All Ratings and Reviews for Paul H. Olague
O'lague is a great professor. He'll help you out as much as possible, with side notes, slides, practice exams posted on line. He goes a little fast though, and whats really funny, is the assigned readings and his lectures didnt go hand in hand. the book would talk about one thing and he would lecture on something else. every so often the readings would match up with lecture, so i guess a word of caution would be after lecture, scour the book for the relevant material. His tests are relatively straight forward, however their will always be one question on his test in which everyone will get wrong. This isnt an exaggeration either, since the T.A announced it. However, he's generous with grades and because of him i've switched into MCDB. Yea, i know, its corny. The picture posted doesnt resemble him at all.
First of all, Dr. O'Lague looks nothing like the picture they have of him on this website.
I had O'Lague for LS 3 during Winter 2001. This is one of those professors that you take, and then you forget about. His lectures are pretty dry and boring. He stands in the same spot for the whole lecture, and all he does in repeat what he has written on his PowerPoint slides.
From what I gather from other friends who have taken LS 3 with other professors, his midterms and final were far easier than other classes. Most LS 3 exams are free-response, but his tests were mostly scantron.
The biggest problem in this class was the poor quality of TA's. My own TA was really bad, so I went to other TA's discussion sections, and none of the other TA's were any good, either.
We didn't find out our grades for the class until second week of the following quarter. The TA's were in charge of grading the exams, and they obviously couldn't get their act together.
I had Prof. O'Lague also for LS3 & his teaching style is exactly the same. He lectures from powerpt's, which is good since he also posts them up on the website. He gives you the basics or "take-home msg's" of what you need to know from each slide. His tests are straightforward & not tricky, consisting mostly of short answers & a couple of mathematical problems. Just do all the review problems he posts & you'll be fine. Because his research involves mathematical modeling of cells, he's more prone to teach the mathematical side of things, but it's all within reason. I took GRE Biochem, cell & molecular biology test & the material he taught in this introductory course was more than sufficient to cover the entire cell bio portion. Therefore, I believe Prof. O'Lague is an excellent teacher, giving you the basics from which to build your foundation of future knowledge.~
Prof. O'Lague is alright...his lectures are a bit boring & fast-paced, but overall he's a pretty good guy. His class is NOT difficult at all. Just study the material on his powerpt slides & you'll be fine, but be sure that you know EVERYTHING about each slide. His exams are not hard at all, but he does like to ask tricky questions, so make sure that you reread each question carefully, b/c 1 word could make the statement false. His exams are mostly multiple-choice w/a few short answer responses at the end. He doesn't like you writing much, so you have to write brief, concise answers & put them on the lines ONLY. Overall, this class was not stressful & it was actually interesting!! =)
Dr. Olague is a pretty easy going guy. The only major downside to his class is that he lets the TA takes control of everything! Unfortunately, he only had one TA for this class, a HORRIBLE TA!!!!! His name is Jose R. He doesn't know anything!!! It's a waste of time going to his discussion. If you ask him a common sense question from lecture, he'd just talk round-about and pass the question. If you have a question during the midterm or final exam, he would just say: "I can't answer that for you. It's pretty clear." Obviously, he doesn't know the materials. Unfortunately, I was in a pretty small class, so Jose knows everyone. Whoever he doesn't like or feels that the person might talk behind his back to the professor, he will find ways to harm you academically...! You have been warned: Jose R. No lie!!!!
He is okay. His tests are doable. The lecture is okay. However his lecture and text book are talking about different things.(kinda confusing)His grading is much better than other professors.
Prof. O'Lague is one of the most adorable people you will ever meet. He is outstanding in his office hours and one on one. I think that his overconcern for the students is hindering his lecture performances. As he gets accustomed to teaching this course, I think his lectures will become more linear. ADVICE: If you want to understand or even tolerate his lectures you MUST read ahead. He is a little dry and his voice is muffled so do yourself a favor and sit right on up front and get plenty of rest the night before his class. This class is easy, but the boredom will suck the life out of you and your GRADE!!!
Dr. Olague is one of the best teachers at UCLA. He may not be the best orator alive, but those of you who have visited his office hour can vouch for his availibility and genuine concern about the student. I personally think his lectures are clear and coherent with the book and If you got below a B+ on any of the test his lectures are not to blame; you are simply an idot. He gave the damn answers out two weeks prior to the test. You all should stop whining, no teacher is perfect, so you can't expect Olague to be perfect either. He is a teacher that cares about the student and that is good enough for me any day of the week!
Dr. O'Lague is great. He cares a lot about student learning and tries very hard to be available to students outside of class. His lectures are interesting but he may not cover what gonna be on the exam in enough detail for some people (but if you do your reading or go to discussion you should have no problems). His exams are fair and he gives out study questions ahead of time to help us prepare. Overall, I liked him veyr very much. He's the best LS professor I've had.
I think Prof. O'lague is a easy professor, because his tests are straightforward and not tricky. I like professors who help you master the stuff, not hard professors who confuse you all the time. Also, he's concerned about student's inputs, so that was good. One thing I have to say against is that it took him FOREVER to give us the average and grade distribution on the midterms.
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