Organic Reactions and Pharmaceuticals
Fall 2018 - Where do I begin? Tobolowsky is probably the best professor I have had at UCLA. The class itself (Chem 14D) requires a lot of time and is pretty hard compared to the rest of the chem classes, but Tobolowsky goes to the furthest extent to make sure that his students are well prepared for the exams. He offers extra help on Sunday evenings by live streaming a weekly recap on Youtube. His office hours are really helpful, his slides are very clear and organized, and he is really funny. I would take this class over 100x again. It is hard and does require a lot of time and effort, so be prepared to work.
Fall 2021 - This is a review for Fall 2021 since Dr. Turlik did not have a bruinwalk page until now. Dr. Turlik was very straightforward with her lectures and I felt as if she was the more organized professor of two (the other was Dr. Yike Zou). Her lectures didn't contain any fluff and it got straight to the point avoiding any confusion. Also, Dr. Turlik was super clear with her explanations (of mechanisms or whatever was being talked about) and had (once again imo) fair tests. I think this was her first time teaching a course in which case I think she did an excellent job and would definitely recommend 14D with her! If you're looking for a grade breakdown, I think there might be one in Dr. Zou's bruinwalk reviews. Good luck with your 14D endeavors!
Fall 2021 - This is a review for Yike Zou and Aneta Turlik. For Fall 2021, the first half of classes was taught by Zou. The other half was taught by Turlik. CLASS STRUCTURE: - Midterm 1 (20%) - Midterm 2 (20%) - Final Exam (35%) - Problem Sets (10%) - BACON (8%) - Discussion Section (7%) This class is a lot of studying and memorizing. I believe it's the hardest of the 14 series, and the A cutoff was a 94%. However, getting an A is doable, and an A- is very doable (88%-94%). The problem sets were graded for completion, the BACON is like a bootleg Launchpad (easy 100), and discussion section was graded for attendance. The tests were fair if you studied for them, and they gave plenty of practice material for preparation. Make sure to complete the practice final and the discussion worksheets because they are pretty close to what you can expect on the test. The average for both midterms was around 75%. Both professors were excellent in my view. Yike was a great professor. He was very funny, and he made a 9am class feel tolerable to go to. I would totally take this class again with either professor, but if I had to pick one, I would rather go with Turlik. I thought Turlik was the clearer one out of the two because she was more thorough with her explanations of the reaction mechanisms, compared to Yike. The also offered about 8-10 points worth of extra credit, which was very nice. TLDR: Overall, a great, but challenging class. You can't go wrong with either professor. 25% of your grade is essentially completion.