Stan Schein

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Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity See Full Profile

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I took Psych 115, not LS1 (they didn't have 115 as an option in the scroll down menu)

This is not the easiest class, but the material is fascinating. You can do well if you take his advice: skim the lecture notes/book beforehand, go to every lecture, review the book in more detail after. It's EXTREMELY DOABLE as long as you don't get behind! I got a B in this class as opposed to an A because I didn't take his study advice! He's a great professor, and the only one I've known so far who tried to learn the names of the people who sat in the front.

The people who complain about not doing well in this class likely did not study hard enough. Like I said, it's not the easiest class, but a little hard work and you'll do well!

(March 17, 2012)
Cells, Tissues, and Organs See Full Profile

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As a disclaimer I took his m180 honors course on Polyhedrals and applications, which is by far one of the most eye opening courses I have taken at UCLA and I recommend it to everyone regardless if you are majoring in the sciences or not. Schein is an amazing professor and scientist. This guy seriously tests you, but at the same time motivates you to excel. Throughout his course I began to think more analytically and critically, which is a skill set that is invaluable in any field you go into. This man really cares about what and who he teaches. Disregard all the bad reviews, they're just bitter pre-meds who are pissed off because they couldn't get by with the rote memorization they've been used to doing since day one! This guy is one of the "realest" scientists/researcher/professors at UCLA.

(July 18, 2013)
Life: Concepts and Issues See Full Profile

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(Fall Quarter 2018)
Introductory Psychobiology See Full Profile

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FAN FREAKING TASTIC PROFESSOR!!! I took LS2 with Schein and he is seriously one of the most concerned professors at UCLA. I think that's why he makes his tests super easy. He truly wants you to learn the concepts and trust me by the end of the course you could practically be a doctor by how much you learn. Schein is so great and if you get the chance to take a class with I'm definitely don't pass up the opportunity...not just because the exams are non cumulative multiple choice which are super easy but because he's seriously such a good professor!

(Dec. 6, 2010)
Honors Seminars See Full Profile

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Honors class LS 89

I took this simultaneously with LS3. As my first honors class, I have to say I’m impressed with it. We had to go to at least ten seminars and write one paragraph summaries. These turned into a page for me often because I was so interested in the seminar topic that I couldn’t stop talking about it. You have to present a summary of a seminar you went to at least once all quarter to the class- usually about 30 people since you only have to go like 5 times out of 10 weeks. Some people are stage shy but Schein will help you work it out and he’s cute and helpful about it. The class is supportive too, no reason to be shy! The seminars are where researchers of UCLA and its extensions present their cutting edge research. Usually these are hella detailed like down to what kind of shape a protein needs on its surface to be targeted to inhibit some kind of cellular functions, and what kind of genetic sequence will make the shape. Some seminars are confusing because theyre so detailed and the presenters often use acronyms and nicknames, which confuses beginners. Other seminars talk about disease and environmental effects- those are easy to follow. Most seminars are only an hour …and they offer snacks!!! No reason NOT to take LS89- it’s super easy, there’s food, the seminars are fun and interesting, they expand on concepts from LS3 so it’s cool, you get to know Schein better so he’s not just another professor, and it’s honors!! Take it if you can, highly recommend!

(Jan. 8, 2013)
Honors Contracts See Full Profile

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As I said in my review below. I took Schein for LS 2. In conjunction, I took LS 89. It's the best honors course I've ever taken. It's easy & interesting. If you just do a lecture every week (you need to do 10 total so you can double up on a week or two when you don't want to do seminars during midterms). Do not save the lectures up for the end of the quarter. My friend did & it was miserable for her. Make sure you keep track of how many discussions you go to (you only need to go to 5). This class is super easy. You don't even need ot understand the seminar. He says, "you can tell me about the coffee they served. Just prove you went" when he describes what he wants in the summaries. Seriously, EASIEST HONORS A ever. TAKE THIS CLASS!

(Dec. 23, 2013)
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Seriously??? I can't believe what I'm reading. This guy is a JERK!! Do yourself a favor and take LS2 with a different professor. That's all I have to say.

(Jan. 2, 2009)
Principles of Behavioral Neuroscience See Full Profile

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Schein was an awesome professor! It’s clear he’s an expert (MD/PHD), especially with vision. The material is super interesting too.

What I did to get an A:
Go to lecture (but really, only to get clicker points). Schein goes through slides SO fast, it’s nearly impossible to understand the material or take notes.
Listen to the bruincast of every lecture. Take notes while watching (pause the video anytime he says anything that may be important, which is pretty much everything). I spent 2 hours rewatching the lecture, pausing, and taking notes for each bruincast lecture. His exams are based solely off of what he says (at least 95%)! Even if it’s not on a slide, he may test on it.
Make flash cards of every slide/notes before the quizzes. (I seriously made over 400 flash cards throughout the quarter. I used them to study for the quizzes and exams)
That’s it. :)

If you stay on top of the material, this class is very do-able.
Grade breakdown: (all multiple choice, 50q)
Midterm 1: 82 (average ~75)
Midterm 2: 92 (average ~80)
Final: 94 (average ~80)

The quizzes (basically every discussion) we’re not particularly difficult, and pretty similar to test questions.
The paper is really easy, kind of a joke (3 pages, double spaced)

I would definitely recommend schein! He was really funny and the class was not that difficult

(Fall Quarter 2017)
The Visual System See Full Profile

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Just so you know before reading my review, I'm a 5th year PsychoBio major with a computer specialization. I've completed all but two of my upper div electives for psychobio.

Prof. Schein is deeply interested in what he teaches and he tries to pass that interest on to his students. Condescending? Not really -- I think people are misinterpreting his high expectations for his students as condescension. Personally, I felt he was very nice and personable.

His class was rather easy in retrospect; however, while taking it you'd swear it's the hardest elective ever: a ton of reading (a lot of it repetitive), quizzes every week or so, two oral presentations, a paper, and proof of attendance to two neurosci seminars. A lot of work during the quarter, but NO FINAL (always a good thing). He also grades on class participation, but not very heavily. Just speak up in class -- especially in the first couple days of lecture, even if you're lost.

Quizzes (all short answer) are generally difficult because there's so much reading between each quiz that you don't know what he's going to pull out of the reading as questions. He also pulls questions from the lecture, but not random stuff -- usually important concepts. I think he's kind of lax on grading though -- if an answer is reasonable, he'll accept it.

Oral presentations are EASY -- don't OVERDO it though, you'll miss out on points if you go too long. Be concise but thorough.

The paper is on WHATEVER you like and he grades it fairly easily.

There's room to earn extra credit on practically anything -- it's not really advertised though. If he feels you did exceptionally well on a particular item (ie. an oral presentation, or the paper), he'll give you extra points out of nowhere.

Overall grading must have been pretty lax -- I got an A in the class and my percentage on all the work was below 75%.

Prof. Schein's class is all about learning, not grading -- but if you do need an A in an elective class and you're not afraid of putting in a little effort and actually learning something, this is an excellent class for you.

(March 31, 2004)
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