out he said we should have learned it in high school and went on to tell the story of how he never took calculus because he was smart enough to skip to multivariable. Yup. A textbook was officially assigned, but wasn't that close to what we were learning; I found it helpful to supplement what I was learning but it was missing a lot. The TA did the actual teaching for the class during the discussion sections (not particularly well but it was better than the professor), and he taught from a different textbook. Because the TA was teaching the class during the discussion sections, we rarely actually did relevant practice problems there. When I asked the TA about practice problems he said that it was very hard to find practice problems to prepare for the stuff Woo asked about. The curve will save you, or it won't, but you may not know much until too late because most of the homework isn't returned and the midterm isn't till week 8. I'm not sure why UCLA has this guy teaching. I learned to not do research with him, so that's a thing, I guess.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B+
Dec. 21, 2018

This class was a mess. Prof. Woo is unclear and inconsistent in his lecture and teaching style. TAs will probably make or break your understanding of the course.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B
Dec. 19, 2018

If you decide take his class, that means you spend over five thousand dollar to learn nothing. If you insist on taking it, please spend most of time in self-learning. BTW, the equation he teach in the class is totally different from the textbook. Lecture is useless. None of lecture material will shows on the test. The TA can teach much better than him. Just go to the discussion session, question on the discussion will shows on the test. One last thing, the final is worth 100% and good luck!

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1.4
Overall Rating
Based on 10 Users
Easiness 1.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 1.6 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 1.7 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 1.6 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (2)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (1)
  • Often Funny
    (1)
  • Tough Tests
    (2)
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