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I had Dr. Esdin for LS4.
This was the first time he taught the class outside of UCLA extension on campus and he was great. The class is definitely not easy but manageable if you pay attention to class notes, do the genetic problems, and pay attention to the example problems he did in class.
Most LS4 classes just have a bunch of genetic problems but Esdin will also add in short answer, multiple choice, and fill in the blank which adds to the difficulty. Some questions were very detail specific so make sure to pay attention during lecture. As for the genetic problems, emphasize the ones he did in class as opposed to the ones he did in the book to do well on those.
He responds to emails usually within 24 hours and has plenty of office hours before exams. I would recommend taking him because he is a great lecturer and the exams were overall straight forward with usually only 1 or 2 hard questions out of 12-14.
Course Taken: LS 1
Professor Esdin is a brilliant man. He is very knowledgeable in his field and knows how to give engaging lectures. I was never bored once in his lectures. LS 1 is a very broad subject, but Esdin condensed the materials very well. Don't get your hopes up, this is still a lot of materials. Esdin is not one of those professors who simply reads off lecture slides. His lecture slides are well-condensed and straight forward, and he elaborates the materials further during lectures. Also, he sometimes have small movie clips in between, which are always interesting. His exam are somewhat challenging. He tests on his lecture slides, so that's all you really have to study from. But because of this, he can ask you ANYTHING on the slides, from a broad topic to one simple word that only appears once. This class is definitely doable if anyone is willing to put in the effort to memorize all the info.
Overall, Esdin makes LS 1 a much more interesting class than it appears to be. Definitely recommend him.
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