All Ratings and Reviews for Yoram Cohen
I have had plenty of hard and difficult-to-deal-with professors at UCLA, but Cohen has topped them all. Going into this, I'll have you know I ended up with a B+, so I'm not bitter about my grade. Cohen only cares about his research and makes it very clear to all his students. He didn't come to about 1/5 of the classes because he was out getting money for his research. In the classes he was present for, he would get extremely annoyed at any student who asked a question. Even the TAs commented that he diverted questions in class by trying to make the person asking them look stupid. I asked legitimate questions about errors he had made in his equations and his response would be, "Well I was JUST going to change that" and give me a really annoyed look. No one in the class respected him at all.
If, however, you are forced to take his class as I'm sure you are if you're reading this, here are a few pointers. First of all, make friends with the TAs, they have to deal with him too and they also create and grade all homeworks, quizzes, midterms, and the final. Secondly, do any extra credit he hands out. Thirdly, DO the homework. It's worth 30% of your grade and it is closely related to quizzes and tests. And finally, be honest in your critique of him at the end of the quarter. I know that a lot of the class signed a letter that a student had written about him and that it is going to the Dean.
this guy. first of all he makes many mistakes in his lec. his exams aren't too hard. hi scribbles a lot of bs on the board which u'll never use during the quarter. he doesn't care about the students what so ever. he's not too hard of i professor i think. u'll need really good ta's.
Simply the worst professor in Chemical engineering. He does not care about the students, and even though he appears to know the material, he really doesn't. He copies his lectures from various sources (according to him) and he doesn't use the time to find inconsistencies between multiple sources. As a results, he makes mistakes after mistakes in lecture. When students make a simple stupid mistake on the test, he grades it down harshly because he thinks it's fundamental mistake. Don't expect to argue with him that it's just a simple mistake because he will not listen to you. He will not accept the fact that he made a mistake in grading you and will simply try to find other "mistakes" that are not mistakes and waste time with you. He gives students a ridiculous amount of work one year and relaxes students another year, just a very unpredictable and uncareing professor. For all those out there who will take his class, don't piss him off because he will take it personally and give you a bad grade despite your okay performance in the class.
my only advice is that if you have a question or don't understand something, take it to the TA, not to cohen. he's very rude and obviously doesn't care whether or not the students understand something.
The lecture CD is very effective at explaining the concepts and solving problems. But make sure you review the book also for the quiz
Professor Cohen makes way too many mistakes in class, it feels as if he doesn't really care about the class.
He is a good and hard professor. But he will help you. If you are looking for an easy professor in Chemical Engineering, take my word, CHANGE YOUR MAJOR NOW!
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