All Ratings and Reviews for Lianna Johnson
I took LS3 with Johnson fall '08 and it wasn't as bad as many people say. She bruincasts all her lectures and on top of that she uploads her powerpoint presentations plus several practice exams (although the practice exams were nothing like the actual ones). I barely used the textbook since her exams are mainly off of her lectures; thus, you will be fine as long as you review the notes and understand everything in the course reader. Also, her exam curves are VERY generous. As long as you keep up with her lectures, an A or B should be an adequately attainable grade.
Dr. Johnson is a biochemist. Her L.S. 3 class reflects that, I think she makes some of the topics more difficult than they could be in an introductory microbiology course. HOWEVER, understanding the biochemistry behind it also helped me to understand what was really going on. She tells you to focus on the big picture but does in fact end up testing on some details. So make sure you know both the details and the big picture. I went to lecture and listened to the podcasts afterwards while taking extensive notes. I got an 82 on the first midterm, 75 on the second and a 82 % on the final and ended up with a solid A, therefore she does have a generous curve whereby she gave out more than 20 % As.
Overall, it just depends on how much you're into the material and how much time you spend studying it, she's really not that bad. And if you're pre-med at UCLA and looking for "easy A" classes...well then you've come to the wrong university and the wrong majors.
Pretty boring lecturer. I fell asleep all the time. Thankfully, the slides from her lectures are in the reader and she also recorded her lectures and put them online so I could go back to the slides I slept through. I got an A+, so if you study hard the class can be easy.
Very effective professor. Her class was challenging, but rewarding. Her lectures were the best part of the course. She made this course very digestable. She was very personable and her midterms were EXTREMELY straightforward.
This was the BEST LS course I have taken at UCLA. Just do your work
LS 4 with johnson is a bad idea. in fact its a REALLY REALLY bad idea. midterms are impossible. she seems pleasant and approachable, but her tests apparently come from the seventh circle of hell. I got A's in LS1, LS2, and the top score in LS3, but NOT this class.
Genetics is an interesting subject and although I could not follow much of Johnson's lecture, I though her two midterms were fair. Her final though was crazy hard.
I had Dr. Johnson for LS3 and I actually thought that she was a very good lecturer. She is very effective in explaining the material and answering questions. She is, however, a very hard professor. Her tests are very challenging and sometimes seem to expect too much from her students. if you are up for some challenge take her, but if you want an easy A, this is defenetely not the professor to take.
She's a pretty boring lecturer but she posts all her lectures online so it's pretty good if you're feeling lazy. However, I thought her final wasn't very relative to her lectures. I did all the practice problems at least two times over, and I couldn't recognize half of the problems on the exam. So if you feel like taking a course where the lectures prepare you for the exam, then I wouldn't recommend this one.
Her midterms are pretty straightforward and easy. The problems were much like what she covered in her example problems during lectures. Her online-posted lecture recordings are very convenient, and I highly recommend using them as a study tool.
Her final, however, is another matter. I thought the Fall '05 final was pretty difficult and much more conceptual than her two midterms. I enjoyed the material and felt like I knew the material in and out, but I still didn't get an A. Bummer. =(
Do not memorize, but understand. Apply what you have learned to non-science questions because her exams will ask you things that seem to have nothign to do with genetics (it's just probability). We actually had a PCR question on our final (Fall 04) where she asked us to draw direction of primers. This class is definitely not easy but it's do-able. I got a A+ in the class and I never get those kind of grades in science clases, so I think that's telling you something.
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