Richard L Weiss
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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3.1
Overall Rating
Based on 13 Users
Easiness 1.6 / 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 1.3 / 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.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Issues PTEs

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

15.9%
13.3%
10.6%
8.0%
5.3%
2.7%
0.0%
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A-
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B-
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C
C-
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D
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

16.7%
13.9%
11.1%
8.3%
5.6%
2.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

23.3%
19.4%
15.6%
11.7%
7.8%
3.9%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

22.0%
18.3%
14.7%
11.0%
7.3%
3.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

21.8%
18.2%
14.5%
10.9%
7.3%
3.6%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A+
June 18, 2017

This class, compared to 153A, is on another level. The amount of materials involved is countless. However, Dr. Weiss is very clear when explaining his concepts. The lecture slides are helpful. His study questions are the keys to acing this class. Do as many study questions as you can, even those from previous years.

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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A
March 25, 2017

If you have the opportunity to take Weiss (as in if he teaches again), take him. For 153A, B, C... whatever he is teaching. He is an excellent professor. One of the best at UCLA for sure. He is actually a teacher. He teaches you what he puts on the exams. He answers questions. He actually cares about engaging with students. He has started research programs at UCLA and advocates for students, especially low income students.

Beware to the lazy pre-med student: if you aren't actually interested in learning, are interested in taking the easy way to get good grades, brown nosing so you don't have to actually do the work, doing whatever "you can", such as cheating to get ahead.. etc. (UCLA is filled with this)... he can smell you a mile away and isn't afraid to tell you that he see's through you. Best you take a class with some other professor who doesn't care enough to notice their students. (Also best you don't become a doctor, we actually need doctors who aren't afraid of hardwork.)

Another word, go to lecture, because he is awesome. He has worked with/known countless Nobel Loureates. He has watched the discipline of biochemistry evolve and he's just pretty awesome. Oh, be respectful, get to class on time. This is a gentleman that deserves absolute respect.

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Dec. 18, 2014

Grade: A-

His lecture is very clear and really good at explaining the concepts very logically. His exams are not hard, but it just requires a lot (EXTREMELY) of time to study all the materials. Make sure you understand and memorize every question on study + discussion questions.

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Nov. 9, 2013

Excellent professor. His lectures are very clear and he is very knowledgable in the subject. 153C is a difficult class regardless who you take it with. If you want to LEARN this stuff I recommend you take it with him. I got an A in the class but I had to work for it. Highly recommend!

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June 28, 2013

Excellent Professor. His lectures are very clear and easy to understand. I did have to re-listen to every single podcast again after each lecture just to make sure I didn't miss anything (often I missed quite a bunch of information). I printed the lectures and took notes on them, I advice you to do the same (as well as re-listen to every single podcast). Make sure to spend more time on understanding the material rather than just memorizing everything, although memorizing every pathway will help you to better understand them. There is a bunch of information and it only gets worse towards the final. Do not panic, just study his study questions carefully and make sure to UNDERSTAND every single question and not just memorize the answer because they will not show up verbatim on the exam, he will word them differently and if you understand the answer you will be fine. I did very well on both midterms and the final and ended up with an A in the class. This class was very time consuming but I had tons of fun learning it. As long as you are passionate about biochemistry and enjoy learning it you should enjoy this class and do very well.

He is a nice professor. Go to his office hours and he will help you. Excellent professor to get a letter of recommendation as well. TAKE THIS PROFESSOR!

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June 24, 2013

It is true that Weiss tests you in a manner that he requires VERY specific answers to his tests, or you will get almost no credit even if you answered with correct information. However, he gives you almost all of his questions from previous tests on the study questions and even recycles a few of them on the actual test.

153C is considerably a lot more material than 153A, so ALWAYS be on top of the material or you will be screwed due to the sheer amount you have to memorize. Weiss looks for students who go to office hours and show improvement and willingness to do well in the class, which he definitely takes into account when doing grades. On one occassion, after having an especially low midterm average, he took the names of all the students who went to office hours that day.

Be on top of the material, go to office hours to solidify your understanding, and do his study questions and you should be fine.

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May 1, 2013

this man is like, classic biochem at its finest. he's got an excellent lecturing style which really helps in memorizing some of the stuff. highly recommend taking him if you can, he really helps put a perspective on the some of the historical aspects of biochem. large ups doc weiss.

