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Professor Li is the best professor I have ever had and the best I will probably ever have the privilege/pleasure of learning from. Prof. Li said many times that she wishes all of us to succeed and she really sets us up for success by doing everything a teacher can do from the pedagogy point of view. She is very organized and sends weekly emails telling students what we will learn next week, what are the assignments due, what will the assessments cover if there are any and what are all the help resources available (Office hours from both her and the teaching assistants). Her lectures are very clear and she gives printed lecture slides to students so that we can follow along, annotate, and add calculations that she writes down on the board. She uses colored chalk and markers to contrast different examples and variables/graphs that she draws on the board so they are clear to the students. Prof. Li is willing to pause the lecture, take questions and answer them clearly before proceeding so that no student is confused. For the summer class, she understands the fast pace and adjusts the content covered so that we don’t rush through topics without truly understanding them.
For assessments, Professor Li holds review session in class, gives review notes and practice exams early so we have ample questions to practice and have the time to ask her questions. She also eases the pressure on tests by giving out extra credit from doing extra problems and creating our own chemistry questions, which all improve our own understanding of concepts.
I cannot stress enough Professor Li’s dedication to teaching and willingness to reach out to students. Prof. Li holds a block of office hour after every lecture to clarify everything from the lecture, gives hints to problem questions and answers anything chemistry related. She also holds two online office hours every week the day before assignments are due to answer last minute questions. I have never seen a professor who takes out 5 hours (6 the week before midterm and final) from her busy schedule every week just to help students in one course. Prof. Li writes students’ names down so that she can remember everyone and address them individually. She brings snacks to office hours so that we don’t get hungry and buys boxes of Subway sandwiches so that we have enough energy for midterms. She cares about students so much that she addresses us as the Chem20A Family and takes class photos with all of us just to remember our 6 weeks together (she even buys mugs printed with the class photos and gifted them to us).
Prof. Li is absolutely fantastic. She’s probably one of the best professors I’ve had for all the time I’ve studied at UCLA.
She has an infectious passion for teaching chemistry and makes classes fun and engaging. She’s unbelievably helpful and clear, and will go to great lengths to help any single student understand the subject.
Also, she makes chemistry jokes. That’s always a (delta) positive.
Screw Pauli. Two spin states up for this professor.
Great professor! Definitely one of the best at UCLA. Her lectures are engaging and full of applications of the chemistry you are learning. She goes out of her way to help students as well and provides you with many helpful resources most professors don't. I would definitely take another class with Professor Li!