Louis-Serge Bouchard

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CHEM 20B
Chemical Energetics and Change Full Profile > 1.6 Overall 1.3 Easiness 2.2 Workload 1.9 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness
tl;dr: FUCK THIS GUY. Avoid him at all costs. 20B is hard. But Bouchard will make it 10x harder than any class you have ever taken in your entire li... (Winter Quarter 2018)
CHEM 20B
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Overall 1.6 Easiness 1.3 Workload 2.2 Clarity 1.9 Helpfulness 2.1

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tl;dr: FUCK THIS GUY. Avoid him at all costs.

20B is hard. But Bouchard will make it 10x harder than any class you have ever taken in your entire life. For winter 2018, we were given the choice of Felker and Bouchard, both of whom have pretty shit ratings. But boy did I choose wrong. Bouchard takes pride in flexing his PhD. You will understand this after the first 5 minutes of the first lecture. He asks intentionally convoluted questions in lecture just so he can see the confused looks on our faces, and then when someone is brave enough to attempt an answer, he shoots them down dramatically, pointing out how stupid they are in front of the whole class. Lectures are boring and convoluted, and his lecture notes make even less sense. Most of the content of HIS version of 20B requires knowledge of Math 32B, which is not a pre-requisite of this class. His homework was created by him, took about 6 -10 hours to complete on a good day, and was graded extremely harshly. He went out of his way to make obtaining the solutions to the homework impossible- they were printed and posted in some random hallway in Young Hall. The TAs were useless; I think their relationship with the professor was just as bad as the students'. No practice exams were given, and if you were lucky enough to find one from previous years, the TAs were specifically instructed not to help with them. The exams were IMPOSSIBLE. The averages were in the 50s. There was no correlation between time studied/knowledge of the material and grade received. This guy needs to be fired.

(Winter Quarter 2018)
CHEM 20BH
Chemical Energetics and Change Full Profile > 3.7 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 3.6 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness
The worst professor at UCLA. Avoid him all you can. (Winter Quarter 2015)
CHEM 20BH
Chemical Energetics and Change See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.9

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The worst professor at UCLA. Avoid him all you can.

(Winter Quarter 2015)
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CHEM 99
Student Research Program Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
CHEM 99
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CHEM 114
Physical Chemistry Laboratory Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness
If you are taking this course with Professor Bouchard, this is what you should expect: Professor: - does not motivate yet strongly discourage learnin... (Spring Quarter 2018)
CHEM 114
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Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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If you are taking this course with Professor Bouchard, this is what you should expect:
Professor:
- does not motivate yet strongly discourage learning in class. Through the course of this semester, he has been adamant in his way of teaching, rejecting any challenges raised by the students and got irritated easily, responding “If you do not believe in X concept, you should not do science”.
- does not answer student’s questions after class; give only overly general responses or merely “you should know this”.
- scares students in class, constantly claiming that he is not afraid to fail seniors.
- fails to retreat students’ equally; have preference over some selected group of students; always treat these students with patience while ignoring or occasionally castigating other less preferred students. A concrete example is that, whenever I get answers to questions he raises wrong in class, Prof. Bouchard consistently used discouraging words like “Wrong” and “No” and did not let me continue answering the question, whereas he treats other student with much more patience, using words like “try harder” or “thinker deeper” while waiting for their answers. Such disparity in treatment directly impacted my passion for this class and discouraged me from participating in class discussion or engage in intellectual thinking.

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- highly unfamiliar with the course material, could not help with students’ lab report or questions related to class material
- demonstrate unprofessionalism in grading: carelessly glance over students’ lab report carefully and do not assign grades based on a uniform standard; fail to respond to students’ re-grading request when points are unfairly deducted

But Professor Bouchard's notes are very clear and the course will indeed improve your Matlab skill and stats to a great extent. Even though the average score of the test is around or below 30/100 and the first lab report grade is also 30/100, I received satisfactory scores for this class. If you study really hard your hard work will pay off.

(Spring Quarter 2018)
CHEM 194
Research Group Seminars: Chemistry and Biochemistry Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
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CHEM 196A
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CHEM 196A
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CHEM 199
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CHEM 219X
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CHEM 375
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CHEM 375
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