Spring 2022 - Honestly, this was the most rewarding class I've taken at UCLA. I am in my third year of undergrad, and can confidently say that Professor Kumar is the most well rounded professor I have ever had. From the very first class you feel that she is very engaged. She goes out of her way to make students feel welcome in her class by memorizing people’s names, staying after class to answer questions, and taking however much time is needed for every student to understand each topic. Her teaching style is not traditional, rather than teaching from slides directly, she focuses on making interactive examples on the spot. This made going to her class something to look forward to, as instead of expecting tons of information shoved in your face, she tells you exactly what you need to know for the exam (and career). Just like any other management course you have to work for your grade. As long as you listen to her advice of studying for her exams you will be fine! Professor Kumar is one of the few professors at UCLA with her caliber of experience in what she teaches. If you have the chance, go to her office hours and ask her career questions. She is very knowledgeable on entrepreneurship and the different career paths for people in the business economics major and accounting minor. If you are looking to be an entrepreneur, business consultant, or a CPA, you honestly would be doing yourself a disservice by not taking her class. If you are just looking to fill requirements and want to have a class in your schedule that isn’t super exhausting to sit through and you still learn a lot, take this class.
Spring 2020 - Professor Kumar had a lot going on this quarter including quarantine and family issues which caused her to miss 5-6 lectures. The lectures which she was on Zoom for required participation which was 30% of the grade (Case study 10%, MT 25% Final 35%). Whats worse is that she grades participation so arbitrarily because other students I know and myself received a 90 for participation even after we completed all required activities and spoke in class. The midterm and final were take-home and she gave us permission to use the online textbook. It blows my mind how not everyone gets an 100 on these tests but the averages were like 88 for the mt and 91 for the final. Back to Kumar, her lectures are very engaging and she is always happy to be teaching but shes a little disorganized. She doesn't always post slides on time or can't figure out zoom etc. The good news was this class is an easy A but the bad news is I didn't learn much.