Stan Schein

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Overall Rating 3.9
Easiness 1.4/ 5
Clarity 4.1/ 5
Workload 1.3/ 5
Helpfulness 4.1/ 5
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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!
Overall Rating 3.5
Easiness 1.2/ 5
Clarity 4.0/ 5
Workload 1.2/ 5
Helpfulness 3.8/ 5
Most Helpful Review
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.
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