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Where to begin.... S.Y.S. (SAVE YOU SOUL)Calahan has got to be the worst teacher, by far, I've ever had. Her class is RIDICULOUS and extremely PATHETIC. First of all a class being that of 50 minutes, is not enough for this lady to explain how to use basic math in my EVERYDAY LIFE. Like I'm seriously going to use a wave detector while bouncing a ball to detect the waves it makes to find how to draw a freakin sine graph from that. That's the problem with her. She teaches math with examples emphasizing models that can be deferred from everyday life. When it comes to home works, quizzes, and tests, that's what its all about. I spent endless amounts of hours doing my homework online because I didn't know how to solve the problems which were not even based on lectures.
Honestly, this class is a waste of time with this teacher. If I would've known better before I took this class, I would've taken it with Greene. I mean seriously,if she's getting so many bad reviews and students were complaining to her inside and outside of class, shouldn't she change her ways of teaching? Her midterms and especially her final are nothing you expect.
If a lot of people are failing her class, it totally says a lot about the teacher. This class shouldn't be as hard as she makes it, yet it is.
So, if you want a real evaluation of this professor, you'll read this.
Heather Calahan.... When you first meet Heather Calahan, you love her; she's funny, she's nice, she's young, and at first glance, you think she's a wonderful teacher. However, DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS. If I have had any bad teacher in my life, Heather Calahan is number 1 on that list. She is the worst teacher that will ever work at UCLA. I feel like I would do better in a graduate math class other than this class. Her homework problems are ridiculous. Her warm up problems are bullshit. Her tests are fucking JOKES. She thinks that she is teaching you the proper way to solve math problems, but she basically ends up making it harder than it really should be. EVERY SINGLE PROBLEM in her class has to be derived. You have to know how to derive the half-angle formulas, how to derive slope-intercept form, how to derive the unit circle, etc, etc, etc. And NOPE, you can't just memorize the unit circle, because then you wouldn't be learning anything! She thinks that deriving everything will help you, but in actuality, it does not. What it does do, is confuse you more. If you are smart, you will not take this class. Save yourself the time that Calahan wastes. She has no idea how to teach, and she basically has no heart. Oh, and her TA's don't know how to teach either. Her last final was basically a physics test! I have never done so horribly in a class until this day. And if you do end up taking her, I have two words for you: GOOD LUCK. AVOID HEATHER CALAHAN AT ALL COSTS. LISTEN TO ME. Oh, and before I end this bullshit, here are the few phrases that she says in class, that get really fucking annoying:
1. Shine that. 2. Ta-da, how do you like me now? 3. What are you smoking, Calahan? 4. TRY THIS! 5. Recall...
FUCK THIS PROFESSOR, SHE NEEDS TO BE FIRED! AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID AVOID!
She kisses you on the cheek in class, but stabs you in the back after midterms and your final.
She is the nicest person in the world. However, don't fall for that! Her midterms and finals are THE WORST! If you come in thinking it's only pre-calc, it's easy, be mistaken if you take her! Don't get her! She's all concept so it's a lot of work...I regret getting her -___-....Her lectures are easy to understand but when it comes down to the damn tests, you're left thinking, it has nothing to relate to lecture...
She's definitely the worst Math teacher I've ever taken. At first she seemed very sweet and fun teacher, but after the tests and quizzes she's a devil! Don't ever get fooled! Like many in bruinwalk said, if you want to have fun in UCLA, try to avoid this teacher.
Basically, as a Math teacher, she is incredibly difficult. However, she is really chill and very funny, but when it comes to midterms and the final, she is extremely tough. Everything with her is conceptual. Don't expect to maybe study for two hours before anything and expect to do well - especially if you don't understand the concept of what you're doing. If you are looking for an easy Math 1 experience, I suggest signing up for another teacher. If you want to be really, really challenged and feel that your final is going to decide whether you pass or fail the class then sign up; also, there has to be some serious curves with the midterms and definitely the final. Chicks were crying and going up to her because they appeared unable to do it.
She has a great personality, but the midterms and especially the final are like Lucifer's child on paper. Unlike the midterms, there are NO definitions or derivations, just a bunch of problems that combined so many aspects into one with difficult-to-simplify parts (just to find a start to the problem, not the answer). A bunch of girls were literally crying near the end and everyone left the room looking pale and purple-lipped. Personally, I was unable to answer a whole problem at all, just bits. Because of this, I thought I'd only get like 8 or 13 points out of like 230. However, to my huge surprise I scored right around the class average! You might guess what that says about her Final. Personally, the only reason I didn't barf (because I literally felt it at one point), is because I didn't want to dramatize the moment by looking like a looser and getting my shoes dirty; but the thing really was that bad. My advice: GO TO HER OFFICE HOURS RELIGIOUSLY. That test was nearly as painful to see as a protesting monk lighting himself on fire.
She's a fucking whore. Stay away from this prostitute at all times.
Avoid at all costs
The worst teacher I've ever experienced in my life. Ruined my first quarter of my college career. Avoid teacher at all cost and if possible, take with another teacher/ another quarter. Just not worth your time unless you have a very good background in Math. She seems really nice at first, but she's not.
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