Jessica Lynch-Alfaro

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SOC GEN 5
Integrative Approaches to Human Biology and Society See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.8

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Do not be scared of the readings!! You don't really need to do them, maybe skim them and know the general idea. Everything else will be gone over in lecture and the mandatory discussion. The exams are very direct, and they provide midterm and final study guides (terms/key concepts to know). The material is actually really interesting, however, they don't post slides so make sure you have a friend to get the lecture slides from if you miss. There is one 7 page essay, but it is easy because you are making a mock trial testimony thing so you can talk like a regular person. Highly recommend this class as an easy and interesting GE!!

(Winter Quarter 2019)
CLUSTER M72A
Sex from Biology to Gendered Society See Full Profile

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SOC GEN 89
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SOC GEN 89
Honors Seminars See Full Profile

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SOC GEN 101
Genetic Concepts for Human Sciences See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.3

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Soc Gen 5
I had professor Alfaro for the second half of the course (Professor Landecker taught the first half). Professor Alfaro was great ! Everything you need to do well on the quizzes and final were her power points, which I suggest to definitely print out & memorize. She tries to keep the class engage and is really passionate about the subject & she is SO helpful during office hours! Because of office hours, I did really well on the the final :D
This isn't a hard class and I totally recommend it !

(Jan. 16, 2015)
SOC GEN 102W
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Overall 3.9 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 4.4

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Actual class taken: Society and Genetics 5

Dr. Lynch Alfaro taught the second half of the course, the first half was taught by Dr. Landecker.

Lynch Alfaro was by far the better professor. She did a good job of holding students attention, but the lectures were still somewhat dull. She was very kind when I attended office hours and was happy to help students who asked.

The grading consisted of the following:
Participation: 20%
Midterm 20%
Paper 20%
Quizzes 20%
Final 20%

Participation was simply attending discussion, doing the standing assignment each week (read 2 of the assigned articles and write key terms, a 1 sentence summary, and 1 question you have for each article), and actually participate a little bit. It's easy points.

The midterm consisted of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. It was graded harshly. You would get marked down for not using specific words on questions or for not including enough information on what many thought was the least important part of the question. The average on the midterm was a C.

The paper is 7 pages on antibiotic resistance or the microbiome. It consists of 2 different 3 page mock testimonies to congress on the issue and a 1 page introduction. Pretty easy stuff.

There were 5 quizzes (all in the second half of the course). 5 multiple choice questions. They were supposed to cover the readings and lectures from the previous two classes, but honestly just review the lecture notes and you'll ace all of them. The lowest score gets dropped, so 4 quizzes at 5% of your grade each.

The final was not cumulative (midterm took place really early) and was actually easier than the midterm. Again, multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.

There are a lot of assigned readings. It is worth it to read all of them early on (make sure to highlight and take notes) to help with the paper. After the paper, there really isn't a reason to read more than necessary to complete the standing assignment each week.

The class isn't too difficult. There are definitely easier GEs out there, though.

Also, I highly recommend you print out the lecture slides and use them to take notes. It will make it much easier to pay attention to what is said in lecture.

(Dec. 18, 2014)
SOC GEN 105B
Problems of Identity at Biology/Society Interface See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.0

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This class was interesting, but a bit difficult for me coming in as a new HBS major who wasn't used to writing essays. Professor Lynch Alfaro is easily one of my favorite professors in the ISG and at UCLA. She is a clear lecturer with organized lectures, encourages thoughtful discussion, asks for student feedback, and genuinely cares about her students. For this class, my TA was Celeste and she was also a wonderful TA: super kind and caring, always smiling, and very helpful when it came to the essays.

This class is graded on the basis of 3 essays (15% each), a final (30%), reading quizzes on CCLe (8 out of the 10 weeks) , section attendance/participation (this is just showing up, mostly), and clicker questions.

The material of this class is interesting, but since it bridges more into the humanities than I was used to as a science major, I often times had to reread through the material to understand it. There are readings assigned each week, and honestly, I stopped reading them 4 weeks in and did just fine, as the most important points (needed for the essay, final) are highlighted on the lecture slides. For the essays, the TAs basically tell you what readings to use so you can use this to hone in on the specific ones to draw evidence from.

The first essay is definitely the hardest but the prompts get progressively easier. For the essays, I would say to start early and attend section to know what the TAs are looking for.

The final is relatively easy, it was about 100 or so T/F and multiple choice questions that really were just dependent on recall.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
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ANTHRO M128R
Hormones and Behavior in Humans and Other Animals See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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I loved her. She was an absolute gem. I genuinely enjoyed this class so much. She had a HARD focus on fulfilling the diversity requirement, which I really enjoyed in a science course. You can tell that she cares very deeply about the issues she discusses, is very mindful and caring towards students, super patient, is willing to work with students and is very understanding. I have never had a professor this sweet before, and I never even went to her office hours. Though I probably should have. I would take 10 more courses with her if I could. I feel like a learned a whole lot while also taking it easy and not being stressed out at all throughout the quarter. She gave many extra credit opportunities, including watching a movie on conversion therapy, writing a short page on gender identity, etc. She is so great. She even extended one of the due dates for an assignment in case students didn't have enough time, and she even agreed to drop the lowest quiz score for the entire class because some students were experiencing technical problems on the website while taking them. Amazing!
Overall, the class is really interesting. Makes you think about gender and sexuality in a different way. There are 5 online quizzes (she dropped the lowest one), two midterms, and one research paper that is very fluid and very clear on what she wants you to do. Very straight forward overall, she makes sure everyone is on the same page like all the time. We also were lucky to have an amazing TA (Andrew) who was super helpful and sweet and made the class even better. This was probably one of the best classes I've taken at UCLA thus far.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
ANTHRO 129
Selected Topics in Biological Anthropology See Full Profile

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PHYSCI M140
Hormones and Behavior in Humans and Other Animals See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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I just couldn't help to leave a review. I liked the class, it was pretty easy and fun. Dr. Lynch Alfaro was a very very nice professor. The only thing that bothers me is that her lecture was not well organized. It was compiled with abundant facts here and there. At least to me, she did not present a full picture of her topic. Everything else was good.

(Fall Quarter 2016)
SOC GEN M140
Hormones and Behavior in Humans and Other Animals See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.5 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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I took this class Fall of 2017 with Lynch Alfaro and Schlinger and received an A. I would highly recommend taking this class as an elective. It builds upon some knowledge of the classes and actions of hormones, as well as the endocrine system, so a background is helpful (but not necessary). Overall, this class was pretty interesting, clearly taught, and not too much work.

CLASS FORMAT
The first half of the class was taught by Professor Schlinger, who is very knowledgable about songbirds. For the first few lectures he didn't use slides but taking notes wasn't too difficult. The second half was taught by Lynch Alfaro, whose slides were clear and pretty easy to follow.

WORK
There is assigned reading, and a reading quiz on CCLE (8 or so qs) on one of the readings every week. You need to do quizzes 8 out of 10 weeks. They are fairly easy. The readings are definitely not necessary; you only need to know what is mentioned in lecture.

TEXTBOOK
There is a textbook for this class, but it definitely is not necessary.

GRADING
The grade is based off of a midterm, final, clicker participation (there are free days), section attendance, and final paper (7 pages). The tests are very straightforward and fair (MC, matching, short answer, and essays). Make sure you watch the videos because they came up on the exams. The final paper is pretty straightforward as well.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
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