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The slides are really engaging, but there are a lot of clicker questions involved. Accuracy with clicker questions count as well. The labs are not hard at all for the class. The material is fairly easy, because the professor goes over it well. The midterms and finals are not extremely difficult and very doable.
She's the best lecturer I've ever met at UCLA. She's soooo clear when she talks about class materials and is often sweet and funny.
She gives out course outlines which contain the structure of most of materials to be covered in the lecture, but you may still have to take some notes since small details she talked about on class actually often appears in exams.
Her lecture is often funny and really engaging. She uses slides and they are super clear. There are some group projects but they are really easy and do not take much time to finish.
There is one midterm and one final for this class. They are of the same level of difficulty. Problems are quite straightforward, so as long as you listen to her carefully during lectures and memorize the outline as well as notes you take, you'll be fine.
If you have a chance, DO TAKE THIS COURSE WITH HER!
Professor Paquette-Smith is, without a doubt, the best lecturer I have ever taken a class with at UCLA. She makes things incredibly clear and understandable to all, and her lectures are often humorous and involve student-to-student interaction and fun activities (she also gave us candy one time). Tests are super reasonable and should be doable just from paying moderate amounts of attention in lecture.
Overall, I highly recommend this class. Lectures were engaging and material is engaging and interesting. Showing up to class is necessary but you'll never have a problem with it because this professor makes them interesting. Exams are based on lecture material and all of the lecture slides are posted on CCLE so if you miss a day it is alright. The labs are once a week and super easy and straightforward. All of the work for the class is relatively simple busy work. However, the exam questions can be misleading and the wording can be confusing at times...Basically, if you show up to class, it's likely you will be successful in the class!
If you have a chance to take this class with her, take it! Lectures are long but pretty engaging and exam material is taken right from lecture slides so textbook is not needed. Easy to cram for the night before and still get an A if you have a busy quarter that quarter. I only studied a couple of hours for a few days before the midterm and got an A on it, and the workload of this class is really light (a lab that takes 10 minutes once a week, plus a final lab report and midterm/final).
Straightforward class: pay attention and review material before tests and you will do fine. There is a lot of material that is covered so it is important not to cram. Professor is pretty damn funny and gives examples that make recalling information easier. One downside is it's a 1 h 50 min class but the professor helps by giving 5-10 minute break.
Textbook not needed, lectures are bruincast, outlines/slides are posted. Still have to go to class for clickers but resources are helpful.
This class was a great!! The professor gives you a link to the online textbook, so you do not have to buy it. Clicker questions are used every class for participation, but as long as your answer you'll get credit. Slides are always posted, lectures are recorded , and the professor creates helpful outlines for each chapter. There is no homework, only a few online quizzes and the midterm and final. The midterm/final are not bad as long as you prepare for them. This class is mostly memorization but the professor keeps it interesting by using examples!
She is very clear in her lectures and her explanations are great, providing thorough examples alongside. For the midterm and final, make sure to review the lab material very thoroughly, including small details. I thought the midterm/final was a bit tricky, but Dr. Paquette-Smith gives you all the materials you need to succeed.