All Ratings and Reviews for Steven G Clarke
Extremely enthusiastic. Perhaps the most animated and dynamic personality in the department. Lectures are clear and to the point. Very few wasted words when lecturing.
You'll also notice Clarke's rather unique and interesting body movement if you take his class.
I took Chem153C from Dr. Clarke almost three years ago, but I still remember the long applause from the students after the last lecture. That says everything.
Wow, the best teacher I've encountered. What a brilliant man. No wonder he won the Professor of the Year award--Dr. Clarke is so helpful, and is very willing to spend time with you to make sure that you understand the material. I think everyone who knows him would agree that there is NOBODY better! Thank you so much, Dr. Clarke.
I had Dr. Clarke for Chem153C back in 1995. In my opinion, there is not a more motivated, better prepared, or consciencious proffessor. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him again for challenging me to become a better scientist.
I agree wholeheartedly with what everyone has said about Dr. Clarke. I took his biochem course last quarter and it was the first chemistry course that I truly enjoyed. Granted, it was extremely difficult (don't be discouraged by low class averages and his rather vague attitude towards class standing), but the genuine enthusiasm he had for the subject was so refreshing. He was highly concerned about student learning as well--do not pass up office hours! The class was also a quite friendly environment with lots of willing participation from everyone. I can't say enough about how gratifying the course was with Dr. Clarke's endless energy to keep us involved.
I want to write this review before I get my final grade so that I can stay impartial. Dr. Clarke is by far the nicest teacher I have had at UCLA. He truly cares about his student's learning, and it shows through the emails and his attitude in lecture and in office hours.
However, I think Dr. C would be more effective if he just used some powerful presentations as Biochem is a very visual subject. I was terribly confused during almost every lecture trying to decipher where a piece of information fit into the bigger picture. But, I think it's possible to do well in this class if you spend the time to look over all your notes a week before the test so that if you have any questions, you can ask him. I went to OH once and he was extremely nice and helpful. I was a little angry that he was confusing in class but I couldn't be mad at him after going to OH and seeing how nice Dr. Clarke is.
His exams were not easy, and required a good understanding of the material in order to finish the test. Each exam was cumulative with focus on the recent material. He gave a few problems on each test that were integrative of all the stuff he went over. Make sure you study the old stuff as well as the new stuff. The final was ridiculously hard and the average showed. We only got one hour to finish the final (he called it the third midterm but it was worth as much as a final). I didn't have time to think--it was just writing the first thing that came to mind.
This class is possible to do well if you just invest the time. Dr. Clarke focused on the mamalian system a lot and he loved mechanisms.
Professor Clarke is a leader in his field. He won the Professor of the Year Award and boy does it show. He's the smartest and most compassionate prof out there. I wish he replaced all the other profs in the dept. Because he is so famous in his field, he can't teach all the classes, but he is truly phenomenal.
I agree with all of the previous reviews. The class is challenging but well worth the effort. Dr. Clarke is extremely enthusiastic about the material in the course and that in turn motivated me. He cares about student learning and focuses on a few key mechanisms such as Schiff base, etc. His lectures are interesting because he presents physiological consequences, current research, and some background information. I think he is a wonderful asset to the biochemistry department and would recommend him to anyone! Enjoy!
Professor Clarke was extremely nice and caring
I attended only one question session review for the final and I regretted not attending the previous office hours
I really enjoyed his class because he related the topics to our lives
The class was very time consuming and difficult though
However, weekly quizzes really made me keep up with my work
Overall, he was a great professor!! <3
Dr. Clarke is actually better than what these evaluations say.
My research trainer actually said that I was lucky to have him for a professor.
I never write evaluations, but I had to for Dr. Clarke, because he is my favorite and best professor at UCLA, and I am a senior.
His class is challenging, but hey, it's 153C and you don't have much other options.
Go to all the lectures, study before the quizes everyweek, because they are really big part of your grade and it's easy to get good score than midterms and the final. He is estremely passionate about teaching and you can tell, because you will really be paying attention during the lectures.
Overall..take him for 153C and you won't regret.
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