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As someone below also stated, his handwriting is legible, in a beautiful I would love to have that too kind of way. He always came to class prepared with numerous examples. If anyone ever needed help, he would assist them in office hours, going over any issues and ensuring complete understanding of the concepts. Awesome French accent - some people complained. Honestly it wasn't even that bad. Overall: nice guy, cool accent, knowledgeable, and very helpful. Would recommend.
I loved Professor Gilles! He is one of the best teachers I have had so far. He is very organized and has GOOD HANDWRITING, which can be a huge problem with a lot of teachers, especially math. He always wrote everything out clearly and neatly across the board and it was easy to follow and made sense, and if you came in late you could easily start taking notes because everything is displayed on the board.
Professor Gilles was very approachable and sweet and all in all just gave off a very positive vibe, plus he does have an awesome french accent! It's not too hard to understand once you get used to it, plus since he pretty much writes out everything he says it's perfect.
He gives two midterms, which were both super easy and there weren't really any curveballs or weird questions. The final WASNT cumulative, which threw me off, but that actually makes it easier because he basically just tested over the new material that we learned since the second midterm.
Also, he definitely sets you up for success, as his grading scheme does its best to give everyone a good grade. He drops your lowest homework grade, and then does something fancy with his midterm/final calculation, where he either makes your highest midterm 45% of your grade and the final 55%, or he takes the average of the two midterms and makes it 45% of the grade and the final worth 45%, and the homework 10%. That's not exactly what the grading scheme is but you get the point, he basically will calculate your grade both ways so that you can get the highest possible grade in the class. He's a nice guy!
If you took calculus in high school then you should be solid in this class, if you just make sure you do the homework and perform well on the tests (which isn't too hard to do) you'll definitely receive an A.
By far one of the best professors i've had at UCLA! He is extremely caring and approachable and makes himself really available for his students. If you go to his office hours, or just make an appointment he explains any questions you have very thoroughly and doesn't hesitate to make sure you completely understand!
He also doesn't make you feel bad if you're not the best at math, because i know some professors don't take too well to "easy" questions. In addition, his midterms are very do-able! if you took calculus in high school and did well, you'll be golden in this class. If not, just attend office hours and put in some extra effort and you should do great. Highly recommend Gilles, much better than Greene who's exams and really difficult and hard to understand.
bonus, he has a really nice french accent