All Ratings and Reviews for Robert T Clubb
At best, Dr. Clubb is mediocre. The only reason he has been getting good reviews is because he hands out grades that are better than expected to a substantial number of people. His grade distribution philosophy is horribly, I stress, HORRIBLY thought out. For ex. if the total work you have done in class is (everything,. i.e. homework, midterm, quizzes, etc.) is out of 100, then the grade distribution will be something like this:
He thinks it would be fair to reduce a student's grade points for that subject from 4.0 (i.e. A) to 3.0 (i.e. B) for such a negligible difference in achievement in class. It does not seem to be well thought-out.
Professor Clubb is not a good presenter. His lectures, (and thoughts) are usually too dotted. (You know how some professors make everything they teach perfectly interlinked? Prof. Clubb's lectures can't nearly achieve that.) His tests are identical, in most cases, to those administered in previous years. So if you, like the rest of this school, are not very keen on genuine learning, (which, of course, is fine), then you shall find this class pleasant -- moderate workload, mostly hassle-free. But if you are, like me, constantly looking to be intellectually challenged, intrigued and marvelled by what is being thrown at you, then you shall be truly disappointed with this class.
Some questions (especially on the finals) test you on absolutely MEANINGLESS details.
Quizzes administered (3 total, best 2 counted)
2 Midterms, 1 Final
Presents lectures through slides.
In sum, Dr. Clubb is not a great educator. I am confident that Dr. Clubb is an exceptional researcher-- otherwise it is hard to be faculty at UCLA. But ideally, someone who truly cares about teaching should be teaching this intro class.
I've heard plenty about the dreaded 153A course most pre-meds are required to take, and decided to take it over the summer so that I would be able to just focus on one class. After looking at Clubb's reviews, I decided to take it with him. The class itself is very difficult, but Clubb does try his best to tell you what exactly will be on the exam (what you have to memorize and what you shouldn't waste your time memorizing). At the beginning of the course, he told us that the average was going to be around a B-. The averages on the first and second midterms were 69 and 64, respectively, which was still surprising for me. I got an 86 and a 69 on the midterms, and the final was pretty difficult because it had so much detail. In the end, I got a B (I feel like I should've gotten at least a B+ or an A- since the averages were so low) but whatever, it's biochem. Clubb is a decent professor, it's just the class that's really difficult. I'd suggest taking him, just be prepared for a lot of work
Took 153A with Professor Clubb. I thought he was a pretty effective lecturer and his office hours were very helpful. He prints out the lecture slides and hands them out, which I appreciated. His lectures are quite entertaining since he makes a lot of corny but funny jokes. He also lets students post questions on ccle which he answered everyday, which was very helpful. There's also problem sets and past exams on ccle, which really help you when you're taking the midterms and finals. I think he has changed a lot since the reviews below. He was very clear on the material that would be tested on, and doesn't test you on unimportant minor details like some reviews have stated. I thoroughly enjoyed Chem 153A with Clubb.
I've got A in 153A and 153C from Prof. Gober so I felt pretty confident about 153B. But Clubb is most of the most terrible professors at UCLA. He loves testing you on stupid minor details that no one cares about. I dropped the class, avoid.
honestly,he is not as good as below evaluations stated. he is simply just an average professor. tests are tricky, and he would make u read the most recent papers regarding the materials covered in class such as translation. avg of the class is around 60ish including the final.
I don't at all agree with Comments below. I got A+ from Gober in 153A and he was supposed to be the harder professor based on the rating. But this guy, Clubb, put up much harder exams and the averages for the 2 midterms were only 65 and 61.
The worst part is that he loves to cover thing in WAY TOO MUCH detail and expect you to know them all. I don't see how people would call him an effective teacher. This is my 4th year in UCLA and he is one of the worst professors I've had so far.
And also, he's really cocky
Best professor I’ve ever met .
His logic is so perfect.
It is not easy class but with this great professor, you will be okay.
TAs are also very helpful and smart.
Prof. Clubb is a pretty effective teacher. His lectures are entertaining (he has dumb but funny jokes) and interesting, and he is straightforward about what you should & shouldn't know. In my opinion there was no unnecessary memorization unlike in other biochem classes. He's not that big on mechanisms unless he specifically points one out. I liked this class way more than 153A & 153C. It has less memorization... more ACTUAL learning. Other biochem profs should teach the way he does.
Professor Club is a great professor. He is funny, approachable, and connects with his student. He tells you straight up what to memorize and what not to. After taking his class this summer, I say his teaching style revolves around molecular mechanisms and a few chemical/structural names. Knowing general concepts will help you score points on his exam also, but no need to know it to the level of detail presented in the book. I personally am not a biochem major, but after taking his class I decided to continue on to 153B. After far as midterms and the final goes, he usually post old mid term/ final question on VOH, and it would be in your best interest to do them. The average for midterm 1: was around a 65% and midterm 2: was around 68% or so. Overall, since its biochem, you will be required to put a lot of work into learning the stuff, but aiming to get an A or a high B is very possible.
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