All Ratings and Reviews for Kevin McEntee
Do not trust the opinions below. Dr. McEntee is a great professor, once you take the time to speak to him. I admit that he seems unapproachable (and after reading these comments, I was scared too). But when you get to know him, he is really nice and is willing to explain the topics at hand. Unlike other professors, when he makes a mistake (and it happens..I mean he is human), he is ready to admit his mistake. The exams are difficult and a bit long, but the quizzes are easy and take home, plus there are bonus points to be earned. For the exam: PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS, GO OVER THE PICTURES FROM THE BOOK, GO OVER OLD EXAMS/STUDY Qs, and ATTEND DISCUSSION SECTION (either the TA's or His...I liked his because he was more likely to leak some info for the tests).
McEntee is a great teacher and a great change of pace from the average prof. He's fairly excited and very knowledgeable about the material. His personality is fairly sarcastic, which in my opinion makes him seem young and alive, instead of a boring prof who just doesn't get it. It seems he has a vengeance for the dumbasses out there, but he will respect you if you show him that you are an active learner. His lectures are fairly fast paced (I've had worse at UCLA), especially since he doesn't use powerpoints, so you gotta take a lot of notes. However, he presents the concepts so clearly and precisely that you get it by just attending class (if you're thinking and paying attention). I didn't even open the book until the days before the exams, and I got an A+, but I went to all the lectures and paid close attention. His exams were moderately hard, not too much memorization, more thinking, and interpreting data (that's a big one). He puts some tricky questions on there once in a while though, but he gave us plenty of opportunity for extra credit (hence the + on my grade). Overall, if you like biology, molecular bio, or even science in general, you will enjoy taking a class with McEntee. He's a no BS scientist, and pretty brilliant (he's made some big discoveries back in the day, but he doesn't tell the class). Don't feel overwhelmed by his sarcastic and nonchalant attitude, he's actually pretty helpful. BTW, attend the discussions and reviews, they help.
I found this class to be boring. He throws up pictures from the text and proceeds to read a majority of the chapter. You might as well stay home and memorize the book. His tests are ridiculously hard and you cannot discern a pattern in his material selection to study for the final. He also cannot manage his time for lecture. He will fall behind and then expect to lecture late for each remaning class period. I do not recommend this professor, he is one of the worst I have taken at UCLA.
He presented nucleotide synthesis and metabolism, which isn't the most exciting stuff but he was very thorough and took the time to explain the main points. True he doesn't have powerpoint slides but his notes were provided and had everything important in them. I liked him a lot, really a wisecracker and super laid back for a chemist. People thought he was corny but I found him really entertaining and very knowledgable. His true/false are notorious but just know the material and the main points (which he stresses by raising his eyebrows and talking louder...) and you won't be fooled. I would definitely take him again, he's a really friendly and intelligent guy.
Despite everything that other students say about him, I'm very greatful to have him as my professor. I know MCDB144 is a very difficult class, however, I think it is this kind of classes and get you start thinking about how tough life can be. If you go to his office hour, you will learn so much from him. He is my favorite professor.
He may seem kinda scary in class, but he's actually very approachable. He is very very knowledgeble, so sometimes he has trouble conveying things in simple terms, but he tries. His office hours are very helpful, and he will explain the same topic over and over and over again if needed. His review sessions are very helpful, and he's even really flexible about giving extra reviews and office hours before midterm/final. But his lectures are sometimes hard to follow because he goes and talks fast, and flashes tons of textbook pictures on overheads...so the best thing to do is to bring the book to class and just take notes on the pictures. Get Paula as your TA if possible. She'll help you out a lot with the class, and she's really nice.
oh yeah, his midterm and finals are hard, doable, but hard. Beware of his fill in the blanks and true false questions, they are tricky and detailed. You need to know a lot of specific terms. Try to see what his old exams are like, to see what kind of details you need to know!
pretty diffult, especially since he does not provide lecture slides. studying the notes was enough to do well on the midterm, but to understand what was on the final you would have to do all of the assigned reading. the final was increadibly difficult. i recommend taking another profesor if possible, since this class was made more difficult by his unwillingness to provide slides. but you will learn how to listen in this class if you take him!
I found Professor McEntee to be verrrry nice. He's the nicest guy ever with a pretty good sense of humor. He makes sort of corny sarcastic jokes in class. He is very knowledgeable and knows all molecular bio experiments discussed in the text like the back of his hand. It is true that he does not post up any powerpoint lecture notes in class and just puts copies of textbook figures on overhead during lecture, but as long as you follow the lectures, it should be fine. He goes straight by the text, so make sure you read the text and understand the material, and it should be okay. Go to his reviews, because he gives away a lot of hints if not the actual test questions themselves. Also, if you end up getting Paula as your TA, she knows her stuff and is the nicest person ever!
Dr. McEntee is actually a really nice guy. He knows the material inside and out, and will do what he can to help you out if you ask the right questions and are interested in the material. The exams are difficult, but if you go to the discussion section with a TA (instead of the one that he runs), you can get another perspective on what he is teaching. Take good notes, write down everything he says, and study.
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