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DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS OR THIS PROFESSOR! The wording for the assignments and exams is weird and often misleading. The format of the class does not help you learn. The material is easy, but the professor often finds a way to make it hard by wording the questions weirdly. One of the assignments has a lot of questions that are subjective, like counting the number of a weather phenomenon in two ways, but only providing one blank space for each of the answers. (most of the students got a b- or a c for that assignment). It also took the professor 2 weeks to grade the final exam. It is a relatively easy/light class if you only want a pass for upper-division credits though.
I really enjoyed the subject of this class as I have always been interested in climatology. However, even though I got an A, the class was confusing and stressful. The professor encourages everyone to go to his office hours but they weren't really helpful tbh. For the exams, I recommend watching lecture videos over and over again until you are ready to write about each concept and its mechanism.
Do not take a class with this professor.
I cannot tell you how stressful he is. There is no accountability. He and his ta offered different answers during office hours for assignments. Friends and I worked and completed assignments together, then received different scores for the *exact same work. When I confronted him, he quietly changed all of our grades to the same. Unclear grading rubrics on assignments, office hours are mandatory to receive clear instruction for assignments (that should have just been in instructions). He teaches class in a casual, hip, and funny manner. He is interesting to listen to in lecture, and he is a funny guy. However, his tests are rigid, tricky, and you need a technical understanding of the material - the colloquial man er he teaches in will not suffice for a good grade on his tests. He takes forever to grade, for ex two outstanding assignments with necessary info for final, not graded by time of final. He submitted grades weeks past the deadline for my course. I can't tell if he curves or not, I was expecting b+ and got a-. Fwiw, I am an all-a 4th yr student and have never struggled as much as I have in his class. Avoid.
I’m going to say this as clearly as I can, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH THIS PROFESSOR. DON’T DO IT. This professor is everything that a professor at UCLA should not be. He is extremely unclear in his grading criteria. The assignments that we had throughout the quarter were misunderstood and he also even got incorrect answers on his own, and marked students including me also wrong even though we were right. He makes claims saying there are margins for error on assignments that are one number and then changed it when he graded them. His lectures are a rambling debacle of information that leaves you without the ability to even formulate a question. The exams are somewhat manageable but then you’re left with his subjective view on the largest parts of the exams. I’m sure Dr. Ward is a nice guy, but he does represent what I have expected out of a college professor let alone a professor at UCLA. Oh it also took him 5 weeks to grade our midterm; and worse, it took him over a month (and 10 days over the deadline) to grade our finals. No one knows how he graded them. He changed grades multiple times on assignments throughout the semester for more than just 1 or 2 students. I spent years in community college and NEVER had a professor carry themselves as unprofessional as this one.
I’m going to add that this was taken during the UC strike in fall of 2022 and despite a ton of students urging him to change the format of the final he did not. He had no help from TAs grading and still chose to make it extremely difficult by not changing the format. Every other professor I had changed it to be able to get the grades in on time. Regardless, we’re still left to his subjective view because of a complete lack of a clear grading rubric.
This class should have been easy. The material is easy, but this professor makes it complicated in ways it shouldn’t be. The workload isn’t even that much, but again the professor made it so complicated that it was nearly impossible to get 100% on any of the assignments. He didn’t have a clear concrete correct answer for any of the assignments.
Unless this is absolutely mandatory and you cannot wait til this is taught by someone else, please do not subject yourself to this. I should have listened to the other reviews that I am attempting to echo.