Liam Watson
Department of Mathematics
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3.7
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Easiness 2.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.3 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.3 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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May 3, 2013

Dr. Watson has a good sense of humor and is really nice and great at explaining concepts. That being said, his class (Fall 2012) was a nightmare, and I even took calc in high school and just wanted this as a refresher course. His homework was easy, as were the section quizzes, I studied hard for the midterms, really knew the stuff cold, and had he actually tested us on the class material, I would have had no problems. However, he tested us on theoretical math instead, which is totally different from the applied math (with some theory) he taught. After we got back the first midterm, he said that he was "disappointed" that 65% (it was probably more, but I don't remember) of the class failed. 65%! (And the 35% that passed probably didn't all get A's either.) He also said that he got lots of complaints about it, but "this is college, not high school." Then the second midterm was just as bad, so I dropped the class so I wouldn't fail and mess up my GPA.

I know that this is only one out of several reviews, but unless he's since revised his testing scheme or you're a theory-breathing genius, DO NOT take his class. Don't kill yourself and your GPA. Take someone reasonable instead.

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Jan. 13, 2013

Watson's lectures contained many proofs and explanations of concepts. In addition, he would sometimes explain certain concepts in great detail and not explain others at all (implicit differentiation). A good professor, but his personality and his office hours could be improved upon.

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Jan. 11, 2013

He is definitely a decent professor. Lectures are very organized and well-explained. Yes he does teach about the proofs and shows how to get from A to B, but isn't math supposed to teach you reasoning? Plus, he doesn't test you on them. Take him if you have the chance!

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Jan. 5, 2013

I found Watson to be pretty unapproachable. He blew me off when I asked if he knew of any good tutors. Lectures were sometimes decent, sometimes pointless, His tests don't look like his homework at all. If you don't mind being taught entirely in proofs and concepts, take Watson. Otherwise I would suggest avoiding him.

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Dec. 22, 2012

He is chill. If you can't handle him, you are doomed in every math course above 31a at UCLA. Take him.

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Nov. 15, 2011

Good Teacher, but he is really unapproachable when you want to talk about grading in his exams. He is really tough in grading his exams. Not a very nice person, but an ok teacher. Moves a little bit fast.

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May 3, 2013

Dr. Watson has a good sense of humor and is really nice and great at explaining concepts. That being said, his class (Fall 2012) was a nightmare, and I even took calc in high school and just wanted this as a refresher course. His homework was easy, as were the section quizzes, I studied hard for the midterms, really knew the stuff cold, and had he actually tested us on the class material, I would have had no problems. However, he tested us on theoretical math instead, which is totally different from the applied math (with some theory) he taught. After we got back the first midterm, he said that he was "disappointed" that 65% (it was probably more, but I don't remember) of the class failed. 65%! (And the 35% that passed probably didn't all get A's either.) He also said that he got lots of complaints about it, but "this is college, not high school." Then the second midterm was just as bad, so I dropped the class so I wouldn't fail and mess up my GPA.

I know that this is only one out of several reviews, but unless he's since revised his testing scheme or you're a theory-breathing genius, DO NOT take his class. Don't kill yourself and your GPA. Take someone reasonable instead.

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Jan. 13, 2013

Watson's lectures contained many proofs and explanations of concepts. In addition, he would sometimes explain certain concepts in great detail and not explain others at all (implicit differentiation). A good professor, but his personality and his office hours could be improved upon.

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Jan. 11, 2013

He is definitely a decent professor. Lectures are very organized and well-explained. Yes he does teach about the proofs and shows how to get from A to B, but isn't math supposed to teach you reasoning? Plus, he doesn't test you on them. Take him if you have the chance!

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Jan. 5, 2013

I found Watson to be pretty unapproachable. He blew me off when I asked if he knew of any good tutors. Lectures were sometimes decent, sometimes pointless, His tests don't look like his homework at all. If you don't mind being taught entirely in proofs and concepts, take Watson. Otherwise I would suggest avoiding him.

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Dec. 22, 2012

He is chill. If you can't handle him, you are doomed in every math course above 31a at UCLA. Take him.

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Nov. 15, 2011

Good Teacher, but he is really unapproachable when you want to talk about grading in his exams. He is really tough in grading his exams. Not a very nice person, but an ok teacher. Moves a little bit fast.

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3.7
Overall Rating
Based on 12 Users
Easiness 2.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.3 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.3 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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