Robert Candler

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Easiness 3.0/ 5
Clarity 4.4/ 5
Workload 3.2/ 5
Helpfulness 3.8/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2022 - I wanted to like Professor Candler. He seemed like a genuine and pleasant person, but his class was infuriating. It was at 8 AM in one of the worst classrooms I have had at UCLA. The quarter I took it was online for the first half and in person for the second half. He would not record anything or post any slides. I don't mind coming to lecture and came to all of them. More than half the class did not. The issue was that he would spend much of the lecture speaking without writing anything down or having informative slides. This led me to take bad notes that were difficult to study. The midterm was all about Smith charts, but I did not feel we covered it as thoroughly as we should have. They are pretty straightforward but I missed a key part of them that I only figured out after the exam.* The final had a practice exam that none of us could figure out all of the answers to. The professor refused to give us the solutions because "there are no solutions in the real world." The last lecture was composed of him giving us study tips such as "focus for a solid hour or two on the material instead of spending too much time staring at it." I wish he took the "solid hour or two" of lecture to actually work through some practice problems. The test came, I didn't do well, and I still don't understand half the material in this course. I am left confused and frustrated. This was the worst grade I have received in my whole time at UCLA. I even went on to 101B and did better. I tried to do the best I could for this class, but I did not feel good about it at any point in the quarter. I guess the grade reflects this. Candler was well-intentioned but stubborn and ultimately unhelpful. He seems to care about us students, but he doesn't listen to us. He is out of touch and failed as a professor for this course. I hope Candler will do better for future students next time, but my advice is to take Emaminejad if possible. *Smith charts have multiple solutions. It is important to work through each solution and select the shortest one for full credit.
Easiness 2.0/ 5
Clarity 4.5/ 5
Workload 1.5/ 5
Helpfulness 4.5/ 5
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