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Thomas Gillespie

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4.7
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Easiness 4.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Workload 4.3 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Clarity 4.7 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Helpfulness 4.7 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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March 17, 2020
Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A

This class is an easy A if you do your part. You need to memorize a sizeable amount of information, but it is pure memorization. On the midterm, I got a 92% and the mean was 85%, so I already knew I was on track for an A. The lab portion of the grade is an easy A as long as you participate at least once per discussion, do the bare minimum on the group project, and you do the 2-3 worksheets assigned throughout the quarter. I got bailed by not taking the final because I think I would have gotten a B+ on it and maybe ended with an A- instead of an A for my final grade. However, I might just be underestimating myself so just believe in yourself! Professor Gillespie is such a character! He made this class so great I actually looked forward to going to lecture, which is out of the norm for me. He is an amazing professor who gives easy tests as long as you memorize simple and straightforward information. I suggest you guys make a collaborative study guide through the discussion section on CCLE like my class did so you can answer the study guide questions as quickly as possible in order to have more than enough time to study for the midterm and final. All in all, I'd rate this class 10/10! No regrets!

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Dec. 8, 2022
Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A

This was one of the best classes I have taken at UCLA! Prof Gillespie was the most engaging prof I have ever had and I attended every lecture bc I legit wanted to. Class is super easy, he offered extra credit for ppl that got below a 70 on the midterm, and altered the class/final in a very fair manner due to the TA strike. Lectures were not recorded but slides are posted, however it’s helpful and fun to be in class. He often ended lectures early and lab rarely took the full 2 hrs. You have a super easy group project, mandatory lab sections a midterm, and a final and that’s it. Wish I could take it again!

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March 17, 2020
Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A

All in all, I enjoyed this class. Dr. Gillespie is a funny guy who is super passionate about the material he teaches. As previous reviews have mentioned, he does enjoy ragging on Trump, but he does so purposefully, since he spends a lot of time discussing the state of our environment and energy sources and what we should do to preserve them. Class does end fairly early, and it can be quite common for lecture to end with 20 minutes left to spare or more. There is a midterm and a group project, and they did require some work but I did well on both of them. The final exam was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, so he and the TAs decided to give everyone a 95 on it to make up for all the chaos. As nice as it was to end the class on that note, I wish the class went into more depth about environmental controversies in Los Angeles, especially during the city's development. Overall, would recommend.

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Dec. 20, 2018
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A+

While I needed this class for my major, I would recommend it to anyone needing a lab GE, a GPA boost, or some time off. Professor Gillespie often admits that this is one of the easiest classes at UCLA, and he's absolutely correct. Lectures are funny, easy to digest, and reliably end at least 20-30 minutes early. The study guides DR G gives out are very helpful. While the textbook isn't really essential, it's an easy read, it's the basis for a few questions on each exam, and you can use any edition (I got mine for $7 on Amazon). Lab attendance is mandatory. Lab activities include drawing maps, nature walks, and watching movies. It's a fun time- all UCLA students should take this class.

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Jan. 4, 2020
Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A

BEST PROFESSOR EVER! literally trying to take his class every quarter.
I'm selling the textbook for the "indo-pacific coral reef field guide" and "A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics" by Lambertini.

Text me **********

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March 11, 2019
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A

selling Visualizing Environmental Science for cheap. hmu **********

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July 1, 2015
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A

Geo 5: Selling Visualizing Enviormental Science (3rd edition) for Geo 5. Text me if interested: **********

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Oct. 19, 2023
Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A+

Super straightforward class and Professor is interesting lecturer. A lot to memorize for the tests but everything is clearly laid out. Really fun class overall and a good GE

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March 22, 2023
Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A+

BEST PROFESSOR EVER BEST CLASS EVER TAKE THIS CLASS FOR FUN NOT EVEN FOR A GE

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Feb. 24, 2023
Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A

One of the best professors I have had thus far. The professor has a sense of humor, is passionate, understanding, modest (which is rare), cool, and genuinely cares about the students' success in the class. There is a ton of material to memorize, however some of it is already common knowledge and it is also profoundly interesting. He provides study guides that reflect the test to its entirety. For those interested in taking this class, I will give you one question that will be unequivocally on the midterm and final.

How do you say hello in the Tongva language?
miyiiha

This question will be on the midterm and final!!! He managed to tell us at least once every two weeks (which is good). Also, the fact that he cares about the people who inhabited the Los Angeles region tells you already how compassionate and invested he is.

