Joseph Loo

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CHEM 99
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CHEM 99
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BIOL CH M140
Cell Biology: Cell Cycle See Full Profile

Overall 2.1 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.4 Helpfulness 2.3

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CHEM 184: Do not take this professor unless you have the whole sets of old paper. He is too demanding. If you are taking one or two classes, it might be okay. But with three or four classes, you will fall behind within the first week and will never catch up with the material again. Exams are super-hard (You don't even know whether the problems are from 184 material.) and insanely long, making slow-paced people hard to pass. He will find anything to mark you down. His grading schemes are questionable too. I know some people got B's even though they did not finished their lab. He's one of those obnoxious people who takes the attitude that "life's going to treat you like shit so I'm going to treat you like shit - that way you'll be conditioned". This class was the most time-consuming class that I had at UCLA and ruined my transcript. Plus I came out learning nothing.

(Nov. 21, 2010)
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CHEM 147
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CHEM 184
Chemical Instrumentation See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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The previous reviews are pretty accurate. I honestly enjoyed this class and I highly recommend it. The class structure was fair and reasonable. Dr. Loo himself is actually pretty funny and he always tried to make his lectures interesting with little anecdotes. He would gear lectures towards topics that actually interested him and were actually useful, so it never got too boring. You walk away from this class feeling like you actually learned something useful as a future chemist (even if it is mainly mass spec).

The midterm was really long and our class average was super low (55%). I bombed the midterm but I admit it wasn’t necessarily too difficult, he just expects you to remember a lot of little details from lecture, so you basically have to memorize the whole powerpoints.

Even with my low midterm I got an A in the class thanks to the lab reports. The reports make up the majority of your grade, and they will also take up the majority of your time. Lab reports are due every week and trust me, do not underestimate how long it will take you to finish them. I actually pulled my first all-nighters trying to get these done. They’re not super complicated but they do ask for a lot, and the TAs have pretty high standards for how they should be written. The labs are actually pretty interesting, and the lab work and data analysis itself was pretty quick. My TAs were absolutely incredible and I am very grateful that they made the lab experience so smooth.

I took this class Winter 2020, so week 10 and finals week were cut short by COVID. He ended up canceling our final group presentation, extended our final group report deadline, and gave us 24 hours to do a straightforward open-note final, which all showed me that Dr. Loo is a pretty understanding guy. Wish I got a chance to talk to him because he seemed really chill. I knew many people who avoided this class because of the grade distribution, but if you have even the slightest interest in learning instrumentation, I think you’ll be happy that you took this class.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
CHEM 194
Research Group Seminars: Chemistry and Biochemistry See Full Profile

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CHEM 196A
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CHEM 199
Directed Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry See Full Profile

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CHEM 206
Chemistry of Biology Seminar Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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CHEM 206
Chemistry of Biology Seminar See Full Profile

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NEURO 215
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CHEM 256V
Seminar: Research in Biochemistry -- Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry See Full Profile

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