General and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Try to avoid taking this class with this professor at all costs. I am not exaggerating. The averages for his exams are horrible, pray that you have a good TA because your lab grades really matter, and the CONSTANT emails for lab switches and his emails sending out constant course info is really annoying.
Fall 2018 - Dr. Casey really is a godsend. If you have the opportunity to take Chem 14CL with her, do not pass it up! She is so sweet, approachable, friendly, caring, and intelligent. Her office hours are truly helpful, and she'll often go over answers to the pre-lab questions and give very specific help with your post-labs. Make sure to go to her office hours before CPR assignments also, otherwise you will likely lose points. I really appreciate that unlike some other professors, she's really not trying to trick you. Casey will answer questions directly and straightforwardly, while obviously still trying to maintain the integrity of the assignment. Her exams are fair, but really make sure to focus on conceptual content. As in, truly focus on the material presented on the slides, ask questions about things you may be unclear about in office hours, and recognize that the problem sets are math-heavy but her exams truly are concept-heavy. I had a lot of anxiety during the midterm and I completely misinterpreted multiple questions, which made the difference between me getting a ~90% and actually getting a 64%. It was an absolute nightmare, given that I felt like I genuinely knew the material. It was especially traumatizing considering that I'm used to getting 90s in chem. But, don't be deterred because in our class the midterm literally only counted for 9% of the grade. What helped me was definitely that Casey was extraordinarily encouraging. I developed a rapport with her during 14BL when I was generally having a harder time (outside academics), and she literally told me to just set up an appointment with her whenever I wanted to speak to her. After that, she would ALWAYS greet me by name whenever she would see me, and that was so, so sweet. This quarter when I let her know that, as a student with disabilities, who also has phone anxiety, that I was super uncomfortable with making phone calls to ask questions during exams... she really went out of her way to try to support me. We discussed it, and she tried to really emphasize that she wanted me to feel comfortable, so she actually stopped by personally in my separate testing location to help answer questions. Casey really, really, really cares about her students. And she's a truly engaging lecturer also. With her support, and also recognizing that she HEAVILY emphasizes concepts, I was able to get an 87% on the final and ultimately about 93-94% in the class for a solid A.
Fall 2020 - Terrible, terrible required class. The UCLA chem department needs to revamp it. Or at least get Henary to stop teaching. He's often abrasive and doesn't answer questions well. Glad it is online and lecture isn't mandatory. This was my last STEM class at UCLA after being an LS major, where I loved the rest of my classes. You can learn some stuff about chemistry, but mostly the class focuses on doing stupid lab reports and getting assignments in. Really bad. This class kills learning. Anyways, that's my rant. You probably have to take this class for med/grad school, so good luck. Get your hand on previous exams and lab reports for practice and examples and you'll be fine. My TA was Yuting Miao and she was chill. Just kept us really long for some of the labs.
Spring 2022 - I had a very positive experience taking Pang for 14CL, especially after hearing horror stories about Henary. The three hour labs 2 times a week honestly sounded overwhelming, however, its not as bad as some weeks it's just one lab that requires possible 4 hours total. Other weeks we didn't even have to meet for the other section or it would only last 1 hour if you were efficient. The pre and post lab reports were a decent amount of work but the midterm and final were very reasonable if you studied all the content. Additionally if you have a good lab TA like I did (king Brandon Jolly), then you should have close to 100% in you lab category. I ended up only needing to get around a 66% on my final to get an A because the requirement for an A is 90%. Professor Pang teaches very clearly, and is one of the last few good chem professors left as the UCLA chem department falls to shambles.