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GEOG 5
Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
March 17, 2020

This class is an easy A if you do your part. You need to memorize a sizeable amount of information, but it is pure memorization. On the midterm, I got a 92% and the mean was 85%, so I already knew I was on track for an A. The lab portion of the grade is an easy A as long as you participate at least once per discussion, do the bare minimum on the group project, and you do the 2-3 worksheets assigned throughout the quarter. I got bailed by not taking the final because I think I would have gotten a B+ on it and maybe ended with an A- instead of an A for my final grade. However, I might just be underestimating myself so just believe in yourself! Professor Gillespie is such a character! He made this class so great I actually looked forward to going to lecture, which is out of the norm for me. He is an amazing professor who gives easy tests as long as you memorize simple and straightforward information. I suggest you guys make a collaborative study guide through the discussion section on CCLE like my class did so you can answer the study guide questions as quickly as possible in order to have more than enough time to study for the midterm and final. All in all, I'd rate this class 10/10! No regrets!

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GEOG 5
Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A
Dec. 8, 2022

This was one of the best classes I have taken at UCLA! Prof Gillespie was the most engaging prof I have ever had and I attended every lecture bc I legit wanted to. Class is super easy, he offered extra credit for ppl that got below a 70 on the midterm, and altered the class/final in a very fair manner due to the TA strike. Lectures were not recorded but slides are posted, however it’s helpful and fun to be in class. He often ended lectures early and lab rarely took the full 2 hrs. You have a super easy group project, mandatory lab sections a midterm, and a final and that’s it. Wish I could take it again!

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GEOG 5
Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
March 17, 2020

All in all, I enjoyed this class. Dr. Gillespie is a funny guy who is super passionate about the material he teaches. As previous reviews have mentioned, he does enjoy ragging on Trump, but he does so purposefully, since he spends a lot of time discussing the state of our environment and energy sources and what we should do to preserve them. Class does end fairly early, and it can be quite common for lecture to end with 20 minutes left to spare or more. There is a midterm and a group project, and they did require some work but I did well on both of them. The final exam was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, so he and the TAs decided to give everyone a 95 on it to make up for all the chaos. As nice as it was to end the class on that note, I wish the class went into more depth about environmental controversies in Los Angeles, especially during the city's development. Overall, would recommend.

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GEOG 5
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A+
Dec. 20, 2018

While I needed this class for my major, I would recommend it to anyone needing a lab GE, a GPA boost, or some time off. Professor Gillespie often admits that this is one of the easiest classes at UCLA, and he's absolutely correct. Lectures are funny, easy to digest, and reliably end at least 20-30 minutes early. The study guides DR G gives out are very helpful. While the textbook isn't really essential, it's an easy read, it's the basis for a few questions on each exam, and you can use any edition (I got mine for $7 on Amazon). Lab attendance is mandatory. Lab activities include drawing maps, nature walks, and watching movies. It's a fun time- all UCLA students should take this class.

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GEOG 113
Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Jan. 4, 2020

BEST PROFESSOR EVER! literally trying to take his class every quarter.
I'm selling the textbook for the "indo-pacific coral reef field guide" and "A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics" by Lambertini.

Text me **********

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GEOG 5
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
March 11, 2019

selling Visualizing Environmental Science for cheap. hmu **********

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GEOG 5
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
July 1, 2015

Geo 5: Selling Visualizing Enviormental Science (3rd edition) for Geo 5. Text me if interested: **********

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GEOG 5
Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A+
Oct. 19, 2023

Super straightforward class and Professor is interesting lecturer. A lot to memorize for the tests but everything is clearly laid out. Really fun class overall and a good GE

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GEOG 5
Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A+
March 22, 2023

BEST PROFESSOR EVER BEST CLASS EVER TAKE THIS CLASS FOR FUN NOT EVEN FOR A GE

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GEOG 5
Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A
Feb. 24, 2023

One of the best professors I have had thus far. The professor has a sense of humor, is passionate, understanding, modest (which is rare), cool, and genuinely cares about the students' success in the class. There is a ton of material to memorize, however some of it is already common knowledge and it is also profoundly interesting. He provides study guides that reflect the test to its entirety. For those interested in taking this class, I will give you one question that will be unequivocally on the midterm and final.

How do you say hello in the Tongva language?
miyiiha

This question will be on the midterm and final!!! He managed to tell us at least once every two weeks (which is good). Also, the fact that he cares about the people who inhabited the Los Angeles region tells you already how compassionate and invested he is.

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