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If you're taking 14B in the summer or can wait till summer, TAKE HER CLASS! As a premed and someone who doesn't really give a crap about chem, this is one of the most ideal situations you can have. First of all, there is no curve. Straight up 90 A, 80 B, etc. This takes out all the competition and makes for a much more relaxed environment. She gave out somewhere around 30-40 pts of extra credit, so in reality you need maybe an 85ish for an A. But to get these points, you need to GO TO CLASS, or have a friend who does, since she'll just mention extra credit opportunities briefly and have them be due first thing in class on whatever day. I missed a few so I don't know the exact total. Her tests (2 quizzes, one midterm and final) are all extremely straightforward, and are at the same difficulty as her lecture examples or hw problems. So not too hard to get enough pts for some sorta A.
As a person, Dr. Silva is amazing. She is one of the nicest, friendliest professors I ever had. You can hear it in her voice and can tell from her body language. She truly loves chem and loves teaching. Yeah, she got a pretty thick Spanish accent and takes some getting used to, but eventually you'll get it. It's actually kinda entertaining. Combined with the passion in her voice, she sounds like something out a Spanish soap opera. Plus, she answers emails within a few hours, as they all go to her iphone. Can you say the same things about Scerri? Hell no. Lavelle? I dunno but from what I've heard I'd say no.
You may or may not get a whole lot out of her lectures. She's pretty hard to follow, I dunno if because I just couldn't pay attention or because her teaching. But she does go pretty slow and everything before OChem is straight out of the book so not too big of a deal to go over it on your own the night before the test. But oh god, her handwriting is horrible. So hard to read sometimes. Oh well.
She's pretty hard to follow, but just read the textbook and you'll be fine for her quizzes/exams. She gives A LOT of bonus points when she sees that most of her students are failing her tests, which is good. She's DEFINITELY easier than other chemistry teachers during the year, so take her during the summer. She's super nice and really cares about preparing her students for future chem classes. I got a A- (her final dropped me by 8% :[), and overall, I put a moderate level of effort into the class.
Professor Ruiz was my ochem professor at LA Trade Tech. I thought Professor Ruiz was a terrible professor because of her ratemyprofessor rating but Professor Ruiz is so awesome that her quirky humor and also her ability to teach is enough to enrich the class. Because LATTC had a classroom size of only 20 students, most of us got to know Professor Ruiz very well.
Professor Ruiz got her B.A. in Chemistry in Mexico. Later, her PHD was from Vancouver, Canada and her post-doctoral internship was in the United States. Her passion for chemistry began when Ruiz landed a job in West LA College and just fell in love with it.
Overall, her class is awesome. Her accent is not a problem even though it is thick. So far, I think Professor Ruiz is very passionate about her students. We had a pizza party during one of our lectures and we got subways for two weeks on our seminar course project for ochem. If you want to have a funny teacher with a understanding, take her with her. =).
she is a really good professor. not only did she care about how well her students understood the material, she was very flexible with the grading. also, she is understanding. i got reallly sick during finals week and had to miss the final, and she handled the situation very well. i dont know how anyone could not pass her class with a good understanding of intro chem.
Professor Ruiz-Silva does have a heavy accent, but it's easy to understand once you're used to it. She is a great chemistry professor, and she teaches at a slow and manageable pace. However, she is only available for 2 hours a week and does not respond well to students asking for help outside the classroom. Overall, she is a great professor.
thick accent, speaks quickly, but you will get used to it. straight forward exams. extra opportunities. she helps a lot more in office hours. she is extremely concerned with her students and truly wants to help you. i felt that it really really helped me with chem 14a because i have just learned the material in chem 17 the quarter prior.
Ruiz has a very thick accent. She talks really fast and is very difficult to understand. She writes her notes really fast, so I had a hard time keeping up with them before she erased them and/or covered them. She was only available one day out of the week for two hours. Other than that, she was a very good teacher, if you like that kind of thing. She put a lot of extra time in making sure you understood the material, like holding a review for every midterm and to play catch up on the materials ppl missed from transfering into her class late. I thought that showed how dedicated she was to learning. If you went to visit her during office hours, she'd explain things much more clearly than in class. I guess it's bc she's making sure that you understand it before you leave her office. It was a P/NP class, which I passed. The final was insane, and I have no clue how I passed but I did. Definetly take her if you have a good understanding of chem and thick spanish accents. Oh and if you have time to go to her office hours. Definetly do that.
okay, so I took this class thinking chemistry would be hard. Guess what? It was! On the first midterm I scored a 18/100! I mean what teacher does that? She later posted that the average for the midterm was 64%. The midterm was so HARD! I almost cried when I took it!
Anyways I ended up dropping the class before the second midterm. Dr. Ruiz Silva did seem very friendly and was always willing to help.
All in all take the class if you are serious about chemistry and will actually study.
P.S. this was posted by a disgruntled student, read this at your own risk.
She is a great professor and teaches you everything you need to know. Her office hours are great and she is very concerned about the students' learning. She prepares you very well for her exams. As long as you show up to lecture and pay attention and understand what she is teaching, you will be fine.
Pretty good teacher, very easy and fair grading. Not the ebst, but compared to every other UCLA Chemistry teacher she is great. Definately take her in the SUmmer instead of Scerri or Lavelle
Excellent professor - explains the material wonderfully. She is excited about the material and gets you interested in it. Her accent is different, but you can get used to it and understand it pretty well.
Ruiz-Silva is an awesome professor. She lectures everything that is expected of the student to know. The problem is, she lectures at a rapid pace. At times during this course all I did was write but not understand. Other than that I would recommend her. She always has hand outs and she is always willing to help if you need it.
Being a first year, it was nice to come into a class where the professor was well-organized, clear and of course kind. Her accent was a bit difficult to understand at first but eventually it grows on you. She knew what she was talking about and if you didn't catch it the first time, she would give you an explanation from another perspective. Professor Silva is an awesome teacher!
professor silva is really nice and cares about her students. she does go through the material kind of fast but if u have questions you can email her and she will definetly respond. her midterms are not difficult as long as you study and go to class. Also, read the book and when you do the homework problems make sure u understand the concepts. she always encourages her students to do their best and if you have any problems you can always talk to her. even if you do bad in the first midterm dont get discouraged, instead talk to her because she will make you feel confident. overall she is the best teacher.
Dr. Silva was a great professor, i only wished i took more advatage of the class. 9AM was not a good time to be listening to chemistry but as long as you tried in the class, you learned what you needed to. She was fantastic, caring and knew what she was talking about! Definitely take her if you hate or don't remember a thing you learned in high school chemistry!
Prof. Silva is a great professor who really knows how to convey her knowledge to the students. Her lectures are structured and she teaches the subject in such a lucid manner that anyone could understand. The exams are very easy as long as you put the time and effort to go to all the lectures and read the book as a supplement to her lectures. If you hated chem before like I did then you'll just love it after you take this class.
I've always had horrible chem teachers where I never learned anything. I dreaded taking this class, but now, I love chem!!! She is one of the best professors I've taken. She explains everything so clearly and she is also very organized, so the lectures run very smoothly. You learn all the basic concepts of chemistry so thoroughly, making your next chem class a lot easier. I highly recommend her!
Dr. Silva really loves teaching and it shows in her lectures and eagerness to help students outside of class. She does everything she can to motivate students to do well. Her exams are fair. If you go to lecture, and do the assignments, then you should do well in her class. I took her for Chem 17 and she prepared me well for Chem 14A.
Dr. Silva is a brilliant professor. She is highly knowledgeable in her field. Dr. Silva is dedicated to teaching.