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July 18, 2003

An OK teacher. Go to his lectures and understand everything! He doesn't make you memorize the details, but he wants you to understand all the reactions and processes. And his exams are detailed and not very easy.

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Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A+
June 18, 2017

This class, compared to 153A, is on another level. The amount of materials involved is countless. However, Dr. Weiss is very clear when explaining his concepts. The lecture slides are helpful. His study questions are the keys to acing this class. Do as many study questions as you can, even those from previous years.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A
March 25, 2017

If you have the opportunity to take Weiss (as in if he teaches again), take him. For 153A, B, C... whatever he is teaching. He is an excellent professor. One of the best at UCLA for sure. He is actually a teacher. He teaches you what he puts on the exams. He answers questions. He actually cares about engaging with students. He has started research programs at UCLA and advocates for students, especially low income students.

Beware to the lazy pre-med student: if you aren't actually interested in learning, are interested in taking the easy way to get good grades, brown nosing so you don't have to actually do the work, doing whatever "you can", such as cheating to get ahead.. etc. (UCLA is filled with this)... he can smell you a mile away and isn't afraid to tell you that he see's through you. Best you take a class with some other professor who doesn't care enough to notice their students. (Also best you don't become a doctor, we actually need doctors who aren't afraid of hardwork.)

Another word, go to lecture, because he is awesome. He has worked with/known countless Nobel Loureates. He has watched the discipline of biochemistry evolve and he's just pretty awesome. Oh, be respectful, get to class on time. This is a gentleman that deserves absolute respect.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 18, 2014

Grade: A-

His lecture is very clear and really good at explaining the concepts very logically. His exams are not hard, but it just requires a lot (EXTREMELY) of time to study all the materials. Make sure you understand and memorize every question on study + discussion questions.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Nov. 9, 2013

Excellent professor. His lectures are very clear and he is very knowledgable in the subject. 153C is a difficult class regardless who you take it with. If you want to LEARN this stuff I recommend you take it with him. I got an A in the class but I had to work for it. Highly recommend!

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 28, 2013

Excellent Professor. His lectures are very clear and easy to understand. I did have to re-listen to every single podcast again after each lecture just to make sure I didn't miss anything (often I missed quite a bunch of information). I printed the lectures and took notes on them, I advice you to do the same (as well as re-listen to every single podcast). Make sure to spend more time on understanding the material rather than just memorizing everything, although memorizing every pathway will help you to better understand them. There is a bunch of information and it only gets worse towards the final. Do not panic, just study his study questions carefully and make sure to UNDERSTAND every single question and not just memorize the answer because they will not show up verbatim on the exam, he will word them differently and if you understand the answer you will be fine. I did very well on both midterms and the final and ended up with an A in the class. This class was very time consuming but I had tons of fun learning it. As long as you are passionate about biochemistry and enjoy learning it you should enjoy this class and do very well.

He is a nice professor. Go to his office hours and he will help you. Excellent professor to get a letter of recommendation as well. TAKE THIS PROFESSOR!

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 24, 2013

It is true that Weiss tests you in a manner that he requires VERY specific answers to his tests, or you will get almost no credit even if you answered with correct information. However, he gives you almost all of his questions from previous tests on the study questions and even recycles a few of them on the actual test.

153C is considerably a lot more material than 153A, so ALWAYS be on top of the material or you will be screwed due to the sheer amount you have to memorize. Weiss looks for students who go to office hours and show improvement and willingness to do well in the class, which he definitely takes into account when doing grades. On one occassion, after having an especially low midterm average, he took the names of all the students who went to office hours that day.

Be on top of the material, go to office hours to solidify your understanding, and do his study questions and you should be fine.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
May 1, 2013

this man is like, classic biochem at its finest. he's got an excellent lecturing style which really helps in memorizing some of the stuff. highly recommend taking him if you can, he really helps put a perspective on the some of the historical aspects of biochem. large ups doc weiss.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
July 18, 2003

An OK teacher. Go to his lectures and understand everything! He doesn't make you memorize the details, but he wants you to understand all the reactions and processes. And his exams are detailed and not very easy.

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3.1
Overall Rating
Based on 13 Users
Easiness 1.6 / 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 1.3 / 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.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (1)
  • Is Podcasted
    (1)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (1)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (1)
  • Snazzy Dresser
    (1)
  • Often Funny
    (1)
  • Tough Tests
    (1)
  • Participation Matters
    (1)
  • Would Take Again
    (1)
  • Issues PTEs
    (1)
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